Think you know everything about the Disney Cruise Line ships? We’re sharing some little-known fun facts about the Disney Wish below.
The Disney Wish features exceptional restaurants, unique entertainment offerings, and fun-filled activities throughout its many decks – but there are some lesser-known facts and secrets about the newest Disney ship that you should familiarize yourself with before setting sail! Here are our top Disney Wish fun facts that you can use to impress your family members and friends ahead of your next sailing.
1. The Disney Wish is the Only Disney Cruise Ship With a Princess on Its Stern
On every Disney Cruise Line ship, an iconic Disney character can be found on the stern – but on the Wish, the character is a bit different. The Wish is the only ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet to feature a princess at the stern! Rapunzel appears hanging off the back of the Wish, putting the final touches on the Wish logo with her paintbrush.
All of the other Disney Cruise Line ships feature more “classic” Disney characters. Donald Duck is the stern character for the Disney Wonder, while Goofy is on the Disney Magic. Sorcerer Mickey is the stern character on the Disney Dream, and Dumbo is on the back of the Disney Fantasy.
Even upcoming ships don’t feature princesses! For example, the upcoming Disney Treasure will see Peter Pan and Captain Hook as the stern icons of the sixth Disney Cruise Line ship.
2. There’s a Secret Slide Adults Can Ride Onboard
One of the most talked about aspects of the Oceaneer’s Club (an area aboard Disney Cruise Line ships specifically for kids) is the “secret” entrance – a one-story slide that begins in grand atrium and brings you down to the floor below.
While the Oceaneer’s Club is for kids only, the Disney Wish does let adults in on the fun (for one day, at least!). On the very first day of your sailing, before the Wish leaves port, the kids clubs are open for adults to go tour them – meaning adults can ride the slide into the club themselves!
3. A Secret Symbol is Hidden in the Wish’s Chandelier
In the Grand Atrium, voyagers will notice the stunning chandelier that hangs above. Every Disney Cruise Line ship has a signature standout chandelier, but you’ll want to take a close look at the one onboard the Wish. It features four larger stars, which actually represent the other four ships that came before it in the Disney fleet.
The star at the bottom of the chandelier, which is called the wishing star, represents the Disney Wish.
4. There’s a Geographical Scavenger Hunt in Keg & Compass
Keg & Compass, one of the lounges found aboard the Disney Wish, is themed as a sailor’s map room from the 1800s – complete with a “real” map!
The map is used as the room’s wallpaper, but be sure to get up and walk around the lounge so you can really examine the locations spread throughout. If you do so, you will find some of the most beloved Disney characters planted on the map.
The locations are not random, however, as many Disney characters can be found near their real-world geographical locations, including Ariel, Nemo, Dory, Crush, and Squirt, Moana and Maui, Jack Sparrow, Ursula, and more! How many can you find?
5. The Disney Wish Ends Each Evening With a Kiss Goodnight
The Disney Wish is the only Disney Cruise Line ship to have an experience called The Kiss Goodnight! This special happening takes place every evening at 10 PM, 11 PM, and 12 AM, and guests can gather in the lobby atrium where they will hear Cinderella’s classic song, “So This Is Love,” beautifully sung by Ilene Woods.
Lights will then illuminate the ceiling, glowing along to the music. The iconic chandelier will twinkle overhead as guests watch up in amazement. The entire atrium brings in shades of blue and white, fit perfectly for Cinderella, which also provided a soothing atmosphere as they change to the music.
But when the clock strikes “midnight”, Guests will hear chimes meant to bring the feel that the night has come to an end. Cinderella’s voice then comes over the speakers and says it is almost midnight. The lights continue to light up the walls and ceiling, and the music then fades out.
Although this is a very short experience, it is one of the most magical aboard the Disney Wish – don’t miss it while you’re onboard!
Book a Cruise on the Disney Wish Today!
If you’re looking to book a vacation on the Disney Wish – or one of the many Disney Cruise Line ships – we recommend doing so through our partners at Destinations to Travel. They’ll provide you with a free quote and help plan out your trip to make it as magical as possible. To enlist their free, expert help, fill out the form below!