Disney’s newest cruise liner has something for everyone

Marvel, Star Wars and Frozen franchises offer many adventures.

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PORT CANAVERAL, Florida. The worlds of Marvel, Star Wars and Frozen come to life in a new way aboard the Disney cruise liner Wish.

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Fans traveling on three- and four-night adventures in Port Canaveral, Florida will be treated to new dining experiences, one of which will immerse them in the middle of the Marvel Universe alongside Ant-Man and the Wasp. .

Part of the Worlds of Marvel attraction, Avengers: Quantum Encounter has guests virtually interacting with Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) as they demonstrate the technology behind Pym Particles. But halfway through their playful banter, the villainous Ultron shows up to try and steal the technology. As Ant-Man receives help from his fellow Avengers, including Captain America (Anthony Mackie), Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), and newbie Ms. Marvel (Iman Vellani), the diners pitch in to help save the day. .

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It’s a storyline that was co-scripted by Loki and Doctor Strange in writer Michael Waldron’s Multiverse and features a joke inspired by the Thanus theory. The premise posited that the superhero could have killed Thanos in Avengers: Endgame by shrinking and squeezing into the Mad Titan’s butt before exploding him as he grew to Giant-Man’s size.

“Let me address the elephant in the room. There’s a lot of chatter about why I didn’t shrink, didn’t go and uh…kill Thanos in a really creative way” Rudd’s Scott Lang said “First of all: disgusting. Second, it’s a lot more complicated than that…” Lilly’s Hope van Dyne cuts him off, telling Lang they don’t have time for his explanation and their Pym Tech presentation continues quickly before chaos ensues.

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“Ant-Man and Wasp felt like the most natural show hosts. There’s humor in seeing them on screen, so it made sense to choose them as a way to get into this story,” said Imagineer Danny Handke told Postmedia.

Quantum Encounter is not part of the MCU, but acts as part of what Handke calls the “theme park universe” which also includes the Avengers campuses in Anaheim and Paris, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Cosmic Roller Coaster Rewind at Epcot and Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! at Disneyland.

“We kind of have our own universe that’s adjacent to the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” Handke says. “In our stories, in (theme) parks and cruise lines, the audience is the protagonist. We enjoy dinner and we get in on the action.

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Actors dressed as Ant-Man and Wasp show up to thank the patrons for their help after Ultron’s defeat.

As the MCU grows, the experience may change and introduce new characters as the 4,000-passenger Wish continues to sail through the years. And just like the movies, don’t be in a rush to miss dessert right after. A “post-credit” sets up potential future scenarios.

Elsewhere on the Wish, the fifth ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, Star Wars fans can enjoy galactic drinks inside the Hyperspace Lounge, which is designed to resemble an intergalactic yacht-class ship and is presented as the first Star-themed adult attraction. Wars on one of Disney’s cruise ships.

“We were inspired by First Light in Solo: A Star Wars Story by (Dryden Vos), explains Pam Rawlins, executive producer of Walt Disney Imagineering.

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After stepping inside, visitors have a panoramic view of the galaxy designed by Industrial Light and Magic, and displayed on digital screens behind a bar filled with libations. Famous ships such as the Millennium Falcon, TIE Fighters, X-wing starfighters and Halcyon from the Galactic Starcruiser at Walt Disney World Resort speed past as we also perform hyperspace jumps past planets such as Batuu, the moons of Endor, Tatooine, Mustafar and Coruscant.

An attraction specifically aimed at adults happened because it was something Disney found customers requesting on other cruises.

“All of our ships have a Star Wars presence in the kids’ areas, but adults would like to know, ‘Where is my Star Wars experience?’ They were asking for it…so we wanted to take it to a sophisticated level.We are on a yacht-class ship.

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Guests can sip Star Wars-inspired drinks or one of George Lucas’ wines from his Skywalker Vineyard in Napa Valley. During the tour, attendees talked about a $5,000 Kaiburr Crystal drink with social media posts showing the refreshment being served in a droid-inspired container.

“I don’t know what spies you’ve been talking to,” Rawlins said teasingly when asked about the price, before passing me a reasonably priced Temple Twist and a Chancellor’s drink, a drink composed of Hennessy James and Calvados. Menorval 1972.

Later, I learn that the Kaiburr Crystal includes a voucher to visit Lucas’ private Skywalker Ranch and other assorted Star Wars goodies.

Of course, while Marvel and Star Wars cater to similar fanbases, Disney Wish also hosted a Frozen fan meet-and-greet.

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Jumping from Frozen II, guests are taken into the world of the animated film as they are invited to Arendelle to celebrate the engagement of Kristoff and Queen Anna, alongside Elsa and Olaf during a party hosted by Oaken. Throughout the Norwegian-inspired dinner, guests are treated to live musical interludes featuring music from Frozen and Frozen II.

“Frozen is a beloved franchise and we saw such a great opportunity to bring that to life in a new way aboard the ship,” Jessica Jackson, chief marketing officer at Disney Cruise Line, told Postmedia.

On the Disney Wish, vacationers can also take a ride on the company’s first at-sea attraction, the AquaMouse. The water-coaster propels guests through winding tubes on the upper decks of the ship while shorts featuring Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters play inside.

For more information, visit disneycruise.disney.go.com.

-Marc Daniell. Contact Mark at [email protected]

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