The Disney Wonder just got more wonderful
Booking a Disney cruise? Then you might want to consider baby number two in the Disney fleet, Wonder, which launched in 1999. Wonder has recently undergone a massive buff and shine, so (almost) everything looks spanking new. They’ve added Tiana’s Place—a Louisiana-inspired Creole and Cajun restaurant where everyone gets Mardi Gras beads, Tiana herself from The Princess and the Frog greets the patrons and performs, and the swamp-animal characters from the movie parade through the dinner hour playing Dixieland music. If Daddy needs a drink after all the festivities, he can go hide out at the new English pub the Crown & Fin. The ship’s upper decks were also redesigned for watery fun, including the addition of a Twist ‘n’ Spout water slide for bigger kids and Dory’s Reef, a splash zone for toddlers.
Canada alert! Starting in summer 2017, the Disney Wonder will be sailing out of Vancouver on super-cool expanded Alaska trips. Of course there will be lumberjacks, vintage railroad journeys through the mountains and dog mushing, but for the first time the Wonder will also be stopping at Icy Strait Point and Hubbard Glacier (just the largest glacier in North America, NBD). The Disney Magic has a first-ever stop in Amsterdam in the Netherlands on some of it’s European itineraries, and has also added a port of call in Portland, England so history buffs can visit the nearby iconic Stonehenge site. And for cruisers who just can’t get enough sun and sand, in June 2017 the Disney Fantasy is launching longer 10 and 11-night Caribbean tours. In 2018 Disney cruise line will visit Milan and Genoa in Italy and Cork in Ireland for the first time, and the bee-yoo-ti-ful Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire will make a debut on some Caribbean itineraries.
For the “first time in forever,” (get it? I know you get it) Frozen is getting the Disney Cruise Line theatrical treatment with new stage show “Frozen, A Musical Spectacular,” exclusively on the Disney Wonder. (Just try not to sing along, I dare you). For Tangled fans, “Tangled: The Musical” is now on the Disney Magic, and, not to be outdone, Beauty and the Beast fever means that Belle too will be debuting her own musical extravaganza on the Disney Dream in November 2017. No princess fans in your house? Marvel hero Doctor Strange will be getting his own show on Disney Magic in 2018.
Disney Magic will be celebrating the iconic characters from the Marvel Universe with expanded Marvel Day at Sea events on certain sailings from New York City in 2017 and Miami in 2018. With an awesome deck party, photo ops (characters appearing for the first time include Doctor Strange, Loki and Black Panther) film screenings, interactive games and special merch, little superheroes will go nuts for this total immersion party.
The Disney Fantasy is returning to a galaxy far, far away for more Star Wars Day at Sea events during select sailings in 2017 and 2018, and the new Star Wars command post area takes kids on a journey where they get to train with their favourite Star Wars heroes, help with missions against the First Order, meet members of the Resistance and learn to channel the Force.
New grownup shopping
Now, of course you’ve always been able to pick up Disney toys, trinkets and clothes in the gift shops on all the ships, but in May 2017 they’ll be adding some lux options to Disney Fantasy, including this junky little place you may have heard of called Tiffany & Co.
Ok, so, they don’t have names yet and they won’t be ready until 2021 and 2023, but we do know that the just-announced ships that will join the Disney fleet are going to be bigger than all the current ones and they will definitely have all-you-can-eat soft serve ice cream next to the pool (just a guess.)