Disney Wonder Cruise Ship Guide

Disney Wonder Cruise Ship Guide

If you’re sailing with the Disney Cruise Line, then the chances of you sailing on the Disney Wonder Cruise Ship are pretty good. Sailing to Disney’s Castaway Cay, the Caribbean, and Alaska, the Disney Wonder visits a wide array of ports perfect for first-time cruisers. If you’re setting sail on the Disney Wonder, then here is everything you need to know before you step onboard. 

As with all Disney Cruise Line Ships, from the second you enter the grand lobby, you feel transported to a different time and place. And on the Disney Wonder that place is Under the Sea! Complete with an art deco style featuring iron railings, stained glass, and details reminiscent of the cruising craze of the elite.

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The Disney Wonder’s maiden voyage took place on August 15, 1999. The theme of Disney Wonder includes nods to New Orleans, Frozen, and The Little Mermaid. 

What Character is on the Bow of the Disney Wonder Cruise Ship?

The Character on the Bow of the Disney Wonder Cruise Ship is Steamboat Willie.

What Character is on the Stern of the Disney Wonder Cruise Ship?

Donald Duck is the character on the stern of the Disney Wonder Cruise Ship. 

How Big is the Disney Wonder Cruise Ship?

As one of the smaller ships in the Disney Cruise Line Ship Fleet, the Disney Wonder and its sister ship the Disney Magic has 11 decks. With a total of 877 staterooms, the Disney Wonder can accommodate about 1750 passengers. 

Where is Everything on the Disney Wonder Cruise Ship?

One of the toughest parts of any Disney Cruise Vacation is taking the time to learn the ship. And on shorter excursions, like 3 or 4 days, it’s almost impossible to learn the layout and still have time to enjoy it. Get a good handle on the Disney Wonder Deck Plan below so you can see where everything is throughout your trip. 

Deck 1: Health Center, Tender Lobby
Deck 2: Staterooms
Deck 3: Disney Lounges; After Hours Route 66, Cadillac Lounge, Crown & Fin Pub. Sea Treasures, Azure Lounge. Guest Services, Port Adventures, Main Lobby, Triton’s, Promenade Lounge, Tiana’s Place
Deck 4: Walt Disney Theatre, Preludes Bar, Mickey’s Mainsail shop, White Caps Shop, D-Lounge, Animator’s Palate
Deck 5: Staterooms, Oceaneer Lab, Oceaneer Club, It’s a Small World Nursery, Buena Vista Theater
Deck 6-8: Staterooms 
Deck 9: Senses Gym, Senses Spa, Signals Bar, Pools; Quiet Cove Adult Pool, Goofy’s Family Pool, dory’s Reef, Mickey’s Splash Zone. FunnelVision, AquaLab, Cabanas, Dasiy de-Lites, Pete’s Boiler Bites, Sulley’s Sips, Eye Scream, Pinocchio’s Pizzeria, Edge
Deck 10: Wide World of Sports Deck, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Concierge Lounge, Cove Cafe, Twist n Spout Entrance, Palo. 
Deck 11: Vibe

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Disney Wonder Staterooms

The types of staterooms included in the Disney Wonder are Concierge, Verandah, Oceanview, and Inside. All of these can sleep 3-4 people comfortably and include a queen-size bed, and sleeper sofa. The larger rooms can sleep up to 5 people comfortably with the addition of a double sofa sleeper, and pull-down bunk. On this trip, we had a Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah and it offered plenty of room for three people. In addition to the basics, additional amenities like plenty of drawer and closet space, a safe, laundry bag, towels, toiletries, and a first aid kit were all included. Overall the layout of this room was fantastic. A floor-to-ceiling curtain splits the room between the queen bed and the sleeper sofa for extra privacy. And there is a sink in both the restroom and shower room. Allowing guests to take a shower without interrupting restroom use. 

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Inside Stateroom, Porthole, or Verandah?

A big question to consider on any Disney Cruise is what kind of stateroom do you need. And since prices vary across all of these room types, it’s good to get an idea of what they each offer so you can make your best choice. Mind you, we’re not including concierge, or suites simply because we haven’t yet stayed in either. And it pays to consider that you may need one kind of room for a warm-weather cruise while choosing another for a cold-weather cruise. Similarly, your room preference may change depending on the length of your cruise. What may be okay for a 4-night cruise, may not work for a 14-day Transatlantic cruise. 

Inside Staterooms

Inside staterooms offer something called a Magical Porthole with real-time views of the water and waves outside. If you and your family are fine with a digital window, these rooms are the cheapest onboard, while still offering all the amenities of the outside staterooms. 

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Oceanview Staterooms come with a variety of porthole options; Obstructed, Two Small Portholes, or One Large Porthole. The obstructed porthole room just means that there may be a pole or part of the ship in front of your oceanview window. If you’re not in your room a lot, or during daylight hours, this may not be an issue for you. Rooms with two small portholes are definitely adequate and offer a nice view of the water, while rooms with one large porthole have a window seat built-in. Perfect for gazing out the window. 


Verandah Rooms include a balcony with seating that overlooks the water and are a dream on cruises with a view but do cost significantly more. And may not be the best bet for families with small children. So much of what you see from your room is dependent upon which side of the boat your room is on, and which side of the port is prettiest. 

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One of our favorite parts of any Disney Cruise is getting to know the Cast Members. And there are a few of whom you will see daily and who will truly be there for you the whole time! Your room host is one of those people. Room hosts tend to your room and learn your “schedule” so they can time room cleaning, and turn down service. They learn your names, leave chocolates and make you towel friends to greet you when you return to your cabin each evening. If we could take these folks home with us, we would. They are wonderful human beings there to make your life easier. Disney Cruise line typically has 1 cast member for every 2.5 passengers, there to help you however they can. 

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Disney Wonder Activities Onboard

As with all Disney Cruise Line Activities, you MUST have the Disney Cruise App on your phone so you can get access to the Disney Navigator. This section of the app allows you to do your favorite activities, be alerted of event times, and see what is happening across the boat each day of your cruise. The Disney Cruise App also shows you Restaurant Menus and Port Excursions. So it is a MUST-HAVE when onboard the ship. You can only get access to the Disney Navigator once you are onboard. At which point you Turn On Airplane Mode, and Connect to the Disney Cruise Line Guest Wi-Fi. Once that has been done you can open the Disney Cruise App and see your options. 

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Disney Wonder Entertainment

If you’ve ever been on a Disney Cruise you know that the entertainment onboard is top-notch! From Broadway-style entertainment to evening performers, games, and activities, there is no shortage of fun things to do!

Mickey’s Sail a Wave Party A Bon Voyage Celebration

This on-deck party takes place as soon as you Sail Away! While the time sometimes varies, be sure to check out the Disney Navigator in the app for the exact time to be on deck to watch the show. On the Disney Wonder Cruise Ship the Sail Away Deck Party happens on Deck 11, but you can see the show from the balcony on Deck 12 if you can find a spot to stand and watch. This show features Mickey and Friends and Cruise Cast Members dancing and singing to help get you into the mood for your best Disney Cruise Ever.

Pirate Night

Disney Cruise Line Pirate Night is a mainstay on many Disney cruises sailing to the Caribbean and a must-do no matter your age! In fact, with Pirate-themed everything on the day of the party, it’s hard to avoid! Mickey and Friends all don their Pirate best and pose for pictures. And everyone (EVERYONE) gets dressed up as a pirate for dinner to be ready for the party. This evening event takes place close to 10 or 10:30 pm so definitely late for the little ones. But never fear, there are other pirate events happening a little earlier if you need to skip this late-night party. So what is Pirate Night on a Disney Cruise?

Basically, it’s a reason to dress up, sing some sea shanties, and catch Mickey and Friends in their pirate costumes. This is also the evening event where Disney Cruise sets off their famous Fireworks at Sea! So, if you’re looking for extra fun, be sure to take the time and head to Deck 11 for the Pirate Night party on the FunnelVision deck. 

Themed Nights on Select Itineraries

Depending on what time of year you sail, and which season it is you may get a special evening event that isn’t Pirate Night! On the Disney Wonder Alaska cruise, you can enjoy the Frozen Deck Party. Or on a specialty cruise, the Pixar Pals party. Seasonal parties include the Very Merrytime Cruise, Halloween on the High Seas,  and New Year’s Eve events. 

Frozen, A Musical Spectacular

This Frozen show takes place in the Walt Disney Theatre and shows the world of Frozen, featuring Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf, and friends. A wonderful Broadway-style show, this show is a must-see and takes place opposite your dinner time for one evening during your trip. 

Disney Dreams- An Enchanted Classic

Featuring classic Disney storytelling this show is about a girl named Marie who needs to learn what it means to believe. 

The Golden Mickeys

Join Disney characters for a larger-than-life Hollywood-style spectacular featuring a tribute to Disney films and songs, complete with the red carpet. 


One of the best parts of any Disney Cruise is the bonus of getting to see live performances from visiting musicians and performers. While these performances are on the schedule in the My Disney Experience app, you will also see these performances as a treat on your way to dinner. Especially as most of the performers do take the main stage in the lobby throughout the cruise, and are hard to miss! That said, you can also catch more private performances in any of the Disney Lounges throughout the boat if you’re looking for something special. 


Another mainstay of any Disney Cruise is the ability to watch Disney movies ALL DAY LONG up on deck on the FunnelVision screen. On the Disney Wonder, FunnelVision can be found on Deck 9, alongside Cabanas, drink stations, quick-serve restaurants, and ice cream. Disney films like Sleeping Beauty, Wreck-it Ralph, and Pirates of the Caribbean are all part of the lineup on the big screen. Simply grab a chair, and settle in. For the most part, films run all day, with the exception of party or event times, and are a great reason to take a break and relax. 

New Release Movies

A bonus of any Disney Cruise Line vacation is the chance to see a feature film, currently in theaters, while onboard. 

Games, Trivia, Bingo, Tastings, and More

Just like all Disney Cruises, the Disney Wonder features a variety of fun activities you can do throughout the day. Players of Bingo can tackle the Bingo cards almost daily for a chance to win prizes and money. Meanwhile, there are other activities all over the boat, including a variety of Disney Trivia events, Towel Friends Classes, the Anyone Can Cook series, and more. But maybe making your own apple strudel sounds like a chore. Perhaps, just aim for a wine tasting instead. The liqueur-based activities are for an additional fee, but for the most part, activities are free! 

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Disney Characters Onboard the Disney Wonder

As with any Disney Cruise, you get the chance to not only see your favorite Disney characters in the deck shows but also meet them in the halls and at photo spots. Disney characters included on the Disney Wonder were all the ones you would expect! Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, and Pluto are all part of the fun. And princesses like Tiana, Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, and Mulan showed up too! 

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Disney Wonder Dining

Dining on any Disney Cruise typically requires guests to dress for dinner, at least a little. As a family cruise, basic cruise wear, or “cruise casual” is accepted of course but know that on the Disney Wonder there is Formal Night, Semi-Formal Night, and Pirate Night. All of which may require some strategic packing. Be sure to check out the Disney Cruise Dining Attire for your cruise length. 

Disney Wonder Quick Service Restaurants

The Disney Wonder has several quick-service restaurants that you can find on Deck 9.  

  • Cabanas: This counter-service restaurant on the Disney Wonder offers an array of foods including burgers, fries, meats, pasta dishes, salad bars, breakfast stations, and more. Everything you need for any meal. Cabanas has set hours and is typically closed during dinner times, so be sure to check the cruise navigator for hours. 
  • Pete’s Boiler Bites: American quick serve, this counter serves up burgers, veggie burgers, brats, hot dogs, chicken tenders, and fries. 
  • Pinocchio’s Pizzeria: Freshly made pizza is served up daily at this pizzeria, and offered in cheese, pepperoni, veggie, and Margherita. 
  • Daisy De-Lites: This counter-service restaurant includes fresh wraps, fruits, bagels, build-your-own bowls, and a nice variety of fresh foods to grab and go as needed. 
  • Eye Scream Treats: Free Ice Cream on Disney cruises is such a perk! This soft serve is offered up in a variety of flavors and is open for most of the day. 

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Disney Wonder Rotational Dining Restaurants

One of Disney Cruise Line’s signature services is Rotational Dining on a Disney Cruise, which can sometimes get confusing. Guests can choose and are ultimately assigned a first or second seating. First Seating is typically around 6:00 pm and the Second Seating is around 8:15 pm. Though these times can vary 15 minutes before or after this time.

Once you know your seating, you’ll simply show up at the assigned restaurant at that time every night throughout your trip. Know that the evening showtimes are also at these times. So if you have a first seating assignment, your showtime will be later, and if you have a second seating your showtime will be earlier. The restaurants included in the rotational dining on the Disney Wonder are as follows.

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Animator’s Palate

A classic on most Disney Cruise Ships, Animators Palate on the Disney Wonder features a beautiful white theme that includes screens on the walls, playing Disney animations from the best Disney movies. This is a wonderful restaurant featuring interesting decor and a wonderful homage to the art of animation. The cuisine includes foods from the Pacific Islands, including Asian and Californian fare. On Deck 4. Read our Animator’s Palate Review.

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Tiana’s Place

Head down to the bayou for some cooking, and entertainment, straight out of New Orleans. This specialty restaurant is all about Tiana, Ray, and the jazz band at Tiana’s Place. We love the food here, and the show is spectacular! This will surely be your favorite Disney Cruise restaurant while onboard. Featuring Louisiana-inspired creole and cajun, you can find Tiana’s Place on Deck 3. Read our Tiana’s Place Review.

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One of the main restaurants on the Disney Wonder cruise, Tritons is on Deck 3 and offers up breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This restaurant features American cuisine with a bit of french flair and is a great low-key restaurant for any meal you want when you’re not just grabbing the quick service meals! 

Disney Wonder Adult-Only Restaurants

One of the best things for Adults to do on a Disney Cruise is to make a special night out to one of the Disney Adult-Only Restaurants, and the Disney Wonder has  Keep in mind these are 18+ and do have a dress code. These meals are NOT included in your Disney Cruise Package, so you must reserve them ahead of time. 


This Adult Only signature restaurant onboard the Disney Wonder is Palo. Serving up a multi-course dinner, dessert, and champagne event, as well as a specialty brunch. Check out all the offerings available during your cruise at Palo Restaurant. Remember that Palo must be booked in advance and is not included in your cruise costs. It will be billed to you separately. 

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Disney Wonder Lounges

The Disney Wonder Cruise is home to five lounges! Most of these lounges host daytime activities for families, like games, Bingo, trivia, and more. In the evenings, usually after 6 pm some of the lounges transition to adult-only ( 18+). Here are all the details for each lounge, and the themes you can find in each. We highly recommend exploring these spaces just for fun. As they are beautiful and unique.

D Lounge | Deck 4

The main lounge on the Disney Wonder for all the larger activities, with the exception of Bingo which happens in Azure, D Lounge has ample seating and a center stage area for all the things that may be offered throughout the day. Trivia, the Anyone Can Cook class, and family activities. 

French Quarter Lounge | Deck 3

 This jazz club honors all things New Orleans! The French Quarter Lounge is a small quaint place featuring themed games during the day, activities and character meets. In the evening you can enjoy live music and spirited drinks. 

Crown and Fin Pub | Deck 3

London calling! This classic English pub features drinks you’d find in the classic English village. Scotches, malts, whiskeys, stouts and beers on tap. Crown and Fin Pub is located in the After Hours section of the ship on Deck 3 Forward. 

Cadillac Lounge | Deck 3

Decorated with all the elegance of an actual Cadillac, this Disney Wonder bar hails the days of classic Hollywood as an adult-only nightclub. Cadillac Lounge serves up a 1950’s theme, a piano man and performers to add to the swanky feel. Also part of the After Hours section. 

Azure | Deck 3

Featuring live music, and a nightclub atmosphere, Azure glows with excitement. Themed to the sea, you can find ocean-themed everything. Even the decor honors all things big blue world! This bar on the Disney Wonder hosts activities and events during the day and can be found in the After Hours section of the boat. 

Signals | Deck 9

Head to the adult deck for the outdoor bar, Signals, complete with barstools and seating areas that overlook the ocean. This Disney cruise bar serves up the Drink of the Day and often has a variety of cocktail options! Perfect for a poolside break. 

Cove Cafe | Cove Cafe

Found on Deck 9, Cove Cafe on the Disney Wonder is home to specialty coffee drinks and free pastries that you simply request! While specialty coffees and drinks do need to be paid for and are not included in your cruise cost, visiting Cove Cafe to get the handcrafted coffee onboard is such a treat. 

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Disney Wonder Shops

The Disney Wonder has several shops onboard ranging from cruise souvenirs to luxury goods, and you can even grab the Disney Cruise Disney Dooney and Bourke bag while onboard. 

  • Mickey’s Mainsail
  • Sea Treasures
  • White Caps
  • Shutters Photo Studio
  • Vista Gallery
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

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Disney Wonder Pools

The Disney Wonder has a variety of pools, and water features for babies, kids, and adults. 

  • Goofy’s Pool: Located on Deck 9, this pool includes two whirlpool spas, and is great for families.
  • Quiet Cove Pool: Located on Deck 9, this is an Adult-Only pool with 2 whirlpool spas and is located on the Adult area of the deck. 
  • AquaLab: This water ride loops the Disney Wonder Ship with clear views of the ocean below through the see-through tube! On Deck 9. 
  • Twist n Spout: This waterslide is located on deck 9 and is open to families. 
  • Dory’s Reef: Perfect for toddlers and babies, under age 3, Dory’s reef is themed to Little Nemo. 

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Disney Wonder Ports of Call

The Disney Wonder has a few different Ports of Call throughout the world. The Bahamas, Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal, Mexican Riviera, Vancouver Galveston, New Zealand, Australia, and San Diego, among others. Find your destination on the Disney Cruise Line website. 

Castaway Cay

Castaway Cay is Disney’s Private Island, and luckily, is on the Disney Wonder itinerary as a port of call for a whole day! By far one of our favorite stops on any Disney Cruise. With things like snorkeling, bike riding, and inner-tubing, there is plenty to do on your Castaway Cay day. You can also book excursion packages for boating, water bikes, and other special activities. Check out our Castaway Cay Guide to get an idea of everything you can do on the island. 

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Disney Wonder Adult Things to Do

In addition to the Adult-Only Restaurants, there are plenty of things to do onboard a Disney Cruise for Adults. If you’re looking for some things to do on your Disney Cruise, here are a few of our favorites. 

Adult-Only Cruise Activities ( 18+)

To our surprise there was a plethora of Disney Cruise Activities on the Disney Wonder that were ONLY for adults ( 18+), and not necessarily because they had anything to do with alcohol! Some classes, trivia, and games were only open to adults, alongside a variety of cocktails and wine tastings. 

Castaway Cay Serenity Bay

Once on Castaway Cay, you can head to the far beach, called Serenity Bay. This sparkling beach includes access to a bar, eatery, and stretches of beach filled with loungers and umbrellas. Notably less crowded than the family beaches, if you’re looking for a place to get away, head to Serenity Bay. 

Disney Cruise Drink of the Day

One of our favorite things on any Disney Cruise is checking out the Drinks of the Day. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options are available, and they usually include something fruity and fun! You can check the selections each day in your Disney Cruise app and grab these drinks at any bar counter. We also loved that they shared the ingredients in the descriptions so that we can make Disney Cruise Drinks at home too! And if you’re sailing in cold weather, check out one of our favorite Disney Cruise cocktails from the Very Merrytime Cruise, the Disney Cruise Christmas Cookie Cocktails. Yum!

Adult Deck

The adult deck on a Disney Cruise is reserved for adults 18+ and fills up fast! While this deck is smaller, it still has a few bars, lots of loungers, and pools in which to hang out. We didn’t spend a ton of time in this area, but for the adults who did, it was a daily ritual. If you’re hoping to claim your spot on the adult deck, head to your lounger early, and settle in. This area is busy all day, but conveniently located near anything you need, including coffee, smoothies, food, bars, and even the gym and spa. 


Another treat on the Disney Wonder was that there were so many Disney Cruise Lounges, all impeccably themed! Of course, you find this same level of detail and attention in all the cruise lounges. 

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Getting Ready for your Disney Cruise

Hopefully, this Disney Wonder Cruise Ship Guide has helped you get a handle on what your experience may look like. Know that as a vacation, a Disney Cruise Line vacation is one of the easiest to take. With daily tips, helpful staff, and excursions to ensure a successful day at port. Your role is simply to show up and enjoy it! 

Check out our Disney Cruise Packing List for everything you need to bring along with you. From cruise documents to outfits for semi-formal night, check out the post for a complete breakdown. And don’t forget to make fun plans to decorate your cruise cabin door, with some Disney Cruise Decorations. It’s easy to make a Disney Cruise extra fun and magical. And on the Disney Wonder, there is so much to see and do, we hope you love it as much as we do. 

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