Must See Upgrades of the Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

We have been lucky to have been on three Disney Cruise ships with extended family. As part of Disney Social Media Moms Celebration Land and Sea 2017, my son, mom and I went from the Disney Parks to the Disney Wonder Cruise Ship to check out the must-see upgrades for a three-night cruise.

This was the third time on the Wonder and the first time seeing the upgrades after an extended dry dock. Be sure to read the bottom of this post as we are sharing more Disney Cruise Tips from A Disney Travel Advisor who books tons of these trips.

Must See Upgrades of the Disney Wonder Cruise Ship


Must See Upgrades of the Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

The Disney Wonder is one of the smaller cruise ships on this line, but unless you are used to massive cruise ships, you don’t feel overwhelmed.

I find this size ship is great for first-time cruisers as well as those with small children. There is nothing worse than having to drag tired children 1/2 mile to get to dinner on a large cruise ship.

The Diseny Wonder Cruise ship

The upgrades were not obvious to me when we entered to cruise nor got into our room. Disney cruise cabins are designed for families. With separate bathrooms and shower areas, multiple family members can get ready at the same time.Must See Upgrades of the Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

The kids’ area, or bunk beds, is separated with a curtain if mom and dad like to stay up later than the kids. In our case, that side stayed up later than me watching endless Disney Cartoons and movies you will find on TV on a Disney Cruise.

Must See Upgrades of the Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

We did experience one major issue with our Disney Wonder Cabin 6122. In fact, this is the first time we experienced a large ongoing noise in our room, causing us to sleep poorly our first night.

It was a hydraulic pipe going off loudly every 20 minutes throughout the night. After reaching guest services several times the next day, we were finally offered another room that we declined for other reasons and then provided earplugs. 

Thanks to large bourbon drink and earplugs, I was able to sleep the second and third night of our cruise.

New Pool Areas: 

Must See Upgrades of the Disney Wonder Cruise Ship


The wonderful Disney Wonder Upgrades first became evident when we hit the pool deck. With a brand new water slide and water play area was definitely an improvement from last time we were on the boat.

The Diseny Wonder Cruise ship


Now, little kids have a sun-free water play area and the kids have a larger slide.


Must See Upgrades of the Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

Don’t forget to find yourself on the adult side of the ship too!

Must See Upgrades of the Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

New Restaurants on Upgraded Disney Wonder: 

Another welcomed change to the Disney Wonder is Tiana’s Place. A New Orleans themed restaurant is a great addition. With live music, a gracious host and parade, you can not help being in a Mardi Gras mood.

Must See Upgrades of the Disney Wonder Cruise Ship Tiana's place

All the guests are given Mardi Gras Beads as well, a great touch.


Animators Palette has had a makeover too. Available on longer cruises, you can experience life on an animator. OK maybe not the real-life but a fun activity brings your drawing alive in front of your table.


Be sure to use multiple colored markers to really light up the experience. Check out this quick video for a sneak peek into the Animators Palette.

Disney Cruise lines also have special themed sail days you might want to research, such as Star Wars Day, Avengers Day and many Holiday-themed cruises that are even more magical, if that is possible.

My family always recommends a Disney Cruise vacation to friends. It is truly a vacation for all ages. From sending kids to the fun kids’ camps to adult-only sections everyone has a great time.

Castaway Cay:

Of course, Castaway Cay is the ultimate private island stop on most itineraries. One day I will make it to Serenity Bay, an adult only area! There is plenty of areas for families to hang out for the day, enjoy activities and a BBQ lunch.






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  1. The Disney Wonder looks stunning and seems to offer such a great cruise experience. Our family of 5 would certainly appreciate those spacious rooms!

  2. I wish we had taken the time to book a future cruise while we were on board. Just didn’t have the time!

  3. What a large ship and amazing upgrades! I love it. Looks like the Disney Wonder Cruise Ship can certainly be a comfortable home away from home setting to travel with the family!

  4. My family really wants to go on a Disney cruise. Right now, that’s our dream vacation. We are aiming to go one day when we’ve saved up enough money. The Disney Wonder looks amazing and I love how so much is included in the cruise! It’ll be a great family vacation.

  5. We debated on this for spring break this year but just couldn’t get it to work in the budget this year. Hoping for next year. Looks like sooo much fun!