(3:55 p.m. EDT) — Disney Wonder will receive several new attractions including a Marvel Super Hero Academy, It’s a Small World Nursery, Tiana’s Place restaurant and an English-style pub during a fall dry dock in Cadiz, Spain.
At the Marvel Super Hero Academy, kids will be able to “develop the brave and adventurous heroes inside themselves.” For instance, on one “mission” Spider-Man will help kids perfect their “spidey” sense by working on their reflexes, speed and minds. They’ll even get to see themselves named in the headlines of the Daily Bugle. Part of Disney’s Oceaneer Club, the Academy is designed to teach kids teamwork, bravery and problem-solving through hands-on play and programs. On display in the Academy will also be a variety of equipment used by Marvel superheroes including Captain America’s World War II shield, Iron Man’s helmet, Spider-Man’s web shooters and Black Widow’s gauntlets.
Oceaneer Club, which is open to children ages 3 to 12 years old, will also receive other new play areas including Frozen Adventures, inspired by the Disney film “Frozen.” A digital Olaf will lead many of the games, and kids will prepare for a regal coronation and receive an in-person visit from Anna and Elsa.
Other new spaces include Club Disney Junior (where Doc McStuffins helps kids diagnose and treat stuffed animals) and Andy’s Room (where Woody leads kids in a hoedown and Jessie helps out with a scavenger hunt).
Also new is the It’s a Small World Nursery, with decor inspired by the theme park attraction.
Only on Disney Wonder, Tiana’s Place restaurant is inspired by the Southern charm and spirited jazz of the Disney film “The Princess and the Frog.” Live music will be performed on the main stage during dinner, with jazz, swing and the blues setting the tone for the New Orleans-inspired French Quarter supper club atmosphere. The menu will be heavy on Southern-style cuisine. Decor will include Tiana’s family photos, as well as water lily-shaped candleholders.
Disney Cruise Line will also be adding a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique on Disney Wonder.
Kids won’t be the only ones pleased with the Disney Wonder refurbishment. The ship’s After Hours adult district is also getting a new venue, namely an English tavern-style pub full of dark woods, plush leather furniture and brass accents. On tap will be a menu of British and specialty beers, as well as cocktails. An all-new nightclub will also be added.
Other areas of the ship are being modernized, including the Senses Spa & Salon, which will receive a new “Chill Teen Spa” space; the Animator’s Palate main dining restaurant, which will receive the line’s “Drawn to Magic” and “Animation Magic” dinner shows; and the Palo specialty restaurant, which will receive a makeover with Venetian-inspired decor.
Disney Wonder’s outdoor decks will also receive new features including the Twist ‘n’ Spout water slide, a Dory’s Reef splash zone for toddlers, and the AquaLab pool and interactive water play area for kids.
Disney Wonder goes into dry dock on September 9 and will emerge October 23. The first sailing after dry dock is scheduled for November 10 out of Galveston. The ship will operate Bahamas and Caribbean sailings from Galveston through January 2017, when it will move to Port Canaveral (via two short sailings to and then from San Juan) to homeport for the spring.