Disney Wonder review: What to expect on the Disney Cruise Line ship with the coolest itineraries

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If you like the idea of cruising with Disney Cruise Line , but you want to go beyond the Bahamas and Mexico to destinations in New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii, Alaska and beyond, then Disney Wonder is likely the best Disney ship for you.

That's especially true if you want a ship with a lot to offer that's a manageable size and doesn't tempt you to spend money around every bend.

Disney Wonder is one of Disney's two smallest ships. It doesn't have amenities like a pay-per-scoop ice cream shop or fancy, adults-only infinity pool like you'll find on Disney Wish . Don't worry, though — Wonder still has all-you-can-eat, included soft serve out on the deck and is absolutely charming in its own right.

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Disney Wonder was the second ship in Disney's fleet, first setting sail in 1999, one year after Disney's original ship, Disney Magic .

In many ways, it is Magic's twin; it's the same size (984 feet long) and has the same number of staterooms (875). However, Disney Wonder features certain shows and restaurants unique to the ship and has a litany of unusual sailings that are unparalleled in Disney's line-up.

I've sailed on all but one of Disney's ships (I'll get on Disney Fantasy one day). I have had the pleasure of sailing on Disney Wonder twice: once to Mexico in a concierge-level suite and more recently to Alaska on my favorite cruise yet in a standard ocean-view cabin.

Based on these experiences and my general obsession with Disney Cruise Line, here's what you need to know about Disney Wonder.

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Overview of Disney Wonder

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Disney Wonder can host up to 2,713 passengers spread across its 875 cabins, ranging from windowless inside rooms to multi-bedroom suites. Guests can enjoy 11 decks of fun operated by 950 crew members.

Like all of Disney's ships, Disney Wonder has a classic oceanliner vibe and coloring. Its interior is inspired by art nouveau design from the turn of the last century, unlike Disney Magic's bold art deco aesthetic. Disney Cruise Line uses design, colors and onboard fixtures from the Grand Hall's chandelier (inspired by Ariel's flower) to the carpet to tell a story, set the stage and sometimes even subtly communicate to passengers which way to go.

Disney Wonder is made for families, but it didn't forget about adults along the way. On it, you will find a waterslide; restaurants themed to "The Princess and the Frog," animation and "The Little Mermaid"; four kids clubs dedicated to different age groups (babies and toddlers, kids, tweens and teens); and adults-only spaces including a pool, multiple bars and lounges, and a high-end restaurant. (Incidentally, if you can snag a brunch reservation at that dining venue, I'd say that is the best $50 you can spend on a Disney cruise .)

Two theaters, the Walt Disney Theatre and Buena Vista Theatre, show first-run Disney movies and three Broadway-style productions on each sailing.

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Disney is famous for its rotational dining, where your tablemates and servers move from restaurant to restaurant each night. On this ship, you can enjoy your included dinners at Tiana's Place, Tritons and Animator's Palate.

Disney Wonder is a classicly Disney ship that doesn't have the interactive virtual-realty-inspired games or paintings and chandeliers that come to life as you might find on some of the newer ships. But it has the pools, shows, kid clubs, games and itineraries to set the stage for a magical vacation.

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What I loved about Disney Wonder

Ports of call.

Disney Wonder's biggest claim to fame is where it sails. While my first sailing on the ship was one born of convenience since it was out of my home port of Galveston, it's since moved on. As Disney Wish joined the fleet in 2022 — and with Disney Treasure to follow in 2024 — Disney Cruise Line got to shake up where it sails. Disney Wonder won the port-of-call lottery, so to speak, when it landed some interesting new sailings.

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I adored our Alaska sailing out of Vancouver , bringing us to glaciers as well as cities such as Ketchikan, Skagway and Juneau. But if spending the day with Mickey and Minnie in their warmest outfits isn't on your bucket list (and it really should be), the ship also sails to places such as the Mexican Riviera, Sydney, New Zealand, Fiji and Pago Pago in American Samoa.

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Tiana's Place

One of the best restaurants in all of the Disney Cruise Line fleet is found only on Disney Wonder. Not only does Tiana's Place have great Cajun specialties (beignets, anyone?), but it's a fantastically fun party from appetizer to dessert. You'll only find Tiana's Place on Disney Wonder, so if you'd love to enjoy shrimp and grits with Tiana herself, this is your chance.

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The Disney Cruise Line crew members are always great, but they have the opportunity to be even greater on Disney Wonder. Thanks to a schedule of longer sailings, the crew can get to know the guests on board over the course of a week rather than meeting a new set of passengers every three or four days.

For example, the restaurant servers knew what our kids wanted to drink by the second or third meal. The room hosts learned who our friends were on board and would let us know where our teens were hanging out when they noticed us looking around.

Great entertainment

There's always something fun to do on Disney Wonder, from the game shows to on-deck performances and the three evening Broadway-style shows, including "The Golden Mickeys," "Frozen: A Musical Spectacular" and "Disney Dreams" (which is guaranteed to make your eyes water a bit on your last night).

These aren't just shows that help you pass some hours in the evening; some of them — especially Frozen — are at the level you would pay to see on Broadway. It's also really fun at night to pop into the theater and see a new Disney movie that is still playing on land without worrying about the costs of tickets or pre-reserving good seats.

What I didn't love about Disney Wonder

It's not the latest and greatest.

While Disney Wonder is in great shape and gets upgrades on a regular basis, its bones are 25 years old. Some of the styling — while classic — feels dated compared to Disney's newer ships, like Disney Wish. My family also missed the fun tech-enabled interactive elements they'd enjoyed on the line's newer ships because it gave them something to do between scheduled activities.

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The food is good — but not the best in the fleet

I enjoy the food on all Disney Cruise Line ships, but Disney Wonder is a step or two behind the new Disney Wish when it comes to dining. This is especially true in the grab-and-go department. The on-deck food on Wonder leans heavily into comfort food (pizza, burgers and chicken fingers). Although you can find other options if you look carefully, I missed the variety of Disney Wish with its taco bar and BBQ.

Disney Wonder needs a new bar

Not to overplay the comparison between one of Disney's oldest ships and its newest, but you really see the difference in design from the '90s versus today with the onboard bars. On Wish, they are spread throughout the ship, and you can find bright, airy spots to have a cocktail. On Disney Wonder, the bars are concentrated in one area, and all of them are dark and feel like tucked-away pubs. They could use a modern-day glow-up and more views of the sea.

Disney Wonder cabins and suites

Disney Wonder has multiple room types: windowless inside cabins (starting at 184 square feet), ocean-view cabins (starting at 214 square feet), verandah rooms with private balconies (starting at 268 square feet) and concierge-level suites that go all the way up to 1,000-square-foot, two-bedroom suites that sleep up to seven guests.

We've had a chance to check out a few of those room types.

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Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom

Most recently, we sailed to Alaska in a Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom that slept up to four guests with a queen bed, single convertible sofa and a pull-down upper berth. It's a comfortable room type for a family of three or a younger family of four.

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Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah

This room type is similar to the ocean-view room type, with the difference being the verandah rather than a porthole window. If you will use the private balcony, it can be worth buying up to this room type, as my parents did on our recent Alaska cruise. The cost to go from an ocean-view category to this one can be a few hundred dollars on some sailings or thousands more, as it did on our Alaska sailing.

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This room type, like most on Disney Cruise Line, has a split bathroom design. There's a sink and shower in one small bathroom, and a sink and toilet in another. This arrangement allows more guests to get ready at the same time.

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One-bedroom concierge suite

On a 2020 sailing, I had the chance to stay in a one-bedroom concierge suite, which measured 614 square feet and had a true living room area, along with a bedroom. The layout features a small dining nook, a living area with the double convertible sofa, a true separate bedroom with a queen-size bed and two bathrooms.

This was an indulgent way to sail with my mom, where we could all have our own space. The suite comes with concierge service, which takes things to the next level in terms of perks.

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Those in concierge-level accommodations get access to the Concierge Lounge, found midship on Disney Wonder's Deck 10. You don't need concierge access to have a great time on Disney Wonder, but if you can afford it, it sure is amazing.

When we sailed in a suite, we made the most of the lounge with its small food plates set out throughout the day, the included evening happy hour starting at 5 p.m. daily and the fully stocked fridge to grab bottled water and canned drinks to enjoy around the ship and on excursions.

Related: Is Disney concierge level worth it?

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Disney Wonder restaurants and bars

Disney Cruise Line pioneered what it calls "rotational dining." You get a schedule for your cruise, and you rotate through each of the included onboard restaurants, swapping each night. Your serving crew rotates with you, so you always have the same waiters even in different dining venues.

At all of Disney Wonder's rotational restaurants, you can order as much as you want and sample your way around the menu. Want three appetizers? Go for it. Want two lobster tails? They're yours. Want something like chicken fingers that you don't see on the menu? Just ask, and the waiters will deliver if possible.

If you are a true foodie, you won't be overly impressed by the included food on Disney Wonder, but most cruisers will be excited about something on each menu. We certainly enjoy trying various options — especially the seafood — without worrying about the cost.

Animator's Palate

One of Disney Wonder's three included-in-your-fare rotational dining venues is Animator's Palate, a staple on multiple Disney ships. Tucked away on Deck 4, this restaurant has a few different interactive shows and animation offerings on longer sailings — I won't spoil it. The physical restaurant will also come to life over the course of your meal, starting in black and white and ending up in color.

Don't miss the special guest who shows up at the end of your meal at least one of the nights.

While I'm not a huge fan of this dish, a popular item on the menu is the black truffle pasta purseittes.

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Previously mentioned as one of my favorite parts of the ship, Tiana's Place on Deck 3 is always a good time. On longer sailings, the entertainment in this restaurant will include jazz performers on one night and a full-on, second-line parade around the room with Tiana herself on another.

I'm a big fan of the shrimp and grits — or anything Cajun-themed — and definitely don't miss the beignets for dessert.

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Triton's

Off the main atrium on Deck 3, Triton's is the most formal of the three included restaurants on Disney Wonder.

It's themed loosely on "The Little Mermaid," but not in a way your kids will likely notice. If you are looking for dinner to be an experience and want to know which restaurant to skip, I'd recommend this one. It's more traditional than the other venues in the rotation.

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On-deck food

Whether you want a quick lunch or are in the mood for a more casual dinner, eating out on Deck 9 is a viable option on Disney Wonder. On-deck eateries include:

  • Daisy's De Lites: Salads, sandwiches, fruit and customizable rice bowls (the latter are one of my favorite options on Disney Wonder)
  • Sulley's Sips: For-purchase beverages and smoothies as well as free soft-service ice cream
  • Pinocchio's Pizzeria: Pizza by the slice with various toppings, available for long hours each day
  • Pete's Boiler Bites: Burgers, veggie burgers, chicken fingers, fries, and often-overlooked gyros and hummus

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Cabanas buffet

If you're looking for a classic cruise ship buffet meal, head to Cabanas. Currently open for breakfast and lunch on Disney Wonder, Cabanas is a traditional self-serve buffet. It's impossible to go hungry when you make a plate here because the venue offers everything from Mickey waffles (keep an eye out for the mornings that they have churro Mickey waffles) to chilled shrimp and crab legs.

No reservations are required; you can walk in any time during open hours. Some dishes change daily, while others are consistent throughout the cruise. My top recommendation is to start at the back of the line, where you'll find most of the seafood, so you don't fill up too much on the carb-loaded treats at the beginning of the line.

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Palo adults-only restaurant

The only place to have brunch or dinner on the ship without the kids is at Palo. The adults-only restaurant is reserved for the 18-and-up crowd.

The dress code here is a bit nicer than in other onboard restaurants. T-shirts, swimwear and sports attire are not permitted. You don't need to go super formal; a dress or a nice shirt with pants or jeans is perfect for dinner.

Unless you have Disney Cruise Line Castaway Club Platinum status or higher, dining at Palo will cost you a bit, but I'd argue it's worth it. In fact, I've said it's the best $50 you can spend at sea .

Brunch at Palo is a set price of $50 for all you care to eat from the menu, served on plates instead of via a buffet. For dinner, you can select the $50 prix fixe menu, with a choice of dishes for each course, or you can order a la carte from options such as baby arugula salad ($7), prosciutto and burrata pizza ($16) and jumbo scallops ($32). No matter what you get, save room for the chocolate souffle ($10) for dessert.

Palo is not part of your rotational dining plan, so you'll need to make advance reservations online or via the Disney Cruise Line app. Booking windows will vary based on your room selection and Castaway Club status, but they will typically open a few months before your sailing.

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Bars and lounges

On Disney Wonder, the bars are mainly in the adult area on Deck 3 forward. Though the spaces might be used for general activities during the day, the area transforms each evening into a space just for the over-18 crowd.

The lounges here include:

  • Crown & Fin Pub: British-themed pub with beer on tap, sports games on the TVs and small bites in a little buffet offering in the evening
  • Cadillac Lounge: Decor inspired by late-1950s Hollywood with live piano some nights
  • Azure: Nightclub with a bar where you'll find different evening acts and dancing
  • French Quarter Lounge: New Orleans-themed spot where you'll find beignets (for purchase) and cocktails, along with family-friendly activities during the day.

Pro tip: There are usually happy hours somewhere on the ship each day; check the onboard app for details. If you want to save a few dollars on your glass of wine — and like to be surprised — you can also save by having a sommelier's choice glass of wine at some of the bars; you get a nicer glass of wine for a lower price if you let the bartender choose the vintage.

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Coffee drinkers can find the basic beverage in Cabanas via room service or at the self-service drink station just outside of Cabanas on the top deck. If you prefer something fancier — such as a cold brew, salted caramel coconut latte or espresso — you'll need to pony up a few dollars at the Cove Cafe. Expect to pay around $6 or $7 for coffee drinks — or more if you go for the cocktails on the menu. The muffins and pastries are free of charge.

Pro tip: Get the Coffee Fanatics punch card if you plan to purchase multiple coffee-based drinks on your cruise. With the card, you get your sixth drink free after you purchase five coffee drinks.

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Disney Wonder activities

Pools and water play areas.

Disney Wonder has a few different pool areas. The main Goofy's Pool and two adjacent family-friendly whirlpools are on Deck 9 midship. Only guests ages 3 years old and up (and potty-trained) can use this pool.

Aft of Goofy's Pool is the Aqua Lab area. Here, you'll find a small, shallow pool for kids ages 3 and up; a splash pad meant for cruisers under age 3 in swim diapers; and a twisting waterslide made for those 38 inches and taller. This slide is a one-at-a-time slide and does not utilize inner tubes.

Forward of Goofy's Pool is the Quiet Cove Pool and two whirlpools, all for the exclusive use of adults only.

Pools are heated, and the hours vary, so check your Disney Cruise Line app once on board.

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If your young child doesn't meet the age minimum for the older kids clubs, there is a nursery for those ages six months to three years. Unlike with the other kid clubs, reservations are required for the nursery, and you'll need to pay an hourly fee.

The kids clubs are one of the best parts of a Disney cruise. They are so good that most kids want to visit them frequently, which means parents get a chance to be on vacation, too.

The main and largest kids clubs on Disney Wonder are the Oceaneer Club and Lab, open to guests ages 3 to 12 years old (and toilet trained). These two clubs have separate entrances on Deck 5, but they are connected via a "secret" hallway just for the kids who are checked in.

The clubs' schedules offer a mix of activities, games and free play that take place in themed areas, including:

  • Andy's Room, where there's even a Slinky Dog-themed slide
  • Marvel Super Hero Academy
  • Disney Junior
  • Frozen Adventures

These kid clubs are free, and reservations are not required. Check the operating hours in your app once on board, but the clubs are often open until midnight.

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Disney knows that little kids and big kids don't mix, so it also has separate hangouts for tweens and teens. Edge is the tween club for guests ages 11 to 14. Found on Deck 9, the club is themed as an under-the-sea submarine. Tweens can come here to draw, play video games or hang out, but supervising youth counselors also lead group activities, such as scavenger hunts, dance parties, bingo and more.

Unlike the Oceaneer Club, where there is a formal check-in and checkout procedure, the tween club allows kids to come and go. If you don't want to give your 11- or 12-year-old that independence, then the Oceaneer Club and Lab are better suited for them than Edge.

On the flip side, if space is available, you can sign a waiver for your 10-year-old to level up into Edge a year early if you think they are ready. This is most useful when sailing with older friends or family members already in Edge.

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Teens ages 14 to 17 have a space all their own in Vibe. On Disney Wonder, you can find Vibe tucked away in the funnel on Deck 11. Its cool spot gives it an exclusive vibe, befitting its name.

Like in Edge, teens can hang out and play arcade games, video games, draw or chat with the counselors and other teen visitors. If space permits, parents can sign a form to allow their 13-year-old to hang out at Edge one year early.

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Bibbity Bobbity Boutique

If your kid has always wanted to be a princess, Bibbity Bobbity Boutique is an awesome (albeit expensive) Disney Wonder experience. It's a salon for kids where fairy godmothers (aka stylists who work there) will transform them into their favorite princess or prince, Captain Mickey or another whimsical character. The character might depend on the costumes available on your sailing.

Depending on the package you book, your kid will choose an outfit before getting a makeover involving a glitter-infused hairstyle, painted nails and fancy make-up. The fairy godmothers do a great job at making their princesses-in-training feel extremely special.

You need to make advance appointments for Bibbity Bobbity, and prices range from $100 to $200, depending on the package you select. (Fair warning: The $100 package doesn't include the outfit or backpack, so BYO if you go that route.)

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Activities and shows

From the Sail Away party on deck the first afternoon to the See Ya Real Soon final farewell in the main atrium on the last night, there will be more shows and activities to see and experience on Disney Wonder than you'd ever be able to do in just one trip. (But seriously, don't miss the first and last shows; they are fantastic.)

In your Disney Cruise Line app, you'll find the time for all these shows and activities, such as trivia, bingo and karaoke. All the shows and most activities are free, but there are a few exceptions, such as bingo, that cost if you want to play. While it might feel weird at first doing a family game show or playing trivia, the more activities you participate in, the more fun you have.

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On-deck fun

For independent fun, head up to the Wide World of Sports area on Deck 10 forward. There, you'll find a netted area for basketball, ping pong and foosball. Down on Deck 4, the promenade features a walking or running track that goes all the way around the ship. You'll find shuffleboard courts there, as well.

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Character encounters

Sailing with Disney isn't complete without meeting some of your favorite pals on the ship.

Guests have a few ways to visit characters on Disney Wonder. Scheduled character meet-and-greets are listed on the itinerary each day in the Disney Cruise Line app. These will be popular events.

For example, if you are on Disney Wonder as it sails to Alaska , the first day that Mickey, Minnie and friends appear in their Alaska-exclusive outfits out on deck (which is also likely the day you sail close to a glacier), lines will form at least 30 minutes before the greetings start.

However, some of the best character interactions will be the ones that aren't announced or planned. You may see a character on the promenade waving goodbye to land as you sail away from a port or "sleep-walking" in their pajamas at night when no one else is around.

Definitely go to some of the scheduled character interactions if you want to get a photo, but keep your eyes peeled for those unannounced moments, too.

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Senses Spa and Rainforest Room

On Deck 9 forward, you'll find the Senses Spa — home to treatment rooms, a nail and hair salon, a fitness center, locker rooms and the Rainforest Room thermal suite.

You can book spa treatments before the sailing and once on board. Look for discounts on booking treatments on port days, and if you book multiple treatments, you can often also qualify for a discount.

The adults-only Rainforest Room features heated stone chairs, various shower experiences and steam rooms. Access to this room costs extra, so visit the spa on the day you board for prices and availability. If you've been to the Rainforest Room on Disney Wish , Dream or Fantasy, know Disney Wonder's version is smaller. It does not include any whirlpools or some of the other offerings you'll find in the larger thermal suites.

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Disney Wonder nighttime shows and movies

Each Disney ship has a lineup of Broadway-caliber nighttime shows and a schedule of movies in the Walt Disney and Buena Vista theaters.

Currently, the flagship evening performances on Disney Wonder sailings are:

  • "The Golden Mickeys"
  • "Frozen: A Musical Spectacular"
  • "Disney Dreams — An Enchanted Classic"

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Seating is first-come, first-served, so get to the theater early for your pick of seats. Your time to see the evening show will be opposite your dinner time, so early dinner means seeing the late show, and late dinner means seeing the early performance.

In addition to the Broadway-style shows, Disney Wonder has a schedule of first-run and recent Disney movies that you can pop in and watch inside the Buena Vista Theater on Deck 5. If you are on the ship while a Disney show premiers on land, you can catch its opening night on the ship, too.

Disney Wonder itineraries and pricing

As we've mentioned before, Disney Wonder hit the lottery of itineraries.

While every year is a bit different, for at least the next year or two, Disney Wonder's schedule includes summer sailings from Vancouver to Alaska, an October trip to Hawaii after the Alaska season, then fall and winter sailings to, from and around Australia and New Zealand. There's a spring stop in Hawaii, followed by sailings from San Diego to Mexico before it resumes its summer season beginning in May in Vancouver.

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Pricing starts less than $2,000 for a family of four on some of the short Australia and New Zealand sailings. Sailings on the U.S. West Coast start around $3,000 for a family of four in an inside cabin.

To do a weeklong Alaska sailing with a family of four, prices will start at $5,100 for an inside cabin in the early or late season. Prime summer sailing dates from June to August cost a couple of thousand dollars more for that same interior cabin and thousands more still for a balcony cabin.

Related: How to save money on a Disney Cruise

What to know before you go

Required documents.

The required documents for sailing on Disney Wonder vary based on your itinerary.

All guests 16 and over who are U.S. citizens on the sailing from Vancouver to Alaska will need a U.S. passport, but children ages 15 and under can do that sailing with a state-issued birth certificate. Americans flying to Canada from the U.S. (or vice versa) will need a passport to enter the country by air, regardless of age.

U.S. citizens on round-trip sailings from the U.S. West Coast to Mexico can do the sailing with a passport or a state-issued birth certificate and a physical government-issued photo ID.

Those on the sailings to and from Australia and New Zealand will need different documents based on their nationality, but those from the U.S. will need passports and potentially visas, too.

Green-card holders and non-U.S. citizens must check requirements based on destinations visited. Additionally, you will need to check in for your cruise online, fill out the appropriate information and select an arrival time for your embarkation day.

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Disney Cruise Line recommends $14.50 in gratuities per guest per night; this is the amount auto-applied to your onboard bill unless you request to increase or decrease it. The gratuities are split among your dining room server, assistant server, head server and cabin host.

Those in the concierge level are charged $15.50 per person per night, with the additional going to the cabin assistant host, who helps with those accommodations. Tips for the concierge lounge team are neither included in that amount nor automatically added to your onboard statement. Disney recommends you tip $8 per person per night; you can do this in cash or ask to have it added to your folio toward the end of your cruise. The tips would then be shared among the concierge hosts.

I recommend bringing cash and tipping not only the concierge hosts but also the bartenders in the concierge lounge, assuming you get your drinks there.

For a seven-night sailing for a family of four, automatically charged gratuities come to $406 in a non-concierge cabin and $434 in a concierge cabin, plus an additional $224 in recommended tips to the concierge lounge attendants. In other words, don't forget to budget for this. You can also leave additional amounts charged to your room or in cash.

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Also not included in the amounts above are tips at the bar, at the adults-only dining restaurants, at the spa and for room service; tipping is recommended for those services. Note that an 18% gratuity is automatically added to bar, beverage, wine, deck service tabs and spa services.

Wi-Fi is not currently a strength of Disney Wonder. It is quite expensive and priced in an old-school manner.

There is no cost to connect to the ship's Wi-Fi network when used only for the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app (which can also be used for messaging other guests on the ship). Otherwise, Disney Wonder's current Wi-Fi options start at $19 for a 100 MB package and go up from there. At some point, the ship will likely switch to the program most other Disney ships use, which charges by the day and not by the amount of data.

Carry-on drinks policy

Guests 21 years and older (18 or under for round-trip Australia and New Zealand cruises) may bring a maximum of two bottles of unopened wine or Champagne (no larger than 750 ml) or six beers (no larger than 12 ounces) on board at the beginning of the voyage and at each port of call. These beverages must be packed in carry-on (not checked) bags or luggage. You can keep drinks chilled in the small fridge in your cabin.

Guests wishing to consume wine or Champagne brought on board in one of the dining rooms will be charged a corkage fee of $26 per bottle.

Smoking policy

Smoking is permitted only in designated deck areas. It's forbidden in cabins and on cabin balconies, and those who violate this rule will face a $250 cleaning fee.

For an additional fee, Disney ships offer full-service laundry and dry cleaning services that include the pickup and delivery of clean clothes to your cabin.

On Disney Wonder, you'll also find self-service laundry on Decks 2, 6 and 7 midship. You pay for the facilities by using your Key to the World card. These services can get busy during sea days on longer cruises, so plan accordingly.

Electrical outlets

Cabins are equipped with multiple 110-volt outlets, which are standard in the U.S. and Canada.

Small electrical appliances such as electric shavers, curling irons and flat irons with standard North American plugs will function on board; 110-volt items should not exceed 1,500 watts, and 220-volt items should not exceed 2,000 watts. A hair dryer is provided in every cabin, but you may bring your own as long as it meets the guidelines above.

The currency on Disney Wonder, regardless of location, is the U.S. dollar.

On the ship, you don't need cash or a credit card — all incidentals, purchases and services will be charged to your cabin folio. Your Key to the World card serves as your onboard payment method. The only exception is if you want to tip a crew member in cash.

In port, you may wish to carry cash in a local currency or a credit card to buy snacks and souvenirs or to tip your tour guide.

Drinking age

The drinking age on Disney Wonder depends on where the ship is sailing at the time. For sailings to and from the U.S. West Coast and Canada, the drinking age is 21.

However, for round-trip cruises from Auckland or Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia, guests 18 years and older may purchase and consume alcohol. For repositioning cruises between Hawaii and Australia, parents or guardians may sign a "Beverage Consent Form" that allows their 18- to 20-year-old children to consume alcoholic beverages while in the adult's presence.

During the day on Disney Wonder, people dress casually. If it's a sea day in a warm-weather destination, most passengers will wear T-shirts, shorts and bathing suits (with a cover-up to go inside). For Alaska cruises, guests should wear layers and bring jackets, hats and rain gear for cooler or wetter days.

During the evenings, dining attire in the three main restaurants is "cruise casual," meaning no swimwear or tank tops, but you don't need to dress up too much. The exception is if you are dining in Palo, where you do need to dress up a bit more.

Cruises that are seven nights or longer schedule one "formal night." Passengers can choose to wear a fancy dress, suit or sports coat, but it's not a problem if you prefer casual attire. You will see folks in jeans and shorts on formal nights alongside passengers in dresses and suits. For the kids, princess dresses and other Disney-themed costumes are always appropriate.

Pro tip: Be sure and pack that pirate gear or themed attire for Pirate Night or Frozen Night on the Alaska cruises.

Related: What to pack for your Disney Cruise

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Bottom line

Disney Wonder has been the setting for family vacations for about 25 years, and it doesn't show any signs of hanging up its waterslide anytime soon.

It's not the newest, flashiest or most modern ship in Disney's fleet, but it makes us smile every time we step on board. There's more than enough to do to stay busy on your sailing, and it's still a compact enough ship that you don't spend half your cruise figuring out where everything is.

In other words, Disney Wonder is a great choice whether you want to start your cruising with a ship that is a bit smaller or you are ready to chart an adventure to one of Disney's most far-flung ports of call.

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If you're looking for a just-right-size Disney Cruise Line sailing and enjoy a more classic approach to life at sea, Disney Wonder could easily be the ship for you.

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Disney Wonder - 4 day Cruise from Melbourne Review

By Kangakid , November 13, 2023 in Australia & New Zealand Cruisers

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Hi All - just back from the 4 day cruise on Disney Wonder.

We were a family of 10 (3 families, Son & Wife and 2 children (11yo, 4yo) and Daughter and her Husband and 2 children (8 yo & 3yo).

We had 3 verandah rooms between us.  Ian and I had a double room and the rest had a room that could hold 4.  They utilise the sofa for one bed and a drop down bunk for the other bed.  The verandah staterooms - have a bathroom with a shower over the bath and handbasin and a separate toilet room with handbasin in there.  The quality fittings in the bathrooms were some of the best we have seen in our over 20 cruises to date.

The ship was  absolutely immaculate throughout - for a ship that is 24 yo it was in pristine condition.  Disney obviously put a lot of effort in maintaining the ship.  To say we were impressed with the maintenance of the ship is an understatement.  

The ship has an adults only area (pool, hot tubs, bar and coffee shop) they also have 2 bar areas (Cadillacs and the Pub)which are also adult only venues.  I was surprised that they had many activities during the day for adults only.

The kids are catered for extremely well as you would expect from Disney.  The queues to meet the characters were loooong - sometimes over 1.5hour wait to see a favourite character.  But everyone was in good spirits.  The staff inform you if there is a cut off point - so you can go elsewhere and see another character if you miss out on that particular time.  The character viewings are numerous during the day and night - so it can be a bit of wait with queuing and standing for long periods.

Food - you are rotated through 3 restaurants for dinner.   You will have the same wait staff that follow you from restaurant to restaurant.  Have to say the restaurants can be quite chaotic.  There is 2 dinner times early (5.45pm and 8.00pm).   No buffet is open for dinner -Cabanas the buffet is open for breakfast and lunch only.  We found the food fine- they had plenty of seafood available at lunches - (prawns and Alaskan crab claw things) never seen these on other cruises.  They have a roast and Mexican - along with typical buffet fare.  They had more than enough to satisfy your needs, not. a huge choice but still plenty to eat.

They also have food areas outside the pool area - such as pizza, burgers, hot dogs and souvlaki.  There is also a section that does salads and nice sandwiches and those poke bowls that are very popular.  All soft drinks are included in the cruise fare.  Also the ever popular soft serve ice cream.

Shows - were absolutely brilliant the best we have seen- they are full production shows - not just the usual song and dance you get on main stream lines.  Absolutely top class.

They had fireworks on 2 nights on our cruise - Marvel Hero night and Pirate Night - these shows are held on Deck 9 followed by a fire work display -these shows were also top class.  It was a bit chilly on deck and the wait time was over an hour if you wanted to get a spot where you could see.

We really enjoyed our Disney cruise - I was a bit hesitate before boarding as the price was so expensive - it cost us for 2 of us in the verandah stateroom over  $US2,900.00 for the 4 night cruise (this included gratuities of $US14.50 per person per day).

Now for the million dollar question - would we as grandparents do this again - probably not  but never say never- but I am sure my grandchildren would definitely do it again.

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Thanks, very interesting.

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Thanks for your enjoyable review.  As a lover of seafood, prawns and Alaskan Crab Craw things sound appealing.  Can you please explain the latter, small and fat or long and thing?  Did they also have wild salmon?

I may just have to settle for Pete's at The Spit for me fresh seafood. 

What was the cost for a solo versus a double?

2 hours ago, MMDown Under said: Thanks for your enjoyable review.  As a lover of seafood, prawns and Alaskan Crab Craw things sound appealing.  Can you please explain the latter, small and fat or long and thing?  Did they also have wild salmon? I may just have to settle for Pete's at The Spit for me fresh seafood.  What was the cost for a solo versus a double?

Marion, the prawns were a decent size, they had them next to the Alaskan Crab claws which were long and thin.  They also had garlic prawns in the buffet one day as well, I can attest the prawns were yummy.  I didn’t try the Salmon, but did have cod bites and sole (which was rolled) all very yummy.

I am not sure of the cost for a single room.  But I wouldn’t hesitate in getting an interior on Disney we have always sailed in balcony rooms, but on Disney activities on the go all day until 11pm.  We were only ever in our room to shower and get changed for dinner…

3 hours ago, Kangakid said: Marion, the prawns were a decent size, they had them next to the Alaskan Crab claws which were long and thin.  They also had garlic prawns in the buffet one day as well, I can attest the prawns were yummy.  I didn’t try the Salmon, but did have cod bites and sole (which was rolled) all very yummy. I am not sure of the cost for a single room.  But I wouldn’t hesitate in getting an interior on Disney we have always sailed in balcony rooms, but on Disney activities on the go all day until 11pm.  We were only ever in our room to shower and get changed for dinner…   cheers V

Seafood sounds delicious.  Did you meet Mickey or Minnie or did you have another favourite character? 

Ozwoody

What a great review, Disney sounds like it's not only a wonderful kids cruise line, but has not forgotten their parents. thank you for putting the time in to give us great insight into the line which is new to Australia.

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Thank you for coming back and posting your review.  Full production shows, adults only areas and no buffet for dinner were interesting to read about.  Pleased you had such an enjoyable time with your family.

Reading a review of Brilliance of the Seas, the author gave an unsatisfactory review comparing to her TEN cruises on Disney.  Can you imagine ten cruises on Disney.  She did say you get what you pay for!

Can someone please explain to me why our currency is so weak and why cruiselines don't take this into account when they are charging for extras on top of the high cost of the cruise.  

Jean C

2 hours ago, MMDown Under said: Can someone please explain to me why our currency is so weak and why cruiselines don't take this into account when they are charging for extras on top of the high cost of the cruise.  

Haha, don't forget the Kiwis, our currency is even weaker 😪

6 hours ago, Jean C said: Haha, don't forget the Kiwis, our currency is even weaker 😪

Yes NZ is expensive.  However no taxes etc, what you see is what you pay, so no tipping place.  Loose change in a jar for staff is OK.  The last time I caught a taxi to the airport in Brisbane, the Cabbie reached to the back to give me the 20c change.  (Ladies sit in the back of taxis.)

On 11/14/2023 at 1:11 PM, Kangakid said: Marion, the prawns were a decent size, they had them next to the Alaskan Crab claws which were long and thin.  They also had garlic prawns in the buffet one day as well, I can attest the prawns were yummy.  I didn’t try the Salmon, but did have cod bites and sole (which was rolled) all very yummy. I am not sure of the cost for a single room.  But I wouldn’t hesitate in getting an interior on Disney we have always sailed in balcony rooms, but on Disney activities on the go all day until 11pm.  We were only ever in our room to shower and get changed for dinner…   cheers V

Would you believe I found Wild Alaskan Red Sockeye Salmon in Coles supermarket today and it was marked down close to use by date!  I didn't know they sold it!  Wild salmon is the best.  Most salmon sold in Australia is farmed salmon.  

mr walker

12 hours ago, MMDown Under said: Can someone please explain to me why our currency is so weak and why cruiselines don't take this into account when they are charging for extras on top of the high cost of the cruise.  

Ask 10 economists & you’ll get 10 different answers. The value is somewhat based on the strength of the Aus economy vs other countries. People make & lose lots of money trying to make money on Fx rates.

The cruise lines are not making extra, just charging in $A to the equivalent USD amount.

Its less than 10 years ago when the $A was higher than USD & our cruise bill was less in $A than USD - we were happy then 😁

4 minutes ago, mr walker said: Ask 10 economists & you’ll get 10 different answers. The value is somewhat based on the strength of the Aus economy vs other countries. People make & lose lots of money trying to make money on Fx rates.   The cruise lines are not making extra, just charging in $A to the equivalent USD amount. Its less than 10 years ago when the $A was higher than USD & our cruise bill was less in $A than USD - we were happy then 😁

Yes, I remember it well! 🥳

2 minutes ago, mr walker said: Ask 10 economists & you’ll get 10 different answers. The value is somewhat based on the strength of the Aus economy vs other countries. People make & lose lots of money trying to make money on Fx rates.   The cruise lines are not making extra, just charging in $A to the equivalent USD amount. Its less than 10 years ago when the $A was higher than USD & our cruise bill was less in $A than USD - we were happy then 😁

I have cruised solo in six berth, four berth, and two berth cabins.  How do young solos afford to cruise now?  I know it is cheaper to fly overseas to UK/Europe/USA now.  But you can't compare flights to a cruise, unless you stopover en route, which we have done lots of times  

On 11/14/2023 at 5:36 PM, MMDown Under said: Seafood sounds delicious.  Did you meet Mickey or Minnie or did you have another favourite character? 

We did meet Mickey and the Princesses, the boys meet Chubucka and the Storm Troopers.  I think my favourite was either Ariel, or Tiana, but every character was fantastic, Goofy was always goofing around…

On 11/16/2023 at 10:14 PM, Kangakid said: We did meet Mickey and the Princesses, the boys meet Chubucka and the Storm Troopers.  I think my favourite was either Ariel, or Tiana, but every character was fantastic, Goofy was always goofing around…

Looks like characters have changed since my girls were little.  Goofy was a favourite.

Haha

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Disney Wonder review: Why Australia’s first Disney cruise is ‘Magic at Sea’ for kids

Angela saurine.

  • March 5, 2024

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Want to know what it’s like to cruise on the first Disney ship to come to Australia? Angela Saurine set sail with five-year-old Oliver to bring you all the details

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in front of the funnel on the Disney Wonder © Disney Cruise Line

We’re standing on the deck of the Disney Wonder just off Australia’s east coast when we hear the news – the ship is under attack! Evil villains have boarded the vessel and are attempting to steal the latest Stark Industries technology entrepreneur Tony Stark is unveiling at a special event on board. Fortunately Stark, dressed in his Iron Man armour, and his superhero pals are on hand to save the day. 

Angela and Oliver ready to board the Disney Wonder in Brisbane

An epic battle ensues, with a dazzling display of stunts, special effects and fireworks. At one point we hear a noise and gaze up to see Spider-Man making a spectacular entrance, ziplining across the deck above us. Marvel favourites Thor, Captain America and Black Widow soon join in the action, fighting Red Skull and Loki. With my superhero-obsessed five-year-old son Oliver sitting on my shoulders so he can see over the crowd, I am unable to see his reaction, but I can only imagine it is one of awe.

Marvel meets Mickey on this family-focused cruise

The Marvel Heroes Unite Show © Disney Cruise Line

To the uninitiated, it may seem strange to have the Marvel Cinematic Universe come to life on a Disney ship, with the company traditionally associated with more clean-cut characters such as Mickey Mouse and Tinkerbell. But since Walt Disney Company bought Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion in 2009 , the franchise has been successfully incorporated throughout Disney theme parks and cruise ships, as we learn throughout our three-day “cruise to nowhere”. 

A wave of superhero fervour has transformed Disney properties around the globe. Avengers Campus themed lands now draw families to Anaheim’s Disney California Adventure Park and Disneyland Paris, which also boasts a four-star Marvel-themed hotel .

Spider Man ziplining across the deck in the Marvel Heroes Unite Show on Disney Cruise Line © Matt Stroshane

When the Walt Disney Company dedicated a month of its Disney100 anniversary to celebrating “the Season of Super Heroes”, the writing was on the wall: Marvel is here to stay as part of Disney’s imaginative brand. Nowhere is this more apparent than on Disney Cruise Line’s five ships, where favourite heroes (and villains) feature heavily in decor, dining and entertainment offerings. 

But there are still plenty of quintessential Disney cruise experiences on offer as well, from meet and greets with Disney princesses to classic Disney films playing on a large screen above the pool throughout the day.

Departing with Mickey’s Sail-A-Wave party

Before we board, excitement outside Brisbane International Cruise Terminal is at fever pitch, with families dressed in matching Mickey Mouse shirts pulling Mickey Mouse suitcases, girls wearing tiaras and boys in Spider-Man suits. Once we’ve checked out our cabin, which is decorated with historic character sketches, Mickey Mouse lampshades and has a pull-down bunk bed underneath a starry roof, things kick off with a high-energy Mickey’s Sail-A-Wave party. 

Everyone gathers on deck to boogie with the famous mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy et al. Parents get into the spirit with their arms in the air clapping and dancing Nutbush-style routines to the instruction of the professional dancers, before the ship’s horn blows to the timeless tune of When You Wish Upon a Star. “This is the best holiday ever,” Oliver declares after just a few hours on board.

Angela and Oliver at the Sail A Wave deck party on the Disney Wonder

Many Australian itineraries have no port days, including all two and three-night trips, so the ship’s immersive experiences take centre stage. Some longer cruises have at least one port day in Hobart, Sydney or the Sapphire Coast town of Eden .

The 2024-2025 season adds the first South Pacific island cruise: a round-trip from Sydney to  Nouméa, New Caledonia. Only one day of the six-night voyage is spent on-shore, though – and that makes perfect sense. Storytelling magic and timeless branding are the drawcard here, unique from all other family-friendly cruise lines in Australia .

Restaurants on Disney Wonder’s Australian sailing

Tiana's Place © Disney Cruise Line

The first night we dine at New Orleans-inspired Tiana’s Place , where we are entertained with a supper club-style show starring none other than Princess Tiana, of The Princess and the Frog fame. The menu includes southern delights such as sautéed shrimp and grits, creole chicken and buttermilk beignet. By the end of their night, everyone is up on their feet doing a conga line through the restaurant as the band plays Going Down the Bayou. 

Passengers are rotated through the three themed restaurants on board each night, with the same waitstaff coming along. “You’re stuck with us — there’s no escape,” jokes our head server Dussell, who also entertains the kids with magic tricks between courses. “That guy’s funny!” Oliver cries.

Animator's Palate on the Disney Wonder © Disney Cruise Line Jimmy DeFlippo

The next night we dine at Triton’s restaurant , an upscale noshery named after the Little Mermaid’s father. But the most impressive experience is Animator’s Palate , where characters we draw on paper placemats when we arrive magically come to life on large screens that line the walls of the restaurant after our meal. Honestly, how do they do that?

Of course, there’s also a buffet restaurant offering everything from Mickey Mouse waffles to eggs benny at breakfast, and from prawns to roasts for lunch, as well as Pinocchio’s Pizzeria by the pool and Pete’s Boiler Bites , serving burgers, hot dogs and tacos. Kids also line up for free soft-serve ice-cream throughout the day at Eye Scream Treats . 

While most meals are included, you can also splash out on brunch or dinner at the adults-only Italian restaurant Palo at the front of the ship while the youngins are in kids’ club.

Oliver loved the Mickey Mouse waffles

Disney Wonder kids’ clubs

There are several kids’ clubs on board, catering to different ages. In the Oceaneer Club , children aged three to 10 can see an array of Marvel paraphernalia, including Captain America’s shield, Spider-Man’s web shooters and Ant-Man’s helmet. Captain America’s alter ego, Steve Rogers, even pops by occasionally to teach little ones the basics of the job. There’s also a Toy Story-inspired play area known as Andy’s Room, and an enchanting recreation of Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post from Frozen. 

Oliver in Andy's Room on Disney's Oceaneer Club

The adjoining Oceaneers Lab , which caters for children of the same age, has a more adventurous focus, with maps of the world, craft and animation studios, as well as video games. Kids wear electronic wristbands connected to sensors on the roof, so staff know where they are at all times, and wash their hands in state-of-the-art machines before they enter and exit.

It’s A Small World Nursery caters for babies aged from six months up to three-year-olds, at an extra cost. There’s also the Edge tween club for 11 to 14-year-olds offering such things as dance parties and karaoke, and teens club Vibe for ages 14 to 17, with bean bags, board games and arcade games.

Entertainment on the Disney Wonder

Frozen, a Musical Spectacular © Disney Cruise Line

There are so many things to do on board the Disney Wonder that it doesn’t really matter that there are no port visits on our cruise. Every day there’s a schedule of activities such as trivia, bingo and karaoke in various lounges, while the Buena Vista Theatre shows both classic and new Disney movies. And when Oliver needs some downtime, we retreat to our cabin to watch cartoons on the Disney Channel. 

But my favourite aspect of the experience is the stage shows performed in the Walt Disney Theatre after dinner each evening. I’ve been a fan of musicals since my dad bought me tickets to Guys and Dolls as a birthday present when I was a little girl, so it’s lovely to be able to introduce Oliver to them at a young age in a family-friendly environment.

The Disney Dreams show on the Disney Wonder © Disney Cruise Line

The shows on board include Frozen, A Musical Spectacular; The Golden Mickeys, which is like a Disney version of the Oscars, and the award-winning Disney Dreams, which features hits from movies such as Aladdin, Beauty & the Beast and The Lion King. We quickly learn it’s best to get there at least half an hour before showtime to get a seat up the front, to be in the best position possible to enjoy where bubbles and other surprises falls from the ceiling.

Verdict: Disney Wonder is truly ‘Magic at Sea’

Oliver with his Mickey Mouse toy in the Stateroom on board Disney Wonder

It’s no wonder there’s been such a positive response to Disney Cruise Line’s arrival Down Under in late 2023, following years of planning. “It’s been unbelievable,” cruise director Jimmy Lynett says. “A lot of the crew were taken aback by how Australians came on board with Mickey ears and how they’ve been decorating the cabin doors. Everybody has been blown away with what we do entertainment wise. People say, ‘I can’t believe we are on a cruise ship with the level of entertainment we’re getting’.”

It’s fair to say that, when it comes to cruising, Oliver is spoiled for life — or at least for the rest of his childhood.

All about Disney Wonder cruises in Australia

AquaLab © Disney Cruise Line

Dreaming of a magical adventure at sea? Here’s what you need to know about Disney cruises Down Under:

When is Disney Wonder sailing from Australia?

Disney Wonder will be sailing from Australia and New Zealand from October to February, with a range of short cruises from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland. The ship is based in America for the rest of the year.

Where do Disney cruises go in Australia?

Itineraries for the 2024-2025 season include round trips from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland, and one-way trips between these cities, some of which have a port day. There’s also the first South Pacific cruise: a round trip from Sydney to New Caledonia. 

How long are Disney cruises in Australia?

Disney Wonder cruises in Australia and New Zealand are two to seven nights long. The shortest itineraries are two and three-night round trips without any stops. The longest is a seven-day round-trip cruise from Melbourne, with port days in Eden, Sydney and Hobart, Tasmania .

What age is a Disney cruise best for?

Oliver with Goofy on the Disney Wonder

Kids between four and ten will get the most from a Disney Cruise — they’re the perfect age to be swept away by the immersive themed experiences on board, and old enough to participate in most activities. There’s still something for all ages on the Disney Wonder, though. Tweens and teens have their own clubs, and It’s A Small World Nursery cares for littlies under three. Adults-only venues include Palo restaurant, Quiet Cove Pool, and three themed bars. 

What’s included in a Disney cruise (and what’s not?)

Most meals are included —  that’s buffet meals and most breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Alcohol and adults-only dining options are an additional cost. Be aware that prices on board are in US dollars, so if you splash out on a few cocktails it might hurt when you get your bill at the end of the cruise.

Do you need a passport for a Disney cruise in Australia?

The Disney Wonder cruise ship at sea © Disney Cruise Line

For cruises within Australia, passports aren’t required, but they’re strongly recommended by Disney Cruise Lines . All guests do need “valid government-issued proof of citizenship” which can be a passport or photo ID. A government-issued birth certificate is accepted for kids 17 and under (original or copy).

All guests sailing to New Zealand or New Caledonia do need a passport, including children. You may also need a visa for New Caledonia , and if you’re not an Australian citizen, a NZeTA or visa for New Zealand. 

Passports need to be valid for at least six months after sailing ends. Be sure to check expiry dates and make applications well ahead of time, especially because a child’s first passport tends to take longer . 

Note that requirements may change, so be sure to confirm all travel documentation needs with Disney Cruise Lines directly .

Where to book an Australian Disney Cruise

Bookings are available for 2024 and 2025 sailings from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland. 

Tip: Keep an eye out for deals offering savings of up to 30 per cent off on select voyages on Disney Cruise Line’s website, or take advantage of Klook’s best price guarantee.

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What to expect on a Disney Wonder cruise in Australia

No one warned me about the affliction that would strike me when we boarded our Disney Wonder cruise in Australia. There wasn’t any word on social media, in the mainstream media, or in reviews. It started innocently enough on day one with the simple humming of  ‘Whistle While You Work’, but it wasn’t long before I had a bad case of Disney earworm-it is and couldn’t stop smiling.

And it got more severe by the minute. There was nowhere to hide; it was all through the ship. Then my wife and 20-year-old son caught it as well. Once we were onboard the Disney Wonder cruise ship in Australia, we couldn’t ‘Let it Go’ and were powerless to resist the Disney magic.

Was it brought on by our favourite Disney tunes playing throughout the ship?  Or the other passengers decked out in all manner of Disney merch, from t-shirts and princess dresses to an amazing assortment of Mickey Ears? No, I think it started the minute we walked onto the ship.

Boarding Disney Wonder in Brisbane seemed like a regular embarkation until we got onboard and entered the central atrium to the sound of applause and a grand announcement:

“Please welcome the Templeman family!”

Goofy was waving at us from the stairs, crew members (who are called cast members, the same as at the parks) were beaming at us and ready to help with directions to the nearest restaurant for lunch. Everyone got this special treatment and grand welcome when they boarded. It may sound a little cheesy but it genuinely made us feel special and (even more) excited about the cruise.

It had been years since we’d been to Disney World in Orlando which meant our son was now an adult, but we could feel the wonder of Disney Wonder winning us over from the moment we got onboard. If this was a ‘standard’ Disney Cruise welcome they had us at ‘hello’!

Disney Wonder cabins

So, let’s start with ‘The Bare Necessities’ on Disney Wonder in Australia. Firstly, Disney Wonder is considered a mid-sized cruise ship with 875 staterooms designed with families in mind. Disney Wonder cabins come in multiple configurations that cater to up to seven passengers per room in a suite and five in a Navigator Cove Balcony Cabin.

All of the other cabins on board, like our veranda stateroom, cater for four passengers and have a unique split shower/toilet area with the toilet and a vanity basin in a separate room. There’s also a thick curtain that divides the bedroom/lounge to allow for extra privacy, a bonus whether you’re travelling with little kids or a big one like we were.

Disney Wonder - Verandah Stateroom

We have been cruising as a family since our son was three and we all agreed that this was the best and most practical cabin we had sailed in. When our son was little, we used to have trouble getting him to go to sleep in a shared cabin. Now that he’s an adult, he stays up much later than his parents so the curtain came in handy. Having a toilet with a sink in a separate room meant the logistics of sharing a room were much better as we had different spaces to get ready, brush our teeth, etc. The cabin was also very spacious compared to others we’ve been in.

One thing worth noting if you’re a light sleeper; we were in a (locked off) interconnecting cabin and did have additional noise seeping through the door. This didn’t bother us, but you may like to avoid these cabins if you are sensitive to noise or like to sleep in. Interconnecting cabins have this issue on every ship, of course, but being a Disney cruise, your odds of having excited little ones next door like we did is higher.

Disney Wonder deck plan

The Disney Wonder deck plan is laid out over 11 beautiful Art Nouveau decks with six cabin decks and five mixed-use decks consisting of bars, restaurants, lounges and pools. The best cabins are midship away from theatres and the pool deck. We found it easy to get around Disney Wonder, with good passenger flow and a sensible layout. It’s one of the few ships that we haven’t got hopelessly lost on during our first day onboard.

Disney Wonder free activities

Something that is really important on a Disney cruise is to ‘Be Prepared’. There are some fantastic free special activities on Disney Wonder that you can do if you know about them, but you need to book these in advance, ideally before you get onboard. An example of this is the Royal Gathering which we did and really enjoyed. All of the princesses gather in the atrium and at your allocated time, you can go and have your photo taken with ALL of them, one after the other.

There were a few things we particularly loved about this experience. Firstly, it was complimentary (great news for Aussies as the Disney Wonder onboard currency is US dollars which can be tough due to the poor exchange rate). We also loved the fact you didn’t have to stand around. Instead, you could turn up at your allocated time which meant less waiting for kids (and their parents). We thought it would feel like a production line but the princesses spent time interacting with guests and making everyone feel special when it was their turn.

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Disney Wonder paid activities

There are some additional paid experiences available like Princess and Pirate makeovers in the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and the Royal Court Royal Tea Party. We didn’t do any of these as they were geared to families travelling with younger children. These did look like fun but there are plenty of free character and other moments that can be enjoyed without paying extra if you’re watching your pennies onboard.

Princess meet and greets on Disney Wonder

It turns out meeting a genuine Disney princess is quite an experience. Firstly, they are completely in character and chat about where they live and what they like to do with their time and ask how you are doing as well. When I met my favourite princess and namesake, Princess Tiana, she remembered I had dined at her restaurant the night before and asked if I had enjoyed my meal there. And our sophisticated 20 year old couldn’t help blushing when he met his favourite Disney princess, Rapunzel. He was blown away by how friendly she was and how she was so perfectly in character the whole time.

Our 20 year old meeting Rapunzel on Disney Wonder

We had never done meet and greets at any of the Disney Parks as the lines could be long but there are loads of opportunities to meet characters on Disney Wonder, whether you go to the Royal Gathering or line up for a meet and greet with one of the princesses or characters at another time. Some Disney regulars told us that it was so quick and easy meeting the princesses on the ship, compared to some of the Disney parks they had been to. It’s also a lot more comfortable as the ship is airconditioned (I bet the princesses like this too).

Disney Wonder kids clubs

For this kids club round up, I will jump straight to the place onboard with the least availability: ‘It’s a small world’. Yes, that’s the real name of the nursery, and it only has 16 places per day, so book early for this if you’re travelling with children aged six months to three years who would like to go here. The nursery costs US$9 per hour due to the high staff to children ratio; all of the other kids clubs are complimentary.

Exploring Disney Wonder opens ‘A Whole New World’ with dedicated children’s areas that really do need to be seen to be believed. Even though our son is now way too old for the kid’s clubs, we went to an open house to take a look around as we had heard the Disney Cruise kid’s clubs were epic – and they were!  Even better, they can cater to as many children as there are onboard the ship on each cruise, so no children are turned away due to the kid’s club being full. Something that has happened to our son a few times on other lines (yes, there were tears – from him and also from his parents!).

Kids club on Disney Wonder

The huge Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab caters for children aged 3 to 12 years in a combined space so siblings can stay together. Tweens aged 11 to 14 can head to Edge, while the exclusive Vibe space is tucked away at the top of a set of stairs  and is exclusively for 14 to 17 year olds. Kids aged under 12 are fitted with a Disney Oceaneer Band which acts as a stateroom key and helps you and the kids club staff keep track of them onboard.

Disney Wonder for adults

While Disney Wonder has some fantastic kids facilities, over-18s like our family are far from ‘Poor Unfortunate Souls’ as there are multiple adult-only areas as well. Let’s start with the Quiet Cove pool and Signals bar area on deck nine. This area is a delight with a large pool, two hot tubs, a dedicated bar, and plenty of staff to take your drink orders if you’re feeling thirsty. We enjoyed hanging out here. Our family of adults also discovered it’s a great place to bring your lunch from the buffet or pool deck eating spots with plenty of seating and a nice outdoor atmosphere.

Quiet Cove on Disney Wonder

You’ll also find the best place for coffee here at Cove Café.  Ask the staff for a free coffee card as you get a free coffee after you’ve collected five stamps. There is also an adults-only specialty restaurant called Palo which offers modern Italian cuisine with ocean views and romance. It is open for brunch on sea days and also dinner if you feel like a treat.

Our favourite adult’s only spot on board would have to be the Cadillac Lounge. This retro-designed Art Nouveau bar is all about class and style with lots of leather and chrome. In the evening, it comes alive with piano tunes by talented performers that will keep you up past your bedtime. A big shout out goes to Wil, the pianist on our cruise, for making our sailing so memorable. He was a hit with our entire family and we all loved being able to ask for our favourite songs.

The other bars onboard include the Crown & Fin Pub, which resembles a traditional British tavern but wasn’t really our scene. Azure, an adults-only hotspot after hours that’s inspired by the sea’s shapes, colours, sounds and movements and lucky last, the French Quarter Lounge, a New Orleans-inspired bar where guests can kick back with unique cocktails and a live jazz trio. There’s great people watching to be had from this bar which was our second favourite spot for an after-dinner drink.

Disney Wonder dining

The other essential things to pre-book are your dining times, as all dining apart from the specialty restaurant, Palo, is set time dining at 5.45 or 8.15 to cater to the theatre show times. So, think about your best dining times for you and your family and pre-book your preferred option.

We haven’t done traditional set time dining for years and usually actively avoid it but it works on this cruise as you rotate through the restaurants on a set schedule with your same waiters each night two of the three restaurants have entertainment which means you need to eat at a set time. We did struggle with eating so early at the beginning of the cruise (8.15 was too late for us, but 5.45 felt way too early) but we got used to it and loved having the same waitstaff each night. They were fantastic and made us understand why some cruisers always opt for set dining.

On our first night, we were looking forward to ‘Going Down the Bayou’ for dinner at Tiana’s Place, a restaurant which had live music and plenty of Southern charm. There was also a trumpet-playing alligator called Louis (one of my favourite Disney characters) who led a street party celebration and conga line with Princess Tiana and a crew of entertainers through the restaurant.

Tiana's Place on Disney Wonder

We especially loved the food at Triton’s (don’t miss the lamb!), where you dine ‘Under The Sea’ at a restaurant that feels more like a specialty dining experience than a main dining room. It is loosely themed on The Little Mermaid and has an upmarket vibe.

On our last night, we dined at the Animator’s Palate, which features animation-adorned walls and large high-definition flat-screens to project some animation magic that you create yourself. I won’t say too much as I don’t want to spoil the surprise but it’s worth getting to this restaurant about five minutes early for some extra drawing time (a great tip from our fabulous waiter). We loved Triton’s but the Animator’s Palate still came out in front was our favourite restaurant!

Disney Wonder casual dining

Casual eats are provided at Pinocchio’s Pizzeria, Pete’s Boiler Bites for burgers, hot dogs and tacos and Daisy’s De-Lites for healthy salads, sandwiches, wraps and fruit. If you love a buffet, you can head up to Cabanas and fill your plate with an array of goodies. Unlike some other cruise lines, this restaurant is only open for breakfast and lunch which means there is no dinner buffet. All of the evening meals take place in the three main dining room restaurants, but you can also order room service anytime at no additional charge if you fancy a change.

Disney Wonder shows and entertainment

So, ‘Do You Want to Build a Snowman’?  You know you do, which brings us to the entertainment on Disney Wonder and one of the big-ticket items that brings passengers on board. Even if you don’t usually go to shows, you should definitely go to these. 

Let’s start with the big production shows which were ‘Frozen: The Musical Spectacular’, ‘The Golden Mickeys’ (which is themed on a classic awards night like the Golden Globes) and ‘Disney Dreams’, a musical showcase inspired by classic films like Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Cinderella and Aladdin. These were all good with some incredible performers but our family’s favourite was Disney Dreams for its variety of songs, the puppetry and the staging which was Broadway quality, the same as all the other shows onboard.

"Frozen, a Musical Spectacular" on Disney Wonder

There were also fireworks on the final night of the cruise and a Marvel Heroes Unite show on the top deck on our second night. Cue characters ziplining across the deck, a suitably droll Loki and plenty of G rated choreographed fight scenes and other action hero stuff. You also get fireworks at the end of this show which is an added bonus.

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Disney wonder movie theatre.

Another onboard highlight is being able to see Disney’s new releases which are shown on the ship on the same day they’re released on land, a bonus if there is a blockbuster coming out that you want to see. The Art Nouveau themed movie theatre is gorgeous and shows classic Disney movies as well, plus all your Disney favourites are available via the in-room TV.

Other entertainment on Disney Wonder

There are yet more entertainment options with the Twist ‘n’ Spout water slide, and AquaLab interactive water play area. We were tempted to give the slide a whirl but never quite got there. One of the things we enjoyed most onboard Disney Magic was the people watching, with adults and children getting a genuine buzz meeting the Disney characters. Warning: your heart will melt watching the little boys and girls seeing their favourites.

AquaLab on Disney Wonder

Is a Disney Wonder cruise in Australia worth it? 

Disney Cruises aren’t exactly a cheap cruise holiday, so we couldn’t help but wonder if going on a Disney Wonder cruise in Australia was going to be worth it for local cruisers. However, after sailing on Disney Wonder, we couldn’t help but be impressed and the other passengers we spoke to were as well. Three nights onboard felt just right as the ship wasn’t too big so we got to try each main dining room and see all the shows. While there are two night sailings, I would try to get on a three-nights or longer trip if possible.

Everything on our sailing was first-rate, from the immaculate look and feel of the ship (you would never know it was more than 20 years old) to the staff and many free Disney experiences included in the regular fare. Our family of adults discovered that when you ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’ onboard Disney Wonder, your dreams really can come true – no matter how young (or how old) you are.

Disclosure: The writers and their son travelled as guests of Disney Cruise Line. Keep an eye out for special offers and book early for the best deals. 

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Disney Cruises are now Down Under!

After a very long wait, Aussies can now set sail on these iconic cruises, heading to a number of ports around Australia and New Zealand.

With Broadway-style shows, themed dining, character encounters and fireworks at sea, there's a lot to explore onboard.

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disney wonder cruise australia reviews

The special sailings aboard the Disney Wonder range from two to six nights and will depart from four home ports: Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia, as well as Auckland, New Zealand.

Scroll through to take a look at what it's like onboard the first-ever Australian Disney cruise.

disney wonder cruise australia reviews

In the AquaLab, an interactive water playground, families can play among pop jets, geysers and bubblers, or splash in the pool.

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There's also a bright yellow, twisting slide for kids and adults to enjoy.

disney wonder cruise australia reviews

In the vibrantly colored Andys Room, the world of the Disney and Pixar Toy Story films comes to life.

Kids experience the feeling of being toy-sized as they play among larger-than-life characters from the animated film.

disney wonder cruise australia reviews

The kids club also features a Frozen room, where kids can hang out with Olaf in Hans' cabin.

disney wonder cruise australia reviews

There are three different Broadway-quality musical performances.

Disney Dreams… An Enchanted Classic is a signature Disney Cruise Line show that tells a bedtime story featuring popular Disney characters who together teach a young girl the power of her dreams.

It showcases films such as Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Cinderella and Aladdin.

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Tiana's Place restaurant transports guests to an era of southern charm, spirited jazz and street party celebrations, inspired by The Princess and the Frog.

Guests can enjoy a menu influenced by southern-style cuisine, and hopefully catch a glimpse of Tiana herself.

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The resturant also holds live performances, with rhythmic, toe-tapping notes of jazz, swing and blues setting the tone for the French Quarter supper club atmosphere.

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Just before you enter Tiana's Place, youll be met with the French Quarter Lounge, a New Orleans-inspired watering hole with specialty drinks and jazzy live entertainment.

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Tritons is a sophisticated venue onboard the Disney Wonder inspired by the under the sea theme of Disney's The Little Mermaid , featuring continental cuisine with a French flair.

Brimming with ornate chandeliers, stained glass, sea-inspired architectural flourishes and a sweeping mural of Ariel and her father, Triton's serves up a regal atmosphere that guests of all ages are sure to admire.

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Lovers of Frozen won't want to miss the on-board musical show dedicated to the beloved Disney movie.

There are also movies shown in the two onboard cinemas, and on the outdoor screen by the pool.

disney wonder cruise australia reviews

At Animators Palate, one of the family dining restaurants on the Disney Wonder, the room comes to life as guests are immersed in the wonder of Disney animation during magical interactive dinner shows.

A couple relaxes by the rool

A couple relaxes by the rool

There are multiple places on the ship which are adults only!

A main pool and nearby whirlpool spas allow guests 18 years of age and older to relax, recharge and soak up the sun.

At the luxurious Senses Spa & Salon, adults can indulge in spa treatments and enjoy the steam room and sauna. The fitness center is well-appointed with state-of-the-art equipment and offers personal training sessions and instructional classes in yoga, Pilates, aerobics and more.

disney wonder cruise australia reviews

Adults aboard the Disney Wonder have a space all their own in Cove Café, an exclusive retreat redesigned as a coffee shop for world travelers, complete with warm, comfortable and trendy décor.

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Crown & Fin Pub is styled as an authentic English tavern with features including dark woods, plush leather furniture and brass accents that are reminiscent of a friendly neighborhood pub.

disney wonder cruise australia reviews

Aboard the Disney Wonder, Azure is an adults-only hotspot inspired by the shapes, colors, sounds and movements of the sea.

disney wonder cruise australia reviews

Staterooms on the Disney Wonder are designed with nautical décor and plenty of usable space.

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Disney Wonder has arrived in Australia for its debut season

Emily Murphy

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Disney Cruise Line is ready to bring some magic to the Australian cruise scene.

Arriving in Sydney on Friday, Disney Wonder is the first Disney Cruise Line ship to reach Aussie shores , bringing with it ‘Disney Magic at Sea’ – the term coined by Disney to describe Disney holidays and experiences at sea.

Exterior of Disney Wonder cruise ship at sea

Disney Wonder has started its Australia and New Zealand sailings. (Image: Todd Anderson)

Having visited Disneyland in California earlier this year, I was excited to jump onboard and experience a taste of Disney on home soil. I wasn’t disappointed.

I’m not a die-hard Disney fan, but there is an undeniable energy when you’re immersed in the world of Disney. The cruise ship was no different. As soon as I stepped into the atrium, I was instantly transported to the odd perfection that encompassed the ship – every detail so intricate and well thought out.

Captains Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse at funnel of Disney Wonder cruise ship

The Disney Wonder allows families to set sail on one-of-a-kind itineraries in Australia and New Zealand. (Image: Steven Diaz)

What can kids do onboard?

For families, Disney Wonder is a dream holiday. From ages three to 12 (although I’d probably only suggest up to 11) kids can immerse themselves in the Oceaneer Club, a kids club that includes Andy’s Room from Toy Story where children will experience being ‘toy-sized’ as they play with the larger-than-life characters from the animated film.

Kids playing with Toy Story characters in Andy's Room in Disney’s Oceaneer Club on Disney Wonder

In the vibrantly coloured Andy’s Room, the world of the Disney and Pixar “Toy Story” films comes to life. (Image: Amy Smith)

If your kids are under three, the It’s a Small World Nursery will welcome them into its patchwork of pastel colours. If they’re aged 11 to 14, they can enjoy the Edge club with both free-form and structured activities, from video games and dancing on the dance floor to themed nights.

If you’re bringing teens aged 13 to 17 onboard, the Vibe club will be their ultimate spot to hang out. With an open-plan loft-inspired lounge, there will be plenty of room for activities. From music, gaming and virtual reality sessions to smoothie workshops and spa treatments at the ‘Chill Spa’, a designated spot in the Senses Spa and Salon, they’ll be more than happy to do their own thing.

Families playing in the pool at AquaLab onboard Disney Wonder

In the AquaLab, guests can soak in the sun and get soaked at this interactive water playground open to kids aged three and older.

Entertainment

The entertainment onboard Disney Wonder is world-class. There are three Broadway-style stage shows that will entertain all ages. We watched Disney Dreams – An Enchanted Classic , and it was so cute – I loved it. The other shows available are Frozen, A Musical Spectacular and The Golden Mickeys.

There are also movies shown in the Walt Disney Theatre, as well as on deck by the family pool and in the Buena Vista Theatre, a cinema that screens Disney films as they are released on land.

The Golden Mickey’s stage show on Disney Wonder

“The Golden Mickeys” celebrates the musical heritage of Disney animated films, immersing guests in all the glamour and excitement of a Hollywood awards gala. (Image: Steven Diaz)

What can adults do onboard?

Now, whether your kids are busy in their age-appropriate clubs, or you’re onboard child-free, the fun is only just beginning. There are a number of adults-only locations that will let you fully relax in peace.

The Quiet Cove Pool allows guests over 18 to enjoy a peaceful swim, to relax in the deck chairs or indulge in a cocktail at the connected Cove Cafe.

Cove Cafe interior on Disney Wonder

Cove Cafe is the perfect place to sip a coffee in the day and a wine or a cocktail in the evening. (Image: Kent Phillips)

At the luxurious Senses Spa and Salon, adults can indulge in spa treatments, massages, manicures, pedicures, and a rainforest-themed aromatherapy steam room and sauna.

There is also a fitness centre with state-of-the-art equipment, personal training sessions, yoga, Pilates, aerobics and more.

If you want to immerse in the nightlife, Disney Wonder has the charming English-style Crown and Fin Pub to watch some sports and have a pint. If you’re observant, you might be able to pick up on subtle nods to classic Disney films set in London through artwork and props.

There is also the Cadillac Lounge, an intimate piano bar that pays homage to the Rat Pack at their peak in Hollywood in the late 1950s, and Azure, a trendy nightclub designed to look like the ocean.

Exterior of Crown and Fin pub on Disney Wonder

Crown and Fin invites guests to take a jaunt to an authentic English tavern. (Image: Amy Smith)

Dining on Disney Wonder

There are three themed dining experiences on Disney Wonder and guests rotate between the three while onboard, with the same serving team each night offering personalised service.

We dined at Animator’s Palate, where guests become a part of the ‘Drawn to Magic’ animation show that happens throughout the meal. It was so fun and the food was tasty.

Family having dinner at Animator’s Palate on Disney Wonder

At Animator’s Palate, the room comes to life as guests are immersed in Disney animation. (Image: Matt Stroshane)

The other restaurants are Tiana’s Place, a New Orleans-inspired restaurant that offers southern-style food and live jazz entertainment, and Tritons, a more sophisticated restaurant with The Little Mermaid touches throughout the venue.

The French Quarter Lounge on Disney Wonder

Just before you enter Tiana’s Place, you’ll be met with the French Quarter Lounge, a New Orleans-inspired watering hole exclusive to the Disney Wonder . (Image: Ken Phillips)

Book now for your Australia and New Zealand Disney Magic at Sea sailings from October 2024 to February 2025.

Emily Murphy found her passion for writing at a young age and knew her future was in travel after she moved overseas solo at 18. Em loves to write about beautiful, under-the-radar destinations and anything that will ignite a desire in more people to explore the vastness and beauty that is Australia. She is a devoted bun mum and in her spare time you'll find her by the sea, reading a good book, binge-watching a TV show or exploring Sydney's dining scene.

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Everything you need to know about Disney Cruise Line in Australia

September 22, 2022 by ohsobusymum 15 Comments

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DISNEY CRUISE LINE IN AUSTRALIA

I’m so EXCITED! Disney Cruise Line is bringing the Disney Wonder cruise ship to Australia for the very first time! You might have noticed that the price of a Disney cruise is a little more than others currently sailing in Australia, so I thought I would break it down for you and let you know exactly what is included and everything you need to know about cruising with Disney Cruise Line in Australia.

disney wonder cruise australia reviews

Yes, a Disney cruise is more expensive than others available (I call that the Disney tax) and here is why. Firstly it's Disney; everything Disney attracts a higher price, but behind the Disney name comes that Disney magic at sea that can't be matched by other cruise lines. If you have ever visited a Disney Park, you will know exactly what I'm talking about when I say "Disney magic". 

Disney Cruise Line is all about families, and everything on board has been designed and planned with families in mind. From having split bathrooms with bathtubs (say what?) to the activities and food choices on board. Disney is a 5-star cruise line with the magic starting the second you check in for your cruise. 

disney wonder cruise australia reviews

I’m beyond excited about this announcement, and I will be online with thousands of you trying to secure a spot on one of the Disney cruises out of Brisbane. If you’re trying to secure a spot, I recommend you jump online to the Disney Cruise Line website and sign your account before the cruises are released on September 29th at 8 am AEST or 11 am NZDT to increase your chances of securing a booking. 

disney wonder cruise australia reviews

Here is Everything you need to know about Disney Cruise Line in Australia

What's included on a disney cruise in the price .

  • All food including breakfast, lunch and dinner AND room service (hello, to the famous Mickey shaped ice cream bars delivered straight to your cabin!)
  • Soft drinks, coffee, tea and water are served at meals and at each of the ship’s beverage stations
  • Snacks and ice cream throughout the ship
  • Entertainment including live Broadway-style productions at the Walt Disney Theatre as well as Disney movie classics and current first-run films at the Buena Vista Theatre
  • Kids Club (except the "It's a Small World" nursery) 
  • Waterslides and pools
  • Use of the Disney app where you can make changes, book activities, view schedules and use the chat feature on board. This is handy to keep in touch with your family on board
  • Just about everything you could ever think of……

What's not included in the price 

  • Alcoholic beverages 
  • Gratuities/tips (this can be removed if requested at guest services though customary to tip in America)
  • Port Adventures excursions
  • Spa and salon services
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
  • Babysitting in the ship’s nurseries 
  • Photography service
  • Palo restaurant
  • 24-hour self-service guest laundry facilities equipped with washers and dryers, along with detergent and complimentary ironing equipment. No coins are needed―pay using your Key to the World card

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Pricing 

Disney has just released prices with the focus of the ship being the “destination”. 

Cruises sailing from Sydney AUD prices start from (for 2 nights on 01/11/23, based on a family of 4):

* Inside Stateroom: $2,273

* Oceanview Stateroom: $2,397

* Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah: $2,660

* Concierge Stateroom with Verandah: $4,141

Cruises sailing from Melbourne AUD prices start from (for 2 nights on 01/11/23 based on a family of 4):

Cruises sailing from Brisbane AUD prices start from for 2 nights on 20/12/23, based on family of 4):

* Inside Stateroom: $3,877

* Oceanview Stateroom: $4,107

* Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah: $4,634

* Concierge Stateroom with Verandah: $7,331

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Disney Cruise Line ships have been designed with families in mind. Rooms have curtains to separate the sleeping area, which is perfect for the young ones. All rooms also have a split bathroom with a vanity, sink, shower and bathtub on one side, and a toilet and sink on the other side. 

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Base Inside Staterooms - featuring a classic nautical motif, porthole mirror and no exterior view: 

  • Deluxe Inside Stateroom (sleeps 3 -4)
  • Standard Inside Stateroom (sleeps 3 -4)

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Oceanview Rooms - Enjoy more space than standard and scenic vistas through a real porthole window—or possibly 2!

  • Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom (Sleeps 4)

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Verandah - The most spacious non-Concierge staterooms, each with a private verandah, some with partial views. 

  • Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah The room you want to book for a family of 5! (sleeps 4-5)
  • Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah (sleeps 4)
  • Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Navigator’s Verandah (sleeps 4)

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Concierge - The most luxurious rooms and most expensive, each with a large private verandah and premium amenities and services. 

  • Concierge Royal Suite with Verandah (sleeps 5)
  • Concierge 2-Bedroom Suite with Verandah (sleeps 7)
  • Concierge 1-Bedroom Suite with Verandah (sleeps 4)

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The Food 

Disney Cruise Line works on ‘rotating dining’ with 3 main dining rooms. There are also casual dining options. Disney's rotating dining means that you will rotate between the three main dining rooms during each night of your cruise, and your servers rotate with you. You will have to reserve your dining time when you book, with the main seating at 5:45pm and the second seating at 8:15pm. 

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Animator's Palate

Animator's Palate celebrates the art of storytelling with an interactive dinner. The restaurant will change from black and white images to colour masterpieces throughout your dining experience. Guests can draw characters and see them come to life in animation. It's a fun and interactive dinner that will soon become one of your favourites. 

Tiana's Palate 

Tiana's Palate is a themed restaurant based around the story of the Princess and the Frog. The style of this restaurant is a New Orleans style party with live music to keep everyone entertained. It's fun and entertaining, but loud with the live music. You can expect Southern style cuisine from steak, chicken to fish and the kid's menu will not disappoint. 

Triton's is named after Ariel's father from The Little Mermaid and is the most upscale restaurant on rotational dining aboard the Disney Wonder. It's themed ‘under the sea’ with a French and American menu. Triton's is the only dining room to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Palo (extra charge)

Palo is a paid upscale restaurant that is adults only serving up Italian cuisine. It makes the perfect date night dining experience without the kids. Palo also serves brunch. You can expect to pay an extra $40USD ($60AUD) per person to dine here. You can read reviews online to see if it's worth it for you.

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Casual Dining 

Pinocchio's Pizza - Grab a slice of pizza throughout the day whenever you're hungry!

Eye Scream Treats - The perfect spot to grab a soft serve ice cream (eat as much as you want!) 

Pete's Boiler Bites - You will find classic American food like hot dogs, tacos and burgers.

Daisy's De-Lites - Grab a salad, sandwich, wraps or some fresh fruit here

Cabanas - Cabanas serve a buffet style breakfast and lunch (hello Mickey waffles) and at dinner, transform to table service where you can enjoy a 4 course meal

Room Service - Included in the price of your cruise, room service is available 24 hours a day, for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Any room service gratuity/tips are at your discretion and should be around $1 per item

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Bars and Lounges

French Quarter Lounge - A perfect stop to grab a coffee or cocktail while listening to some live music. During the day, it turns into a family friendly spot with games and activities plus character meets

Crown & Fin Pub - This is an adult only bar that resembles a British pub. You can enjoy watching sporting events and live music

Cove Cafe - This is another adults only bar that offers cocktails, wine and specialty drinks

Cadillac Lounge - Adult only exclusive in an intimate piano bar with a 1950's theme

Signals - This is located right next to the Cove pool, so it makes it the perfect place to grab a drink while lounging around the pool area

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The Kids Club

The Disney Wonder has 5 options when it comes to kids clubs on board. When I say kids club, it's not your typical kids club. Disney Cruise Line kids clubs are world class with themed play areas. Kids will even have the chance to meet their favourite characters! 

Oceaneer Club - Disney's Oceaneer Club is suitable for ages 3-12 years old (must be fully toilet trained). It's all about fantasy here with Andy's Room multilevel playground, Marvel Superhero Academy, Disney Junior games and a Frozen Adventure area.

Oceaneer Lab - suitable for ages 3 - 12 years old (must be fully toilet trained). With four lands to explore in the Oceaneer Lab, your kids won't want to leave (connected to the Oceaneer Club so kids can move between the 2). It's all about fun and learning with an animator's studio, captains workshop, craft studio and the wheelhouse where kids can steer the ship in any direction they please. 

Edge - Suitable for ages 11-14 years old , edge provides a hangout spot for tweens to have fun and make new friends. Tweens can play video games, take selfies on the dedicated wall, do scavenger hunts, karaoke and dance on the dance floor. 

Vibe - Suitable for ages 14-17 years old and is a teens only hangout! Teens will find video games, board games, dance parties and a coffee bar to serve up non alcoholic drinks. 

It's a Small World nursery - Suitable for ages 6 months - 3 years old and an extra charge. Disney's trained staff will take care of the little ones and keep them entertained. 

Make sure you register your children for the kids club on the first day of the cruise. 

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Entertainment 

Mickey's Sail A Wave Party - To kick off leaving the dock, you will enjoy the most magical party to celebrate with dancing, singing and character visits

Pirate nigh t - This one is a favourite night to celebrate! Dress up as a pirate and enjoy dinner with your pirate bandana and end the night with a celebration on deck (some cruises have fireworks)

Outdoor movies on the big screen - You can enjoy an ice cream or cocktail by the pool while watching one of the Disney classics

Live shows - You won't get bored with the range of musicals and shows on board in the theatre

Fireworks - It hasn’t been announced if fireworks will be included on the Australian cruises, but we can all cross our fingers for this experience

Character meets - Meet, greet and strike a pose with some of your favourite Disney Characters! Kids of all ages can share hugs with Cinderella or goof around with Goofy. Take pictures with Mickey, Minnie and Peter Pan or collect autographs from that lovable but ever-mischievous duo, Chip 'n Dale

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique - Book an appointment at this enchanted salon where kids arrive as themselves and leave as a princess, knight or sea captain (paid)

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Adults Only

Now I know when you hear Disney cruise you think kids cruise, but Disney caters to the big kids too! 

  • Nightclubs and lounges featuring cocktails, entertainment and dancing
  • Quiet Cove pool is a tranquil oasis where you can swim, enjoy whirlpool spas or soak in the sun
  • Fitness centre, offering workout equipment, exercise and toning classes
  • Spa and salon offering the ultimate in serenity, pampering and personal attention
  • Adults-only dining at Palo, a Northern Italian-themed restaurant

Inspired by all things Disney travel? Check out my Disney travel posts. 

  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GO TO WALT DISNEY WORLD IN 2022?
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GO TO DISNEYLAND IN 2022 FROM AUSTRALIA?
  • OUR STAY AT AULANI, DISNEY RESORT HAWAII
  • PLANNING A TRIP TO DISNEYLAND? HERE IS EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW!

I hope this post helps you plan your Disney Cruise in Australia! If you have any questions, feel free to ask or join my Disney Mums and Dads Facebook group . 

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Reader Interactions

September 22, 2022 at 1:47 pm

Thanks so much for clarifying so much in this post. I'm amazed to discover while yes there are cheaper cruise options out there, this is still affordable for a family if placed on a payment plan. I only wish Stitch was on board as that would seal the deal for my little family.

September 25, 2022 at 2:14 pm

Do you need passports and proof of vaccination

ohsobusymum

September 27, 2022 at 11:38 am

I'm not sure yet. Maybe contact Disney Cruise for this information.

September 22, 2022 at 9:41 pm

How do I book? Is there a web address? Thank you.

September 25, 2022 at 11:34 am

You can book on directly on the Disney website here: https://disneycruise.disney.go.com

September 25, 2022 at 9:54 pm

Hi. Do you know vaccination requirements please? Thanks

No I don't.

Darla Connaughton

September 26, 2022 at 6:54 pm

Can you go for more than 2 nights?

September 27, 2022 at 11:39 am

Yes you sure can! Check out their website for cruise details and dates.

September 26, 2022 at 8:34 pm

If we have a family of 5 does it cost for the baby who would be 2 at time of travel if he sleeps in the parents bed?

September 27, 2022 at 11:40 am

I think so. Jump on their website and do a quote to see.

September 27, 2022 at 12:26 am

Hi. I was looking at the 2- night cruise departing Melbourne 3 nov 2023. Where does this sail to? Any idea why it’s considerably more expensive than the 2- night cruise departing Sydney on the 1st? Thanks for your detailed post- it’s very helpful!

I have no idea about that one either. Brisbane is more expensive than all of them.

June 28, 2023 at 7:47 pm

Hi, thanks so much for the great information... we have booked for the 2024 season and are so excited. I'm just wondering if the times shone for on board means that's when they let you on or everyone should be on already? So ours says 4.45pm on-board and 7.15am off .... surely we're on the boat before 4.45? And don't have to be off by 7.15? Any advice would be great 🙂 thank you in advance

June 29, 2023 at 7:43 am

When you check in via the Disney Cruise Line App, you will be able to select a boarding time. Priority boarding is always first and around 11am, so I recommend that you select the earliest time available so that you can get on board and start enjoying the ship and have lunch etc. 4:45 would be the the time that everyone has to be on the ship by, not boarding time.

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Disney Wonder

Disney Wonder cruise ship

Cruise line Disney Cruise Line

  • Vancouver (BC Canada)
  • San Diego (California)
  • Sydney (NSW Australia)
  • Melbourne (Victoria Australia)

Disney Wonder current position

Disney Wonder current location is at North America West Coast (coordinates 50.15303 N / -125.35845 W) cruising at speed of 10.1 kn (19 km/h | 12 mph) en route to Chichagof Island. The AIS position was reported 1 minute ago.

Current itinerary of Disney Wonder

Disney Wonder current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Cruise From Vancouver . Prices start from USD 5203 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 13 May, 2024 and ends on 20 May, 2024 .

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Disney Wonder Itineraries

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The 1999-built MS Disney Wonder cruise ship is Walt Disney 's second liner with sistership Disney Magic (1998).

The vessel (IMO number 9126819) is currently Bahamas- flagged (MMSI 308457000) and registered in Nassau .

History - construction and ownership

DCL-Disney Cruise Line is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company (shipowner). The company was incorporated in 1996 as "Magical Cruise Company Ltd". Walt Disney also owns the Bahamian private island Castaway Cay (exclusive port of call - for Disney ships only) and an exclusive Cruise Terminal at Port Canaveral (Orlando Florida) . Disney cruises are marketed as "family vacations" and feature unique and exclusive activities, such as costumed Disney Characters, adults-only deck areas, dedicated facilities for teens, kids and infants-toddlers, signature (trademarked) shipboard facilities and activities, themed live entertainment.

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The 1750-passenger ship Disney Wonder caters mostly to families with small children, so the adults-only "quiet places" and entertainment areas are your special place to be if running and screaming little angels and devils are not your kinds of fun.

One of the best cruise ships for families with kids, the Disney ship Wonder features a classic 1930's ocean liner design - an elongated black hull and two bright red funnels. The Disney cruise ship Disney Wonder is mostly associated with its Art Nouveau decor, Disney characters all around, "Mickeys" everywhere, amazing onboard children's programs with age-proper activities, excellent service and really great family fun cruises for kids.

Probably the best thing about this Disney fleet mate is that the Disney Lines Wonder ship sails Alaska since 2011 - the newest Disney cruise ship destination with the best Disney deals on Alaska cruises and excursions.

The Disney ship Wonder was launched in 1999 to double company's passenger capacity with another set of nearly thousand of some of the best equipped, largest staterooms at sea. Like all Disney ships, the Disney Cruise Line Wonder ship's primary market is families with small kids (mostly younger than 8). Besides them, the Disney Wonder ship CLIENTELE consists also of an ever-growing number of honeymooners and travelers without kids, simply enjoying the oversized Disney ship accommodations, the adults-only areas, and all the Disney details - both on board and on Castaway Cay.

The Disney Wonder ship DRESS CODE is day resort casual (all ship areas) and evening cruise casual (no shorts-jeans-swimwear), for men pants and jackets (no ties), and summer dresses for women. One semi-formal night (the Captain's Reception), one formal night (not mandatory; most passengers don't participate in it) and one "Pirate Night" (people dress in pirate attire).

Disney Wonder TIPS are the US $12 PP per day (charged to passengers' onboard accounts automatically or pre-payed), given respectively to waiters $8 (dining room servers $4, assistant servers $3, head servers $1) and cabin stewards $4. Additionally, bar drinks and deck service areas have a 15% tipping added to your bill.

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Decks and Cabins

Most Disney Wonder staterooms (877 total, in 22 grades) are 225-260-ft2 Balconies. The ship has 22 Suites, 362 Balcony, 235 Oceanview and 256 Inside cabins. The largest accommodations are the Royal Suites (845 ft2 / 79 m2 plus 185 ft2 / 17 m2 terrace).

All cabins boast sizes larger than the industry average, with the majority of them offering a separate bedroom and living room areas, a deep convertible sofa, a bunk bed (folding down from the ceiling, with safety rails, 2 beds convertible to a queen.

Additionally, Disney Wonder family cruise cabins for families of 5 have a Murphy bed (wall-mounted). Plenty of storage space (the suitcases store well under the bed), subtle maple furniture, a closet with a dresser, a desk/dressing table, a smart HDTV with all Disney channels, 2 portable "Wave Phones" (you can text and talk on them throughout the ship), 2 bathrooms (one with toilet-sink, one with tub-shower-sink), a hairdryer. Balcony cabins also have 2 chairs and a small table on the veranda. Standard bathroom amenities by the premium H2O Plus cosmetics (soap-shampoo-lotion, suite guests get additional offerings), Euro-top mattresses, Egyptian cotton linens, luxurious bath towels, upon request - cribs and diaper genies.

Disney Wonder suites are of 3 types (1 and 2-bedrooms), featuring dining tables, Jacuzzis, huge balconies. The Walt and Royal Suites are the Wonder ship's biggest accommodations. In addition, suite guests can enjoy a memory foam pillow, comfortable duvets, robes, and slippers, plus the main dining room's menu available as a room service option.

The boat has 11 decks , of which 6 are with cabins.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Disney Wonder ship dining experiences include the Disney Line's rotational dining system pertaining to the ship's 3 main restaurants (you dine each night in a different restaurant, accompanied by the same companions and waiters), with 2 dining times (6:15 and 8:15 pm, table number, and rotations are on your dining tickets). The "Animator's Palate" room features numerous special lighting effects and animations (including the menu holograms, scenes transform from B&W sketches to full-color animated images), the "Parrot Cay" is Caribbean-themed (a delicious seafood buffet and great salad choices) and the most formal of the three is the upscale "Triton's" restaurant (the last two are also open for breakfast and lunch). All main dining rooms offer free drinks during dinner, a wine purchase program.

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Disney Wonder food is really wondrous - all is made on the ship, quality ingredients, beautifully prepared, with "light" choices at dinner, a separate kids menu.

"Palo" is the Wonder ship's specialty dining option - an adults-only elegant restaurant (Northern Italian (Med) cuisine), open daily for Champagne brunch and dinner (reservations are required, guests are allowed to book only 1 brunch and 1 dinner per sailing).

On Deck 9 is located the "Beach Blanket" buffet - an indoor/outdoor casual dining venue (breakfast and lunch) with salads, sandwiches, Mickey waffles, cookies, and fruits, with a made-to-order omelet station. Other excellent venues to dine casually are the "Pinocchio's Pizzeria", "Pluto's Dog House" (burgers and hot dogs, chicken tenders) and the Goofy's Galley (wrap sandwiches, a great selection of fruits, ice-cream). The Deck 9 self-serve beverage station offers free juices and sodas.

24-hour room service (Continental breakfast, soups, and salads, cheese, chicken, etc). Suite guests can order from the main restaurant's menus.

Follows the complete list of Disney Wonder restaurants and food bars.

  • Triton's Restaurant / Lumiere's (462-seat forward Dining Room, serving Breakfast and 3-course menu for Lunch; with 2 Dinner seatings 5:30 p.m.-6 p.m. and 8 p.m.-8:30 p.m.)
  • Parrot Cay Restaurant / Carioca's (462-seat aft Dining Room for Breakfast and Buffet Lunch; with 2 dinner seatings/4-course menu).
  • Animator's Palate Restaurant (462- seat aft Dining Room, animator's studio design, features favorite Disney-character dinner shows; serves complimentary drinks; Rotational Dining with two fixed Dinner seatings - at 5:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.)
  • Tiana's Place (dinner-only main dining room drawing inspiration from Disney's "The Princess and the Frog.")
  • Cabanas (self-service complimentary restaurant with American cuisine, pasta, sushi)
  • Pinocchio's Pizzeria (outdoor complimentary restaurant, poolside)
  • Beach Blanket Buffet (indoor/outdoor fast-food eatery, complimentary
  • Pluto's Dog House (quick service fast food restaurant, complimentary)
  • Goofy's Galley (quick service outdoor fast food restaurant, complimentary)
  • Palo (130-seat Italian specialty restaurant; adults-only, reservation-only; aft location; bookings via the internet or on board).
  • O'Gill's Pub (open from about noon to midnight, sports bar/Irish pub, with English decor, live music, large TVs, classic table games, full bar service, Martini Tastings).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Most of the Disney Wonder kids facilities and public rooms are located on Decks 3-4-5 and are interconnected by its 3-deck high atrium, while the Wonder ship's 3 pools are on Decks 9 and 10. Four locations onboard offer Internet access: the teen-only "Vibe" club (Deck 11), the children-only "Edge" club (Deck 2), the "Promenade Lounge" (Deck 3, all ages, open 24-hours) and the adults-only "Cove Cafe" you can borrow a laptop from the cafe).

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The Disney Lines Disney Wonder ship spa, sport, and fitness fun starts with Deck 9's pool area (3 age-specific swimming pools) and the 200-ft long waterslide. The "Mickey's Pool" (aft) is kids-only, with a 385 sq. foot pool extension for not yet toilet trained kids in swim diapers). The "Goofy's Pool" is for families (located in between the funnels, alongside the big LED screen), 2 adjacent Jacuzzis and the "Quiet Cove" (forward) is adults-only, with 2 large hot tubs, and a specialty coffee house). Deck 10 has a basketball court and a volleyball area. The "Aft Overlook" (Deck 7) is another "quite" place on the ship (unless when a wedding is officiated there by the captain).

Ship's promenade (Deck 4) offers a walking-jogging track and lounge chairs. The Vista Spa & Salon complex offers massages, facials and treatments, and its "Tropical Rain Forest" area has a sauna and steam rooms. The Wonder ship also features 3 new spa villas for the most expensive spa services (a spa suite with its own private veranda and a Jacuzzi). The recently expanded fitness center is well equipped (Life Fitness equipment) and also has a small room for personal training sessions.

Disney characters appearances are one of the highlights of all the best Disney Wonder cruises for kids with the ever best age-specific activities at sea. The Disney Wonder kids cruise programming and the unique Disney-themed entertainment are the main reasons for the Disney Wonder line's high popularity and loyalty passengers ratio. Like all Disney ships, Wonder has no casino, instead, it has innovative offerings, like the "Studio Sea" (family dance parties and karaoke, scavenger hunts and funny game shows) and the "Buena Vista Theatre" (all the newest Disney company releases and the best Disney 3D movie experience). Another popular day activities for families are the basketball and karaoke tournaments and the ship tour. Some of the greatest advantages on board are the "Wave Phones" (2 per cabin, with text-messaging capabilities and ship-wide coverage).

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Unique for MS Disney Wonder Alaskan kids cruise specials are the "Junior Ranger" programs (about Alaska's wildlife, environment, etc, held in the children's clubs, Studio Sea and in the Disney Theater) and the "Base Camp" held whenever the ship sails into Tracy Arm Fjord (all kids programs move on deck for Alaskan themed games and crafts).

All Disney ships also feature the Little Mermaid-themed "Flounder's Reef" nursery (babies and toddlers up to 3 yo), the "Oceaneer's Club" (3-7 yo), the "Oceaneer's Lab" (8-12 yo), the "Edge" club (11-13 yo) and the "Vibe" club (teens ages 14-17).

Singles and couples may attend wine or martini tastings, Alaska seafood-themed cooking classes and demonstrations or a sophisticated art auction. The main area for the Wonder ship's adult-only evening entertainment is "Route 66" (located Deck 3 forward). This dance club features video dance parties, karaoke, and dancers from the crew performing skits to certain songs. Deck 3 also has its "Cadillac Lounge" piano bar and the "Diversions - the sports bar with large comfortable chairs and huge plasma TVs. The "Overlook Cafe" is a unique Disney ship venue (located upstairs from "Cove Cafe") for adult guests to quietly enjoy all the amazing views during an Alaskan cruise.

The 3-decks high Walt Disney Theatre (capacity 977 most comfortable seats) boasts some of the best large production shows at sea, like "The Golden Mickeys" (with all the famous and infamous Disney characters) and "Toy Story The Musical". Another great hit is the "Pirates in the Caribbean" deck party, beginning in the dining room (a pirate scroll menu and bandannas for all), then follows the pool-deck party - and all is on camera and on the huge LED screen (24x14 ft, located on Deck 9, the forward funnel, near the Goofy Pool). Know that the law forbids the fireworks on all Disney Wonder Alaskan cruises.

Follows the complete list of Disney Wonder lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.

  • Walt Disney Wonder Theatre (977-seat, 3-decks high; offers live shows, aerial acrobatics performances, grand-style productions, 3D movies; with two evening shows - at 6:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.)
  • Wonder's Atrium (3-deck high central ship area, with "The Little Mermaid"'s Ariel bronze statue)
  • Route 66/Beat Street (3 clubs' entertainment district, adults-only after 9 pm; Cadillac Lounge, Diversions, WaveBands)
  • WaveBands Lounge & Bar
  • Studio Sea (kids & families entertainment)
  • Diversions Pub (adults-only sports bar, with large TVs and live music)
  • Mickey's Mates (Disney brand logo shops for postcards, souvenirs, DVDs, toys, clothes, games)
  • Treasure Ketch (duty-free crystal, brand jewelry, watches, precious stones, Disney merchandise, underwear, sport, and swimming apparel)
  • Radar Trap (duty-free brand jewelry, perfumes, liquor, and tobaccos)
  • Promenade Lounge (104-seat family venue with full bar service, specialty coffees, and drinks; with the Internet Cafe)
  • Buena Vista Theatre (268-seat 4D cinema, features 3D movies, Dolby Surround 7.1, and Dolby 3D movie technology)
  • Fathoms / WaveBands Lounge Disco & Nightclub (family- in the day and adults-only in the nightclub)
  • D Lounge (family day bar and nightclub, games, dancing, shows, karaoke; full bar service)
  • Keys (adult-only piano bar, live piano and vocals music, full bar service/additional charge)
  • Preludes Bar (quick wait-service snacks & beverages bar)
  • Shutters PhotoShop (photo packages, accessories, photographic services); Art Gallery
  • Vibe Disco & Club Lounge (teens only)
  • Flounder's Reef Nursery (for 3 months to 3 yo infants and toddlers; reservations required)
  • Wonder's Oceaneer Club (kids 3-12 yo; with four play areas with themes from Disney films); Wonder's Oceaneer Lab (play area for kids 3-12 yo)
  • Vista Spa & Fitness Complex (with Treatment Salon, Thermal Bath, Sauna, Relaxation Room, Garden Area; Fitness Centre /health and wellbeing seminars; Beauty Salon)
  • Vista Spa Villas (private suites with own hot tub, private verandah, Roman bed with canopy, open-air shower)
  • Quiet Cove Pool (adults-only swimming pool, served by Cove Bar; with 2 Whirlpools)
  • Cove Cafe (adult-only, with big TV screen; Wi-Fi spot)
  • Signals Bar (adults-only bar for snacks and beverages, poolside)
  • Scoops (ice cream parlor)
  • Goofy's Family Pool; Mickey's Pool; AquaDunk Water Slide; AquaLab (kids interactive water play area)
  • Quarter Masters (video games arcade)
  • Edge Lounge (11-14 yo teens-only club area, with a giant video wall, interactive games, Internet)
  • Outdoor LED movie-screen (24x14 feet)
  • Wide World of Sports Court (basketball, volleyball, soccer); Shuffleboard, Walking/Jogging Track
  • Radio Studio (live radio programs for Disney Wonder itinerary-related news and onboard events)
  • Outlook Bar (retreat area with a piano and full bar; hosts weddings receptions).

Itineraries

Disney Wonder itinerary program is based on 7-day Alaskan voyages (departing from homeport Vancouver BC Canada ), Mexican Riviera roundtrips (out of San Diego CA ), Bahamas with Western-Eastern Caribbean roundtrips (from Galveston TX ). Port destinations also include DCL's private Bahamian island Castaway Cay .

Wonder is also the DCL ship that operates Panama Canal transition cruises (on repositioning) before and after its Alaskan deployment during summer.

In Spring 2020, for the first time from New Orleans , DCL scheduled a total of 5x roundtrips on the homeported there Disney Wonder.

  • The 7-day Bahamian Cruise (Feb 7-14) visits Nassau , Castaway Cay Island , Key West FL .
  • The 7-day Western Caribbean Cruise (Feb 14-21) visits Mexico (Cozumel) , Grand Cayman (George Town) , Jamaica (Falmouth) .
  • The 6-day voyage (Feb 21-27) visits Cozumel and Grand Cayman.
  • The 4-day voyages (Feb 27 - Mar 2, and March 2-6) visit Cozumel.
  • Followed a 14-day Panama Canal repositioning to San Diego .

In September 2022 (at D23 Expo 2022 in Anaheim CA) DCL announced the company's inaugural season in Australia and New Zealand (Nov 2023 thru Feb 2024). Disney Wonder's 2-3-4-6-night itineraries in the region depart from 4 homeports - 3x in Australia ( Brisbane QLD ,  Melbourne VIC ,  Sydney NSW ) and 1x in New Zealand ( Auckland NZ ). Disney's maiden Australian voyage departed on October 28, 2023, out of Sydney.

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DCL-Disney cruise ship sails in Australian waters for the first time

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MS Disney Wonder arrived in Sydney Harbour on Friday morning, October 27, in anticipation of her inaugural Australian season. This marks the...

Bumper cruise season in Australia kicks off with Celebrity Solstice

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DCL-Disney Cruise Line increases cost of dining

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DCL-Disney Cruise Line announces Halloween and Holiday voyages in Fall 2024

DCL-Disney Cruise Line announces Halloween and Holiday voyages in Fall 2024

DCL-Disney Cruise Line is bringing back the popular Halloween on the High Seas and Very Merrytime Cruises in late 2024. Families can enjoy these...

First cruise ships plug into newly completed shore power expansion at Port San Diego (California USA)

First cruise ships plug into newly completed shore power expansion at Port San Diego (California...

On January 13th, 2023, two large cruise vessels plugged into the newly completed shore-power expansion at Port San Diego (California USA) passenger...

DCL-Disney Cruise Line to celebrate 25 Years with summer voyages

DCL-Disney Cruise Line to celebrate 25 Years with summer voyages

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The Walt Disney ship Wonder is the company's second vessel, with sistership Disney Magic . They are each 40% smaller in size compared to the newer Disney ships ( Dream and Fantasy ). Wonder's first cruise was a Transatlantic crossing from Italy to Florida - leaving from the shipbuilding yard Marghera ( Venice ) to Port Canaveral (Orlando) with 2 stops - in the UK ( Southampton England ) and the Azores ( Ponta Delgada ). Liner's Godmother was Tinkerbell - a popular Disney character from the "Peter Pan" movie (1953).

The vessel (Fincantieri Marghera yard/hull number 5990) is powered by Wartsila-Sulzer marine diesel engines (model 16ZAV40S) with total power output 58,25 MW. The propulsion system is diesel-electric.

Wonder has Disney's signature sleek design, black hull, two matching red funnels and yellow Disney insignias. The indoor decoration is in both Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles. Wonder is among industry's best family-friendly passenger ships, with numerous entertainment and dining options and regularly scheduled programs targeting not only the kids but the whole family. Families can go together to the evening stage revues, game shows or themed workshops.

On August 15, 1999, the vessel started its Caribbean cruise service with 4-night itinerary from homeport Port Canaveral (Orlando) Florida to Bahamas. The ship originally operated on 3- and 4-night Bahamas cruises, but in 2011 was relocated through Panama Canal from the Caribbean Sea to the US Pacific Coast. There, it operated on 7-day Mexico Riviera cruises leaving from Californian homeports (mainly Los Angeles , but also out of San Diego and San Francisco ) to call ports Vallarta , Cabo and Baja Ensenada .

In 2012 (April through October), MS Disney Wonder became DCL fleet's first to visit Hawaii (ports Hilo, Kahului, Honolulu). In 2012 (May through September), this was again the first Disney ship with Alaskan cruise itineraries (leaving from homeport Seattle WA ) to Ketchikan , Skagway , Juneau , and Victoria BC (Canada) .

This Walt Disney ship has as namesakes the cruise liner Wonder of the Seas ( Royal Caribbean International ) and the cruiseferry Moby Wonder ( MOBY LINES ).

Disney Wonder refurbishments review

The list of deck plan changes after the 2016 drydock refurbishment in Cadiz Spain (September 9 through October 23) included:

  • Upper decks were redesigned, adding AquaDunk (new waterslide), AquaLab (interactive water play area with the Twist n' Spout waterslide), Dory's Reef (splash zone for toddlers).
  • Animator's Palette restaurant (ex-Studio C) with new HDTVs, lights, walls, speakers
  • new Carioca's (Brazilian-themed restaurant replacing Parrot Cay)
  • Tiana's Place is a new restaurant named after Princess Tiana from the Disney animation "The Princess and the Frog". The new eatery is Disney Wonder ship exclusive and features a stage for live jazz-swing-blues performances and street party style events. The themed decor includes Tiana's family photos and framed culinary awards on the walls, water lily-shaped candleholders. The menu is influenced by southern USA cuisine (Louisiana bayou).
  • new Cabanas (replacing Topsider Buffet, hugely enlarged)
  • new lounge (D Lounge) is dedicated to family games and themed entertainment.
  • On deck 10, Palo Restaurant was renovated (new fixtures, glass artwork, stone floor, new Venetian decor).
  • Mickey's Mainsail (new shop)
  • (Deck 3) After Hours (adult district) receives Fathoms (new disco nightclub), Keys (piano bar, replacing Cadillac Bar) and O'Gills (new English pub). The new pub has an authentic tavern menu (incl selection of specialty and British beers, draft beer, cocktails), dark wood paneling, brass accents, plush leather furniture, artworks (incl scenes from Disney movies set in London).
  • (Deck 4) Animator's Palate Restaurant (dining room) was updated with two dinner shows - "Drawn to Magic" and "Animation Magic".
  • expanded Senses Spa and Salon (by 725 ft2 / 70 m2), now with Barbershop, "Chill Teen Spa" and "Smile Spa".
  • "Small World Nursery", "Nephews"
  • renovated and redesigned passenger rooms (elevated beds for more storage space)
  • Lobby Atrium changes (2nd staircase removed, the Chihuly chandelier replaced with an Art Deco one)

Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab changes - now with Marvel's Avengers Academy (Marvel Super Hero Academy/the first at sea), Andy's Room (Toy Story-themed, now has the Slinky Dog slide, Mr Potato Head, Hamm the piggy bank, regular Woody and Jessie character visits, scavenger hunts), Club Disney Junior (Disney Junior characters, games, storytelling, Doc McStuffins character visits), Frozen Adventures (play and activities, via digital screen Olaf leads games and singalongs, Anna and Elsa character visits). Also changed are the interiors of the rooms Pixie Hollow and Mickey Mouse Club. The upgraded programming offers more live interactions (Disney character visits).

Disney Wonder's next drydock was at Damen Shiprepair Brest France (conducted in October 2020). The project included mainly general/routine maintenance works and minor upgrades.

The ship's last drydock was in 2023 (September 17 through October 3) conducted at Seaspan Victoria Shipyards in Victoria BC Canada . The 2-week drydocking project was mainly for regular maintenance (technical overhaul and hotel upkeep).

Itineraries review

Follows the ship's concise service history (former itineraries):

  • [1999-2011] sailed on 3- and 4-day Bahamas cruises from Port Canaveral (Orlando) Florida
  • [2011] relocated to Los Angeles CA for round-trip departures to Mexican Riviera, Baja Ensenada , and the Hawaiian Islands. During summer, Disney Wonder operates on 7-day round-trip Alaskan cruises leaving from Vancouver BC (Canada) or Seattle WA .
  • In 2016, the ship was home-ported in Galveston TX (November 14 through January 20) and in 2017 relocated back to Orlando. Galveston departures offered 8-day Western and Eastern Caribbean cruises to Key WestFL, Castaway Cay, Nassau, Mexico (Cozumel, Costa Maya), Jamaica (Falmouth), Grand Cayman.

On April 30, 2017, Disney Wonder became the world's first-ever cruise vessel that passed through Panama Canal's new locks.

Disney Wonder cruise ship Panama Canal (new locks) transition

Disney Wonder was on a 14-night repositioning voyage from Florida to California ( Port Canaveral to San Diego ). From San Diego, the ship operated several Baja Mexico itineraries before its summer Alaskan season with departures from Vancouver BC Canada .

Disney cruises in Australia 2023-2024 (inaugural season)

In September 2022 (at D23 Expo 2022 in Anaheim CA) DCL announced its inaugural season in Australia and New Zealand (Oct 2023 thru Feb 2024).

Disney Wonder's voyages (2- to 6-night itineraries) departed from 4 homeports - 3x in Australia ( Brisbane QLD , Melbourne VIC , Sydney NSW ) and 1x in New Zealand ( Auckland NZ ).

Disney's maiden Australian voyage departed on October 28 (2023) out of Sydney Harbour.

Most departures are from Sydney (12x), followed by Melbourne (10x). The homeporting in Brisbane and Auckland was scheduled for Nov-Dec 2023.

The program also included Transpacific crossings (RepositionCruises.com) from Alaska to Australia via Hawaii (Vancouver-Hilo-Nawiliwili-Kahului-Honolulu-American Samoa-Fiji-New Caledonia-Sydney) in 2023, and on the reverse route (Australia-Hawaii-Alaska) in 2024.

Call ports included Eden (NSW AU) , Hobart (Tasmania) , and Noumea (Grande Terre/New Caledonia) visited on the longest sailings. Cruises to Nowhere (portless roundtrips) were offered as 2-night voyages from the Australian homeports as well as 3-night roundtrips from Auckland.

Bookings for Disney's Australia and New Zealand voyages opened on Sept 26, 2022.

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A Special New Season - On Sale Now!

Disney Magic at Sea has had a spectacular inaugural season in Australia and New Zealand.

Now, a special new season is coming from October 2024 to February 2025. Booking is now open so be sure to secure your spot early!

Immerse yourself in the magic of Disney storytelling with favourite Characters, imaginative dining, Broadway-style shows and themed parties throughout your sailing. It’s all included with your cruise departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland.

Set sail for an unforgettable Disney Cruise Line holiday. We can’t wait to see you!

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Set sail for Disney Magic at Sea, an unforgettable holiday filled with favourite friends, spectacular shows and imaginative dining

Don't let the magic sail without you!

Disney Magic at Sea brings enchantment and cherished Disney friends to our shores for a special new season from October 2024 to February 2025. We can't wait to see you !

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Now, due to popular demand, we are excited to announce a special new season sailing in Australia and New Zealand from October 2024 to February 2025. 

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How many nights can you spend on Disney Magic at Sea?

Disney Magic at Sea brings enchantment and cherished Disney friends to your shores for 2 – 6 nights. Our special new season will be coming to Australia and New Zealand on 2 – 7 night sailings from October 2024 to February 2025.

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You will be able to immerse yourself in the magic of Disney storytelling with favourite Characters, imaginative dining, Broadway-style shows and themed parties from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland.

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When and where can I book to sail on the Disney Magic at Sea?

Our special new season sailing from October 2024 to February 2025 is on sale now. 

You can book at DisneyCruiseLine.com/AUNZ or by contacting your preferred travel agent.

Health and safety measures, ports of call and offerings may change at any time without notice. On board venues, experiences, services and offerings may be modified or limited in capacity or availability, and are subject to restrictions, cancellation or closure without notice. See disneycruise.com/updates . 

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Disney Wonder Sets Sail from Australia for the First Time

This week, Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Wonder has officially embarked on its first-ever sailing from Australia.

It’s been an exciting week for Disney Cruise Line ! Earlier this week, Disney revealed a new Haunted Mansion-inspired bar will be coming to the upcoming Disney Treasure when it has its maiden voyage in December 2024 . And now, the most magical cruise on Earth has achieved a major milestone down under!

On October 28, the Disney Wonder kicked off its inaugural season in Australia , bringing Disney Cruise Line to Australia and New Zealand for the first time. The specialty sailings on the Disney Wonder range from two to six nights, and will depart from home ports of Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, Australia, as well as Auckland, New Zealand. These sailings will be available from now through February 2024 as part of Disney Magic at Sea.

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However, Disney Cruise Line will return to Australia and New Zealand again in fall 2024! The Disney Wonder will set sail from Vancouver, Canda to Honolulu, Hawaii in late September. From Hawaii, the ship will offer a transpacific voyage to Sydney, Australia with stops at Fiji, American Samoa, and New Caledonia.

This week, Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Wonder has officially embarked on its first-ever sailing from Australia. It’s been an exciting week for Disney Cruise Line! Earlier this week, Disney revealed a new Haunted Mansion-inspired bar will be coming to the upcoming Disney Treasure when it has its maiden voyage in December 2024. And now, the most magical cruise on Earth has achieved a major milestone down under! Disney Wonder Sets Sail from Australia for the First Time On October 28, the Disney Wonder kicked off its inaugural season in Australia, bringing Disney Cruise Line to Australia and New Zealand for […]

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    The latter factors into Disney Wonder significantly. Though the ship is similar in design and layout to its 1998-built sister, Disney Magic, Disney Wonder cruise passengers will find plenty of subtle differences onboard, including several New Orleans-themed dining venues and lounges. Other areas of Disney Wonder have been rebuilt to allow for ...

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    If you like the idea of cruising with Disney Cruise Line, but you want to go beyond the Bahamas and Mexico to destinations in New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii, Alaska and beyond, then Disney Wonder is likely the best Disney ship for you.. That's especially true if you want a ship with a lot to offer that's a manageable size and doesn't tempt you to spend money around every bend.

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    1 - 10 of 575 Disney Wonder Cruise Reviews. Waste of money. Review for a Mexican Riviera Cruise on Disney Wonder. Mikeeymikee. First Time Cruiser • Age 40s. Cabin- we had a nice balcony along with lots of space. 5 stars for that. Food- main dinning room was not good, at all.

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    Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews. My family and i took a cruise to Alaska from June 26 2023 to July 3 2023. I feel the need to write about the horrible week we spent onboard the Disney wonder ship. We booked a concierge level, one bedroom suite, 2 adults 1 child, about 30 000$ total. We were completely ….

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    In Summary: Our Disney Wonder Review. After experiencing the Disney Wonder cruise, we can confidently say that it is a great choice for families looking for a fun-filled vacation. Our Disney Wonder cruise review is almost entirely positive. Yes, the late nights were exhausting but it was only a 3-night cruise.

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    My recent 6-night Disney Wonder cruise from Sydney over New Year's was marked by a series of disappointing experiences that left me questioning the value of the hefty price tag. The trip started with a frustrating health check email hours before departure, requiring an internet connection to complete while trying to entertain a preschooler.

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    We boarded the Disney Wonder for her maiden Australian voyage: Sydney to Hobart return with four days of Disney magic. And my goodness, did they deliver. The Disney Cruise is finally in Australia. (Nine) THE CHECK-IN. It starts before you board the boat. We were greeted by what felt like 20 staff before we even got near the gangway.

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    Jan 18, 2024. Read time. 7 min read. Disney Wonder is sailing Down Under this season, bringing the magic of Disney to Australia and New Zealand for the first time, with departures from Sydney ...

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    Hi All - just back from the 4 day cruise on Disney Wonder. We were a family of 10 (3 families, Son & Wife and 2 children (11yo, 4yo) and Daughter and her Husband and 2 children (8 yo & 3yo). We had 3 verandah rooms between us. Ian and I had a double room and the rest had a room that could...

  11. Disney Wonder Reviews, Ship Details & Photos

    Disney Wonder is a midsize cruise ship with 875 cabins in 24 categories. Passengers can choose from interior, oceanview, and balcony cabins as well as 22 Concierge-class suites. Outside staterooms represent more than 70% of the ship's accommodations, although some have obstructed views. On the plus side, most cabins provide more than 200 square ...

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    Verdict: Disney Wonder is truly 'Magic at Sea'. Oliver with his Mickey Mouse toy in the Stateroom on board Disney Wonder. It's no wonder there's been such a positive response to Disney Cruise Line's arrival Down Under in late 2023, following years of planning. "It's been unbelievable," cruise director Jimmy Lynett says.

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    So, let's start with 'The Bare Necessities' on Disney Wonder in Australia. Firstly, Disney Wonder is considered a mid-sized cruise ship with 875 staterooms designed with families in mind. Disney Wonder cabins come in multiple configurations that cater to up to seven passengers per room in a suite and five in a Navigator Cove Balcony Cabin.

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    Disney has already committed to three seasons off the back of strong interest, with Australian ports booked until 2026. Disney executive cruise director Trent Hitchcock, who was born and raised in ...

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    By Jemima Skelley October 29, 2023 - 4:51pm. Disney Cruises are now Down Under! After a very long wait, Aussies can now set sail on these iconic cruises, heading to a number of ports around Australia and New Zealand. With Broadway-style shows, themed dining, character encounters and fireworks at sea, there's a lot to explore onboard.

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    Sail Date: Dec 2023. Cabin: Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom. Traveled with children. I heard great things about the service, dinner shows and wanted a little holiday for my family (sole parent and pre-schooler), and head the photography was expensive but worth it. Even though I pre purchased a photo pac, only ~12 photos were taken onboard (one at ...

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    Decent cruise; bad itinerary by Lonestarcruiser. Sail date: Mar 11, 2024 / Traveled as: Couple. Ship: Disney Wonder. The cruise had many of the special touches Disney is famous for, but the food and drink were not up to par. I would not recommend this itinerary because the seas are so rough coming out of Vancouver and well into Oregon so early ...

  19. Disney Wonder Cruise Has Arrived In Australia

    Arriving in Sydney on Friday, Disney Wonder is the first Disney Cruise Line ship to reach Aussie shores, bringing with it 'Disney Magic at Sea' - the term coined by Disney to describe Disney holidays and experiences at sea. Disney Wonder has started its Australia and New Zealand sailings.

  20. Everything you need to know about Disney Cruise Line in Australia

    There are also casual dining options. Disney's rotating dining means that you will rotate between the three main dining rooms during each night of your cruise, and your servers rotate with you. You will have to reserve your dining time when you book, with the main seating at 5:45pm and the second seating at 8:15pm.

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    Disney Magic at Sea has had a spectacular inaugural season in Australia and New Zealand. Now, due to popular demand, we are excited to announce a special new season sailing in Australia and New Zealand from October 2024 to February 2025. For the first time, Disney Cruise Line is coming to the shores of Australia and New Zealand for Disney Magic ...

  24. Disney Wonder Sets Sail from Australia for the First Time

    However, Disney Cruise Line will return to Australia and New Zealand again in fall 2024! The Disney Wonder will set sail from Vancouver, Canda to Honolulu, Hawaii in late September.