The Disney Parks Blog shared a peek inside two Disney Wish dining venues, 1923 and Marceline Market. According to the article, Imagineers were inspired by the creative hallmarks of The Walt Disney Company that they decided to celebrate this legacy in a loving tribute to the heritage and history of the company through the design of two beautiful dining venues: 1923 and Marceline Market.
Long before Walt Disney was a pioneer in the entertainment industry, he was a young boy growing up on a farm in Marceline, Missouri. Considered his most formative years, Walt’s time in Marceline inspired many of the stories he would tell later in life. It’s where he developed a love for animals and steam trains, themes that continue to influence Disney films and theme park attractions, and it’s also the inspiration behind Main Street U.S.A. at our parks around the world.
At Marceline Market — the stylish food hall aboard the Disney Wish where guests will enjoy casual, walk-up dining throughout the day — each of the 10 food stalls is themed to a beloved Disney animated story, from classics such as “Alice in Wonderland” (1951) to more recent films like “Zootopia” (2016). This fun design twist presents favorite characters as honorary “shopkeepers,” offering a wide-ranging variety of freshly prepared cuisines for the whole family to enjoy, including American classics, international specialties, comfort foods, seafood, soups and salads, vegetarian and plant-based fare, baked goods, and desserts.
For comparison, this venue would be comparable to Cabanas aboard Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream, and Disney Fantasy.
Animation has been at the heart of The Walt Disney Company from the very beginning. When Walt and his brother Roy started the company on October 16, 1923, it was Hollywood’s first cartoon studio … and it was only a matter of time before their animated films revolutionized the entertainment industry.
Named for the year The Walt Disney Company was founded, 1923 is one of the three main dining venues families will enjoy each night on board the Disney Wish. This elegant restaurant combines classic Hollywood glamour with a dash of Disney whimsy, providing an inside look at the evolution of Disney animation.
Adorning the walls and ornate glass cases around the restaurant are more than 1,000 drawings, props and other tools of the trade showcasing 16 Disney films that embody the ship’s themes of enchantment and wish fulfillment. Many of these stories also hold a significant role in the history and legacy of the company, such as:
- “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937), the world’s first feature-length animated film ever.
- “Fantasia” (1940), a boundary-pushing project that introduced Fantasound (the precursor to stereophonic sound).
- “Cinderella” (1950), which ushered in a new golden age of animated features.
- “The Little Mermaid” (1989), a generation-defining classic that paved the way for “Beauty and the Beast” (1991), “The Lion King” (1994”) and other animated tales we know and love today.
The menu at 1923 pays tribute to the company’s roots in California, with sophisticated dishes inspired by the fusion of cultural flavors found throughout the Golden State. The diverse menu will mirror the region’s unique blend of Asian, European and South American cuisines and a superlative selection of world-famous Napa Valley wines.
The Disney Wish is scheduled to be christened on June 29th with the ceremony live streamed on the Disney Parks Blog. The Maiden Voyage will sail from Port Canaveral on July 14.