Did You Know the Theme Changes on Each Deck of the Disney Wish?
Imagineers have mastered the skill of theming over the years. Guests can take one look at an attraction and know its inspiration.
Still, Disney has somehow one-upped itself with its latest creation, a place whose theme changes depending on where you are.
Yes, the Disney Wish’s theme changes. Please allow me to explain with this deck-by-deck guide to the new cruise ship.
I’m starting with Deck 3 because that’s the place you’ll explore first. It’s the Grand Hall aka the lobby/atrium…and it’s magnificent!
Disney has lined the streets with gold or, at least, it has done so with the banisters.
This lobby looks like it’s fit for royalty, which it is! In fact, a stage here features a balcony area where Disney characters will come out and hold court.
Three different decks provide a glimpse of this stage, emphasizing its significance as the centerpiece of the Grand Hall.
You’ll also find picturesque gold statues of Cinderella in her ball gown and a calculating Lucifer the Cat right beside the main stairs!
Lucifer has cornered Gus Gus and Jaq, who are hiding under Cinderella’s dress! You may not even notice it unless you’re paying attention.
Speaking of which, you’ll also find a glass slipper on display. Don’t miss the photo op here!
While many characters appear in and around the Grand Hall, the theming here definitely celebrates Cinderella as the queen of the proverbial ball. And the clock never strikes midnight on the Disney Wish!
While Disney no longer calls these spaces atriums, it has still learned from past ones. The Grand Hall is bright and open. It’s so inviting that you’ll feel welcome the moment you board.
Places of note here: Star Wars Hyperspace Lounge, The Bayou Lounge, Nightingales, and 1923.
Kids will quickly realize the secret hidden in plain sight on deck 3. They can ride a slide Oceaneers Club Check-in desk to the actual club on deck 2.
In fact, Disney has dedicated most of deck 2 to kids. You’ll find Marvel Super Hero Academy, Imagineering Academy and Star Wars Cargo Bay as part of the amenities.
As you might imagine, intellectual property is everywhere here. The walls show off your favorite Pixar characters.
Meanwhile, the rooms at Fairytale Hall represent small-scale recreations of sets from famous animated movies like Frozen and Beauty and the Beast.
You’ll never worry about whether your child is having fun while they’re at Oceaneers Club!
You can think of Deck 1 as the boarding and debarkation area of the ship. You’re only likely to visit here when you depart for Castaway Cay or other ports.
You’ll also find the health center here, but that’s a place you’ll only enter in case of emergency. So, Deck 1 is likely the deck you’ll use the least.
Decks 4 and 5
These two decks comprise other parts of the Grand Hall, and there’s one other trick I haven’t discussed yet.
The Walt Disney Theater proves so vast that this space covers three decks of the ship!
Guests who utilize wheelchair-accessible seating will watch the shows from Deck 2. The main entrance is on Deck 3, but the balcony entrance is on Deck 4.
Of course, entertainment options are plentiful on Decks 4 and 5, as Disney expects cruise guests to spend ample time in and around the Grand Hall.
On Deck 4 alone, you’ll discover Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Hooks Barbery, Untangled Salon, Wishing Star Care, and Worlds of Marvel.
Perhaps the most essential location is Guest Services, but you’ll find Wonderland and Never Land Cinema here along with The Luna.
Disney shows classic films as well as first-run releases on its cruises. In fact, Lightyear was playing during the inaugural voyage of the Disney Wish!
Deck 5 continues the centralized theme with places like Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure, Enchanted Sword Café, and Triton Lounge.
Importantly, you’ll also find Senses Spa here along with the exercise facilities on the Disney Wish.
All the places I’m mentioning here come with their own theming, too. At Never Land Cinema, Peter Pan imagery surrounds you.
At Wishing Star Café and Enchanted Sword Café, you’ll have your choice of Pinocchio or The Sword in the Stone as your theme!
Disney has gone all-out to turn each facility into its own little world, all of which fit tidily on the Disney Wish!
We’ve come to the “look at the pictures!” section of this article. I’ll do a complete rundown of the various staterooms in a different piece.
For now, all you need to know is that Decks 6 through 10 primarily consist of cruise ship lodging.
These decks are where you’ll find your room for your cruise. Plus, the various decks come with some bonuses accessible to all.
For example, Deck 6 features an outside viewing deck, while Deck 8 hosts Fairytale Fresh Laundry.
Even though you may not be staying in a room on Deck 8, you still may use it if anyone in your traveling party is accident-prone.
We’ve now reached the recreational zones of the Disney Wish. You’ll find plenty of sweet treats and outdoor activities on these decks.
As such, you’ll spend much of your free time on Decks 11-14.
On Deck 11, Inside Out: Joyful Sweets is a must, Dory’s Forget-Me-Knots includes terrific Finding Nemo/Dory theming.
For full meals, your options include Mickey & Friends Festival of Foods and Marceline Market.
Most importantly, the ship’s pools are on Deck 11. As you might imagine, it’s loud and wet here and absolutely euphoric.
Deck 12 is where you’ll hole up if you’re lucky enough to book a concierge room. The Concierge Lounge resides on this level.
Most guests will still use this deck, though. It also includes the upsell restaurants, Palo Steakhouse and Enchanté by Chef Arnaud Lallement.
Plus, the younger crowd will use some of the slides and other teen hangout areas like The Hideaway and Hero Zone.
Kids will be more about Slide-a-Saurus Rex and The Toy Story Splash Zone.
On Deck 13, you’ll discover the bliss of the Quiet Cove Pool and Quiet Cove Whirlpool, along with the access point for the AquaMouse, the waterslide attraction.
You’ll also find the Sun Deck here and other sunbathing spots. You’ll almost certainly spend a lot of time on Deck 13.
Conversely, Deck 14 doesn’t have as much, but it does offer Chip ‘n Dale Pool. Plus, there’s an outdoor bar called Currents.
When you hang out here, you’ll enjoy the penthouse view on the Disney Wish, making it a worthwhile place to visit.
The remarkable part of the entire experience is that everything on the Disney Wish feels different, depending on which floor you’re visiting!
Disney’s theming on this cruise ship establishes a new standard in Imagineering, one you MUST see for yourself!
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