Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to sea we go! A few weeks ago, I went on a Disney cruise with a group of friends and we were probably the only group of young adults without children. I say young group of adults because there were actually older (probably retired) couples that were vacationing without children too. AKA my life in 30ish years.
“Alisa, aren’t Disney cruises only fun for families and kids?” On the contrary! Yes, Disney cruises are aimed towards families, but as we learned, it is first and foremost a cruise. Which means you still get great food and dining experiences, fun cocktails and drinks, and “adult only” areas. All of these things just happen to have a little Disney magic sprinkled in.
So how’s a group of young adults supposed to enjoy a Disney cruise? Well, let’s start with FOOD!
Each night we dined at a different “restaurant.” The first night we ate at The Animator’s Palate, which honors the history of Disney animation. You’ll find animation sketches everywhere and what once started as a still black and white drawing will then turn into a full-on colored animation by the end of the night! Throughout the night, we were excited to keep tabs on the new changes we saw throughout the restaurant. And to join in on the magic, we all Disney Bounded as Disney animated characters. Erika and Vince of Village Haus were clever enough to bring a black and white outfit and then a colorful outfit to change into at the end of dinner! So clever those two. And spoiler alert (seriously, if you don’t want to know skip ahead now!): Sorcerer Mickey comes out in full force at the end and it was the best part of the dinner.
For our second night, we dined at Tiana’s Place, which obviously serves up tasty southern inspired dishes. And we all decided to Disney Bound characters from The Princess and the Frog. I probably ordered 5 courses that night, which was not ideal for my all white Mama Odie Disney Bound outfit. And if you get a chance, take a lap around the room to see all the small details. On one wall, there were cabinets filled with photos of Tiana’s parents, her dad’s recipe box, and various frog paraphernalia. But again, the best part of the night was at the end of the dinner when Tiana and Louis led a fun-filled jazzy dance party!
Before or after dinner (depending on your scheduled seating time), be sure to catch at least one of the Broadway-style shows! The first night was “The Golden Mickeys Live Show” in which Golden Mickeys are awarded to different Disney movies. I assumed the usual characters would make an appearance — princesses, fab 5, maybe even Stitch and other critter characters if Disney was feeling adventurous. But Disney threw me a massive curveball. There was one portion of the show that featured Tarzan, Mulan, and are you ready for this…Hunchback of Notre freakin’ Dame!! I may have cried a little while surrounded by small children that were constantly their parents who that character was that was walking funny.
And I cried not so much because they were some of my favorite movies growing up, but because it was just so great to see them represented in a show! Quasimodo is NEVER in a show! Just to see them get their moment in the spotlight and get recognition was somewhat emotional for me. “Alisa, these aren’t even real people, they’re freaking animated characters.” I knooowww, but they get validation and credit for being worthy Disney characters for once! But my tears dried up halfway through the Mulan segment. Hopefully, more on that in a later post.
Aside from great dining and entertainment, the Disney Wonder is full of prime instagram spots. So for all those social media butterflies out there, you’ll love bopping around the boat getting all those cute photos. For our group of social media enthusiasts, we were on a mission to take the most #basic Disney cruise photos. And with the help of Taylor Jackson, we got some amazing shots and quite possibly the best basic Disney cruise photo ever. Check out Taylor’s vlog to see how he captured these amazing photos!
Eating + entertainment + cute photo ops = fun for young adults on a Disney cruise! And of course add a few drinks into the mix for an extra fun time. But in general, you can always have a good time anywhere and anytime as long as you’re in good company! And honestly, I think this trip was SO MUCH FUN because of the incredible people I got to experience it with. Did I mention that I also cried during the last night of our cruise at dinner because I was so thankful for great time we had together and to just be there in that moment with all of them? Oh, I didn’t? Well, now you know how grateful I was to be on this fun trip with these extraordinary people. Go check them out! –> Leslie, Erika, Lindsay, Vince, Taylor