The Disney Wish, the fifth and latest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, had its christening ceremony in Port Canaveral ahead of its July sailings. The ceremony featured lively entertainment in true Disney fashion with high-energy dances, touching musical performances, and even fireworks.
Bob Chapek, the chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company, and Josh d’Amaro, the chairperson of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, excitedly welcomed guests for the christening. Cast members performed the aptly titled song “Set Sail” which will be played at the ship’s sail-away party.
Disney characters were also a part of the show. Captain Minnie and Captain Mickey wore sparkly cruise ship attire, and their classic friends like Pluto, Goofy, and Donald Duck were part of the fun. Other characters that are part of the Disney universe were also a part of the show.
In a twist on the classic tradition of having a godmother for each cruise ship, Disney Cruise Line chose Make-A-Wish children as the godchildren of The Disney Wish. Bob Chapek shared, “Make-A-Wish children and their families are brave, determined, resilient, and some of the most inspirational people you could ever meet. Wishing is a transformative experience that brings hope and joy, and it is our privilege to proudly recognize children who strive to overcome challenges as our Disney Wish godchildren. Working with Make-A-Wish to support children with critical illnesses and making magic when it is needed most will always be a priority for The Walt Disney Company.”
There were several special things about the christening ceremony, but perhaps the most memorable moment was when three Make-A-Wish children recited the blessing for the ship. Colby, Megan, and Jenna served as three ambassadors from the Make-A-Wish program and delighted the audience with their blessing.
It’s the first time in the history of Disney cruising that children are being honored with that role. They are in good company with godmothers of Disney Cruise Line ships such as Mariah Carey, Patty Disney, Tinkerbell, and Jennifer Hudson.
Next, Anika Noni Rose, who provided the voice of Princess Tiana in The Princess and the Frog, gave a beautiful, heartfelt performance of “Wishes,” a Disney song that seemed to capture the enthusiasm for the new ship well. The christening came to an end with the traditional breaking of a champagne bottle, yet Disney Cruise Line put their own festive twist on it. The champagne pop was accompanied by music, fireworks, and other special effects to celebrate the moment.
The Disney Wish has many of the things that fans of the Disney Cruise Line fleet might expect from a new ship, yet they will also be surprised by all the new and exciting things they’ll discover. First, there’s the much-anticipated AquaMouse which is being heralded as Disney’s first attraction at sea. Like all Disney ships, it has themed restaurants with big and small homages to different aspects of Disney characters and films. The Disney Wish takes that up a notch with the Arendelle, A Frozen Dining Adventure which is an immersive restaurant that serves as the next sequel to Frozen as it brings each guest into the world of the animated feature film.
The Disney Wish will set sail on its maiden voyage a cruise to the Bahamas on July 14, 2022.