As the slogan hangs in front of Disneyland California, Disney has always been like a kingdom that breaks down reality and imagination, connecting the fairy-tale dreams of every adult child.
This dream comes more real when it is far away from land and avoiding the modern city – talking about Disney Cruise.
Every Disney cruise brings a trip to the paradise of the sea.
On a Disney cruise, in addition to the ubiquitous presence of the beloved Disney characters, a wealth of theater, shows, and tours of end-of-day entertainment, the cruise ship will also arrive at a private island contracted by Disney to take guests to the island for swimming, diving, and adventure ……
Currently, Disney has four large cruise ships, but it has been nearly 10 years since Disney launched a new cruise ship.
But recently, Disney officially announced that the fifth cruise ship “Wish” (Disney Wish) is about to set sail.
Disney’s new cruise ship “Wishes” is here
This “Wishes” cruise ship, which means “the courage to explore the world and experience the world of good wishes”, will also be the largest and most innovative cruise ship of Disney.
With a length of 341.13 meters, a weight of 144,000 tons and a capacity of 4,000 people, it will not only bring richer entertainment facilities, but also carry more Disney stories and bring more diverse experiences.
Disney is loved by people of all ages, thanks in large part to its vast array of popular IPs.
Widely known, there are Marvel, Star Wars, Disney princesses, and various cartoon characters, etc. These IPs will be spread all over the “Wish”.
【Disney IP Family Fun】
First of all, for the first time, this cruise ship will be captained by a female character – Minnie – and the ship’s mascot will be the adventure-loving Rapunzel, all to encourage and support the power of women around the world.
Upon entering the cruise ship, various cartoon characters such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Dumbo will appear everywhere and follow you around the cruise ship.
The atrium of the cruise ship is a three-storey high luxury auditorium, where the golden gemstone halo shines, the wishing star chandelier hangs, and the statue of Cinderella is placed by the revolving staircase, as if waiting for the prince to catch up.
This fairy-tale castle-like auditorium also symbolizes the core concept of the ship – wishes come true.
In past Disney cruises, many other lovers would choose to hold their weddings here.
Walking into the rest of the cruise, there is a Star Wars themed hyperspace lounge in the exclusive adult area.
This is designed as a spaceship style, all kinds of starships, fighters, shuttles will also be placed in it, the entire space will be equipped with surround sound, there is a widescreen window, the planets will be in front of the screen drifting past, as if people are really in space.
Specifically for children, there is a “Marvel Superhero Academy”.
It is like an “Avengers” headquarters, where children can go in and interact with Captain America, Spider-Man, Black Panther and other superheroes, and “play” the next generation of superheroes through AR, VR and other technologies.
The cruise ship also has many children-only areas, such as the Royal Trio Activity Room “Fairytale Hall”, where they can go to Disney Princess Belle’s library to read books, attend Rapunzel’s art classes and learn to make crafts; in the Walt Disney Imagineering Lab, they can conduct hands-on creative experiments, learn how to build their own virtual roller coasters and ride them.
【First attraction at sea】.
Walk out of the cruise ship, in the “Wish” the upper deck, you can see the biggest feature of this cruise ship.
This is also the first sea attraction created by Disney on the “Wish” – AquaMouse.
This attraction is centered on Mickey Mouse, and Disney says it will allow guests to experience a “Mermaid Under the Lake Adventure” with Mickey Mouse.
People will be in a 760-foot-long water slide, by the water impact and glide forward, around the top deck, in the transparent tube through, as if in mid-air.
And unlike other traditional water slides, people do not simply rush out from the top to the bottom, but frequently forward or upward, just like an underwater roller coaster.
Inside the water slide will be placed a variety of audio, video and lighting effects, as well as different performance scenes, all kinds of marine life and Disney characters will appear, will also premiere a new Mickey Mouse animated short film called “Scuba Scramble”, as if people and characters in the ocean together, bringing a fully immersive experience.
Finally, people will be completely jetted out of the tube with a view of the endless ocean.
The AquaMouse attraction, which is also the largest deck of the ship, includes a Toy Story Zone with smaller water slides and jets that are more suitable for children.
There are also six adult-only infinity swims at various heights, with fountains and small waterfalls, as well as places to sunbathe.
[Multiple new theme restaurants]
When you’re tired of playing, it’s time to dine. Disney has designed three new themed restaurants on the Wishes.
For example, ArenDELLe, a “Frozen”-themed restaurant, which will offer Nordic-style food, 3D special effects of magic light and shadow will travel through the restaurant, making people feel like they are in the kingdom of Arendelle surrounded by sea.
There will be a performance by Aisha and Anna during the meal, and they will surely sing their famous song “Let it go” with great enthusiasm.
The other restaurant, the “Walt Disney 1932” theme, will be created in the Hollywood style of the 1920s, which represents the heyday of Walt Disney, and the dishes served will all be California cuisine.
The last new restaurant, also Marvel-themed, will have waiters who are superhero characters, and you can try African food from Wakanda, Eastern European cuisine that pays homage to Sokovia, and “Netflix meals” from the Avengers’ headquarters in New York City.
In addition to these three restaurants, there is also an upscale Beauty and the Beast-themed restaurant for adults, where you can order high-end wines and spirits, as well as an outdoor terrace overlooking the ocean, perfect for a couple’s date.
In order for all guests to experience all the restaurants, Disney has implemented a “rotation system” in which guests will dine in different batches, in turn, at different restaurants.
[Unique Funnel Suite
After swimming around the cruise ship and walking to the accommodation, there are also unique Disney features all around.
There are a total of 1,254 staterooms on the Wishes, 90% of which have ocean views, and 76 concierge-level deluxe staterooms, twice as many as on the previous four ships.
On the Wishes, Disney has created an industry-first “Funnel Suite”.
Inspired by Disney’s Moana, the 1,966-square-foot property looks like a magical lighthouse, with ocean-inspired artwork such as coral, crabs and starry skies throughout, and customizable lighting and music.
Visitors need to take a private elevator to get inside, which has two master bedrooms, a children’s room, as well as a living room, bar, library, dining area, and four spa-like bathrooms, just like a separate private villa.
And other places in the residential area, the same with different themes of the room, telling different Disney stories.
Although we have finished talking about the accommodation of the “Wish”, early bedtime is not possible, and there are many exclusive night activities on the Disney Cruise.
For example, in Disney’s Theater at Sea, people will be as situated in the dark green forest, where all kinds of Broadway-style musicals and stage plays will be staged, and orchestras will play upbeat contemporary dance music.
The Wishes’ exclusive movie theater will premiere the latest Disney movies, as well as Disney classics from the past, along with the world.
The best thing to see is the Disney Cruise’s first fireworks at sea. In the vast expanse of darkness, people of all colors will be dressed as Pirates of the Caribbean on the deck, and there will be nothing but dazzling fireworks as far as the eye can see.
By this point, the night of the Disney cruise trip also drew to a memorable end.
It is reported that the cruise ship will depart from Port Canaveral, Florida, and then drift at sea for four days and three nights, and finally will go to Disney in the Bahamas to buy a private floating island – Castway Cay on.
The island will be dotted with Disney elements, where guests can barbecue, dive, ride bikes and participate in various water activities, although Disney has not yet released more details on how to play on the island.
In addition, it will also become Disney’s most environmentally friendly cruise ship, the entire journey is powered by liquefied natural gas.
In terms of price, the inaugural voyage of the Wishes will start at $5,769 (approximately RMB 36,890) and will vary depending on the accommodation configuration.
The maiden voyage of the “Wish” is scheduled for June 9, 2022, adding another unique piece to Disney’s cruise history.
Disney’s “small but beautiful” cruise business
The global cruise travel market is now dominated by three major groups, Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Starwood.
Disney is not a “cruise giant,” but it has been a leader in family cruises among the major cruise trips around the world.
Because there are currently no Disney Cruise ships available in China, it is not as well known in the country compared to Disneyland.
However, within the Disney theme park and resort business, Disney Cruise Line is the most growing and best performing business.
On July 30, 1998, the first Disney cruise ship, the Disney Magic, began its maiden voyage, and on August 15, 1999, the sister ship of the Magic, the Disney Wonder, made its maiden voyage.
The overall configuration of both ships is similar, but the Miracle has a more modern style, and it also has separate lavatories in all rooms for the convenience of family members, which is a first in the cruise industry.
The two cruise ships sold out much faster than Disney expected, with first-time bookings increasing by more than 60 percent, which led Disney to begin planning to add more ships.
But the cost of building the ship had increased by at least 33% compared to the time the Magic and Wonder were built, so it wasn’t until 2007 that Disney announced two new ships, the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy, that would be built.
The Fantasy, which is mainly responsible for Caribbean itineraries, has added virtual portholes to allow all rooms to have ocean views; the Dream, which incorporates classic beauty and modern luxury, represents the beauty of the golden age of the cruise industry in the 1930s.
These two ships also triple the guest capacity compared to the original two Disney cruise ships, with each cruise ship including 1,250 cabin boxes, which is also two levels more than the original cruise ships.
With a total of 45 itineraries, Disney Cruise Line offers multi-day sailing vacations to and from Florida on the U.S. East Coast, including the waters of the Bahamas, the Caribbean, the U.S. West Coast-Mexico Cote d’Azur and the Mediterranean.
During this period, Disney Cruise Line also performed well.
In 2011, Disney Cruise Line held 1.95 percent of the global market share, and by 2015, Disney Cruise Line accounted for 2.8 percent of the global cruise market in terms of passengers and 2.4 percent in terms of revenue.
In February 2016, Disney was undoubtedly the most popular in a fan poll by Cruise Critic Cruisers, a leading cruise review website, with three of its ships winning awards in a total of 11 categories, and it has been repeatedly named “Best Large Ship” by major travel magazines in platforms such as U.S. News & World, Cruise Critic .
The recognition from consumers as well as awards also gave Disney more confidence and motivation to build new ships as well.
So in March of the same year, Disney officially announced that it would add three new cruise ships, all three of which were larger and more innovative than the first four.
The newer cruise ships also meant that there would be newer technology and more excursions, so in addition to the ship’s configuration, Disney also decided to develop new islands.
But that same year, when Disney purchased Iliucera Egg Island in the Bahamas as a cruise ship trip to the island, it was met with strong opposition from residents of nearby islands, who believed it would cause potential damage to the island’s coral reefs, so the plan had to come to a halt.
In 2020, the New Crown epidemic hit the world, hitting the cruise industry hard worldwide, and Disney was similarly affected by the inevitable downturn into a down year.
From March 14, Disney Cruise Line operations were suspended and put on ice. This year, Disneyland also suspended operations, and a number of its films were also withdrawn, bringing a great loss to Disney revenue.
This year, as the epidemic slowly improved, Disney Cruise was only approved for a trial run on June 29, and news of a new Disney cruise began to be released gradually.
The Disney entertainment empire, which started with movie content, is still developing with content as its king, while Disney’s two major physical derivatives – theme parks and cruise ships – are also aces in Disney’s hands.
They not only close the distance between Disney IP and the public, but also through branded products and retail, so that the Disney brand culture to further expand out of the circle.
Despite the small number of Disney cruise ships, but still with “small but beautiful” service and experience, turned itself into a mobile sea paradise.
Compared to other cruise ships, the biggest advantage of Disney Cruise is nothing more than turning the tour into a story.
Next Disney has many parks and cruise ships under construction, to make the story really become deeply rooted, obviously good content is not enough to support.
But Disney has also explored its own special model, as former Walt Disney Company CEO Michael. Eisner said.
The magic of Disney, in my opinion, is the magic of quality, the magic of creativity, the magic of beauty, the magic of family unity, the magic of employees, and bringing all of that together into one.
The core of this magic has never changed from the day the founder of Disney built Disney –
He took what he begged for as a child and put it all in Disneyland.
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