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Disney Cruise Line Brings New Experiences and Enhancements to the Disney Wonder This Fall

Jonathan Frontado

by , Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and Disney Vacation Club

We just announced exciting new entertainment and experiences in store for Disney Wonder guests after the ship is transformed this fall! Headlining the enhancements are imaginative spaces for children, a jazzy restaurant and an English pub. Here’s a look at what’s to come after the Disney Wonder undergoes dry dock September 9 to October 23, 2016, in Cadiz, Spain…

Marvel Super Hero Academy

In Disney’s Oceaneer Club, Marvel Super Hero Academy will offer extraordinary adventures in which kids play an integral role. With the mentorship of some of Marvel’s greatest Super Heroes, young trainees will learn the value of teamwork, bravery and problem solving through hands-on play and programs.

Spider-Man will appear in person to help children hone their spider senses by perfecting their skills of reflex, speed and sharp minds. Other Marvel Super Heroes will interact with children via a large digital display. In one program, kids can control the movement of a character on screen to practice super skills like repulsor blasting.

Exclusive to the Disney Wonder, Tiana’s Place restaurant is inspired by Princess Tiana from the Disney animated feature, “The Princess and the Frog.” The new restaurant will transport guests to an era of southern charm, spirited jazz and street party celebrations. Influenced by southern-style cuisine, chefs will cook up Tiana’s recipes, drawing inspiration from the flavors and ingredients of the Louisiana bayou. (Photo illustration, Disney)

Tiana’s Place Restaurant

Tiana’s Place restaurant – inspired by Princess Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog” – will transport you to an era of southern charm, spirited jazz and street party celebrations. Here you’ll be treated to New Orleans dining and entertainment, with live music creating a French Quarter supper club atmosphere.

Chefs will cook up Tiana’s recipes, drawing inspiration from the flavors and ingredients of the Louisiana bayou. Tiana’s personal touch will be evident in the menu, the entertainment and throughout every detail in the restaurant.

This fall on the Disney Wonder, Disney Cruise Line guests will experience the newest addition to the After Hours adult district – an authentic English tavern. A selection of British and specialty beers create the perfect pub atmosphere where adult guests can sip a pint or cocktail, or sample a brew made especially for the pub. (Photo illustration, Disney)

Cheers, to an English Pub

The adult district includes a brand-new pub that invites you to take a jaunt to an authentic English tavern. The space is adorned with dark woods, plush leather furniture and brass accents, and subtle nods to classic Disney films set in London can be found in artwork and props. British and specialty beers create the perfect pub atmosphere, where adults can sip a pint, or sample a brew made especially for the pub.

Enhancements from Stem to Stern

Throughout the Disney Wonder, other new and enhanced areas include:

The ship’s upper decks also will be redesigned for waterful fun:

  • Twist ‘n’ Spout water slide provides splashtacular fun
  • Dory’s Reef is a splash zone that offers fanciful water play for toddlers
  • AquaLab is a pool and interactive water play area for kids and families

In addition to Marvel Super Hero Academy, new play spaces and more character interactions for children in Disney’s Oceaneer Club include:

  • Frozen Adventures is where fun takes the form of imaginative play and hands-on activities. On the digital screen, Olaf leads summery games with a wintery twist and a sing-a-long of “In Summer.”
  • In another festive activity, young guests prepare for a coronation and receive a truly royal and in-person visit by Anna and Elsa.
  • Club Disney Junior features favorite Disney Junior characters, storytelling and games. During one activity, Doc McStuffins pays a visit to the club to help children diagnose and treat the stuffed animals.
  • Andy’s Room where kids feel toy-sized in the multi-level play space themed to the Disney•Pixar “Toy Story” trilogy. As a special treat, Woody appears in person to join youngsters in a hoedown and Jessie stops by to join in a scavenger hunt.

The wave of new enhancements debuts on sailings starting November 10 from Galveston, Texas. The Disney Wonder will continue to sail from Galveston to the Bahamas and Caribbean, until the ship sails to San Juan, Puerto Rico on January 20, 2017. On January 26, 2017, a three-night cruise takes guests from San Juan to Port Canaveral, Fla., where the ship will homeport for the spring.

Which enhancements are you most excited to experience?


  • Why is the Wonder not getting the Aquadunk? Going in March & was hoping to have this fun slide for my teenagers. We love the Aquaduck on the Dream!!

  • Are you going to have the interactive hallway game like some of the other ships?

  • Can’t wait! We sail December 9th out of Galveston. We were on one of the inaugural sailings of Disney Fantasy (first Disney Cruise). Can’t wait to sail on Disney again.

  • I’m booked on the Wonder for the Panama Canal cruise ending on Sept 9th in Florida. Can’t wait. Sorry we are missing the new stuff.

  • September 24, 2017 from San Diego. Party of 14, my kids, their spouses and 6 grandchildren. Can’t wait!

  • I loved the renovation of the Magic as that is now our favorite ship. I was excited to hear the Wonder was getting modified too, because this gives me a reason to book another cruise. I just hope the kid area isn’t too close to the one from the Magic. It is exciting to have new experiences.

  • Although it is exciting to add the marble characters, and all the other interactive stuff. Remember some smaller children are quite afraid of the characters. I’m sure most children will enjoy the new play areas, but make sure there is somewhere the children that don’t enjoy it can go. We just returned from a cruise on the Wonder to Alaska where my three-year-old was quite afraid of the ocean Oceaneers club. The large slide area was a little dark and she wished she just had little Barbie princesses to imaginative play with instead of all the spectacular things available. Just don’t forget the little three and four-year-olds when you’re planning the spectacular things for the older children.

  • @Andrew, the features in the photo look like it’ll be taking the place of the tropical themed restaurant, Parrot Cay.

  • Which restaurant is Tiana’s replacing?

  • Kimberly Dunn, I just sailed on the Disney Magic and yes Spider-Man was on there. We did the Marvel meet and greet and it was captain America , Thor and Spider-Man. They were strict about pictures. Only two sets of poses per family.

  • Is there going to be a new lobby atrium like the Disney Magic?

    No AquaDunk? What’s the new adults night club going to be called and look like?

  • What exactly is a twist n spout slide?
    Is there an artists rendition available?

  • I am excited about the changes as we are sailing right after Thanksgiving. I have some of the same questions as others. Is there going to be a concierge lounge added and did the Aquadunk get scrapped from the plans?

  • We have WB PC booked fro 2017 Andrew, come find our FB page. We will also be sailing on her next October 2017 out of San Diego for MRiviera cruise. The Wonder is our favorite ship, so looking forward to her getting a facelift!

  • When we sailed on the Fantasy in November 2015, there was talk of the Wonder being in dry dock in 2016. I am very excited about these changes, but most excited about the addition of Tiana’s Place! I’m hoping to see beignets on the dessert menu. 😉

  • I sure hope the stunning Dale Chihuly Chandelier in the Atrium is not replaced.

  • Very excited to introduce my family to the Wonder next May for my wedding, can’t wait for more details about the enhancements. I’m happy to see Cadillac Lounge is staying and looking forward to Animation Magic and to Tiana’s Place Restaurant. Thank you for keeping us informed!

  • It sounds like this would be a perfect ship to sail out of New Orleans.

  • Is Spider-Man just on the Wonder or will he be on the Magic as well

  • The upgrade doesn’t include the AquaDunk or AquaDuck?

  • We’re sailing the Wonder, Dec 9, out of Galveston. Excited about the pub and Tiana’s Place. Any possibility we’ll have a concierge lounge to enjoy on the Wonder after this reimagination, or will the Wonder remain the only Disney ship without a lounge for concierge guests? Will Tiana’s replace Parrot Cay (hopefully not Triton’s)? What about an Aqua Dunk?

  • So excited for this! I just booked a February cruise yesterday aboard the Disney Wonder and this is a wonderful surprise!!!!

  • We got to experience the “Original” Wonder last October from Vancouver to San Diego – and booked the 2017 WB Panama Canal with the hope of getting to see a reimagined one! SO EXCITED!

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