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Captain Minnie Mouse Takes the Helm of the Newest Disney Cruise Line Ship

Ashley Long

by , Cruise Director, Disney Cruise Line

Captain Minnie Mouse is already making wishes come true for our newest ship! Today we unveiled that this beloved character will come to life for the first time through whimsical artwork on the bow of the Disney Wish.  

Filigree art featuring Captain Minnie for the new Disney Wish

The bow’s elegant filigree art, a hallmark of Disney Cruise Line vessels, includes an intricate scrollwork pattern reminiscent of the classic ocean liners of the 1930s. And the portrait of Captain Minnie on the Disney Wish adds just the right amount of Disney whimsy to the design!

Minted coin featuring Captain Minnie Mouse that is placed under the keel of the new Disney Wish

The magic of Captain Minnie also came alive today as we reached a significant construction milestone for the Disney Wish marked by the traditional keel laying ceremony. During a ship’s construction, when the first block, or section of a ship, is lowered into the building dock, a newly minted coin is placed under the keel for good fortune. The coin created for the Disney Wish features none other than … you guessed it, Captain Minnie!

Our newest captain (in her bold red jacket!) made her splash aboard our ships in 2019 as part of a collection of initiatives aiming to inspire the next generation of female leaders in the cruise industry. And with Captain Minnie at the helm of the Disney Wish, our hope is to continue inspiring girls and young women around the globe!

Close up of the minted coin featuring Captain Minnie Mouse that is placed under the keel of the new Disney Wish

We’ve been teasing out information about our newest ship since we first revealed our fleet expansion, and we know all you Disney Cruise Line fans are itching to know more. Are you ready for details about the Disney Wish? Well, you didn’t hear it from me, but big news is on the horizon. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog so you don’t miss it!


  • This is grand news! I have been asking my husband about whether we missed the keel laying and the coin placement…guess we didn’t! We, like many others, can’t wait to rejoin the fun and magic on the high seas – sailing into new adventures with all our fellow mates! Here is to Disney and their wonderful Cast Members everywhere!

  • It would be pretty amazing if a female human was designated as the ship’s first captain.

  • OMG!! This is wonderful news!! We are excited about experiencing a new adventure with Captain Minnie Mouse. Can’t wait!! 🙂

  • Great news! Hope to sail once again and definitely on Disney’s Wish! Hope to see you again Ashley; you were so amazing as the Cruise Director on my last cruise, Disney Wonder WBPC 3/6/20. Captain Henry and the crew were outstanding too! Hope all is well.
    Pat S.

  • We just can’t wait to sail on the wish, we love everything disney. Thank you to all who make this possible for us mortals, we appreciate you all xx

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