Thinking about taking a Disney Wonder cruise? Here’s everything you need to know about the second ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet.
The Disney Wonder was Disney Cruise Line’s second ship and is the sister of the Disney Magic. She continues to welcome guests since her launch in 1998, and cruisers have many options for dining, entertainment, and recreation on their voyage.
Before you book your cruise on the Disney Wonder, here are some things you should know:
1. You Can See (Most) of the World
Since the Disney Wonder and its sister, the Disney Magic, are smaller than the Fantasy and Dream, they can sail to and from more ports than the larger ships.
One of the Disney Wonder’s most popular cruises is to Alaska, where guests can take part in activities from whale watching to dog sledding.
Cruises to Alaska are limited to certain times of the year, and a passport is required as it sails from Vancouver. Visit the Disney Cruise Line website for more information on how to book.
2. Dinner and a Show
Come on down to the Bayou to dine at no-other than Tiana’s Place on the Disney Wonder! Enjoy live music by Tiana and her band in a venue inspired by the Disney animated classic, The Princess and the Frog. Even Louis, the friendly alligator from the movie, makes a special appearance during dinner.
I highly recommend ordering Big Daddy’s Roasted Prime-Rib or Charlotte La Bouff’s Bucatini Pasta—maybe both—for dinner, and several servings of Tiana’s Buttermilk Beignets for dessert. Trust me on this one.
3. Don’t Let It Go
Frozen fans, rejoice! Frozen, A Musical Spectacular is one of the shows you can see on The Disney Wonder. It blends live actors with creative puppetry to tell Anna’s and Elsa’s story. (OK, and Olaf’s too!)
Even though we know it was not Josh Gad reprising his role from the movie, the actor my family saw during our cruise sounded (and looked like) him. Of course, the entire cast put on a spectacular show.
4. A Fairy-Tale Transformation
Young cruisers on the Disney Wonder can undergo a magical transformation into a knight, pirate, or princess in the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Disney Fairy Godmother-inspired stylists help transform using accessories, costumes, and makeup.
While many things are included in the price of a Disney Wonder Cruise, the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique experience is an additional cost. Prices vary, and you need to book a reservation in advance.
Not going on a Disney Cruise? You can book a Bibbidi experience at one of three locations at Walt Disney World instead (during normal operations). We’ll share all the details in our upcoming Save or Splurge issue of WDW Magazine. Make sure you’ve subscribed to get your copy!
5. Burn Some Extra Calories
Like its sister, the Disney Magic, and cousins(?) the Dream and Fantasy, the Disney Wonder has a fitness center where you “can stay in shape at sea.” Hit the treadmill, lift some weights, or book a personal session with a trainer to balance out the beignets from Tiana’s Place.
While use of most equipment is included in the cost of your cruise, personal sessions and classes cost extra. The Disney Cruise Navigator App has all the details once you’re onboard.
Looking for more ways to stay in shape? Sign up for the (free!) Castaway Cay 5K.
6. Palo Brunch
The Disney Wonder features a restaurant exclusively for adults (18+) known as Palo.
However, if you don’t want to miss one of the fabulous dinners in the main dining rooms, you can make a reservation for brunch on most sea days with a business casual dress code.
Palo’s menu is inspired by Northern Italian favorites with some light appetizers and dessert served buffet style (at least when we dined there in 2019), plus your choice of items from a prix fixe menu. A mimosa was also included during our last visit.
7. A Little-Known Dining Secret
Each of the Disney Wonder’s signature restaurants feature fabulous cuisine. Each night you’ll experience a unique themed menu (escargot, anyone?) throughout your cruise.
If you’re craving one of your favorite dishes from the previous night, you can ask your server if they can serve it in another restaurant. Keep in mind, however, they may have to go to a galley on another deck, so take that into consideration before you ask.
8. You’re Own Private Island (Sort Of)
OK, so you may not ever own a private island; however, that’s fine because Disney has you covered. One of the Disney Wonder’s ports of call on select cruises is Castaway Cay (pronounced “key”), a tropical paradise located in the Bahamas.
Disney leased the island from the Bahamian government for 99 years in 1997 and transformed part of it into a family-friendly spot for fun in the sun. There’s even an adults only beach known as Serenity Bay where you can enjoy some downtime away from the kids.
A Cruise on the Disney Wonder: Final Thoughts
With so much to experience on the Disney Wonder, and the evolving situation with safety precautions, brunch-at-palo_disney-wonder-cruise_shuster Disney Cruise Navigator App or asking a Crew Member for details once onboard.
Find out more about upcoming Disney Wonder cruise sailings on the DCL website.
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