Disney Wonder got a big taste of New Orleans during a major overhaul in 2016, and will be adding to that flair later this year.
Disney Cruise Line announced the changes coming during a planned dry dock at the end of Disney Wonder’s Alaska sailing season that will include more inspiration from “The Princess and the Frog.”
The New Orleans-themed French Quarter Lounge will complement the existing venue Tiana’s Place Restaurant. The lounge will feature live music on a gazebo stage, daytime activities for all ages and a bar.
The lounge will feature design drawn from the 2009 animated film including a life-size trolley car, wrought-iron balconies and shutter-framed windows.
“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," reads a post from Disney Cruise Line spokesperson Melanie Curtsinger on the Disney Parks Blog.
Also coming to the Wonder will be a new space for teens and a redesigned adults-only cafe. Vibe, the on-board club for teens ages 14-17 will get a contemporary look and be refit with virtual reality technology and a coffee bar.
The adults-only Cove Cafe will get a new look that makes it seem like a local coffee shop that will also serve wine, mixed drinks and small plate food in the evening. The design will also spill over into the nearby Signals Bar.
No renderings for the new designs were available.
The dry dock will take place in September with new enhancements in place for its four-night reposition cruise from Vancouver to San Diego on Sept. 30. In the fall, Wonder will sail the Mexican Riviera before repositioning to Galveston, Texas.
The ship will also make its way to New Orleans in early 2020, sailing six times from Feb. 7-March 6. Those include four-, six- and seven-night Western Caribbean voyages, one seven-night Bahamas cruise and a 14-night Panama Canal cruise.
Mardi Gras falls right in the middle of those scheduled sailings on Feb. 25.
Disney Wonder will also be sailing the Southern Caribbean from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Two seven-night voyages are set for Jan. 19 and Jan. 26 as well as a five-night Bahamas cruise.
It will also sail to and from Hawaii in 2020, the line’s first sailings to the islands since 2015. Those voyages are a nine-night trip from Vancouver on April 29 and a 10-night voyage from Hawaii back to Vancouver on May 8. Disney Wonder will then begin its summer season of Alaska sailings.
Wonder had been making seasonal returns to Disney’s main home of Port Canaveral or sometimes from PortMiami, but the ship currently has no planned voyages from any Florida port. It will at least through winter 2020 split time among Galveston, New Orleans, Puerto Rico, San Diego and Vancouver.
One of the cruise line’s two original ships, Wonder debuted in 1999. Its 2016 dry dock included the installation of Tiana’s Place, a new water park, Marvel-themed play space and the introduction of a Broadway-style production based on “Frozen.”
Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy continue to sail year-round from Port Canaveral while Wonder’s sister ship, Disney Magic, continues to sail Europe in summer and will sail from PortMiami, New York and Puerto Rico through the end of 2020.
In fall 2021, the first of three new ships will join the fleet, and will call Port Canaveral home. The port is refurbishing the existing Disney terminal as well as an adjacent terminal that the line will use when it regularly sails three ships from the port.