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Yep, it’s Disney Cruise Line’s newest cruise ship the Disney Wish — setting sail in the summer of 2022. Disney Cruises are well known for being a delightful experience for families and with Disney characters, themed dining, and even an attraction at sea; the Disney Wish is no exception. But some parts of the ship are made just for KIDS!
A staple of the Disney Cruise ships is the offering of kids’ clubs. These are places where parents can leave their littles and not-so-littles (ages 3 months to 17 years) to experience the Disney magic while grown-ups find some Disney magic of their own.
Walt Disney Imagineering Senior Creative Director Danny Handke said of these spaces, “There is no doubt that kids are going to have the time of their lives aboard the Disney Wish. The nursery is a fanciful playground perfect for curious little ones. The tween and teen clubs are so stylish that adults will wish they could hang out there, too! And where else in the world can kids explore a superhero headquarters, a royal kingdom, and an Imagineering lab in a matter of steps? Put simply, it’s great to be a kid on a Disney cruise.”
Disney’s Oceaneer Club (Ages 3 to 12)
Let’s take a look at these options! Kids ages 3 to 12 will be able to visit Disney’s Oceaneer Club. You may have seen one of these clubs on an existing Disney Cruise ship. The new one on the Disney Wish is reimagined with a LOT of immersive spaces.
The Wish’s Oceaneer Club features three signature themed spaces and much, much more. Kiddos will get to experience storytelling, arts and crafts, dress-up, toys, games, watching Disney movies, and hanging out with their favorite Disney characters.
To enter the club, parents will check their kiddos in a deck above in the Grand Hall and then send them “down the rabbit hole” on a secret SLIDE that will land them safely in the central hub.
Don’t worry, there’s a door for the grown-ups too. The central hub will be decorated with sketches of Disney characters, and feature a stage with shows, activities, and character appearances.
Marvel Super Hero Academy
Let’s talk about those three signature areas! First, there’s the Marvel Super Hero Academy where youngsters will train to be the next generation of superheroes with help from heroes like Spider-Man, Black Panther, Ant-Man, and the Wasp.
Kids will be able to choose a super-suit from options inspired by Marvel heroes and watch as “their choices become nanotech forms around mannequins in real time.” Then, they can join Avengers: Mission Training for a gesture-based technology game where they put their new suits and skills to the test as they virtually battle bad guys.
We’re not sure what the technology is behind the real-time super-suits, but we did spot a patent last year for an augmented reality costume to be used in pictures. It’s possible that kids will be wearing these suits in augmented reality!
Another experience is over in Fairytale Hall — a trio of activity rooms themed around some iconic Disney ladies — Rapunzel’s Art Studio, Belle’s Library, and Anna and Elsa’s Sommerhus.
Kids will make arts and crafts like floating lanterns and paintings in Rapunzel’s Art Studio, read and act out stories near an enchanted painting in Belle’s Library, and use gesture-based games to throw snowballs and unlock ice powers in Anna and Elsa’s Sommerhus.
In the Frozen-themed gesture-based games, hosted by Olaf, you’ll be able to have “snowball fights with friendly trolls and [go on] a hunt for mischievous Snowgies.”
Walt Disney Imagineering Lab
Finally, the Oceaneer Club also contains the Walt Disney Imagineering Lab where kids can “discover the secrets of world-renowned Disney Imagineers” through hands-on activities and experiments. Sorcerer Mickey might stop by too!
One of these activities will be the Ride Studio where kids can create a coaster along the lines of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Space Mountain, or Matterhorn Bobsleds and then climb into a capsule to virtually ride it.
It’s A Small World Nursery (Ages 6 months to 3)
For the extra littles, those 6 months to 3 years, the It’s A Small World” Nursery is the option. This area offers babysitting services in a whimsical environment inspired by (you guessed it) “it’s a small world!”
Kids will be left with Disney-trained counselors to play games, make crafts, watch movies, read books and even spend time with special Disney friends. The space is themed after Disney characters and their homelands in small world style. A playroom will even feature interactive murals with hand cranks that trigger effects!
According to Disney, “Little ones will be able to spark a cascade of ice magic from Elsa’s hand, send Aladdin and Jasmine swaying on the magic carpet, uncover Flynn Rider as he clings to Rapunzel’s enchanted tresses, and more. A toy train will chug along the ceiling, filling the space with colorful lights, playful sounds and kinetic energy.”
Edge and Vibe (Ages 11 to 17)
Finally, tweens and teens will have access to Edge and Vibe, two older-kid hangouts that have counselor-led programs and very cool spaces. Both will have customized experiences and even secret entryways accessible only to the VIPs (that’s the tweens and teens).
Edge is a space for those ages 11 to 14 years old to have fun, make friends and play games. The hangout is inspired by a chic New York City loft complete with a picnic area and graphic art displays called “photo walls.” The entrance will be hidden behind a piece of art “that reimagines world-famous paintings in a pop art-inspired compilation of Disney characters, including Minnie as the ‘Girl with the Pearl Earring’ and Donald as Salvador Dali.”
Vibe is for those 14 to 17 years old where they can meet new friends, watch movies, play games and participate in entertaining activities. This spot is inspired by a Parisian artists’ loft complete with neon signs, pop art, and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Okay…how do we go back in time and become a kid again? It seriously seems like kids will have a BLAST on the Disney Wish. As always, stay tuned to DFB for more updates!
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