The Disney Wonder is entering a 6 week drydock on September 9th and exciting changes are on deck! The Wonder was originally launched in 1999, designed as a sister ship to the Disney Magic which was reimagined in 2013. Many of the features coming to the Wonder are unique to Disney Cruise Line while it will maintain the beauty and service that distinguish Disney Cruise Line from other cruise lines.
The Wonder’s Oceaneer Club (for ages 3-12) will now offer the Marvel Super Hero Academy where young trainees can learn hero values of teamwork, bravery and problem solving through hands-on play and programs. For example, Spider-Man will appear in person to help children hone their spider senses by perfecting their skills of reflex, speed and sharp minds. Children will work on their web-slinging and then get to see themselves in the headlines of the “Daily Bugle.” Other Marvel Super Heroes will interact with children via a large digital display, helping them unleash their inner super heroes. In one program, kids can control the movement of a character on screen to practice super skills like repulsor blasting. The Academy will also feature displays of Captain America’s World War II shield, Iron Man’s helmet, Spider-Man’s web shooters and Black Widow’s gauntlets to inspire young Super Hero recruits.
The Oceaneer Club is adding even more fun with new play spaces and character interactions including Frozen Adventures where Olaf will lead summery games with a wintery twist and a sing-a-long of “In Summer.” In another festive activity, young Guests will prepare for a coronation and receive a truly royal visit by Anna and Elsa.
Club Disney Junior will include a visit by Doc McStuffins to help children diagnose and treat the stuffed animals. In Andy’s Room, kids will feel toy-sized in the multi-level play space themed to the Disney•Pixar “Toy Story” trilogy. As a special treat, Woody and Jesse will appear in person to join youngsters in a hoedown or a scavenger hunt. These and other spaces provide the perfect settings for children to not only meet their favorite characters but to dance, play and spend quality time with them.
The Wonder will also create a new “it’s a small world” nursery with a whimsical world inspired by the style of the legendary theme park attraction.
Children will also delight in the addition of the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique providing magical makeovers for children on board.
On the pool deck, the wonder will add several new features for splatacular fun including a Twist ‘n’ Spout water slide, and Dory’s Reef, a splash zone that offers fanciful water play for toddlers. The Wonder will also receive the AquaLab , a pool and interactive water play area for kids and families
Numerous changes are being made to the Wonder’s dining venues as well. Tiana’s Place will be a new restaurant inspired by the Disney animated feature, “The Princess and the Frog.” Unique to the Disney Wonder, Tiana’s place will feature southern charm spirited jazz and street party celebrations with a menu influenced by southern-style cuisine, Live music will be performed on the main stage, with rhythmic, toe-tapping notes of jazz, swing and blues setting the tone for the French Quarter supper club atmosphere.
Animator’s Palate will also be updated to introduce the popular “Drawn to Magic” and “Animation Magic” dinner shows, and Cabana’s casual dining will replace the Wonder’s Beach Blanket buffet. The Wonder’s location of Palo will also undergo a renovation with new décor.
The adult district will a brand-new pub that invites Guests to take a jaunt to an authentic English tavern. Of course, a selection of British and specialty beers will be offered to create the perfect pub atmosphere in a setting of dark woods, plush leathure furniture and brass accents. Observant Guests may discover this is no ordinary pub. Subtle nods to classic Disney films set in London can be found in artwork, props and other bits ‘n bobs throughout the space. Brilliant stories of all sorts will be celebrated at the pub, whether those tales be true, tall or flat-out mad. The pub will be part of a redesigned adult-only district, After Hours which will will have an all-new night club and a shiny new model of the popular Cadillac Lounge.
Senses Spa & Salon will be reimagined and will include a new Chill Teen Spa, while tweens will receive a new Edge club. Families will enjoy the D Lounge for games and entertainment and DCL will introduce a brand-new Walt Disney Theatre production, combining traditional theatrical techniques, modern technology and classic Disney whimsy
The wave of new enhancements debut on sailings starting November 10, from Galveston, Texas.
The Disney Wonder will continue to sail from Galveston to the Bahamas and Caribbean, until the ship sails to San Juan, Puerto Rico on January 20, 2017. On January 26, 2017, a three-night cruise aboard the Disney Wonder takes Guests from San Juan to Port Canaveral, Florida, where the ship will homeport for the spring.
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