As you may know, Disney currently has 3 ships, the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder and the newest arrival Disney Dream, but Disney is expecting another bundle of Joy, in March 2012, Disney Fantasy will make her debut and join her sister ships in Cape Canaveral Florida, at least for a short period of time until Disney Magic and Disney Wonder will move to their new home port in Los Angeles, California.
We have only been on the Disney Wonder in all our magical trips and hope to set sail with the Disney Magic this summer, but that isn’t for sure yet. So for now I can only provide you with pictures of the Disney Wonder.
Now did you know that on every Disney Cruise and on the Disney Private Island, Castaway Cay, there are zones just for Adults, NO KIDS ALLOWED ? Some areas are just for adults to enjoy, like the adults only beach, the adults only pool and sitting areas… Now don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of other areas where kids can be kids and have fun, but when Mom and dad need a break, you will be surprised how nice it is in the adults Only areas, you won’t hear any kids screaming yet they are only a few feet away in the Mickey pool.. it’s soo cool… At least Mom and Dad get to relax on their vacation, too.. Let Mickey and Crew entertain your little ones… they are in good hands and you can sit by the pool, enjoy some coffee ( or a drink..smile), get a nice relaxing massage or even get your hair done at the on board Beauty Salon…. I love to just sit at the Adult Pool and watch the entertainment that they have throughout the day, check your personal Navigators for Times and shows.
Oh, that reminds me, you don’t know what the Personal Navigator is, just yet… I will go more in depth later on, but the Personal Navigator will tell you everything that is happening on the ship that day, where, when, how and what… it’s the coolest thing ever and I love to collect them.. So that’s enough of a tease.. back to the tour of the boat…
The Disney Wonder has 10 massive decks, a total length of 964 feet, a maximum width of 106 feet and a gross tonnage of 83,000. It has the capacity to comfortably accommodate 2,400 passengers, along with 945 Cast and Crew Members to cater to the needs of Guests on each and every voyage, from dawn until dusk.
Staterooms on board the Disney Wonder feature modern comforts, ample space and elegant nautical decor. Most boast split bathrooms—a feature perfect for families& and a cruise line industry first!
Youth Clubs aboard the Disney Wonder fulfill the playtime needs of our young Guests! Children’s activity centers, clubs and special supervised programs are found all around the ship.
Dining options aboard the Disney Wonder range from intimate gourmet to casual quick-service. You can enjoy an intimate dinner-for-two just as easily as you can grab a bite by the pool with the whole family! Each ship has 3 main restaurants that you will rotate and you will eat at least one time eat at each of them, unless you rather have a quick Pizza snack or room service, but why pass up a 5 star meal that is all included in your package, no extra Fees… you get appetizer, main entry and dessert all from the BEST!! I have yet to order something that we didn’t like. Each restaurant has a Theme, on the Disney Wonder you can expect Parrot Cay, which is a Caribbean Island style restaurant with food from the Caribbean, the Triton is a fancy french restaurant and Animators Palate is a great restaurant that your kids will love, with American cuisine; at Animators Palate you will get a dinner and a show… more in another post.. but we love Animators Palate the best. Also there are different theme nights and almost each night you will have some kind of show with dinner if it’s Pirate night there is a pirate show, or the last night all your Hosts and hostess dance and say goodbye. It’s just a fun filled time, that you don’t want to miss….
Entertainment aboard the Disney Wonder is offered across a number of exciting venues, and all options are designed to fill your days at sea with memorable experiences. In every corner there is some kind of entertainment going on from kids club to brand new state of the art movie theaters with, of course, brand new and maybe not even released Disney movies yet. We saw Toy Story 3 D 3 days before it actually got released and some other movies on the biggest floating movie Screen.. you can watch award winning Musical Theater shows from Toy Story 3 to Beauty and the beast or whatever show they have to put on that night. They are ALL wonderful and never get bored. Kids love them as much as adults.. just wonderful performance. There is pirate night with LOTS of life entertainment and more food, oh did I mention Mickey and the gang is ALL over the ship.. you may walk into one of them in your Hallway, spend time in an elevator or have them play hide and seek with you in the kids room.. you never know where one of the characters may show up and surprise you. On our last cruise, this past summer, my toddler and I were on our way to meet Pluto for the PJ party, we had to make a stop in the restroom to get her changed into her Pj’s, that was right after dinner… .we meet Bell ( yup princess Bell) in the Hallway and she took my Toddlers hand and walker her to the other side of the ship to meet Pluto, along the way Peter Pan came and he took her other hand and both just walked down the hallway with my toddler in hand… that’s the kind of thing you don’t get at Disney World/ Disney Land. The one on one with the characters, no lines, no waiting they just pop up and interact with you; Bell and Peter Pan spend a good 15 min with us walking around till she droped my Toddler off with Pluto… it was the coolest thing, however I didn’t have my camera with me.. Lesson learned and other TIP : ALWAYS carry your camera, even into the restroom.. you never know when something magical will happen and believe me it will… !!!!
Pools aboard the Disney Wonder are great places to cool down and relax on sunny afternoons. On Deck 9, you’ll find 3 crystal pools—one for kids a/k/a the Mickey pool, one for families or Tweens a/k/a the Goofy pool, and one just for adults18 and up in the quiet Cove. Did you know that NONE of the pools on the Disney ships smell or taste like Salt water? Each ship has a water filtration system and they will turn saltwater into freshwater… if you have a chance to be on board of one of the ships, make sure you watch the Behind the Scene video that they show a few times throughout the day at the Goofy Pool. It has a lot of great features that Disney does, from recycling to energy use and so on.. quit interesting, here is some info on the environmental “Behind the Waves from the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder” and the video is actually on the left side, too… :-)
Nightclubs & Lounges on the Disney Wonder fill the nights at sea with sizzling music, dancing and socializing. Get your kicks on Route 66—the ship’s “roadside” adults-only entertainment district, featuring the hottest bars and clubs. That’s where mom and dad get to have some fun for the night, they have shows and live entertainment all planned out for you to ance the night away, once you are done they even provide a little mini Buffet for you to snack on… Everything on the ship is FREE and included in your price EXCEPT Alcohol, you have to pay for that ( and the babysitting for under 2) everything else is part of your ticket… All you can eat and drink ( no Alcohol) as much as you want 24/7……:-)
Route 66 on the Disney Wonder
Route 66, located on Deck 3, Forward of the Disney Wonder is a section of the ship named after the historic thoroughfare, and home to 3 nightclubs and lounges that cater to adults in the evening, including Wave Bands, Diversions and Cadillac Lounge. Decorated with a carpet that looks like a road map, dusty-looking billboards and vintage postcards, Route 66 is the route to fun for adults each and every cruise night.
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