Magical Character Experiences Coming to Disney ‘Wish’ in 2022

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The Disney Wish is the fifth ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet. Setting sail on its maiden voyage in summer 2022, this all-new ship will be more spectacular than any other Disney Cruise ship. And, as expected, there will be plenty of Disney characters aboard the Disney Wish to add even more magic to every cruise itinerary.

Complete Guide: Everything We Know About the Disney Wish, Sailing to Castaway Cay in 2022

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“Every Disney Cruise Line ship is a living theater that offers spectacular entertainment experiences from bow to stern,” said Jim Urry, vice president, entertainment and port adventures, Disney Cruise Line. “The Disney Wish will build on that foundation with imaginative entertainment venues where storytelling and technology take center stage, creating dazzling environments that will make emotional connections with Guests of all ages and even become supporting characters in the shows.”

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Read all about Disney Wish entertainment here.

During a virtual press event in celebration of the Disney Wish, we asked Disney Cruise Line officials if they could share more details about the character experiences that Guests should expect aboard the newest Disney Cruise ship. While they were unable to share too many specifics, we were certainly excited about the sneak peeks that were provided last week, particularly when it comes to Disney characters.

Here is everything we know so far about the new character experiences that Guests can experience onboard the Disney Wish in 2022 and beyond.

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Atrium Stage & Juliet Balcony

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For the first time ever, the atrium of a Disney Cruise ship will have a gorgeous stage. On this stage, Guests will see shows and entertainment that will surely enhance their experience aboard the Wish. 

The fairytale castle-inspired Grand Hall will sparkle and shimmer with enchantment as it evolves from an elegant atrium into an environmental theater with the help of a hidden layer of special effects and the first-ever atrium stage on board a Disney ship. From the ornate stage to the grand staircase to the starry chandelier above, dedicated shows and interactive entertainment will come to life all around guests in this magical new venue.

From the Grand Hall, all Guests will have to do is look up to see a new Juliet balcony. Although exact details regarding character appearances have not yet been shared — and we heard that we will learn more at a later date — Disney did hint that this Juliet balcony, as well as the atrium stage, will be perfect places for characters to appear throughout the duration of the cruise.

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Oceaneer Club

In the new kids club — known as the Oceaneer Club aboard Disney Cruise Line — children ages three to twelve will have some magical adventures with the Disney Princesses and Marvel super heroes.

Marvel Super Hero Academy

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According to Disney, “Marvel Super Hero Academy is a high-tech Avengers headquarters where young ‘recruits’ will train to be the next generation of Super Heroes with the help of their own real-life heroes, like Spider-Man, Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp.”

Fairytale Hall

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Disney shared that in Fairytale Hall in the Disney Wish Oceaneer Club, young Guests will have magical experiences with some of their favorite Disney Princesses. “Fairytale Hall is a royal trio of activity rooms where kids will join some of their favorite Disney Princesses and Frozen Queens as they let their creativity shine at Rapunzel’s Art Studio, read and act out stories at Belle’s Library, and test newfound icy powers at Anna and Elsa’s Sommerhus.”

You can read more about the Oceaneer Club in our article here.


The Disney Wish will bring plenty of innovative dining experiences to sea, and some of those will include characters! We know for certain that there will be a Marvel-themed dining experience coming to the ship, which you can read all about here, but at the moment, we aren’t fully sure exactly what it will entail.

Something we do know for a fact is that at least one dining experience onboard the Wish will include characters we know and love: Anna and Elsa!

Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure

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According to Disney, “Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure is Disney’s first “Frozen”-themed theatrical dining experience, bringing the kingdom of Arendelle to life through immersive live entertainment — featuring favorite characters like Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf — and world-class cuisine infused with Nordic influences.”

Read more about the new Frozen dining experience here.

Captain Minnie

For the first time in Disney Cruise Line history, Captain Minnie will be at the helm of a Disney ship, the Disney Wish. That leads us to believe we’ll be seeing Captain Minnie onboard the ship in 2022 and beyond! We can’t wait to meet her when the Disney Wish sets sail next summer.

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We expect to learn so much more about all of the other characters we will encounter on the Disney Wish when the ship sets sail in summer 2022. But for now, we’ll continue to eagerly await the news (and save our money so we can book a trip ASAP!).

How excited are you for the Disney Wish to set sail? Do you plan to take a Disney Cruise next year? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

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