The Disney Wish {Family Places and Fun Spaces}


The Disney Wish is a celebration of nearly 100 years of enchanting Disney stories. Filled with one-of-a-kind experiences inspired by Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar adventures, the Disney Wish embodies the spirit of forward-thinking innovation and visionary storytelling heralded by Walt Disney himself.

The Disney Wish
Everything Disney Cruise Line
Stunning Staterooms
Cruising Concierge
Imaginative Dining
Family Places and Fun Spaces
Spectacular Spaces for Kids at Sea
Castaway Cay Cabanas
Adult Only Cruise Review including:
—- Adult Activities | Beverage Tastings | Enchanted Escapes for Adults
—- Senses Spa | Palo Steakhouse Dinner | Enchante Dinner
– Multi-generational Cruise Review: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Family Places and Fun Spaces

Today concludes my five-part series on The Wish. I wanted to wrap up with a peek inside all of the incredible spaces where you and your family will make magical memories to last a lifetime. Disney Cruise Line is my extended family’s number one vacation EVER. There is something for everyone and we keep coming back time and again! We started cruising Disney with a 6 month old and will have one seventeen and a half when we all sail together in the spring!

Sail Away Celebration

Get ready for all sorts of excitement at the happiest celebration at sea! This jubilant deck party builds anticipation as images of the fun to come are featured on the Funnel Vision—you might even see yourself on the big screen! It’s a magical introduction to your vacation as confetti and streamers rocket through the air, shooting skyward while the Pinocchio classic “When You Wish Upon a Star” bellows from the ship’s blow horn. And as the party comes to an end, you know the fun is just beginning. The Sail Away Celebration is how we kick off each and every voyage!

Pirate’s Rockin’ Parlay Party

One night on each Wish cruise is set aside for all things pirates! Don your most swashbuckling garb for the festivities! Hosted by Captain Redd, Pirate’s Rockin’ Parlay Party features live music, stunts, special effects and a big surprise appearance. The entire event wraps up with fireworks at sea!

Pool Decks

On the Disney Wish, families will have more pools, more deck space and more dining than ever before in an expansive district themed to Mickey and friends. Located on decks 11 and 12 midship, this area includes six pools of various sizes and depths, spaciously staggered among tiered decks and surrounded by lounge chairs — along with a fresh take on quick and casual fare with a festive character twist. Watch Disney movies or play trivia on the FunnelVision while you soak up that Bahamian sun!

Children will have a tub-full of fun in the Toy Story Splash Zone, a water playground where Woody, Buzz and friends are adorably reimagined as larger-than-life rubber bath toys that move and spray water at kids’ whim. This bathtub-themed splash zone features two toddler-sized slides and pop jets, geysers and bubblers galore. 

The AquaMouse

Slide and splash through the zany stories of The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse aboard AquaMouse. Complete with animated scenes and delightful special effects, this first-of-its-kind water ride sends you on a fun family adventure through 760 feet of winding tubes suspended high above the upper decks. I did it twice and cannot wait to go again with the family! It’s good, family fun!

Hero Zone

Introducing a completely new category of active family play to the Disney Cruise Line portfolio, Hero Zone is a futuristic sports arena where physical activity blends with imagination, offering highly produced show experiences in addition to free-play sports. My boys are going to LOVE this spot!

Families can test their strength, speed and stamina during the Incredi-Games, a high-energy game show featuring an elaborate obstacle course of over-the-top physical challenges, each inspired by the dynamic characters of Pixar’s “The Incredibles.”

Now with more fanfare than ever before, the guest-favorite Disney Cruise Line experience Jack-Jack’s Incredible Diaper Dash offers terrific tots the chance to compete for the coveted title of Diaper Dash Champion as they speed-crawl across a 20-foot track amid the cheers (and chuckles) of family, friends and adoring fans.

What’s more, when Hero Zone isn’t all decked out in super hero gear, it is also a free-play sports hub where Guests can enjoy some friendly competition with basketball, soccer and a variety of table-top games, including Ping-Pong, air hockey, foosball and shuffleboard.

Broadway Style Shows

A hallmark of any Disney Cruise Line vacation is the unparalleled roster of Broadway-style spectaculars performed in the Walt Disney Theatre. You will absolutely treasure the opportunity to see Disney stories and characters brought to life on stage in new ways.

After your first day spent exploring the ship, Guests head to the beautiful Walt Disney Theatre to see an original musical spectacular called “Disney Seas the Adventure.” The show begins with Captain Minnie Mouse handing over the helm to her dear friend Goofy, leaving him a little unsure about the responsibility. With the help of some familiar friends, he embarks on a musical voyage into favorite Disney and Pixar stories on a journey to discover his own inner captain. Fun fact, the voice of Goofy was on my voyage and he was an absolute doll!

The creative minds at Disney Cruise Line also joined forces with a team of top Broadway talent to develop an all-new stage adaptation of “The Little Mermaid” exclusively for the Disney Wish. In this modern-day retelling, audiences rediscover the iconic scenes, acclaimed music and beloved characters of the film, as a cast of contemporary storytellers put their own spin on the timeless tale. Jodi Benson, the voice of The Little Mermaid, sailed with us and her excitement for this show was positively contagious. I loved it!

The third show on The Wish is Aladdin. It has not yet been released on the ship but is coming soon.

First Run Movies

The Wonderland and Never Land Cinemas are intimate screening rooms that provide guests more options than ever to watch classic and first-run films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and more.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

I am thrilled to share a special first look at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique on the Disney Wish! This magical experience provides pixie-dusted makeovers for kids ages 3 to 12, complete with hairstyling, makeup, costumes and accessories. The venue features beautiful wood detailing, chandeliers with candle lights and design elements inspired by Cinderella.

Character Meet & Greets

One of my favorite parts of a Disney Cruise are the characters!! They are so much more accessible to guests than in the parks and meeting them couldn’t be easier. Times are posted in 15 minute increments and you just show up and are guaranteed to meet them!

For the 25th anniversary of Disney Cruise Line, the classic characters are meeting in their shimmering seas attire.

And, finally, the only pre-booked character meet is Royal Gathering. You can also meet these princesses at other times during the cruise, but it is a nice snag if you can get a spot to see them all at once.


This brand-new entertainment hub — outfitted with a two-story LED screen wall, stage and bar — offers a variety of live shows designed for families to laugh, sing and compete together.

“Villains Game Night” is a witty game show where guests attempt to answer Disney trivia questions amid the jeers and sneers of nefarious Disney foes, including Cruella de Vil, Gaston, Hades, Maleficent and more, who will join on screen.

“Disney Songbook” puts guests in the spotlight as they belt out Disney songs and showcase their star talent for a live camera crew, who projects each performance onto the big screen.

And, one of my personal favorites, Silent Disco! You simply must gather your adults 18+ and join in the fun (it can also count as a workout!)

Castaway Cay

Each and every voyage on The Wish takes a day to soak up the fun and sun at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island. Cruisers enjoy balmy tropical weather and world-class recreation on a Bahamian oasis with signature Disney hospitality. After disembarking on Castaway Cay, you can obtain beach towels and use your convenient Key to the World cards for retail transactions on the island. Everything needed for the perfect beach getaway is here—from lounge chairs and beach umbrellas to tasty food and family-friendly entertainment.

Let’s Set Sail

As a Premier Level Advisor with Glass Slipper Concierge, I am recognized for providing the highest level of customer service, experience, and knowledge in the industry.  I use my personal connections and firsthand expertise to craft bespoke Disney trips for the most discerning clients.  On top of that, Disney vacations are expensive and I know how to get the best value for your time and money.  You can learn a little bit more about me here:

In today’s ever changing travel environment, it is important to have a travel advisor with recent AND personal experience in your destination.  I have personally sailed with Disney Cruise Line more than 10 times.  Since they resumed sailing after covid-19, I sailed the Dream in August 2021 and the Wish in July 2022.  I’ll be back on-board in November and next May!

The Disney Wish will sail year-round from Port Canaveral, offering a series of three- and four-night Bahamas cruises to Nassau and Disney’s private island oasis, Castaway Cay, beginning July 14. I am booking Disney Cruise Line vacations across the fleet of five incredible ships through September 2023, and have an ongoing interest list for late 2023 and beyond.

As Premier Level Advisor with Glass Slipper Concierge, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, I offer concierge travel planning for Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney Cruise LineDisneyland® Resort, Disney Aulani Hawaii, Universal, Sea World and to over 40 countries on 7 continents through Adventures by Disney® and National Geographic Expeditions.

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One thought on “The Disney Wish {Family Places and Fun Spaces}

  1. Hi Amanda, You have a gift for organization and creating beautiful memories for your family through vacationing. Would you consider a post sharing what has worked for you over the years regarding practical tips on how you plan family vacations each year (locale, getting them on the calendar) and maybe tips on how you budget for them? I know it’s not your typical content, but I bet many readers would love the insight! Thanks!

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