Disney’s new cruise is fun for big kids too

For the first time ever, Disney Cruise Line is sailing to the shores of Australia and New Zealand – and it’s made for big kids too.

It was a childhood right of passage, watching the Disney Channel on a Saturday morning or fighting for a fistful of popcorn while watching tear-jerking classics like The Lion King (RIP Mufasa). Well now, you no longer have to reminisce about the good ole’ Disney days. Instead, you can live in a world of Disney on the waves.

Disney Cruise line is bringing ‘Disney Magic at Sea’, a range of limited-time itineraries, from ports in Australia and New Zealand setting sail from October 2023. But as you know, Disney isn’t just for the littlies. It’s for all ages, and these cruises’ will bring out the kid in you.

So, strap on your Mickey ears because you’re about to experience a ‘whole new world’ of cruising.

Magic for all ages

Disney hasn’t left anyone out of mind when designing this world of wonder. From nightclubs and lounges to adults-only venues including exclusive dining, there’s an escape from sun-up to sundown. Here’s what you can expect.

Swim, sip and spa

There are many places to take a dip, or a sip, from a swim at the Quiet Cove Pool to cocktails at Cadillac Lounge or Crown & Fin Pub. By day, Luna is a hub of family fun, by night, it’s an adult-only lounge with dazzling live shows. Dance the night away at nightclub, Azure.

Or to unwind is more on your mind, relax at the Senses Spa & Salon. With an array of treatments and therapies to make you feel you’ve been touched by magic (hands).

Disney Wonder
Disney Wonder sets sail October 2023

Fun for everyone

Disney Wonder boasts 11 decks overflowing with restaurants, pools, dizzying water slides and boundless activities. From three themed pools to a fitness centre, game arcade and sports deck, you’ll never be bouncing off the walls.

For younger folk, Disney Cruise Line offers incredible kids’ and teens’ clubs run by specially-trained counsellors. It’s a Small World Nursery is for kids under three years. Ages 11 to 14 can head to Edge, an interactive play space exclusively for tweens with video and gaming, karaoke and treasure hunts. While teenagers will have a blast at Vibe.

Disney dining
Sleek dining choices on Disney Wonder

Cruisey cuisine

From fine dining to casual eateries, Disney Wonder has a dish for you. With over 30 dining options to choose from, you’ll never go hungry. Lumiere dishes up American and French fare all day long. Pinocchio’s Pizzeria serve up the most delicious slices of ‘pie’, and that’s no lie, if you’re hankering for some Hawaiian.

Southern cooking and live jazz music is the go-to at Tiana’s Place. Or for a feast under the sea, grab a table at Triton’s, an upscale restaurant that will immerse you in The Little Mermaid’s underwater kingdom.

The Concierge Suite
The luxe Concierge Suite

Dream away on Disney Wonder

All rooms feature nautical themes with the luxe Concierge one- and two-bedroom suites also boasting a large private verandah, as well as premium amenities. Verandah staterooms have spectacular views from their private decks while Oceanview rooms have cute porthole window to peek out at the sea.

Staterooms aboard Disney Wonder are equipped with all the best creature comforts on the waters allowing guests of all ages to travel the high seas in style. Expect flat-screen televisions, ensuite bathrooms, fast Wi-Fi and enough space for up to seven family members. 

Disney Cruise Line Aussie itineraries

‘Disney Magic at Sea’ itineraries, from two to six-night cruises, go on sale from 29 September 2022. Departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland sailing from October 2023.

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