Disney Cruise Line will host a party for its new ship Disney Wish when it arrives in Port Canaveral next month, although it won’t begin sailing with guests until July 14.
Port Canaveral is also preparing for the line’s first new ship in more than a decade by granting Disney permission to film the ship’s early morning arrival on June 20. Port officials have confirmed that crowds will also have access to Jetty Park. The ship is expected to enter port between 4 and 7 a.m. and will dock at cruise terminals 8 and 10 during that day, according to an event note.
At the Harbor Commission meeting on Wednesday, officials approved three days of special events related to the line: June 20, June 29 and July 14.
The June 29 event will feature the ship’s christening before a scheduled four-night preview cruise for media and travel agents.
“DCL will be hosting on-site installations and event rehearsals from June 16-28,” the event memo reads. “The technical and structural elements that DCL will provide include bleachers, a stage, audio towers, light towers, video walls, generators, tents and special effects.”
Past baptisms have included musical performances and fireworks. When Dream debuted in 2011, it featured a performance by actress and singer Jennifer Hudson, honored as this ship’s godmother. No godmother has yet been announced for Disney Wish. The baptism of Disney Fantasy took place in New York.
To make room for Disney Wish, Disney Dream, which has never called another port home, is leaving for its new home in Miami on June 6.
“This ship probably won’t be back for some time,” said Port Canaveral CEO Captain John Murray. “It’s been a long time since she gave birth.”
Disney Wish is set to support Dream’s three- and four-night cruises to the Bahamas, including stops at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. Disney Fantasy will remain in port for most seven-night Caribbean sailings.
Ahead of her maiden voyage on July 14, which will also feature celebratory events, Wish will also cruise with cast members on select test sailings.
The ship is the first of three ships in a new class of Trident ships for Disney, the largest in the fleet at 144,000 gross tons and 1,254 cabins, up from Disney Dream and Fantasy’s 130,000 gross tons and 84 000 gross tons of the original two ships in the Disney Magic and Wonder line. The next ships are not expected before 2024 and 2025.
Construction on Disney Wish began at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany in 2020, and it didn’t get its first taste of water until February 11 when it was first launched. Wish left the shipyard in March and has since carried out sea trials in the North Sea in Europe ahead of her transatlantic voyage next month.
It was originally slated to debut in January, but that fell victim to industry-wide delays during the COVID-19 pandemic. A planned start in June was delayed an additional six weeks after the resurgence of the pandemic last fall.
It has the look and feel of its sister ships, but with its own signature offerings, from the stern Rapunzel character from “Tangled” to the new aquatic coaster that also includes a dark ride snaking around the upper deck called the AquaMouse.
Interior offerings include “Frozen” and Marvel-based dining venues, both with interactive shows while Star Wars will get its first adult-themed space on a Disney ship with the Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge.
The popular Oceaneer Club with play areas for children ages 3 to 12 will include its own Marvel Super Hero Academy seen on other ships as well as areas called Star Wars: Cargo Bay, Fairytale Hall and Walt Disney Imagineering Lab, the first time Disney Imagineering has been highlighted aboard a DCL ship.
The ship will present a new version of “The Little Mermaid” on stage while bringing back a version of “Disney’s Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular” as well as an original production titled “Disney Seas the Adventure.”