Support local journalism. Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Disney's newest cruise ship will have one of the world's most unique suites

Posted By on Tue, May 18, 2021 at 4:10 PM

click image An exterior view of the Wish Tower Suite on the upcoming Disney Wish cruise ship. - IMAGE VIA DISNEY CRUISE LINE
  • Image via Disney Cruise Line
  • An exterior view of the Wish Tower Suite on the upcoming Disney Wish cruise ship.
Disney Cruise Line announced announced details regarding its upcoming fifth ship, the Disney Wish, in April, but waited until recent days to reveal what will be one of the most iconic staterooms at sea.

The multi-level Wish Tower Suite will have all the luxuries found in other exclusive cruise ship suites, but the location of this one makes it truly special. The suite, which is accessed via a private elevator, rests inside one of the ship’s two funnels. The funnel is there just for looks, as part of Disney Cruise Line’s penchant for retro oceanliner stylings, but for lucky inhabitants it definitely has a job to do.

Altogether the suite has two main bedrooms, a children’s room, a library that can convert to a bedroom, four-and-a-half bathrooms, and a large open concept living and dining area. The spa-like main bathrooms have double vanities, soaking tubs, and rain showers.

"Each of our theme parks has a majestic icon that captures our guests' imaginations," said Laura Cabo, portfolio creative executive, Walt Disney Imagineering. "On a Disney cruise ship, that beacon of magic is our signature red funnels. For the first time ever, guests aboard the Disney Wish will be able to book an incredible two-story suite that's actually located within one of our funnels. With the Wish Tower Suite, we are creating a breathtaking experience that continues our tradition of the most unique and enchanting accommodations at sea."

click to enlarge The Grand Hall on the Disney Wish - IMAGE VIA DISNEY
  • Image via Disney
  • The Grand Hall on the Disney Wish
Billed as the first-of-its-kind accommodation, the funnel suite will offer large two-story windows looking towards the front of the ship. However, even with the impressive views, the real focus will be on the suite's interior. Custom lighting and audio effects will greet guests as they arrive. Disney has experimented with similar in-room effects in the past, but this looks to be an evolution of that technology, which was also seen on a proof-of-concept Walt Disney World bus at a fan event in 2016.

Wish Tower Suite also points to the more elegant evolution seen at Disney resorts. Moana-inspired artwork and touches are sprinkled throughout the expansive 1,966-square-foot penthouse. A large hand-crafted porcelain sculpture will be the centerpiece of the audio-visual greeting show that welcomes guests to the suite. Another very shiny sculpture draws inspiration from Tamatoa, the giant crab from Moana. Special star-like lighting effects featuring imagery from the film will provide the children’s room with the perfect nightlight.

click image A look inside the Wish Tower Suite on the upcoming Disney Wish cruise ship. - IMAGE VIA DISNEY CRUISE LINE
  • Image via Disney Cruise Line
  • A look inside the Wish Tower Suite on the upcoming Disney Wish cruise ship.
Other amenities include motorized curtains, complimentary internet access, and what Disney describes as “a deluxe menu of hypo-allergenic, feather and therapeutic memory foam pillows.”

For those looking to spend a bit less (and are willing to give up a pillow menu), 90 percent of staterooms on the Disney Wish offer ocean views. Giving up on the funnel doesn't mean giving up luxury. The Wish will also see an increase in the number of premium concierge accommodations when compared to previous Disney cruise ships.

The Disney Wish homeport will be Port Canaveral. Its inaugural season will include three and four-night cruises to the Bahamas, including Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. Bookings open to the general public at the end of the month, with the maiden voyage currently scheduled for June 9, 2022.
  • Rendering of the Disney Wish cruise, Courtesy of Disney

Stay on top of Central Florida news and views with our weekly newsletters, and consider supporting this free publication. Our small but mighty team is working tirelessly to bring you Central Florida news, and every little bit helps.

Tags: , , , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 12, 2022

View more issues


© 2022 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation