Saturday, August 31, 2019

One New Ship Name Confirmed!

Last Sunday, August 25th, Disney announced the name of the fifth Disney ship:

The Disney Wish!  Also confirmed was the character on the stern, which is Rapunzel.  For a ship named the Wish, I would've chosen the Genie from Aladdin, but Rapunzel was still a good choice.  In Tangled, she wanted to see the world, and on a cruise, you get to see the world.  Rapunzel also loved to paint in the movie.  If you're going to be permanently frozen, you might as well be doing what you like.  Every DCL ship also has a character on the hull, and so far that character has been Mickey.  Since Disney seems to be giving Minnie some extra love (including putting her on bars of soap), I was thinking that they might put Minnie on the front.  According to the Disney Parks Blog, the Wish's construction will be completed at the end of 2021, and cruises will start in January of 2022.  Those cruises are going to be expensive.

I was surprised to see that the Wish will actually be around 144,000 gross tons.  Disney had originally said that these three new ships would be around 135,000 gross tons, but I'm happy for the change.  Now the new ships will be noticeably larger than the Dream and Fantasy, rather than barely larger.  They still won't be nearly as gigantic as Royal Caribbean's Oasis class ships, but that's okay.  A smaller ship can visit more ports than a bigger one.  Disney also said that the Wish will have 1,250 staterooms, which is exactly the same amount as the Dream class.  Maybe the extra size will be for more exciting features, such as an AquaDuck 2?
Disney Wish cruise ship
Additionally, we got a look at an artist's rendering of the Atrium.  However, the picture does not confirm any restaurants or special features. It looks nothing like any of the existing atriums, and I'm excited to see how it looks in real life.

Finally, with the addition of the Wish, the ships can no longer be identified by their initials.  Since there's already a ship name that starts with 'W', the Wonder, we'll have to get creative.  DWo and DWi?

I'm wondering what the other two ships will be named.  Any ideas?

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