Magic Moments On Board a Disney Cruise
By Richard Jones
A child’s imagination is wonderful thing. And anyone who’s been to Walt Disney World as a child or has taken kids will know that much of the fun lies in the blurring of fantasy and reality.
As far as toddlers are concerned, they have just hugged the real Mickey Mouse, been inside Cinderella’s actual Castle, and been on board the genuine Millennium Falcon.
If you are one of those parents whose kids are constantly begging you to take them to meet their heroes in their favourite movie settings, fear not – this summer, the lands of their dreams, whether it be Arendelle or Wakanda, Andy’s Room or Mickey’s Place, have arrived in the UK.
As the world slowly emerges from the pandemic, Disney Cruise Line is putting on two, three and four-night staycation sailings on board the majestic Disney Magic from Liverpool, Southampton, Newcastle and London Tilbury.
Many of the House of Mouse’s favourites will be popping up for surprise appearances, while on the Princess Promenade, film heroines wave to guests from the Atrium balcony as they enter Lumiere’s for dinner.
While you’ve got a friend in Woody and Jessie in the Toy Story Encounters, Sarge and the Green Army Patrol host a fun new game show as they go on reconnaissance in search of the elusive blue crayon.
In Mighty Marvel Encounters, guests Assemble for an extravaganza with Marvel’s mightiest, including Iron Man, Spider-Man and Black Panther.
Then, in Freeze the Night Away, the entire family can delight in upbeat dancing, as Frozen song favourites and powerful ice magic combine for a star-studded show featuring Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Sven, Olaf and the trolls.
On board the Magic, spectacular West End-quality musicals become your child’s bedtime story.
Disney Dreams – An Enchanted Classic is a touching story about a little girl named Anne Marie who can’t seem to find it in her heart to believe.
The live stage show features a dazzling procession of characters and songs from all-time classics including Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Cinderella and Aladdin.
Also on board the Magic, families can share in watery fun together.
In AquaDunk, guests climb their way up to the ship’s highest point before plunging three storeys on the body slide.
Little ones can splash it up in sprawling water playground AquaLab, while the Goofy’s Pool family area allows parents and kids to make waves together.
At the same time, the ship’s state-of-the-art Buena Vista Theatre shows back-to-back classic movies and new adventures, while high-energy entertainment venue the D Lounge is a perfect gathering place.
Gym bunnies can even stay fit while on holiday at the fitness centre, and while the adults are pumping iron or pounding the treadmill, children will be safe and happy in the kids’ clubs, where they can character experiences and themed play areas.
In Disney’s Oceaneer Club, youngsters will be absorbed in a fantasy world, enjoying storytelling, larger-than life playgrounds and imaginatively themed games.
In Edge, Tweens have their own places to hang out and can participate in a variety of cool activities, while Vibe is an exclusive space for teenagers to chill out, listen to music, watch TV and play games.
Meanwhile, in the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique salon, little ones arrive as themselves and leave as a princess, knight or sea captain.
No one goes hungry on a Disney cruise, with breakfast, lunch, dinner and room service all included.
The vast array of food and beverage options on the Magic include Duck-In Diner for quick bites, Rapunzel’s Royal Table for a dining adventure with a fabulous fairytale twist, and the adults-only Cove Café which allows grown-ups to enjoy specialty drinks throughout the day.
Palo is the ship’s adult-exclusive restaurant serving Italian fare, while there is also Pinocchio’s Pizzeria next to Goofy’s Pool, and live sports and family entertainment at O’Gills Irish-themed pub.
If you fancy going a little further afield for a cruise, then Disney Cruise Line’s brand-new vessel the Disney Wish will begin sailings from June 9, 2022, with a five-night journeys to Nassau in the Bahamas and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.
From the magical forest setting of the Walt Disney Theatre and storybook-inspired staterooms to the fairytale castle-themed Grand Hall, the Wish will feature a design concept inspired by “timeless tales of wishes come true”.
The fantastical worlds and beloved characters at the heart of Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars are brought to life like never before.
Families can take part in a royal celebration dining experience with Frozen friends, team up with the Avengers, and travel to a galaxy far, far away in a first-of-its-kind Star Wars experience on board a ship.
The ship’s pool areas will include AquaMouse, which takes guests on a fictional seaside excursion to Mermaid Lagoon, an all-new Toy Story-themed water wonderland designed especially for families with toddlers and young children, and the sun-drenched serenity of the adult-themed Quiet Cove, with its luxurious infinity pool, poolside bar and chic cafe.
However, most exciting of all on the new ship is the lavish Wish Tower Suite.
Inspired by Disney’s hit film Moana, this first-of-its-kind penthouse in the sky is set high in the forward funnel of the Disney Wish and celebrates the enchantment and spirit of the sea.
With nearly 2,000 square feet of living space, the Wish Tower Suite comfortably sleeps up to eight guests with two main bedrooms, a children’s room, a library that converts to a bedroom and four and a half bathrooms.
The magnificent living room is flanked by an open dining area, and a large pantry and bar, all offering extraordinary views across the upper decks to the horizon.
It may sound like the stuff of dreams for adults and children alike, but like everything on Disney Cruise Line, fantasy can become a reality.
To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a holiday on board the Disney Magic or Disney Wish, please visit disneycruise.disney.go.com call 0800 171 2317, or contact your travel agent.