The Disney Wonder 2019 dry dock enhancements have finally been announced. The Disney Wonder will end her 2019 Alaskan season in September and enter a 2-week dry dock where the ship will undergo a number of refurbishments at a Vancouver area dry dock facility.
The world of “The Princess and the Frog” will come to life in new ways on the Disney Wonder this fall with the addition of an exciting New Orleans-themed family themed lounge that will transport guests deeper into the heart of the city’s iconic French Quarter. A perfect complement to Tiana’s Place Restaurant on the Disney Wonder, the French Quarter Lounge will feature live music and themed activities for everyone in the family. Also debuting on the Disney Wonder will be a sleek new space for teens and a redesigned café just for adults.
“The Princess and the Frog” Comes to Life in a New Family Lounge
At the French Quarter Lounge, guests will get a touch of bayou hospitality as they enjoy live music on the gazebo stage and sip specialty drinks at an updated whimsical bar. This natural precursor to dinner at Tiana’s Place Restaurant is the perfect destination for entertainment and libations before or after dinner, while the space will come alive throughout the day with New Orleans-themed family activities, trivia and character encounters.
The jazzy atmosphere of the French Quarter Lounge, also inspired by the Disney animated feature “The Princess and the Frog,” will evoke an airy outdoor space in New Orleans, surrounded by touches of iconic architecture such as wrought-iron balconies, classic brick walls and shutter-framed windows. Decorative details including a life-size trolley car and nods to the film in the form of signs and facades on the walls add to the ambiance of the space.
Additional details were not revealed, but the obvious spot (confirmed) for the French Quarter Lounge would be the Promenade Lounge running between the Atrium/Tritons and Tiana’s Place.
Redesigned Retreats for Teens and Adults
Meanwhile, teens and adults will also discover redesigned spaces on the Disney Wonder meant just for them. Vibe, a club reserved for teens ages 14-17, will transform into a contemporary place to hang out with friends while at sea. The space will be given a timeless feel with an open, bright redesign, a light color palette and industrial metal work, while a new coffee bar and updated virtual reality technology add to the list of activities for teens to enjoy during their family vacation.
Adults will have an updated space all their own in the Cove Café, after a redesign that will transform the look and feel of the café into a local coffee shop, complete with warm, comfortable and trendy décor. Ample seating and a relaxed atmosphere will invite guests to indulge themselves in this peaceful retreat, which is the perfect place to sip specialty coffee or tea throughout the day or partake in wine, cocktails and light bites during the evening. Just steps away, Signals Bar is also undergoing a transformation with a similar look.
The new enhancements debut on September 30, 2019 during the Disney Wonder’s 4-night Pacific Coast repositioning cruise from Vancouver to San Diego.
Additional upgrades we’ve heard about include on demand for guests and crew staterooms as well as a complete remodel of the Royal Suites.
What do you think about the planned dry dock enhancements planned for the Disney Wonder?