At D23 Expo yesterday, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro shared news and updates from Disney theme parks and beyond, including a trove of new adventures in store for Disney Cruise Line guests!
As part of the announcements, Josh unveiled first details on the fleet’s sixth ship, concept art for its new island destination and an all-new vacation experience for Australia and New Zealand residents. I’m excited to share it all with you today!
Disney fans were the first to learn that the next Disney Cruise Line ship will be named Disney Treasure. The ship will be designed with a brand-new motif unlike anything Disney Cruise Line has done before: the theme of adventure. Inspired by Walt Disney’s love of exploration, this new design concept will pave the way for epic experiences that immerse guests in some of the company’s most legendary stories.
So what does adventure look like? Check out this magic carpet ride through the Grand Hall, the Disney Treasure’s gorgeous atrium space.
The Grand Hall will radiate the irresistible allure of adventure, inviting guests to seek all the treasures on board from the moment they embark. Inspired by the grandeur and mystery of a gilded palace, it draws on real-world influences from Asia and Africa and pays homage to the far-off land of Agrabah from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ classic tale, “Aladdin.”
The signature atrium character statue — a Disney Cruise Line tradition — will be a shining, shimmering, splendid representation of Aladdin, Jasmine and Magic Carpet soaring together toward a whole new world of adventure.
The Disney Treasure is scheduled for delivery in 2024. Following the Disney Wish, which set sail in July, it’s the second of three new ships planned through 2025. The Wish class ships are powered by liquefied natural gas and feature 1,254 guest staterooms.
We also got a sneak peek at new details and concept art for Disney’s second island destination in the Bahamas, located on the island of Eleuthera at a place called Lighthouse Point.
Disney is working closely with Bahamian artists and advisors to create a destination that represents the natural beauty and rich culture of the Bahamas, brought to life through Disney storytelling and the unparalleled service of local cast and crew. It will be a vibrant beach retreat infused with the color and energy of Bahamian artistry.
In addition to the pristine beaches, families will enjoy a recreation center, dining, shopping, a water playground and more. There will even be a dedicated cultural pavilion where guests will be immersed in stories and traditions passed down among generations of local residents.
Disney has committed to develop less than 20 percent of the property, supply 90 percent of the site’s power from solar energy, employ sustainable building practices, and donate more than 190 acres of privately owned land to the government. Environmental management programs have already been established and will continue throughout construction and into operation.
Finally, Josh shared some very exciting news for Disney fans and families down under!
For the first time, Disney Cruise Line is bringing the magic of a Disney vacation to guests in Australia and New Zealand during brand-new “Disney Magic at Sea” cruises beginning late Oct. 2023. The ship is the destination on these limited-time voyages, which have been specially created to immerse local guests in their favorite Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars stories through enchanting entertainment and enhanced experiences throughout each cruise.
And during the repositioning voyages between Honolulu and Sydney in Oct. 2023 and Feb. 2024, the Disney Wonder will offer the fleet’s first-ever South Pacific itineraries. These brand-new cruises will give you the chance to experience exotic destinations like Fiji and Samoa. Bookings open to the public on Oct. 6, 2022 Oct. 13, 2022.
If you want to know more about everything that was announced for Disney theme parks and experiences, check out this blog post and keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more updates!
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Since the name Treasure is now official, will there be a nod or homage within the ship to the films “Treasure Island” (1950) or “Treasure Planet” (2002)? Love the Aladdin Grand Hall. And many of us are hoping for a Trader Sam’s aboard the ship. I Wonder (pun intended) how the Hitchhiking ghost will fit in with an “adventure” theme ship? Perhaps in the next ship, which – dare I say – should be themed and named “Disney Dark”. Though, we may need some of Disney’s witches to brew up a potion for Disney executives to drink (dark coolaid) to make a villian ship become a reality. Woo ha ha! Come on, afterall it is Halloween season.