Disney Wonder was the second ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet. She's the sister ship of the Disney Magic and is a wonderful ship, especially for Disney lovers. While on a Disney cruise there will be frequent appearances by various Disney characters. Gamblers be warned: there are no casinos onboard any of Disney's ships, so you'll have to pass your time onboard in one of their many entertaining venues, such as the show room, spa, bars, lounges and pool areas...not a bad thing! Disney Wonder is a classic looking vessel that features modern amenities.
During 2006, Disney Wonder underwent a detailed refurbishment. During this time the spa received a makeover, a large poolside LED screen was added, and a new toddler splash-zone for non-potty trained children was added as well.
Starting in 2011, Disney Wonder will become the first Disney cruise ship ever to offer Alaska cruises. This is very exciting news for fans of Disney Cruise Line that also love nature and wildlife, as Alaska is a fantastic vacation destination for such people.
Disney Wonder will be featuring cruises in the following regions (subject to change, based on the cruise line's discretion):
2012: Eastern & Western Caribbean, Mexico, Panama Canal 2013: Alasaka, Bahamas, Eastern & Western Caribbean, Mexico, Panama Canal
There are a wide array of stateroom types onboard Disney Wonder. Rooms range from basic interior staterooms all the way up to 900+ square foot suites. All of Disney's staterooms can accommodate at least 3 people and come with a private bathroom, hair dryer, TV and phone.
Interior Staterooms: The most basic interior staterooms onboard Disney Wonder are its Standard Inside Staterooms (categories 11 and 12). These rooms are 184 square feet and can accommodate either 3 or 4 people, depending on the specific room (most accommodate 3). These rooms feature a queen-size bed or two twin beds, a single convertible sofa, privacy divider and bath.
A category 10 stateroom is called a Deluxe Inside Stateroom. Such a room is 214 square feet, and most of them accommodate up to 3 passengers (although a few can fit 4). These rooms have the same features as the Standard Insides.
Oceanview Staterooms: The Wonder's oceanview staterooms are called Deluxe Oceanview Staterooms, and are classified as being category 8 or 9. These rooms are the same size as the Deluxe Interiors but have a window with a view outside the ship. Most of these rooms sleep up to 3 people, although some can accommodate 4.
Balcony Staterooms: The most basic balcony staterooms onboard Disney Wonder are called Deluxe Staterooms with Navigator's Verandah (category 7). These rooms have an enclosed verandah with a limited view. These rooms are 268 square feet and can sleep 3.
The category 5 and 6 staterooms are known as Deluxe Staterooms with Verandah. These rooms are the same size as the category 7 staterooms but have a typical verandah (not enclosed) with a full view. Most of these rooms can sleep up to 3 people, but some fit 4.
A Deluxe Family Stateroom with Verandah is 304 square feet and is known as a category 4 stateroom. These rooms feature a queen-size bed or two twin beds, a single convertible sofa, a wall pull-down bed, a privacy divider, a split bath and a private verandah. These rooms sleep up to 5 people.
Suites: The most basic suites onboard Disney Wonder are its 1-Bedroom Suites with Verandah (category 3). These rooms are 614 square feet and most of them can sleep up to 4 people (although some sleep up to 5). These suites have a queen-size bed, living area with double convertible sofa, a wall pull-down bed, an upper berth, walk-in closets, a wet bar, DVD player, two bathrooms, a private verandah and concierge service.
The most premium accommodations onboard Disney Wonder are its 2-Bedroom Suite with Verandah. Such accommodation is known as a category 2 stateroom, and is a whopping 945 square feet! This type of suite can sleep up to 7 people. These suites have two bedrooms with queen-size beds, a whirlpool tub, a living area with a convertible sofa, walk-in closets, a wet bar, DVD player, two and a half bathrooms, a private verandah and concierge service.
Disney's dining format is called Rotational Dining. On each night of your cruise you will be dining with the same people, with the same servers as well. However, you will rotate to one of the three main restaurants (Animator's Palace, Triton's and Parrot Cay). You'll be given your dining schedule when you initially board the ship (there will be a dining ticket in your stateroom). Children's menus are available in all of the restaurants.
The dining times onboard Disney Wonder are staggered. The first seating is at 5:45 pm, while the second seating is at 8:15 pm. When you book your cruise be sure to request whether you'd like the first or second seating. Please be aware this is only a request, so you may not get the dining time you requested (especially if you make a last minute booking).
Animator's Palace, located towards the rear of the ship (on deck 4), is a dining room onboard Disney Wonder that serves dinner. The walls of this venue actually come to life with color as the meal proceeds, with various colorful drawings of Disney characters. Examples of entrees served in this dining room are maple-glazed salmon, bacon-wrapped filet mignon with seafood-pastry shell and veal chop encrusted with parmesan and herb crust.
Triton's is an elegant dining room, located mid-ship on deck 3. There is a "under the sea" theme inspired by "The Little Mermaid" in this venue, and they serve a French-inspired Continental cuisine. Breakfast and lunch are served there on select days, but dinner is available on every night. Examples of entrees served in Triton's are dijon mustard-roasted beef tenderloin, herb-crusted halibut and citrus glazed oven-baked duckling.
Parrot Cay, located on deck 3 (towards the rear of the ship), is a bright and festive world that's filled with the sounds of the Caribbean and Bahamas. Examples of entrees served in Parrot Cay are island roasted rib-eye of beef, Caribbean roast chicken and baby back pork ribs. Breakfast and lunch are served on select days in this venue, while dinner is available on every night of the cruise.
Palo is located at the rear of the ship, on deck 10. It's an elegant adults-only Italian specialty restaurant. There is a $15 per person cover charge for dinner (available nightly) or bunch (only available during days at sea on 4-night and longer cruises), and a $5 per person charge for high tea (which is only available during days at sea on longer cruises). It's a great place to enjoy a romantic, upscale meal. At dinner, a dress shirt or jacket are required for men and a dress or pantsuit is required for women. No jeans are allowed. Examples of items served at dinner in Palo are lobster and mascarpone ravioli, pan fried tuna, garlic roasted rack of lamb, chicken braciola, grilled sea scallops and penne arrabbiata.
Aside from the main dining venues, there are a few other options onboard Disney Wonder. Among them are Beach Blanket Buffet (featuring indoor and outdoor seating), Pinocchio's Pizzeria (located nearby Goofy's Pool), Pluto's Hot Dog Snack Bar (located near Mickey's Pool), Goofy's Galley (serving between-meal snacks, such as sandwiches, wraps and ice cream) and the Character Breakfast (where you can meet popular Disney characters on 7-night cruises, having the chance to get their autographs and take photos with them).
There is also 24-hour room service available for all passengers. There is a basic complimentary menu, but it's an excellent option for a late night snack, or for when you're feeling a little lazy and would rather the food come to you. There are a few items on the menu that you can order at an additional cost, such as bar drinks.
There's really a ton to do onboard Disney Wonder. Whether you're looking to relax or stay busy, you're sure to find the perfect option to suit your vacationing needs.
There are a bunch of bars and lounges onboard Disney Wonder. Among them are the Promenade Lounge (located right by the Internet Cafe on deck 3), the Outlook Bar (up on deck 10) and Route 66 (one of the Wonder's main nightlife areas). Route 66 is made up of a few clubs. Among them are WaveBands, featuring country and rock music each night, and Cadillac Lounge, a jazz club featuring piano music.
The Walt Disney Theatre is Disney Wonder's main show theatre, located forward on deck 4. The theatre is quite large and is very elegant. There are a wide range of shows performed at this venue, among which are various Disney-inspired Broadway-style production shows. Right by the theatre are the duty-free shops, where you can shop for popular items such as jewelry, liquor and perfume. There is also a retail store that sells various Disney memorabilia. The Buena Vista Theatre is located mid-ship on deck 5 and is where you can watch a bunch of Disney movies, including exclusive sneak previews of upcoming movies. Studio Sea, mid-ship on deck 4, is a family club that looks like a television soundstage. At this venue you can take part in a variety of family game shows and dance parties.
There are a bunch of adult-only places onboard the Wonder. Among them are Quiet Cove Adult Pool (located on deck 9), which has a couple of whirlpools and a bar near it. It's a peaceful place to relax and take in some rays at. Palo, the Wonder's Italian specialty restaurant, is also only for adults. In addition to that, only adults are allowed in the fitness center and spa.
The Vista Spa & Salon, as well as the fitness center, is located forward on Disney Wonder's ninth deck. Within the spa are thermal baths, treatment salons and a hair salon. A very special treatment available on the Wonder are the Vista Spa Villas Treatments, which area composed of a bunch of private spa treatments (such as a foot cleansing, hot tub bath and a spa treatment of your choice).
Besides the spa, the ninth deck of the Wonder has a bunch of popular outdoor areas, making it one of the most popular places to be onboard. Goofy's Family Pool is located mid-ship, right by a performance stage and a couple of whirlpools. Mickey's Kids Pool and the waterslide are both also located on this deck as well, in addition to a bunch of outdoor lounge seating.
On the tenth deck is Disney's Wide World of Sports Deck (featuring a basketball court), as well as the (mid-ship) entrance to Aloft (the Wonder's teen-only area).
The Guest Services and Shore Excursions desks are both located on deck 3 of Disney Wonder. The Guest Services desk is where you can ask any general questions, as well as where you can get a copy of your onboard bill or make a payment to your onboard account.
In the case of an emergency, or if you're just feeling under the weather, the medical health center is located forward on deck 1. Please be aware that Disney will charge for any medical services rendered (which often times can be pricey), which is a great reason to always purchase traveler's insurance.
The dress code is "cruise casual" during most meals of the cruise. This means shorts, swimwear or tank tops. Many of the Disney cruises also have themed meals, where the dress code varies based on the theme. An example of a themed meal is Disney's "Pirates in the Caribbean" dinner.
On 3-night cruises: Cruise casual on the first night of cruise. On the second night of the cruise the theme is usually a pirate or tropical theme. The third night of the cruise is "dress-up night," during which men should wear a jacket and women should wear a dress or pantsuit.
On 4-night cruises: Cruise casual on the first night of cruise. During the second and third nights of the cruise, one night will have a pirate or tropical theme while the other will be a dress-up night. The third night of the cruise is "dress-up night," during which men should wear a jacket and women should wear a dress or pantsuit. The final night of the cruise is cruise casual.
On 7-night cruises: Cruise casual on the first night of cruise. Three other nights will be cruise casual. One night will have a have a pirate or tropical theme. There will also be one formal and one semi-formal night as well. The semi-formal dress code for men is a suit or jacket, and for women is a dress or pantsuit.
The dress code for Palo (the specialty restaurant) is a dress shirt or jacket for men, and a dress or pantsuit for women.
As might be expected, Disney Cruise Line has a wonderful children's program as well as fantastic children's facilities. Their programs are run by trained counselors.
Disney's Oceaneer Club (located on deck 5) is their children's program for 3 to 7 year olds. Examples of activities include a Do-Si-Do with Snow White, Goofy's DJ Party, playing with Flubber, and a Never Land party with Peter Pan (only on 7-night cruises).
Disney's Oceaneer Lab (located on deck 5) is for kids that are 8 to 12 years old. Examples of activities in this level of their children's program includes playing games with wireless controllers on a giant video wall, using flat-screen computers, taking part in a Disney game show, having a Piñata Party, animation activities, glow in the dark parties (on 7-night cruises only) and a Splash & Splash pool party.
Ocean Quest is an area on the Disney Magic for 10 to 14 year olds. In this area kids can play video games, create arts and crafts or watch a movie on a plasma screen television.
The Stack is a teen-only area onboard the Disney Magic, for kids of the ages 13 to 17. This area is filled with things for teens to do, such as listen to music, watch movies on big plasma TVs, play video games, hang out in a lounge area, dance, use the internet and take part in late-night teen-only activities (such as a PJ Party). H20 Splashdown is a special teen pool party that takes place. The Stack is located on the Magic's highest passenger level deck (deck 11).
Disney Cruise Line suggests the following tips, per guest:
Per Guest Per Cruise
Dining Room Server
Dining Room Assistant Server
Dining Room Head Server
Vista Spa & Salon
Gratuity Not Expected
Optional; not included in shore excursion price
Disney Cruise Line also charges a 15% gratuity automatically to your bar, beverage, wine and desk services bills. Such charges are added to your onboard account. Please be aware that if your cruise also consists of a land stay at the Walt Disney World Resort, that a 15% gratuity is customary at their restaurants and bars.
The minimum drinking age on all Disney cruise ships is 21. Valid photo ID.
There are no casinos onboard any of the Disney cruise ships.