It’s always fun to interview your kids after vacation and learn about their favorite parts of a trip. When we visit Walt Disney World for the first time, we thought their favorite parts would be the parks or the characters. Instead, they told us our days spent poolside were their favorite. This time, I asked my eight year old daughter to tell me her three favorite spots on the newly-reimagined Disney Wonder, and I loved what she picked.
“I like the rooms because I have my own space and it’s fun watching Mickey cartoons.”
As I mentioned before, we spent a lot of time in our stateroom. I know, I know. There’s so much to do on the ship, why would you spend time in the room? Well, quite simply because she wanted to. She liked having a quiet place to relax and unwind. Every day, she’d ask to go back to the room where she’d promptly pull the curtain shut, turn on Mickey cartoons, and play pretend. I was able to relax and read a book, get ready for dinner, or sit out on our veranda while she lost herself in imagination.
Tip: The rooms in the Disney Wonder were also refurbished from top to bottom, including adding platform beds so you can store your luggage under the beds. They’re bright and roomy, and unlike other cruise lines, Disney cruise ships feature split bathrooms (sink, shower in one and sink/toilet in the other) so everyone can get ready without being on top of each other. They’ve really made the rooms a place you’ll want to spend time in.
“The shows were so fun, but I liked Frozen the best because Sven was so cute!”
Ok, I have to agree with her on this one. Frozen: A Musical Spectacular was adorable. The puppetry, the technology, the actors…all of it was fabulous. We were admittedly not excited about Frozen before the cruise. My kids haven’t watched the movie in a really long time and, I thought, had outgrown the Frozen phase. But, as soon as the show started, my daughter was immediately spellbound. This was her first time seeing a Broadway-style show, and she’s been begging to see another show ever since we returned from the cruise.
Tip: arrive early. This is the most popular show of the cruise, and you’ll want to get there early to get seats together. You can not save seats for other family members, so make sure everyone is in line when you enter the theater.
“There was a band! And my food was so yummy. Oh, and Tiana was so pretty, mama!”
Tiana’s Place was definitely my favorite restaurant on the Disney Wonder, too. The decor is understated and comfortable. Most importantly, the food met the high standards of this Southern cuisine expert. (Ok, I’m not an expert, but I know a delicious beignet when I taste it.) Having a live band, and the ship’s only included character interaction during a meal, makes Tiana’s Place a standout among the three rotational dining options.
Tip: Don’t forget you can order multiple items at dinner! We tried a couple of appetizers and desserts because they all looked so amazing.
Thank you to Disney Cruise Lines for hosting us on a Disney Wonder cruise. All opinions are my own.