The Disney Wonder, which made its maiden voyage in 1999, is the second ship of the Disney Cruise Line. It’s also one of the two smaller ships (along with the Disney Magic), but it still has fun activities and great amenities for families. As a smaller vessel, it is more maneuverable and can feel more intimate and comfortable.
The Wonder offers varied itineraries, from different homeports throughout the year. These change every year, but generally include crossings of Alaskan routes during the warmer months. In 2022, there are also West Coast cruises from San Diego, as well as Hawaiian cruises. In recent years, the Wonder has visited Galveston, New Orleans and Port Canaveral, among other homeports.
The Disney Wonder has a capacity of 2,713 passengers and 950 crew members. It offers 875 cabins on 11 passenger decks and is decorated in an Art Nouveau style.
As soon as you enter the atrium, you can see the beautiful design elements, starting with the entrance to Triton’s off the main lobby.
Staterooms on the Disney Wonder
The Disney Wonder offers four different cruise cabin categories, including the popular, family-friendly Verandah Cabin. Other categories include Concierge, Ocean View (with portholes but no lanai), and Interior (no window or exterior view).
In the conservatory category, there are several great options for families. The Deluxe Family Ocean View Cabin with Verandah sleeps up to 5 with one queen bed, one single sofa bed, one pull-down bunk bed and one pull-down bed.
If you are traveling with 4, the deluxe cabin with sea view and veranda can be a great option. It has a queen bed, a single sofa bed and a pull-down bunk bed.
Oceanview Verandah Staterooms also include a hair dryer, sitting area, TV, plenty of storage and patio furniture on the veranda. They also have an innovative bathroom with two separate rooms. One has a toilet and sink, and the other has a shower and sink.
This is convenient because two family members can prepare at the same time.
Eat on the Disney Wonder
Like other Disney Cruise Line ships, the Disney Wonder uses a rotating dining system. Customers, accompanied by their service team, rotate through the three main restaurants.
These include Triton’s, themed after the father of The Little Mermaid, and Animator’s Palate, an animation-themed restaurant that’s included on all four Disney Cruise Line ships.
The newest restaurant, Tiana’s Place, is named after the princess from the movie Princess in the Frog. It’s a lively and exciting place to dine, with delicious food and an entertaining jazz show. Don’t miss the donuts!
In addition to these main dining rooms, other dining options are available throughout the day. As on other ships, Cabanas offers an extensive buffet for breakfast and lunch. There’s also Pete’s Boiler Bites, Daisy De-Lites and Pinocchio’s Pizza on Deck 9 for a few quick bites. Room service is also available.
For adults looking for fine dining, Palo is available. This Italian restaurant has a more upscale dress code and charges a cover charge. However, the food is great and it’s a perfect option if you want to have a special meal with the kids enjoying the youth clubs.
Things to do on the Disney Wonder
The Disney Wonder offers many fun activities, which you can enjoy throughout your navigation. Family programming is scheduled daily, with events like bingo, trivia, live music, and game shows. There is also the Buena Vista Theater which offers first-run films every day. A schedule for these activities can be found in the printed Daily Navigator or on the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app.
Visit Deck 9 for all pool activities including Goofy’s Pool and Mickey’s Pool. Younger children can enjoy the splash zone at Dory’s Reef, while older children will love the Twist ‘n’ Spout waterslide. Towels, deck chairs and life jackets are provided.
The Wide World of Sports Deck on Deck 10 includes table tennis tables and a basketball court. There’s a fitness center with typical exercise equipment, and fitness classes are also offered.
Want to relax and enjoy a treatment? There’s a Senses Spa and Salon that offers salon, manicure, and spa treatments. It also has a Rainforest Room, with heated lounge chairs, a steam room, sauna, and rain showers. You can book a day or length of stay pass, so you can visit at your leisure.
If you find yourself childless while your children enjoy the kids’ clubs, there are plenty of adult-only venues on the ship. On the Disney Wonder, there is the After Hours section, with the Crown and Fin Pub, Azure and the Cadillac Lounge, as well as the Promenade Lounge. There’s also an adult pool and the Cove Cafe, offering specialty coffee drinks.
Shops on Disney Wonder
Whether you forgot an essential or want to take home a souvenir, there are places where you can shop directly on board. These include three stores – Sea Treasures, White Caps and Mickey’s Grandsail.
These shops are however not open when the ship is in port, due to local port regulations.
Kids’ Clubs on Disney Wonder
With youth clubs and children’s activities on the ship, kids won’t be bored on your cruise vacation. Several youth areas are offered on the ship, with programming adapted to children throughout the day.
These include the Oceaneer Club, Oceaneer Lab, Edge club for tweens, Vibe club for teens, and it’s a small world nursery for babies. Kids’ clubs can be the highlight of a cruise, with their magical themed areas including Andy’s Room (from Toy Story) and Marvel Super Hero Academy.
The Disney Wonder also has its own Bibbidi Bobbidi shop. For an additional fee, your child can be transformed into a pirate or a princess (other options are also available).
Entertainment on Disney Wonder
While entertainment options can always vary, three shows are offered aboard Disney Wonder: Golden Mickeys, Disney Dreams and Disney’s Frozen. Check the navigator for the timetable during your trip.
In addition to these great stage shows, there are other entertainment options. Live music is offered throughout the ship at various venues. I always love to hear the live music as I walk through the ship – it really adds to the ambience.
As you’d expect on a Disney-owned cruise ship, you’ll see all of your favorite Disney Characters on board and on Castaway Cay (if your ship goes there). A schedule for these character greetings is listed in the browser, so you can make sure you see your favorites.
Amenities on the Disney Wonder
As your home at sea, the Disney Wonder has plenty of amenities to keep you safe and comfortable while sailing. Although you hopefully don’t need it, there is a health care center on board the ship. For questions about your trip or your guest account, there’s a Guest Services Desk on Deck 3, though you can also use the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app to contact someone.
If you need to do laundry, there is a self-service laundry on board. I usually don’t like to do chores while on vacation, but it’s nice to know that you can wash your clothes and wear them again or bring them home completely clean.
The ship’s WiFi service, called [email protected], is available at an additional cost. There is also a WiFi office on board in case you have connection problems. If you haven’t booked your port adventures yet, there’s a desk where you can book them. Keep in mind, however, that they can sell out ahead of time.
To learn more about Disney Wonder, visit Disney Cruise Line website.