MiceChat Cruise on the Disney Wonder, Day Six

Written by Rick Wright. Posted in Features, Weekend Update

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Day-Six

Published on December 23, 2012 at 4:02 am with 9 Comments

All good things must come to an end, and alas, this applies to the recent MiceChat cruise on the Disney Wonder. Today, BC_DisneyGeek shares the final installment of his photo documentation of this incredible journey. Never fear, however, because MiceChat is planning another Disney cruise at the end of next year, and we’d like you to join us! You’ll find more details on this trip at the end of the story. ~~Rick

More hallway artwork:

The lobby outside Palo:

Our final full day on board began with brunch at Palo:

Nice looking restaurant:

Waiting to be seated:

The meals always started with these fancy plates that they took away moments after being seated:

Brunch consisted of a buffet:

The crab legs were sliced down the middle for easy access, which was a nice touch:

In addition to self-serve, there was a wide variety of hot food available as made to order as well:

Palo was a $20 up charge for brunch as it was for dinner, and worth every penny (if I had to choose just one, I would go for dinner).
Where there’s a buffet, there is dessert, and lots of it:

On the last day, I took a lot of photos around the ship:

Heading down to the nightclub district:

Plenty of options onboard for the adult cruisers. I would recommend a Disney cruise for anyone of any age. Some people think it will just be a mass of screaming children, but Disney does a fantastic job of keeping the younger guests occupied (and out of sight of the rest of us).

The stateroom hallways are the dullest area of the ship:

The movie theater was quite popular, showing some older movies such as The Muppets, but mostly first-run films like Brave, The Avengers, and Finding Nemo 3D. If you’re planning a Disney cruise, you can skip paying for Disney movies in the months prior to sailing, as the odds are good you’ll be able to catch them on the ship:

There were only two gift shops, and there was a good amount of cruise specific merchandise:

Right by the shops is the Walt Disney Theatre, home to the nightly musicals and stage shows:

This particular cruise was not very busy, there were always plenty of available deck chairs:

Promenade Lounge, often used for activities like trivia, and conveniently located for pre-dinner cocktails:

Pixar artwork was going up as the ship got ready to host upcoming Pixar-themed cruises:

Overcast day as we make our final (and slow) approach to Los Angeles from San Francisco:

Unlimited pop was available on the top deck. Most cruise ships charge for it:

Coffee and hot beverages were included as well:

The quick service food on the deck was convenient, but nothing special. Mostly basic fare like chicken fingers and pizza:

Night six brought us back to Animator’s Palate. On a six-night cruise, you eat in each of the three main dining rooms twice:

Menu cover for the farewell dinner:

Beef in a puff pastry:

They did a little show where the waiters circled around with flags, while a techno version of It’s a Small World (sure to horrify any Disney purist), played:

Baked Alaska:

Characters gather to say farewell in the lobby:

Some of the crew performed a rather cheesy sketch for closing night. While Disney cruises have some elaborate musicals, they also have what I would call standard cruise entertainment, such as this, ventriloquism, and magic:

All good things must come to an end. For the final day, it’s an early breakfast and then it’s off the ship pretty quickly. Bags are collected the previous night, and you pick yours up in a designated spot once your group is given the go-ahead to disembark.
There is one last sit down breakfast. It’s pretty basic compared to the other meals we had:

If you have enjoyed our special Weekend Update coverage of this MiceChat Cruise on the Disney Wonder, you might be interested in the next MiceChat Cruise on the Disney Fantasy on October 19th through October 26th of next year. Click on the link for more information: MiceChat 2013 Fall Caribbean Cruise

About Rick Wright

Rick has been a long term MiceChat author and co-founder of the Weekend Update. You will often find Rick in the position of "Greeter" at official events due to his warm and welcoming spirit. If you've got photos, news or trip reports to share, Rick would love to hear from you: [email protected]

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  1. Really enjoyed this series of reports, thanks a bunch!

  2. Looks like fun. All that food sure looks good!

  3. I really enjoyed this trip. The six night cruise was much better than the four night we took last year (which seemed to end as soon as we unpacked our bags).

    It was so much fun traveling with you BC_DisneyGeek! Thank you for taking all these great photos!

    And to all those folks reading this who are curious to take a MiceChat cruise, give it a whirl. You can spend as much or as little time as you like with your fellow MiceChat cruisers, but there’s always someone around when you want company. This coming October, we’ll cruise the Caribbean on the brand new Disney Fantasy. Hope to see you there!

    -Dusty

  4. Thanks, Rick!
    Do you know in advance which restaurants you’ll be assigned to on which night?
    We’re interested in eating at Palo (or ?), but we don’t want to miss a night at the Animator’s P.

    • I went on the Pixar Cruise a couple of weeks after this cruise the MiceChatters took the days and the names of the restaurants are printed on your card. It’s in code but someone helped me figure it pretty quickly (it was my first cruise). Based on that you can decide when to go to Palo and make a reservation.

      Looking at these photos brought back memories of my own cruise on the Wonder. I think it’s such a shame they are pulling out of Los Angeles and come 2014 they won’t even be going to Alaska anymore.

      • Thanks, Wendygirl!
        I thought Palo reservations might have to be made before the cruise began. I also read there was a better than average captains meal that shouldn’t be missed.

        So where will they cruise to in 2014? I’d like trips that started and ended in Hong Kong and Tokyo and spent a couple of nights in those cities and arranged trips to their Disneylands.

      • You can get Palo reservations onboard, but availability will of course vary from cruise to cruise. This particular cruise was not full, and Palo had decent availability. You’ll always have a better choice of dining times when you book earlier.

        I’ve heard that it’s harder to get reservations at Remi on the newer ships.

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