Disney Wish will homeport in Port Canaveral for its inaugural season
Disney Cruise Line has christened its fifth ship, Disney Wish, in a celebration featuring musical performances and characters from Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar.
Three children from the Make-A-Wish charity foundation served in the role of ‘godmother’ for the ceremony. The three ambassadors – Colby, Megan and Jenna – recited the traditional blessing for the ship’s good fortune.
Anika Noni Rose, a Tony Award-winning singer and actor who voiced the character of Tiana in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, performed the ballad ‘Wishes’ as part of the celebrations, before the breaking of a champagne bottle accompanied by pyrotechnics, special effects and music.
“Disney Wish embodies the incredible magic that only Disney can deliver,” said Bob Chapek, CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “It celebrates nearly 100 years of Disney storytelling excellence, bringing fantastic worlds and beloved characters to life like never before through innovative technology and new approaches. Every element of the Disney Wish reflects our relentless focus on our guests, and everything they love about Disney.”
The ship features new entertainment options for Disney Cruise Line, including the first Disney attraction at sea, family dining adventures themed to Frozen and Marvel films, a tour of the Star Wars galaxy, original Broadway-style stage productions, signature firework displays and an expanded offering of experiences for adults.
“We’re constantly innovating and creating big, bold experiences for our guests that connect them to our stories in amazing new ways,” said Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks experiences and products. “With the Disney Wish, we’re pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with awesome new entertainment and experiences and combining them with Disney Cruise Line fan-favourite offerings. This new ship is one more symbol of our incredibly bright future, and just the beginning of where we can go.”
Disney Wish will set sail on its maiden voyage on 14 July, followed by a series of three- and four-night cruises to Nassau, The Bahamas, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, from Port Canaveral, Florida.
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