HEROES from Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe are to set sail on Disney’s newest family cruise ship next year – and it won’t all be simply kids’ stuff.
Sci-fi stalwarts and superheroes will rub shoulders with more familiar fairytale favourites, and there’ll even be a Star Wars-styled bar for mums and dads to chill out.
When the Disney Wish sets sail in June 2022, families will discover characters at the heart of Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars adventures like never before.
Guests can assemble with the Avengers and travel to a galaxy far, far away in a first-of-its-kind Star Wars experience on board a Disney ship.
Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge is a high-end bar styled as a luxurious yacht-class spaceship, and reserved for adults every evening, bringing out the inner child.
On offer will be interactive tasting experiences and signature drinks inspired by destinations such as Batuu, Tatooine and Mustafar. The Force will certainly be strong in this one.
Wonder if they’ll serve those bubbling, steamy cocktails you can get at the cantina in Galaxy’s Edge, the Star Wars themed area of Walt Disney World Resort in Florida…
The new venue’s sleek interior design and metallic detailing is inspired by lavish star cruisers similar to Dryden Vos’ ship in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
While you sip galactic concoctions, thy Hyperspace Lounge will transport guests to iconic locations from the eras of the Republic, Empire and First Order.
As the bar jumps to travel from planet to planet, specially shot scenes will unfold just beyond the ship’s panoramic viewport at each stop, ranging from serene vistas to action encounters.
Looking through this virtual window into the galaxy, you’ll spot iconic spaceships from the films and locales such as Batuu, Tatooine, Mustafar and Coruscant.
The experience will be amplified by surround-sound audio and a holotube that presents holographic models of nearby ships.
Meanwhile, Worlds of Marvel is the first-ever Marvel cinematic dining adventure, where guests will play an interactive role in an action-packed Avengers mission that unfolds around them.
During the daytime, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp will be helping train the next generation of Avengers at the re-imagined Disney’s Oceaneer Club for three to 12-year-olds.
The Marvel Super Hero Academy is just one of several sessions new to Disney cruise ships, promising interactive character experiences with the MCU heroes.
There’ll also be Frozen-themed dining as Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure features favourite characters like Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf alongside Nordic-influenced cuisine.
That’s not to say Mickey and Minnie will miss out. They’ll still be the stars of the show, alongside favourites from Disney and Pixar classics whose stories are reflected in the decor throughout.
A brand new Disney design concept is inspired by timeless tales of wishes come true, and the motif of enchantment will be evident throughout the ship.
I’ve already told you about the spectacular Grand Hall and its signature chandelier – if you missed it catch up here – and there’ll be more pools, more deck space and more dining than ever before.
Among the highlights unveiled today is AquaMouse, a water ride complete with show scenes, lighting and special effects which zig-zags and zooms through 760 feet of winding tubes suspended high above the upper decks.
There’ll be an all-new Toy Story district designed especially for families with toddlers and young children. We’re promised a “whimsical water wonderland” including a splash zone, wading pool, family waterslide and smoothie bar.
Need peace and quiet? Adults can indulge in sun-drenched serenity at Quiet Cove, a refuge dedicated to relaxing with a drink. The secluded adults-only area will boast an infinity pool, bar and cafe.
Luna is a new entertainment hub that will transition from a daytime setting for family fun into an elegant evening venue for adult-exclusive entertainment, with live shows and interactive programming throughout the day.
Harking back to the golden age, meanwhile, The Walt Disney Theatre (above) is an opulent show palace staging Broadway-style stage productions developed exclusively for Disney Cruise Line.
And both The Wonderland and Never Land Cinemas are intimate screening rooms where classic and first-run films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and more will be on the bill.
Upmarket dining will take centre-stage at Palo Steakhouse, Enchanté by Chef Arnaud Lallement and The Rose, the latter exclusively for adults, inspired by Beauty and the Beast.
Most of the ship’s 1,254 staterooms will offer an ocean view — including 877 with a spacious verandah — and there will be 451 connecting doors to adjoin rooms for larger families.
Cruise line exclusives include Disney’s first-ever staterooms located above the bridge, boasting floor-to-ceiling windows that reveal breathtaking ocean views overlooking the bow of the ship.
The Disney Wish will also debut four royal suites, two of them two-storey, with an elegant spiral staircase and a spectacular two-deck-high stained-glass frieze.
She will sail her maiden voyage — a five-night cruise to Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay — on June 9, 2022, followed by an inaugural season of three- and four-night cruises to the same destinations from Port Canaveral, Florida. Bookings open on May 27, 2021.
To learn more about Disney Wish’s many facilities, set sail to disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 0800 171 2317 or contact your travel agent.