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The Disney Wonder is the second of four ships in the Disney fleet to set sail on the high seas. Commissioned in 1999, the Wonder covers many of Disney’s Caribbean itineraries as well as Alaska. We had the pleasure of sailing on the Wonder on our cruise and were blown away by the amount of beautiful detail all around the ship.
While planning our cruise, I read this guide to Disney cruises which alluded that the Disney Wonder wasn’t up to par compared to the other three cruise ships- the Magic, Fantasy, and Dream. I was a little disappointed after reading that, wondering how our experience would be on the ship. Though it is not the oldest of the Disney cruise ships, the Magic had undergone renovations in 2013. Fortunately, the Wonder went through a much needed overhaul last fall and the improvements have shown. An updated version of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line can be found on Amazon. I found it extremely helpful when planning our cruise.
To help get you acquainted with the ship that we called home for four lovely days at sea, here is a photo tour of the Disney Wonder.
Deck Three Midship serves as the entrance to the ship during embarkation and debarkation. As you first step onto the ship, you enter the atrium, the bottom of a fishbowl setup. Many events happened in this atrium during the cruise such as night-time entertainment, meet-and-greets with characters such as the princesses, Mickey and Minnie, and Donald. Jack Jack’s Diaper Dash, the race for crawling babies, was also held in the atrium. At the middle of the Atrium, next to Triton’s restaurant is the main stair case that goes up to Deck 4.
Triton’s is a French restaurant located on Deck 3 Midship. A beautiful mosaic of a Little Mermaid scene at the back of the restaurant serves as the focal point of this more upscale dining location.
Located on Deck 3 Aft is Tiana’s Place, a New Orleans themed dining area modeled after Princess and the Frog. Tiana’s Place replaced Parrot Cay during the renovations.
Other notable places located on Deck 3 are the Guest Services and Port Excursions desks at Midship, several bars and the Azure nightclub.
The Walt Disney Theater is located on Deck 4 Forward. Shows run twice nightly, at 6:30-ish and again at 8:30. No matter what dinner seating you have, you will have the opportunity to see one of the shows.
At the other end of the ship, Deck 4 Aft, is Animator’s Palate where guests are treated with dinner and a show amid sketches of Disney scenes and characters. We dined at Animator’s Palate our first night on the ship and we even got a visit from Sorcerer Mickey.
Deck 5 is home to two of the kids’ clubs- the Oceaneer’s Club and Oceaneer’s Lab. Here is where kids, ages 3-12, have a fun and interactive place to play while being supervised by qualified cast members.
D and I toured both the club and the lab during the open house and frankly, I was a little jealous that I couldn’t stay and play. Ladybug needed a little convincing and never quite warmed up to it but she did fine during the few hours we left her there while we dined at Palo.
Next door to the Oceaneer’s Club is the It’s a Small World nursery. As we entered the nursery, we were greeted by a friendly cast member at the welcome desk. Before we could leave Buddy in the capable hands of the cast members, we were required to fill out some paperwork with his name and information like allergies or dietary restrictions. We were also asked if we wanted him to sleep.
Once checked in, a cast member took Buddy back to the play area. I loved that the play area was around a corner with a tall door separating the welcome area. It made dropping Buddy off easier because he became occupied with the fun quickly didn’t see us leave.
Keep in mind that if you’d like to put your child in the nursery, there is an extra cost per hour, as opposed to the kids clubs.
If you’re in the mood for swimming, Deck 9 is the place to be. The Wonder has three pools, Goofy’s Family Pool, Aqua Lab (pictured above), and for the adult crowd, the Quiet Cove pool. We spent all of our swimming time at the AquaLab pool because Ladybug loved that it was “her size.”
Keep in mind that children who are not potty-trained are not allowed to enter the pools on the ship for health reasons. But never fear, Disney didn’t forget about the water babies. Dory’s Reef, located next to the AquaLab is designed just for children in diapers.
Deck 9 is also home to the FunnelVision, an outdoor large screen television just off Goofy’s pool. Classic Disney movies played nonstop throughout the day giving everyone constant entertainment. The stage in front of the FunnelVision was also the place for the Sail Away Celebration and the Pirate Night party.
Other notable things on Deck 9 are the Senses Spa, Edge club for kids ages 11-14, Cove Cafe, a few quick-service dining areas, and the buffet, Cabanas.
Palo, the adult-only restaurant located on Deck 10 Aft, is an experience not to be missed. It was a highlight for both D and I. We don’t live near family so we’re not able to go on real dates very often. So being able to have some alone time while also enjoying fine-dining was much needed. The ambiance is amazing and the food is some of the best on the ship. Keep in mind that Palo’s is an extra cost but so worth it.
Deck 10 is also home to the Wide World of Sports Deck and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
Obviously, I am not a teenager and I don’t have teens so I’m not qualified to give an opinion about Vibe but I hear that it is excellent for kids aged 14-17. Vibe is located on decks 10 and 11.
The Disney Wonder is 11 decks of pure Disney fun. If you are planning on sailing on the Wonder in the near future, you are in for a fabulous time.
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