Looking to book a cruise next year on board the brand new ship?
It is, perhaps, not new, with a recently completed top-to-bottom renovation, Disney Cruise Line the Disney Wonder (which originally launched in 1999) now has all the comforts of a modern ship.
Similar to the updates of the Disney Magic sister-ship in 2013, but also many of his own flowers, the Wonder now sports a revised atrium, where guests are first introduced to the story of an old ocean liner. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and more for the journey, of course.
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Of improved child-friendly play spaces to new adults-only activities, these are some of the best new features aboard the Disney Wonder.
Everyone’s favorite snowman Olaf is now on board the Disney Wonder, the main character in “Frozen, A Musical Spectacular” which is currently being run as a in the ship’s Broadway-caliber production shows. A live cast of singers and dancers bring Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, and the rest of the gang to life in the expert, using every theatrical trick in the book of advanced puppetry to detailed projection mapping.
Plus, the new Frozen Adventures of space at the children’s facility gives a permanent home to Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post, to the sea, where children can participate in a coronation ceremony attended by the queen and princess– or meet Olaf in person.
Fun For The Whole Family
Fun for the whole family also extends to the new AquaLab interactive water play inspired by Donald Duck’s mischievous nephews – Huey, Dewey and Louie. The Twist ‘n’ Spout water slide is larger and extended for even more fun. In addition to the slide, toddler fans of “Finding Dory” can splash on Dory’s Reef.
The new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique invite parents to their prospective princesses and princes for a retail makeover experience that is fit for Disney royalty.
Disney Wonder’s rotational dining, where your party and the waitstaff cycle between three unique free restaurants every night is also renewed with the new Tiana’s Place supper club, presenting live jazz music, creole cuisine and live performances by the titular character to enliven the New Orleans-style party atmosphere. The former Animator’s Palate dining room also has a new design for the “Drawn to Magic” and “Animation Magic” dinner show. In the last guests’ placemat character drawings are animated on the screen during the dessert.
Facilities for children
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The Disney Wonder does not have a casino, that makes more real estate for the massive kids facilities on board– Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Disney’s Oceaneer Lab. Both signature areas have been updated, but the club is refurbished with new “Frozen” features as well as the new Andy’s Room (from “Toy Story”) double-decker, the jungle-gym, Club, Disney Junior, complete with Doc McStuffins and Marvel Super Hero Academy.
Here, children unlock their inner super hero by learning about courage and responsibility from the likes of Spider-Man and the Black Box, under interactive displays and iconic props like Captain America’s world War ii, shield and Iron Man’s helmet.
For tweens, the Edge of the club is moved with a new “20,000 leagues Under the Sea’ theme, and how teens have their own Chill Spa treatment in the enhanced Senses Spa & Salon.
Enhanced Adults-Only Area
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Adults looking for an escape from the kids can head to After Hours, where only the classic Cadillac Lounge remains from the pre-renovation times. Now, the sophisticated space shows the Azure night club inspired by the waves of the sea. There is also the Crown And the Fin Pub for a great British experience lined with cinematic easter eggs– and pouring delicious pints of beer, a lovely house, ESB.
Jason Leppert is an international cruise expert and Senior Writer, Cruises and Cruise Tours TravelPulse.com. He is also the founder of the Popular Cruises and is a regular contributor to the Travel Channel, Lonely Planet, Cruise Travel, ShermansCruise and Cruise Radio.