PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – The Disney Wish has officially made its debut ahead of its maiden voyage scheduled for this month.
The ship will offer a range of experiences for the whole family, but children will probably have the most fun with the wide and new range of entertainment on board. Like most Disney Cruise Line ships, the Disney Wish will have an Oceaneer Club, but this one is totally different and cool.
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Kids wanting to hop into Disney’s Oceaneer Club first take a winding slide that leads directly from the ship’s Great Hall on deck three to deck two. After checking in with a Disney cast member (or “consultant” as they call them) at the top of the slide, kids ages 3-12 slide down the “rabbit hole” to the Elite Club.
Don’t worry parents, there’s also a quirky looking staircase just around the corner.
“There’s storytelling and engaging entertainment literally around every corner here,” said Brad Yared, Disney Cruise Line’s youth activities manager.
At Disney’s Oceaneer Club, kids will find activities from the worlds of Marvel, Star Wars, Disney Imagineering and more.
Star Wars: Cargo hold
In Star Wars: Cargo Bay, children are immersed in a galaxy far, far away.
Kids will come face-to-face with creatures from another world, interact with popular characters, and even partake in a unique experience.”war of stars: Creature Challenge.”
“Kids will have a datapad and they will scan those tags and it will give them all the information they need to learn about the creature, how to feed it and how to take care of it, and they will learn all about it .” said Daniel Gallego, Guest Experience Manager of Entertainment at Disney Cruise Line. “Obviously there’s always a challenge in Star Wars, and something’s going to happen, and then Chewbacca and Rey will come along.”
The room is packed with interactive elements that are sure to keep kids busy for a long time.
Marvel Superhero Academy
Also new to the list is the addition of a Marvel area at Disney’s Oceaneer Club.
The room features a range of exciting activities including Avengers: Mission Training. Kids are recruited to train with a cast of superheroes including Spiderman, Black Panther, Ant Man and The Wasp as they prepare to virtually battle Ultron, an android supervillain from the films. Before they take on Ultron, kids can use their magical bond to create a super suit.
“We also have some really great entertainment programs that teach kids what it takes to be a superhero. Because that’s the whole idea behind the Super Hero Academy – the superheroes come to the academy to train the future heroes of the world,” said Tony Giordano, show director of Disney Cruise Line.
Other activities include The Power of Pym with Ant Man, Challenge of the Taskmaster with Black Panther and even a performance with Spiderman.
“It’s wonderful! As an adult who is influenced just by watching, I know that the children are really influenced by this experience,” explained Giordano. “These children have yet to know their path and I think it’s important guiding them and teaching them the wonderful qualities of superheroes and being a part of their growth is something we take very seriously here at Disney Cruise Line.”
Don’t worry, superhero parents – you too can have the experience at an open house.
Walt Disney Imagineering Lab
For any kid out there who has dreamed of creating a future Walt Disney World attraction, the Imagineering Lab is the place to be.
At this brand new location, kids will discover the mysteries of Disney Imagineers through hands-on activities and imaginative experiments. On the sides of the room are models and drawings of popular attractions such as Remy’s Ratatouille Adventures, Cars Land, Journey into Imagination with Figment, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Tron Lightcycle/RUN.
Kids even have the option to build their own roller coaster and then hop into a capsule where they virtually ride their imaginative masterpiece at the Ride Studio, Disney said on its blog.
Fairy Tale Hall
In the Fairytale Hall at Disney’s Oceaneer Club, children find themselves in the worlds of Beauty and the Beast, Frozen and Tangled.
You can see a tour of the room in the video above.
Young royals can make floating lanterns in Rapunzel’s Art Studio, recreate their favorite stories in Belle’s Library and even create their own ice magic in Anna & Elsa’s summer house.
Each of the three rooms is beautifully designed with special accents from each of the popular films.
Mickey and Minnie’s captain’s deck
Imagineers has also created a new room for younger kids called Mickey and Minnie Captain’s Deck. The nautical playground is filled with a range of physical and sensory games and marine-themed activities.
Disney said the signature experience will be “Minnie’s Captain Academy,” a high-energy training session for kids to exercise their bodies (through games, dance and maritime “drills”), their minds, and their imaginations and ingenuity through a series of challenges bound to STEAM principles to test.
For the infants on board, aged 6 months to 3 years, the company announced It’s a Small World Nursery, an area offering babysitting services. Children can play games, do crafts, watch movies, read books and spend time with Disney friends in this area.
Kids Club Meeting Points
Outside of Disney’s Oceaneer Club, Disney Cruise Line will, for the first time, offer three meeting points for children ages 11-14.
These spots will be Edge, Vibe and The Hideaway.
All three areas are bursting with creative design details, comfortable lounge areas, high-tech entertainment and a full program of activities that you cannot miss.
“Both Edge and Vibe offer a main lounge area with plush furniture, an oversized LED screen and plenty of space for group lounging, as well as comfortable alcoves for solo gaming and movies. Each venue will include complimentary refreshments: Edge will have a soda bar, Vibe will serve soda and coffee drinks, and The Hideaway will offer smoothies.
Sports arena Hero Zone
As if that weren’t enough, Disney also invites families with children to enjoy the Hero Zone.
Just around the corner from Vibe and the Hideaway, families can play basketball, soccer and even take part in the Incredi Games.
The blow-up obstacle course features physical challenges themed after characters from Disney and Pixar’s The Incredibles. On the top level of the Hero Zone, families can sit back and relax or engage in friendly competition in a variety of table games.
Families are encouraged to check the Hero Zone schedule to see what types of events are taking place during their cruise.
The Disney Wish is scheduled to embark on its maiden voyage in Port Canaveral on July 14.
The ship is the first of three new Disney Cruise Line ships to be built by 2025.
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