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At the D23 Expo 2019 yesterday, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman, Bob Chapek, announced the highly anticipated name of the fifth Disney Cruise Line ship, Disney Wish. It’s very fitting because making wishes come true is at the heart of so many Disney stories.
A beloved hallmark of Disney Cruise Line is a tradition to adorn the back of their ships with an iconic character that reflects the theme of each vessel. For the Disney Wish, the ship’s stern will feature Rapunzel. Our favorite artsy princess, paintbrush in hand, uses her enchanted hair to suspend herself as she decorates the stern of the ship with the help of her feisty sidekick, Pascal. Spirited, smart, curious and above all, adventurous, Rapunzel embodies the wish and desire to see and experience the world.
A first glance of the ship’s elegant atrium was also revealed:
The ship’satrium will be a bright, airy and elegant space inspired by the beauty of an enchanted fairytale.
Castaway Cay, a beloved private Island of Disney Cruise Line, will be joined by a second tropical destination in The Bahamas, which will be located on the breathtaking island of Eleuthera at a place called Lighthouse Point. The new destination will celebrate both the stories of The Bahamas and the natural environment of Lighthouse Point itself.
Bob was joined by Imagineer Joe Rohde to share a first look at the plans for the second island destination in The Bahamas.
Joe Rohde, whose work includes the design of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii, has embarked on an in-depth cultural tour of The Bahamas. With local artists and cultural experts, he has explored cultural sites across New Providence and Eleuthera, from Junkanoo shacks to noted art galleries.
Joe points out that Disney will be directly involved in conservation efforts to preserve and protect the environment and will be working with local artists to create a unique destination that is rooted in Bahamian culture and filled with Disney magic.
Construction at Lighthouse Point will begin only after an Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management Plan are reviewed and accepted by the Government of The Bahamas and public consultation has occurred. Construction could begin in 2020 with completion in late 2022 or 2023.
The Disney Wish is scheduled for delivery in late 2021 and will set sail in January 2022. The vessel will join Disney Cruise Line’s award-winning fleet where you experience the magic of Disney entertainment combined with the relaxation of tropical, sun-drenched beaches and the adventure of ocean cruising. Disney Wish will also be powered by liquefied natural gas and, at approximately 144,000 gross tons and 1,250 guest staterooms, be slightly larger than the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.
There’s so much to look forward to on the high seas! Stay tuned as we look forward to sharing more exciting details with you in the future. And in the meantime, it’s not to late to set sail on Disney’s Magic, Wonder, Dream or Fantasy. Contact us a for a free no-obligation quote!