Disney Wonder just got a major overhaul while in dry dock this past fall (2016). As one of Disney Cruise Line’s oldest ships (along side it’s sister ship the Disney Magic), it certainly was in time for some updates. I think you will find that they made some MAJOR improvements!
Here is what you can expect to find on the Disney Wonder:
The over all theme of the Disney Wonder is Little Mermaid. It is the statue in the atrium, on paintings by the Guest Services & Port Adventures desk and is the theme of the feature restaurant, Tritons.
Staterooms on the Disney Wonder are pretty standard in terms of all Disney Cruise Line ships. You will find that Staterooms with Verandas are limited on both the Disney Wonder and the Disney Magic. This is why it is often more expensive to stay in a room with a balcony in comparison with that of the Disney Dream or Fantasy. The fact is that they just didn’t build as many of these rooms on the first two ships in Disney’s fleet, so supply & demand create a higher fee for those types of rooms. The other difference is that most of the rooms on the Disney Wonder only have one bath (as opposed to the split bath feature on the Disney Dream & Fantasy).
One thing that did get a major overhaul was the kids pool, water slide & play area. If you have a toddler or young child, they will enjoy the Dory’s Reef Dory water play area on this ship. It is full of all your favorite Finding Dory characters. Along side of that, there is also a brand new squirt zone!There was already a slide on board, but when the Wonder was reimagineered the ship, they made it a little bigger. The problem is that it is still pretty slow (according to my kids).
The adult-only pool area did not go under any major renovations. There are two saunas, a bar and super comfy chairs to enjoy.
When it comes to dining experiences, Disney Wonder has made some BIG CHANGES. Animator’s Palate has made some great improvements without losing the best finale to a dinner anywhere. Instead of just transforming from black & white into color (as it did previously), the animations come to life by the end of the meal. And just like before, Sorcerer Mickey comes out to greet all guests.
The other major improvement is the NEW Tiana’s Place. This New Orlean’s inspired restaurant features a new menu, live jazz and visits from both Tiana and Louie the Alligator! While you can get photo’s with Tiana, there is no table time with Louie and there is no opportunity for autographs.
The only restaurant that didn’t get changed is Triton’s. Like most of the Disney Wonder, the theme is the Little Mermaid. The restaurant serves French cuisine and features a large mosaic mural of the movie.Disney Wonder still shows The Golden Mickey’s and Disney Dreams, but has added a new Frozen show that replaces Disney Villians Tonight. The Frozen theatrical performance is a shorter version of the popular Disney movie that has added puppetry.
If you are a fan of Frozen, you really can go into Frozen overload on the Disney Wonder between the Frozen meet & greet, Frozen being shown on the Funnel Vision by the pool, and this new show.
And if your child wants to dress as a princess from Frozen (or any other movie), they can visit the newly added Bibbidy Bobbidy Boutique. This salon is just like the one at Walt Disney World, where children can transform from head to toe into their favorite Disney princess.
Bibbidy Bobbidy Boutique also opens on Pirate night to transform children into their favorite pirate!
All the teen & tween spaces have been updated. Disney Cruise Line has removed the arcade, and it now houses the Edge. While cute (it’s built to look like a submarine), it is small and cramped and honestly, pretty uninviting. In the old space, there seemed to be a lot more space for kids to do different things. Here, it seemed, that there was one space for kids to do a much more limited amount of activities.
Vibe, however is a really cool space for teens to go & get away from their parents. Features video game systems (PS4, Wii U), Smoothie Bar, and lots of space to just relax with friends.
Have you sailed on the Disney Wonder Cruise ship since they’ve made the updates? What are your thoughts?