Disney Wish is due to enter service this July and will offer “more opportunities than ever” in terms of entertainment according to the cruise line.
“When we set out to design the next generation of Disney cruise ships, we wanted to provide families with more opportunities than ever to make lasting memories together,” said Laura Cabo, Portfolio Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering.
This also includes “experiencing Disney storytelling in completely new ways”, she added, so although Disney Wish may feature some of the same characters and stories as other ships in the fleet, they’ve been reimagined in key ways.
“Whether it’s a new take on a guest-favorite experience, like our signature sweets shop, or an immersive show in a first-of-its-kind venue like Luna and Hero Zone, there will be no shortage of family fun aboard the Disney Wish,” said Cabo.
The sweet shop, Inside Out: Joyful Sweets, is a dessert shop inspired by the Pixar film from which it takes its name, and will sell handmade gelato, ice cream, candy and novelty treats.
The brightly colored shop is designed to resemble the control center inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind where her emotions guide her through everyday life. It will feature sculpted figures of the film’s five main characters and glowing Memory Orb light fixtures.
Inside Out: Joyful Sweets will offer nearly 40 flavors of gelato and ice cream, with daily handcrafted gelato specials such as peanut butter pretzel and white chocolate raspberry. Whipped cream, fruit compotes and sauces will be freshly made in-house.
Signature treats inspired by the film will include colorful cupcakes that evoke the five emotions — Joy (lemon), Sadness (blueberry), Disgust (pistachio), Anger (red velvet) and Fear (bubble gum) — and chocolate Memory Orbs filled with sweet candy. Specialty macarons and cake pops will join the assortment of handcrafted truffles, designer cookies, brownies and candy offerings.
Elsewhere onboard, the “Olaf’s Royal Picnic” experience will allow guests to join their favorite Frozencharacters for a summertime picnic in Arendelle during an entertainment experience specially designed for families with children aged 3 to 12.
Guests will interact with Olaf, Anna, Elsa and Kristoff and watch live musical performances of songs from the movies, like “Let It Go,” “Fixer Upper” and “In Summer.” The experience can be booked prior to the cruise for an additional fee.
These experiences join already announced entertainment features aboard Disney Wish, such as Grand Hall, Luna, Hero Zone, and the first-ever Disney attraction at sea.
Disney Cruise Line said that it has combined “innovative design and technology” to create entertainment venues such as Grand Hall, Luna and Hero Zone aboard Disney Wish, with all three environments designed to come to life with storytelling and interactive shows.
Grand Hall is inspired by a fairytale castle and will evolve from a gathering space into a theater through built-in special effects and the first ever atrium stage on a Disney ship, while Luna is a brand-new entertainment hub, outfitted with a two-story LED screen wall, stage and bar.
It will offer a variety of live shows for families, such as “Villains Game Night,” “Disney Songbook” and the interactive experience called “Disney Uncharted Adventure.”
Hero Zone is a futuristic sports arena offering highly produced show experiences and free-play sports.
As already announced with the debut of Disney Wish’s design, the ship will also offer theatrical dining experience with Frozen characters; a Marvel Avengers cinematic dining show; a Star Wars experience in the Hyperspace Lounge, as well as an original, Broadway-style theatrical production of The Little Mermaid.
Disney Wish will sail its maiden voyage from Port Canaveral, Florida on July 14th, commencing a season of 3- and 4-night cruises to Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.