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Wishes Come True for Both Parents and Kids on the New Disney Wish

On April 29, the long awaited reveal of the Disney Wish premiered on the Disney Parks Blog. All I can say as I pick my jaw up off the floor is WOW! There is so much to cover here and I can’t wait for the details to trickle out as we get closer to the first sailing in June 2022.

As a parent to a 5-year-old there is so much to be excited about.  My favorite part of all of my Walt Disney World vacations since my daughter was born is seeing the look on her face as she experiences new things and sees characters again that she considers old friends. Now, confession time… I have never been on a Disney Cruise! Ok, gather yourself, take a breath and stay with me. The idea of being on a ship with all those kids in a confined space was not my thing. Then I listened to the podcast review of the New Orleans Cruise (WDW Radio #578) and Lou and Beci reminiscing about cruises past and thought this sounds AMAZING — I can’t believe I have waited this long! The reveal of the Disney Wish has only fueled my want to be a Disney Cruise Line regular.

There were a few things that perked my antennae from the presentation. First, the Aquamouse. My kiddo is a ride junkie and while she loves water slides and would have a blast on any of the ships, to have an actual attraction at sea featuring Mickey and Minnie creates wins all over the place! This will make the idea of skipping the parks a little more palatable for all of us, not to mention my wallet. The Hero Zone is another family activity that really piqued my interest. Anything that gets my family to work together, use our imagination, and be competitive sounds like a memory-making experience.  

The dining looks amazing for families and I can tell you, while I would love to go to some of the fancy restaurants, the dining experiences look way cooler! The Frozen dining experience looks like character dining to the max! To have all of your Frozen friends  take part in an interactive show sounds beyond amazing and I am pretty sure only Elsa’s influence could get my girl to try the Nordic-style cuisine.

Now let’s talk about the epicness that is Worlds of Marvel. If you read a story about a person that refuses to leave a restaurant, that would be me — or possibly Lou.  All I can say is that I hope part of the mission is eating all your veggies!!! 

It’s my understanding that the Oceaneers Club is a part of every Disney cruise ship. But on the Disney Wish it appears it is going to be a totally new experience! Let’s start with the secret entrance. Can parents take that entrance to pick up their kiddos, because I might be heading down that slide! It is so wonderful to have a kids’ club that incorporates all different interests. My daughter is very into STEM, and to have the opportunity to hang out in the Imagineering Lab and design her own coaster sounds like it’s right up her alley. I can actually see her hanging out there instead of with the princesses which she also loves! To hang out with Belle, and Rapunzel while doing art could truly be the “best day ever!” I also really hope that they have lots of PhotoPass photographers at the Marvel Super Hero Academy (and all of the Oceaneer Clubs), because someone will need to photograph these kiddos in their super suits meeting their heroes.  

I have saved what I consider the best detail of the Disney Wish for last… THE SPACE! During the reveal they made a point to say how much space was on the upper deck in the Mickey District. The last cruise I went on (not Disney), the upper deck and pools were so crowded you could barely move. To be able to spend time with my family at the pool and not feel like I am reading the magazine of the lady next to me sounds truly wonderful.

Now it’s time to hope for some pixie dust to see if my “wish” will come true — to score a spot on the inaugural sailing in 2022. Even if I don’t, the Disney Wish is high on my wish list (get it?) of vacations for 2022. See you on the high seas!

My name is Sarah Niswender and I have WDW in my veins, going to the parks several times per year as early as age 2. Growing up in SoFla I was fortunate enough to have a lifelong Disney education, thanks to my mother (and hardworking father)! I am now passing the love for everything Disney along to my daughter and somewhat reluctant husband. I have participated in several runDisney events and am looking forward to participating as a part of the WDWRadio running team. See you on Main Street USA!