Families looking to sail with Disney Cruise Line will find new and reimagined experiences for children coming to the Disney Wish in summer 2022.
Children ages 3 to 12 will step into their favorite Disney worlds at Disney’s Oceaneer Club, including previously announced spaces including Marvel Super Hero Academy (a high-tech facility for training the next generation of heroes); Fairytale Hall (a royal trio of activity rooms inspired by Rapunzel, Belle and “Frozen” friends); and Walt Disney Imagineering Lab (a unique opportunity for kids to discover the secrets of world-renowned Disney Imagineers).
New spaces just announced are Star Wars: Cargo Bay and Mickey and Minnie Captain’s Deck.
The denzens of the Star Wars galaxy will take center stage at Star Wars: Cargo Bay, a first-of-its-kind immersive experience for kids. They’ll be put in the role of creature handlers as they learn to manage a mischievous menagerie of exotic beings from across the galaxy, including a porg, Loth-cat, and more.
Throughout the cruise, they’ll use augmented reality-enabled datapads to track and study the creatures on a series of special assignments, and will actually be joining an important mission to deliver a pair of secret stowaways, Rey and Chewbacca, back to the Resistance.
I have to give kudos to Disney and the artist for including a mobility-challenged kid in the rendering above. It’s nice to see the representation for all kids.
Specially designed for the youngest sailors at Disney’s Oceaneer Club, Mickey and Minnie Captain’s Deck is a nautical playground inspired by the colors, icons and magic of Disney Cruise Line.
This brand-new space will be filled with an array of maritime-themed physical and sensory-style games and activities, such as pipe slides and crawl-throughs, ship’s wheels, “busy boxes” fashioned as ship controls and cushy life preserver seating areas.
At select times throughout the voyage, the space will be open to little ones’ families for group play, and the toddlers from It’s a Small World Nursery will also get dedicated access to the club to explore, learn and play with Mickey and Minnie.
A highlight for the kids will be participating in “Minnie’s Captain Academy,” a high-energy training session for kids to exercise their bodies (through playful games, dancing and maritime “drills”) and their minds, testing their imagination and ingenuity during a series of challenges tied to STEAM principles (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics).
Cruisers ages 6 months to 3 years will be cared for at It’s a Small World Nursery, where babysitting services will be provided in an environment inspired by the Disney attraction of the same name. Here, little ones will play games, make crafts, watch movies, read books, and spend time with Disney friends under the expert care of Disney-trained counselors. A similar nursery can be found on the Disney Magic.
Disney Cruise Line hasn’t forgotten the tweens and teens in the family, either, with three hangout areas made just for them.
At Edge, tweens ages 11 to 14 can gather in a bright, colorful hangout inspired by a chic New York City loft. Throughout the space, graphic art photo walls will provide ample opportunities for tweens to capture selfies to share to their social media, and with friends.
Teens ages 14 to 17 will have their own dedicated club at Vibe, a stylish space inspired by a Parisian artists’ loft. The design will feature walls covered with whimsical pop art murals and colorful graffiti; a larger-than-life, brightly painted Mickey Mouse statue; and a traditional French Morris column plastered with Disney-inspired travel posters.
And the two age groups can hang out together in a third club, The Hideaway, located adjacent to Vibe, so the two can be combined for larger functions. This area will feature a dance floor and DJ booth, along with a variety of seating.
Each tween/teen venue will also include complimentary refreshments: Edge will have a soda bar; Vibe will serve soda and coffee drinks; and The Hideaway will offer smoothies.
The Disney Wish will sail its maiden voyage on June 9, 2022, followed by a season of three- and four-night cruises to Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, from Port Canaveral, Florida.
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