When it comes to a fully-immersive and magical experience, nobody can top Disney. You see, as well as blazing a trail in the movie industry, Walt Disney's vision of Disneyland was to create a place of imagination and escapism - for children and adults alike.
On the opening day of Disneyland, all the way back on July 17, 1955, Walt said in his opening speech:
"Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts that have created America. With the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world."
Fast-forward 64 years, and the Disney theme parks are the greatest on the planet, with Imagineers creating lands and rides that are fully immersive, and can transport you to another country, under the sea, the Old West, or even outer space.
And now, Disney is injecting even more of this Imagineering into their Disney's Cruise Line, with the addition of a brand new ship, named the 'Disney Wish'.Check out this magical video introducing 'The Wish' to the fleet:
Yesterday, at the D23 Expo 2019 (the company's biannual conference where Disney make all their biggest announcements for the upcoming year), Experiences and Products Chairman Bob Chapek announced that The Wish is the first ship of three that will be added to the growing fleet in 2021, 2022 and 2023.
The Disney Wish joins the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream, and Disney Fantasy.
And all you Tangled fans better get excited, because the ship will be totally themed on Rapunzel, the long-haired Disney princess that wanted to escape her tower and see the world. This will be symbolized by having the Princess grace the stern of the ship.
Chapek announced that the Wish will be delivered in 2021, and will set sail in 2022.
Fans also had the opportunity to see some concept art of the ship's three-story atrium. Along with decorative carpeting and a stunning staircase, the room is illuminated an enormous light feature hanging down in the center (which I believe represents the lanterns from the movie, but that's just my DisNerd side coming out).
Speaking at D23, Chapek said:
"It was Walt's vision for our theme parks to be places where Disney stories come to life in amazing ways, and with the world's most creative and talented team of artists and dreamers, there's no shortage of inspiration."Check out this bird's eye view of Disney's new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge:
Also announced was the new Lighthouse Point on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. Speaking of the new destination, Chapek said:
"With three new ships joining our fleet, we thought this would be an incredible opportunity to add another unique destination to our ports of call. We looked all over The Bahamas and Caribbean for an ideal location that would enable us to create new experiences, while celebrating the culture of this amazing region."
The cruise line's current port of call is Disney Castaway Cay, which is located on a private Caribbean island. It includes luxury accommodation, Disney-run excursions, and stunning white-sand beaches. But now this second port will provide "a signature island experience that the company says celebrates nature and the spirit and culture of The Bahamas."