“Enchantment is the special ingredient that brings the worlds of Disney films to such rich and vibrant life. Translating this concept into a design theme provides Walt Disney Imagineers with an unparalleled platform to infuse Disney storytelling into the cruise experience, giving the Disney Wish a completely new look unlike anything at sea!”
“The Disney Wish will continue the Disney Cruise Line tradition of incorporating an elegant, classical exterior design — a tribute to the golden age of cruising — in the emblematic colors of Mickey Mouse.”
A scale model of the Disney Wish created by Imagineers.
While exterior images of the Disney Wish weren’t shown in the video, more details were given about the character filigrees for the ship’s hull. Captain Minnie’s artwork will feature “an intricate scrollwork pattern reminiscent of the classic ocean liners of the 1930s”. This will also be Captain Minnie’s first time being featured on the hull of a Disney Cruise Line ship.
Another look at the scale model of the Disney Wish shows the pool deck.
“To take it one step further into enchantment, Imagineers even added a whimsical curvature to the deck edge along both sides of the Disney Wish, which will create a sense of magic and visual movement both inside and out.”
As previously revealed in concept art, Rapunzel takes her place on the ship’s stern with a unique sculpture, as she and Pascal “decorate” the ship, suspended by her iconic golden hair.
The Grand Hall – A Castle on the Seas
“The spellbinding Grand Hall — a bright, airy and elegant space that will welcome guests as they first step on board — is the truest embodiment of the enchantment motif. Its fairytale castle-inspired design is touched with Gothic, Baroque and French Rococo influences that will give life to the columns, carvings, trimmings and adornments.”
Imagineers were inspired by Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom to create a castle for the cruise ship. They wanted to bring the essence of “A dream is a wish your heart makes” onto the Disney Wish.
“The Grand Hall is Disney Cruise Line’s castle on the seas, an enchanted realm where glittering trails of pixie dust climb majestic three-story columns, spill across the ceiling and animate the shimmering chandelier above with an effusive burst of magic.”
The grand chandelier’s shape was inspired by the magic used by the Fairy Godmother to create Cinderella’s dress. It is adorned with thousands of crystals and spirals down to a wishing star for guests to walk beneath.
The crowning jewel of the Grand Hall is the tribute to Cinderella herself.
“The beautiful bronze statue of this beloved and kind princess is just one of many tributes to her story in the Grand Hall’s design – others include railings that glisten with elegant stained glass in her signature colors, rich carpeting embellished with icons from the film, and sophisticated nods to her carriage and glass slipper in the delicate metalwork and light fixtures.”
“The Grand Hall will be the enchanted gateway to everything that awaits onboard the Disney Wish: fairytale worlds, heroic challenges, epicurean indulgences, thrilling adventures, galactic encounters, peaceful escapes and so much more.”
The video revealed behind-the-scenes glimpses into the design process. Here, Imagineers utilize a projection technology that allows them to walk within the digital model of the Grand Hall.
We were also treated to a peek into the construction of the Disney Wish.