Next February I am setting sail on a magical adventure of a lifetime as I head out to sea with the Disney Cruise Line as part of the Disney Social Media Moms Disney Land and Sea 2017 Celebration part of which takes place on the newly reimagined Disney Wonder.
My last voyage with Disney was on The Big Red Boat in 1986, before the Disney Cruise Line had their own fleet of ships to to say that I have been grinning from ear to ear since I got the news would be an understatement. Here’s a sneak peek at some of what awaits me from exciting new entertainment and experiences that are all onboard for Disney Wonder guests since the Disney Cruise Line vessel was transformed in late 2016. Headlining the enhancements are an exclusive new theatrical production, imaginative spaces for children, a jazzy restaurant and an English pub.
“Frozen A Musical Spectacular”
The beloved animated hit “Frozen” debuts as a new stage show exclusively aboard the Disney Wonder. The story is presented like never before, with an innovative combination of traditional theatrical techniques, modern technology and classic Disney whimsy.
“Frozen, A Musical Spectacular” follows the captivating adventure of royal sisters Anna and Elsa as they embark on a journey to discover the meaning of sisterhood, inner strength and true love. Fans of the film and newcomers alike are enchanted by favorite characters brought to life onstage and beautiful renditions of the movie’s iconic music.
The show features dynamic costumes and sets, remarkable special effects, and spectacular production numbers that delight Disney Cruise Line guests in new and surprising ways. The Walt Disney Theatre is the perfect setting to immerse audiences in the kingdom of Arendelle.
Songs like “For the First Time in Forever” and “Love is an Open Door” are expanded into ensemble pieces and the film’s wintry wizardry is realized in lavish production numbers of “In Summer” and “Fixer Upper.”
A stand-out moment, the emblematic ballad “Let it Go” is transformed into a full-fledged stage spectacle. Complete with real-life magic – transformative scenery, snow flurries and state-of-the-art video technology – this show stopping number brings Elsa’s enchanted icy blasts to reality like never before.
Marvel Super Hero Academy
The Marvel universe comes to life in Marvel Super Hero Academy. Here, young guests can train to develop the brave and adventurous heroes inside themselves. It’s an exciting addition to Disney’s Oceaneer Club, the engaging and interactive space just for children.
Exclusively on the Disney Wonder, Marvel Super Hero Academy offers extraordinary adventures in which each young guest plays an integral role. With the mentorship of some of Marvel’s greatest Super Heroes, young trainees learn the value of teamwork, bravery and problem solving through hands-on play and programs.
In one mission, Spider-Man appears in person to help children hone their spider senses by perfecting their skills of reflex, speed and sharp minds. Children work on their web-slinging and then get to see themselves in the headlines of the Daily Bugle.
The high-tech command post is also where other Marvel Super Heroes interact with children via a large digital display, helping them unleash their inner heroes. In one program, kids can control the movement of a character on screen to practice super skills like repulsor blasting.
Throughout the academy, displays feature equipment that helps make Marvel Super Heroes the mightiest in the universe.
More Fun for Young Guests
Elsewhere in Disney’s Oceaneer Club, open to children ages three to 12 years old, kid-sized fun continues with new play spaces and more character interactions than ever before.
- Frozen Adventures is where fun takes the form of imaginative play and hands-on activities. On the digital screen, Olaf leads summery games with a wintery twist and a sing-a-long of “In Summer.” In another festive activity, young guests prepare for a coronation and receive a truly royal and in-person visit by Anna and Elsa.
- Club Disney Junior features favorite Disney Junior characters, storytelling and games. During one activity, Doc McStuffins pays a visit to the club to help children diagnose and treat the stuffed animals.
- Andy’s Room is where kids feel toy-sized in the multi-level play space themed to the Disney-Pixar “Toy Story” trilogy. As a special treat, Woody appears in person to join youngsters in a hoedown and Jessie stops by to join in a scavenger hunt.
These and other spaces provide the perfect settings for children to meet their favorite characters, dance, play and just have fun with them.
Tiana’s Place Restaurant
Exclusive to the Disney Wonder, Tiana’s Place restaurant transports guests to an era of southern charm, spirited jazz and street party celebrations. With a menu influenced by southern-style cuisine, Tiana’s Place provides food for the body and soul, showing that dreams and dishes come true.
Guests of Tiana’s Place, the restaurant inspired by Princess Tiana in the Disney animated feature, “The Princess and the Frog,” are treated to a celebration of New Orleans dining and entertainment. Live music is performed on the main stage, with rhythmic, toe-tapping notes of jazz, swing and blues setting the tone for the French Quarter supper club atmosphere.
Guests savor Tiana’s tantalizing recipes that draw inspiration from the flavors and ingredients of the Louisiana bayou. Tiana’s personal touch is evident in the menu, the entertainment and throughout every detail in the restaurant. From Tiana’s family photos to water lily-shaped candleholders to her framed culinary awards – all help tell the timeless tale of Tiana’s journey from waitress to frog to princess to proud restaurant owner.
Cheers, to Crown & Fin English Pub
The adult district includes a brand-new pub that invites guests to take a jaunt to an authentic English tavern. Crown & Fin Pub dons dark woods, plush leather furniture and brass accents that are reminiscent of a friendly neighborhood pub. A selection of British and specialty beers create the perfect pub atmosphere, where adult guests can sip a pint or cocktail, or sample a brew made especially for the pub.
Observant guests may discover this is no ordinary pub. Subtle nods to classic Disney films set in London can be found in artwork, props and other bits ‘n bobs throughout the space. Brilliant stories of all sorts will be celebrated at the pub, whether those tales be true, tall or flat-out mad.
Enhancements from Stem to Stern
Throughout the Disney Wonder, other new and enhanced areas include:
- After Hours –adult district featuring Crown & Fin Pub, Azure night club and a shiny new model of the popular Cadillac Lounge
- A reimagined and relaxing Senses Spa & Salon and a new Chill Teen Spa
- Animator’s Palate main dining restaurant updated to introduce the popular “Drawn to Magic” and “Animation Magic” dinner shows
- D Lounge for family games and entertainment
- Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique providing magical makeovers for children
- Edge club for tweens
- Cabanas casual dining location
- Palo specialty restaurant makeover with Venetian-inspired décor
The ship’s upper decks also are redesigned for waterful enjoyment:
- Twist ‘n’ Spout water slide provides splashtacular fun
- Dory’s Reef is a splash zone that offers fanciful water play for toddlers
- AquaLab is a pool and interactive water play area for kids and families
After the Disney Wonder underwent dry dock from Sept. 9 to Oct. 23, 2016, in Cadiz, Spain, the wave of new enhancements debuted on sailings which started Nov. 10, from Galveston, Texas.
The Disney Wonder will continue to sail from Galveston to the Bahamas and Caribbean, until the ship sails to San Juan, Puerto Rico on Jan. 20, 2017. On Jan. 26, 2017, a three-night cruise aboard the Disney Wonder takes guests from San Juan to Port Canaveral, Fla., where the ship will homeport for the spring.
To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-DCL-2500 or contact their travel agent.
And be sure to stay tuned right here as I share all the excitement leading up to this very special Disney Social Media Moms Celebration which kicks off in Walt Disney World at one of my all time favorite resorts, Port Orleans Riverside next February.