Hypersensitive Elevator Buttons Getting Replaced Aboard the Disney Wish

Jonathan D

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Hypersensitive Elevator Buttons Getting Replaced Aboard the Disney Wish

One of the biggest issues aboard the Disney Wish cruise ship of the Disney Cruise Line is currently being fixed.

New Elevator Buttons for the Disney Wish

For those who haven’t made a voyage on the Disney Wish yet, many guests have bemoaned the ship’s elevator buttons, which are more like proximity sensors that only require a light touch instead of being fully pressed. If anyone were to lean a little bit on the panel or come into some sort of close contact, just about every floor would be accidentally selected.

Last year, we took note of the problems on this ship’s elevators in a tweet of our own.

By far, the biggest botch on the Disney Wish is the elevators. On a full cruise, elevators are packed, and if someone gets close enough to these button panels, they will set off all of them. On at least a dozen occasions in 3 days, I ended up stopping on nearly every floor.

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The old buttons (left) are disappearing, getting replaced by a more traditional panel (right) with buttons that actually need to be pressed. The photo of the replacement panel comes from Mike on Twitter.

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Source: New Line Cinema

This hypersensitive button issue would have people feeling as if they were living in a scene from the 2003 New Line Cinema film “Elf,” in which a clueless Buddy (Will Farrell) gleefully presses every single button because “it looks like a Christmas tree” — much to the dismay of the unlucky individual trapped in the lift with him. The Disney Wish may not have as many floors as the Empire State Building, though it’s a hassle nonetheless.

Disney Wish

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The Disney Wish is currently the newest ship for Disney Cruise Line, while the in-production Disney Treasure prepares for a 2024 launch. We have a full guided tour of the Wish available below.

Additionally, we’ve reviewed experiences in various stateroom offerings — check out our video overviews of a Deluxe Family Stateroom and Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom.

Have you encountered the elevator button issue before? What are your thoughts on the Disney Wish overall? Let us know in the comments.

Be sure to check out other coverage of the Disney Wish and Disney Cruise Line, too.

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  • Jonathan D

    Originally from Los Angeles and Honolulu, Jonathan is a fan of cinema and theme parks who grew up on the original California Disneyland, and nurtures a particular admiration in Orlando for EPCOT and Disney's Animal Kingdom. His favorite resort on Earth would be Disneyland Paris, which doesn't seem to get the full admiration it deserves. You can find him in the Hufflepuff Common Room by the kitchens at jonathan.doughty@wdwnt.com.