I’ve been lucky enough to set sail on almost every one of Disney’s magical ships, and I recently had the pleasure of experiencing their newest gem – the Disney Wish. As the largest and most elaborately themed ship in the Disney fleet (until the Disney Treasure joins the lineup in late 2024), the Wish promises an enchanting journey filled with delightful surprises. But no voyage is without its quirks, so here’s what you need to know before stepping aboard.

Despite being the largest Disney ship at 144,000 gross tons, the Disney Wish can hold just eight more passengers than the Disney Dream and Fantasy, which are at 125,000 gross tons. Having cruised on both the Wish and the Fantasy, I can tell you the difference in size is negligible. However, what sets the Wish apart is its innovative “bumpout” rooms, offering some lucky guests a bit more excitement with their verandas.

When it comes to the layout, be prepared for some crowd challenges. The themed bars, such as the Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge and Nightingale’s, are not centralized, leading to congested spots, especially during peak times. Many of these bars are near the Grand Atrium, intensifying the crowd flow.

A unique aspect of the Wish’s dining is its rotational restaurant system – Worlds of Marvel, 1923, and Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure. Each presents a unique atmosphere, with Worlds of Marvel and Arendelle offering live entertainment. If you prefer a quieter meal, the sophisticated ambiance of 1923 might appeal more, though skipping a themed dinner for a premium dining experience at Enchanté or Palo Steakhouse could be a luxurious alternative worth considering.

One standout feature aboard the Wish is the AquaMouse, Disney’s first “attraction at sea.” However, it may not live up to everyone’s expectations compared to the AquaDuck on the Dream and Fantasy. Riders experience a short slide after a ride up a lift hill with some brief entertainment on video screens.

Lastly, if you’re prone to seasickness, approach your prevention method carefully. On my cruise, I opted for a prescription patch, which unfortunately left me with significant side effects like extreme drowsiness and a dry mouth. It’s a reminder to trial your seasickness solution in advance to ensure a smooth-sailing adventure.

Have you sailed on the Disney Wish or planning to? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below! Let’s keep the conversation going and help fellow Disney cruisers make the most of their magical journeys. Bon voyage!