CELEBRATION, Fla. (Sept. 30, 2019) – The wonderful world of Princess Tiana comes to life in new ways on the Disney Wonder with the addition of an exciting New Orleans-themed lounge that transports guests deeper into the heart of the city’s iconic French Quarter. The perfect complement to Tiana’s Place Restaurant, this jazzy new lounge comes alive throughout the day with live music and themed activities for everyone in the family. The Disney Wonder also debuts stem-to-stern enhancements for guests of all ages, including a sleek new place for teens and a redesigned café for adults.
Tiana’s World Comes to Life
The story of Princess Tiana comes alive in new ways in the French Quarter Lounge, the precursor to Tiana’s Place restaurant on the Disney Wonder. In addition to this exclusive restaurant — which is inspired by the Disney animated feature “The Princess and the Frog” and offers live jazz music, southern-style cuisine and an appearance from the princess herself — the French Quarter Lounge invites guests deeper into the story. Each evening at the French Quarter Lounge, guests can enjoy live music on the lounge’s gazebo stage, sip a New Orleans-themed specialty drink and dance the night away.
The French Quarter Lounge is designed as a charming outdoor space in New Orleans featuring decorative details like a storefront window with a wrought-iron balcony above. Fans of “The Princess and the Frog” will notice that the hats in the display are inspired by hats worn by favorite characters in the film.
Throughout the lounge, other inspired details include a full-sized streetcar on the St. Charles line – the same trolley that Tiana rides in the film. Authentic wooden bench seating creates a cozy place to sit, listen to music and experience the ambiance. The handsome streetcar also provides the picture-perfect spot for family memories.
The bar is a focal point of the lounge with New Orleans-style wrought-iron adornments and shutters. In addition to offering specialty cocktails, nonalcoholic beverages and coffees, the bar also displays elements inspired by the popular character, Dr. Facilier. A mural on the wall is painted with Dr. Facilier’s shadow and his business card from the film. A door in the area is based on the entrance to Dr. Facilier’s shop, with signage and three flickering “candles” overhead.
The story continues all day long with New Orleans-themed family activities, trivia, workshops, crafts and music that bring the bayou spirit of family gatherings and fun to life.
Redesigned Retreats for Teens and Adults
Vibe, the space on the ship reserved for teens ages 14-17, has transformed into a contemporary place to hang out with friends while at sea. The club has a timeless feel with an open, bright redesign that includes framed quotes on the walls, a light color palette and metal work. A new coffee bar and updated virtual reality technology add to the list of activities just for teens.
Adults have a reimagined space all their own in Cove Café, an exclusive retreat redesigned as a coffee shop for world travelers, complete with warm, comfortable and trendy décor. With ample, seating and ocean views, Cove Café is the perfect place to sip a specialty coffee or tea throughout the day, and indulge in wine or a cocktail and light bites during the evening hours.
In this serene setting by the Quiet Cove Pool, adult beverage tastings are also available at select times for an additional fee. Just steps away, the adjacent Signals Bar has also undergone a transformation with a similar look.
Guests sailing on the Disney Wonder can experience a variety of itineraries and ports of call throughout the year including Alaska, the Mexican Riviera, Caribbean and Bahamas. For the first time, the Disney Wonder will also call New Orleans home in 2020 with Caribbean and Bahamian itineraries departing from this new home port beginning Feb. 7. The Disney Wonder will return to New Orleans in early 2021, with sailings to the Bahamas and Caribbean.
To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-DCL-2500 or contact their travel agent.