Port Canaveral Prepares for the Arrival of the Disney Wish

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Disney Cruise Line will be throwing a party for the new Disney Wish ship when it arrives at Port Canaveral next month, even though it won’t begin sailing with paying customers until July 14th.

What’s Happening:

  • Port Canaveral is getting ready for the first new ship from the line in more than a decade by granting Disney approval to film the ship’s early morning arrival on June 20th.
  • Port officials have confirmed that local Cruise fans would also be able to access Jetty Park to view the arrival of the ship.
  • The ship is expected to sail into the port between 4:00-7:00 a.m. and will dock at both Cruise Terminal 8 and 10 during that day.
  • At today’s port commission meeting, officials approved three days of special events related to the line: June 20th, June 29th and July 14th.
  • The June 29 event will feature the ship’s christening ahead of a planned four-night preview cruise for news media and travel agents.
  • Previous ship christenings have included musical performances and fireworks. When the Disney Dream debuted in 2011, it featured a performance from actress and singer Jennifer Hudson, honored as that ship’s godmother. No godmother has been announced yet for Disney Wish.
  • The Disney Fantasy’s christening took place in New York.
  • To make room for the Disney Wish, the Disney Dream, which has never called another port home, is leaving for its new home in Miami on June 6th.
  • “That ship probably won’t be back for a while,” said Port Canaveral CEO Capt. John Murray. “It’s been a long stay since she was delivered.”
  • The Disney Wish is set to take over Dream’s three and four-night sailings to the Bahamas, including stops at Disney’s private island Castaway Cay.
  • The Disney Fantasy will remain at the port for mostly seven-night Caribbean sailings.
  • Before its maiden voyage on July 14th, which will also feature celebratory events, the Wish will also sail with cast members on some test sailings.
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