Did You Know There’s a Secret Game Hidden on Some Disney Cruise Ships?

by | Jan 8, 2024 | Disney Cruise Line, Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy

Some of the Disney Cruise Line ships have a secret on board – a secret game! Here’s what you need to know to find this super-cool Easter egg the next time you’re sailing.

One of the best-kept secrets on Disney Cruise Line can be found on the Disney Dream and the Disney FantasyThe Dream and the Fantasy are sister ships, which means they have a lot in common (including identical deck plans!). But one such similarity that guests might not catch on both ships is the secret game hidden onboard – a game that includes an actual working steering wheel for Captain Hook’s Jolly Roger.

Below, we’re sharing all the details about this secret sailing game you can find on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy!

Find the Steering Wheel to Play Disney Cruise Line’s Secret Game

Who doesn’t want to channel their inner pirate while on a Disney cruise? Well, you can take the helm of Captain Hook’s Jolly Roger if you’re sailing on the Dream or Fantasy! There’s a real, working wheel – and if you find it onboard, you can embark on a thrilling game.

Where is this steering wheel for the Jolly Roger? It’s located on Deck 5 of both the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy.

Head on over to Deck 5 Midship – right outside of the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique doors – and you will see the working steering wheel for Captain Hook’s Jolly Roger.

Secret game for Captain Hook's Jolly Roger on the Disney Fantasy

The steering wheel on the Disney Fantasy, located on Deck 5. Photo by Danny Shuster

What Does the Wheel for Captain Hook’s Jolly Roger Do?

Once you locate the wheel, take hold and turn it as if you were really steering the Jolly Roger. As soon as you move it, magic will happen right before your eyes.

Turning the wheel activates the Enchanted Art scene behind it, allowing you to steer the ship through the Neverland Lagoon! Oh, and you won’t just be steering the ship – next to the wheel, there’s a throttle lever, which allows you to speed up and slow down as you sail through Neverland. You’ll be in complete charge of the Jolly Roger as you play!

What Happens When You Start Sailing Through Neverland?

Once you move the steering wheel for the Jolly Roger, you’ll embark on a secret Disney Cruise Line game that’s part voyage, part treasure hunt. There are a few different scenarios that could happen when you’re sailing through Neverland on Captain Hook’s prized ship.

Be on the lookout for a treasure chest, which is located in the middle of the lagoon. Once you find it, be sure to touch it – that will allow you to secure it and bring it aboard your ship.

In a different part of the lagoon, you may find a giant clam. If you touch the clam, you’ll find a surprise inside!

However, you may also come into contact with Tick-Tock, the crocodile from Peter Pan that chomped off Captain Hook’s hand. He usually appears after you find a ship stranded in the water and you attempt to go save them. Tick-Tock won’t let you pass – unless you keep your eyes peeled!

Sometimes, everyone’s favorite fairy, Tinker Bell, randomly appears and helps you get past Tick-Tock. If you do see Tinker Bell, she’ll spread pixie dust on the entire ship, allowing it to glow and fly up over the pestering crocodile. 

There are a good deal of other fun scenarios that may happen, so you never know what “version” or storyline of this hidden game you might encounter as you approach the wheel. Your turn at the helm of the Jolly Roger could involve tiki torches on the beach or a trip past Skull Rock, but you will have to play if you want to figure out what happens when these twists are activated. 

Experience This Secret Disney Cruise Line Game on Your Next Vacation

Want to try your hand at this secret game? You’ll have to book a sailing onboard the Disney Dream or Disney Fantasy! If you’re looking to book a vacation on one of the many Disney Cruise Line ships, we recommend doing so through our partners at Destinations to Travel. These travel experts can provide you with a free quote and help plan out your trip to make it as magical as possible, with details on the latest offers and all of the itinerary options. Just fill out the form below!

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After being an out of state Walt Disney World Annual Passholder for 6+ years, Kelly decided to make her lifelong dream become a reality as she packed up and moved from New Jersey to Central Florida. Now that Disney World is in her backyard, you can typically find her hanging out with the 999 happy haunts, watching the Tam Tam Drummers of Harambe, or sipping on Joffrey’s while people watching on Sunset Boulevard. Thanks to her passion of both Disney and journalism, Kelly has been reporting on a wide variety of topics for the last 12+ years and has written for several publications including BuzzFeed, NJ Digest Magazine, and The Blast.
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Kelly Coffey-Behrens

After being an out of state Walt Disney World Annual Passholder for 6+ years, Kelly decided to make her lifelong dream become a reality as she packed up and moved from New Jersey to Central Florida. Now that Disney World is in her backyard, you can typically find her hanging out with the 999 happy haunts, watching the Tam Tam Drummers of Harambe, or sipping on Joffrey’s while people watching on Sunset Boulevard. Thanks to her passion of both Disney and journalism, Kelly has been reporting on a wide variety of topics for the last 12+ years and has written for several publications including BuzzFeed, NJ Digest Magazine, and The Blast.
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