One of the big reveals at the 2019 D23 Expo was the name of the next ship to join the Disney Cruise Line fleet. The highly anticipated ship is the first of three new ships that will expand the Disney Cruise offerings beginning in 2022, which ships two and three following one a year after that.
Yes. That’s the Disney Wish
“There couldn’t be a better name for our incredible new ship because making wishes come true is part of the Disney DNA and is at the heart of so many of our cherished stories,” Chapek said.
Disney also shared a new rendering providing a first look at the ship’s three-story atrium, inspired by the beauty of an enchanted fairytale. Notice there is no statue on the pedestal. So that will be revealed later.
This also looks to answer our question about what architectural style the next ship would take. The Disney Magic and Disney Dream both have Art Deco themes while the Disney Wonder and Disney Fantasy both have Art Nouveau. This appears to be more opulent fantasy fairytale evoking French Rococo or a modern take on the castle from the live-action Beauty and the Beast, which itself drew inspiration from some famous French Chateaus including – the Chateau de Chambord and the Palace of Versailles.
Each ship in Disney’s fleet has a different character adding a bit of whimsy to its stern. This tradition is also a hint about the theme of each ship. For the Disney Wish, the ship’s stern will feature Rapunzel. Spirited, smart, curious and above all, adventurous, Rapunzel embodies the wish and desire to see and experience the world.
The use of the hair is fantastic. Having the chameleon Pascal on there is great too.
“Each Disney Cruise Line ship is unique, with a name that embodies the excitement of sailing with Disney and the power of our stories. The new ships will have the experiences our guests love, as well as all-new magic,” Chapek added.
The three new ships will be powered by liquefied natural gas and, at approximately 144,000 gross tons and 1,250 guest staterooms, will be slightly larger than the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.
As each first new ship in the ship size has defined that class. The Disney Magic and Wonder are both ‘Magic’ class while the Disney Dream and Fantasy are Dream class. Unless we hear otherwise, we should assume that the Disney Wish will be the first of the three ships in the Wish class.