Disney Cruise Line’s new ship Disney Wish has arrived in Port Canaveral, Florida for the first time in preparation for her June 29th christening and the commencement of her inaugural Caribbean season on July 14th.
Disney Wish arrived in the early morning hours of Monday, accompanied by a flotilla of Port-based tugboats and the Port Canaveral Fire Rescue Fireboat 2 providing the traditional water cannon salute.
To mark the occasion, Disney Cruise Line also revealed additional details regarding two of the new-to-the-line dining experiences that will debut aboard Disney Wish: 1923 and Marceline Market.
Disney Wish arrived in Port Canaveral after sailing 4,768 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Bremerhaven, Germany, where she was handed over to Disney Cruise Line by Meyer Werft, the German shipyard that built her.
“We have anticipated this homecoming of the Disney Wish for some time and know that our entire Port community is excited to have her sailing from our Port,” said Port CEO Capt. John Murray.
“We are proud of the longstanding partnership we have with Disney Cruise Line, and the arrival of the Disney Wish adds to the growing number of impressive cruise ships providing high quality guest experiences from our Port,” he added.
Disney Wish’s arrival in Port Canaveral has been six years in the making, and included classic Disney-style fanfare, beloved characters and the iconic “When You Wish Upon a Star” sounding from the ship’s fog horn as she entered port.
Disney Cruise Line also used the occasion to reveal additional details about the new 1923 restaurant aboard the ship, while also revealing the Marceline Market dining concept.
One of three main dining venues onboard, 1923 is a celebration of the evolution of Disney animation. It combines classic Hollywood glamour with Disney whimsy, featuring more than 1,000 drawings, props and other tools of the trade as part of its decor.
The menu pays tribute to the company’s roots in California, with dishes inspired by the fusion of cultural flavors found throughout the Golden State, such as Asian, European and South American cuisines paired with Napa Valley wines.
Marceline Market will pay homage to the farm in Marceline, Missouri where Walt Disney grew up.
It inspired many of the stories he would tell later in life, and was where he developed a love for animals and steam trains, themes that continue to influence Disney films and theme park attractions. It’s also the inspiration behind Main Street U.S.A. at Disney’s parks around the world.
The Marceline Market food hall will offer casual, walk-up dining throughout the day, with 10 food stalls is themed to a Disney animated story, from classics such as “Alice in Wonderland” (1951) to more recent films like “Zootopia” (2016).
It will feature a wide-ranging variety of freshly prepared cuisines, including American classics, international specialties, comfort foods, seafood, soups and salads, vegetarian and plant-based fare, baked goods, and desserts.
These are just two of the dozens of dining experiences that will debut aboard Disney Wish, such as Avengers: Quantum Encounter, the “Olaf’s Royal Picnic”, Palo Steakhouse, Enchanté, The Rose, Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure, and Worlds of Marvel, the first-ever Marvel cinematic dining adventure.
Then there are the wide variety of entertainment and adults-only spaces on offer aboard the ship, which we’ve covered in a full preview here.
Disney Wish is powered by LNG (liquefied natural gas) and will homeported in Port Canaveral year-round. She will offer three- and four-night itineraries to The Bahamas with stops at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. Her inaugural sailing from Cruise Terminal 8 is scheduled for July 14th.