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New Orleans and Princess Tiana Take Center Stage in Enhancements Coming to the Disney Wonder

Melanie Hager

by , Public Relations Manager, Disney Cruise Line

The world of “The Princess and the Frog” will come to life in new ways on the Disney Wonder this fall with the addition of an exciting New Orleans-themed lounge that will transport guests deeper into the heart of the city’s iconic French Quarter. A perfect complement to Tiana’s Place Restaurant on the Disney Wonder, the French Quarter Lounge will feature live music and themed activities for everyone in the family. Also debuting on the Disney Wonder will be a sleek new space for teens and a redesigned café just for adults.

At the French Quarter Lounge, guests will get a touch of bayou hospitality as they enjoy live music on the gazebo stage and sip specialty drinks at an updated whimsical bar. This natural precursor to dinner at Tiana’s Place Restaurant is the perfect destination for entertainment and libations before or after dinner, while the space will come alive throughout the day with New Orleans-themed family activities, trivia and character encounters.

The jazzy atmosphere of the French Quarter Lounge, also inspired by the Disney animated feature “The Princess and the Frog,” will evoke an airy outdoor space in New Orleans, surrounded by touches of iconic architecture such as wrought-iron balconies, classic brick walls and shutter-framed windows. Decorative details including a life-size trolley car and nods to the film in the form of signs and facades on the walls add to the ambiance of the space.

Meanwhile, teens and adults will also discover redesigned spaces on the Disney Wonder meant just for them. Vibe, a club reserved for teens ages 14-17, will transform into a contemporary place to hang out with friends while at sea. The space will be given a timeless feel with an open, bright redesign, a light color palette and industrial metal work, while a new coffee bar and updated virtual reality technology add to the list of activities for teens to enjoy during their family vacation.

Adults will have an updated space all their own in the Cove Café, after a redesign that will transform the look and feel of the café into a local coffee shop, complete with warm, comfortable and trendy décor. Ample seating and a relaxed atmosphere will invite guests to indulge themselves in this peaceful retreat, which is the perfect place to sip specialty coffee or tea throughout the day or partake in wine, cocktails and light bites during the evening. Just steps away, Signals Bar is also undergoing a transformation with a similar look.

The new enhancements debut on the Disney Wonder’s four-night sailing from Vancouver to San Diego on Sept. 30, 2019.  

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

If you would like to see these updates firsthand, the Disney Wonder has a variety of itineraries and ways to experience these enhancements in the coming months! From summer sailings to Alaska, cruises to the Mexican Riviera and voyages to the Caribbean and Bahamas, this ship has something for everyone both onboard and in ports all around the world. And don’t forget – for the first time, the Disney Wonder will also call New Orleans home in 2020 with Caribbean and Bahamian itineraries departing from this new home port beginning Feb. 7!  

If you’re looking for a taste of New Orleans onboard, Disney Cruise Line is “Gonna Take You There” this fall!    


  • These redesigned areas sound outstanding! I can’t wait to experience them firsthand on our WONDERful cruise in February! Thank you for keeping us updated on the great enhancements that are being made on the Disney Cruise Line fleet!

  • Whitney: No water more slides at this time. Two weeks is not enough time.
    Scott: It is the Promenade Lounge, which is just down the hall from Tiana’s Place, which is being transformed. DCL wouldn’t DARE touch Crown & Fin or Cadillac Lounge.
    Craig: Yes, On Demand TV is the rumor since the wiring apparently was put in place during last drydock but things could not be finished. The wife and I going to miss playing, “Guess the Movie.”
    (All this information is based on what my sailing “spies” have reported back to me and which information I have attained through Internet channels. Take it as you wish and happy sailings.)

  • We love the deco look and timeless quality of Disney Cruise line. When I read “trendy decor” to replace The Cove, I worry this could end up looking like any cruise line. We love the look and feel of Disney Ships! Please remember that as you make changes.

  • I’m so excited! My fiancé and I will be on out Honeymoon cruise the sailing where the new enhancements take place!!! This just made my day because The Princess and the Frog is one of my Fiancé’s Favorite movies!!

  • Will there be any water slides added?
    We are excited to be on the Wonder the first time it ports in New Orleans!

  • Which space is being renovated into the French Quarter Lounge? I really hope it is not the Crown & Fin Pub, as it was already unique to Disney Wonder, with the other ships all having O’Gills. And I most definitely hope they don’t touch the Cadillac Lounge.

  • Will she also get on demand TV? She is the last without it and we are hoping so before the Panama Canal cruise.

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