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What is it like to take a San Diego Disney Cruise on the Disney Wonder? You’re about to find out! This article will take you through a quick tour of some of the ship’s highlights, and go through what each day is like on a 5 Night Itinerary to Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada, Mexico. Follow along with us as we learn how this magical cruise works!

Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

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Cruising can be a great way to see multiple destinations in one trip, but it’s not always clear how it works or what to expect. 

In this article I will take you through all you need to know about the Disney Wonder cruise ship from Disney Cruise Line. I will show you how to get on board, take you on a tour of a family suite, and show you some of the highlights of the ship.

I will also explain how the dining and entertainment work so that you’ll feel ready for your magical cruise vacation to Baja California!

A mom and three kids getting on a Disney Cruise.
Cruise Terminal

Day One: Embarkation

This first section is all about Day one on our recent cruise on the Disney Wonder.This was a 5 night cruise that embarked out of San Diego with stops in Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada, Mexico.

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Our First Day on the Disney Wonder.

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We stayed in San Diego the night before our cruise at our favorite hotel, the Best Western Island Palms on Shelter Island. I always recommend arriving in your port city the day before your cruise. I find it too risky to travel the day of embarkation.

We arrived at the port at about 11:00 am and dropped off our luggage. We were then directed to go across the street to the Wyndham hotel for our pre-cruise test. 

Port of San Diego California.
Port of San Diego

We waited in the ballroom for about 25 minutes for our results. After being cleared, we headed back to the cruise terminal.

Going through customs took about 20 minutes, then we were ready to board the ship! Be prepared to give your name as you get on the ship so the crew members can announce your arrival.

After boarding, we headed to our assigned spot on Deck 4 to complete the mandatory safety drill.

Mickey Mouse in the atrium of the Disney Wonder.
Captain Mickey in the Atrium

Lunch at Cabanas Buffet

After the drill, we were ready for lunch, so we headed up to Deck 9 to check out the buffet at Cabanas. 

Eating lunch at Cabanas on the Disney Wonder.
Lunch at Cabanas

Other options for lunch include the main dining rooms, which for us was Tiana’s Place, or there are quick service areas like Pinocchio’s Pizza or Daisy’s Delights where you can grab a sandwich or salad also on Deck 9.

And don’t forget about my boys favorite cruise perk, unlimited ice cream cones!

Getting an ice cream cone on the Disney Wonder.
Unlimited Ice Cream Cones

Edge (Club for Tweens Ages 11-14)

Our next stop was the Edge, which is the club for kids ages 11-14. On our last cruise, my two oldest boys spent almost all of their free time there. The had a blast playing video games, board games, doing crafts, making friends, and getting to know the counselors.

Edge club on the Disney Wonder.
Entrance to DCL Edge

There is a list of activities that is posted every day, and some of the activities will be listed in the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App.

A boy playing a video game in the Edge on the Disney Wonder.
Video Games in DCL Edge

Disney Wonder Room 8572

By about 1:30, our stateroom was ready, so we headed there to drop off our stuff and check out the room.We were located on Deck 8, near the aft, or back, of the ship.

Stateroom 8572 on the Disney Wonder.
Stateroom 8572

Our stateroom was a Deluxe Family Suite with a Verandah, which is nice because it can sleep all five of us.

There is a queen size bed, that has outlets on both sides. There is tons of storage space under the bed, which is where we kept our luggage during the cruise.

Stateroom 8572 Family Suite with Verandah on the Disney Wonder.
Queen Bed

And a sitting area with a couch and a coffee table. There is also a chair that is used for the vanity in the sitting area.

At night, your stateroom host or hostess will fold the couch into a twin sized bed, pull down a bunk bed from the ceiling, and pull down the Murphy bed that is located near the verandah door.

Couch that turns into a bed and a bunk bed comes down from the ceiling.
Couch that converts to a bed

I loved all of the storage space in our room, like this dresser and the upper and lower cabinets. Next to the mirror, you will find more outlets as well as the outlet for the stateroom’s hairdryer.

Disney Wonder stateroom 8572.
TV and Refrigerator

Below this cabinet is the stateroom TV where you can watch messages from the cruise director, safety information, activity information, a few tv channels and on demand Disney movies and shows. Below the tv is a small refrigerator.

Out on the verandah you will find two small chairs, a table, and amazing views!

Disney Wonder stateroom 8572 verandah.
Verandah

Each stateroom has a split bathroom. One room has a toilet, mirror, sink, and garbage can. The second room  has a shower/tub combination, mirror, sink, and garbage can.

There is no need to bring along shampoo, conditioner, or body wash. There are full size bottles of Disney’s H20 products available in the shower.

Disney Wonder stateroom 8572 split bathroom.
Split Bathroom

Across from the bathrooms is the closet which is large and gives you even more places to store items that you brought on board.

Once we were settled in the room, we ordered the All Hands on Deck cheese and crackers from room service to snack on until dinner time.

All Hands on Deck cheese platter from room service on a Disney Cruise.
All Hands on Deck Cheese Platter from Room Service

Oceaneer Club

We saw on the Navigator App that there was an open house in the Oceaneer Club, so we took my 7-year-old to check it out. During the open house, you can visit the clubs with your child to see what they are all about. On our cruise there was an hour each day for an open house. 

Oceaneer Club on the Disney Wonder.
Oceaneer Club

Each time you enter the kids club, you will get to use this cool contraption to wash your hands.

Hand washing station on a Disney Cruise kids club.
Hand Washing Station

This is the Toy Story Room complete with over-sized toys and a Slinky Dog Slide!

Andy's Room in the Oceaneer Club on the Disney Wonder.
Andy’s Room

In the main area, there are character experiences like story time  with Tiana.

Story time with Tiana on the Disney Wonder.
Story time with Tiana

The Oceaneer’s Lab is also great for Marvel fans. This entire room is filled with super hero treasures, which my boys loved!

Marvel room in the Kids club on the Disney Wonder.
Marvel Room

Sail Away

After visiting the Kids Club, an announcement was made that we would be leaving San Diego soon. We decided to head down to deck so we could see the city as we sailed away. We caught a glimpse of some Disney characters on the way!

Waiting to sail away on the Disney Wonder Deck 4.
Waiting to Sail Away on Deck 4

San Diego is one of our favorite cities to visit, so it was fun to see some familiar landmarks from a different perspective. We could see the USS Midway, which I highly recommend visiting if you are in San Diego and in the distance you can see the bridge that takes you to Coronado Island.

View of USS Midway and Downtown San Diego from the Disney Dream.
View of USS Midway and Downtown San Diego

If you’ll be visiting San Diego for your cruise, make sure to check out my video with the best places to eat in San Diego as well as my review of the Best Western Island Palms, one of our favorite hotels!

View of Point Loma San Diego from the Disney Wonder.
View of Point Loma

Cadillac Lounge Piano Music

With our kids at the Oceaneer Club, Edge, and Vibe, my husband and I had some free time before dinner so we headed to the Cadillac Lounge to listen to some amazing piano music.

Entrance to Cadillac Lounge on the Disney Wonder.
Entrance to Cadillac Lounge

Animator’s Palate

Dinner on our first night was Animator’s Palate. The restaurant is mostly black and white, with color being added to the decor throughout dinner. There are cool animations you can watch while you eat.

Entrance to Animator's Palate on the Disney Wonder.

One thing we noticed about dinner on day one was how much the ship was vibrating while we were dining. I’m guessing this was because we were traveling at a high speed in order to make it to Cabo on Day 3, but it made enjoying dinner a little interesting.

A boy eating a steak at Animator's Palate.
Stead from Animator’s Palate

Everything we ordered for dinner at Animator’s Palate was delicious. Here are some of the items I recommend.

  • Calamari
  • Charcuterie
  • Mango Soup
  • Grass-Fed Steak
  • Beef Wellington
  • Roasted Chicken
  • Strawberry Shortcake (Kids Menu)
  • Cookie Sundae

After dinner, the kids went back to their clubs for a little while, but we had the second seating for dinner, so it was almost bedtime. Our stateroom hostess made this cute penguin for us using a towel and a blanket.

Towel animal in stateroom 8572 on the Disney Dream.
Towel Animal

Day 2 At Sea

We’re going to continue our journey on the Disney Wonder as we explore more of the ship and enjoy all the amazing activities and entertainment that it has to offer.

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Disney Wonder Day 2: Fun at Sea!

This section is about Day 2 of our cruise on the Disney Wonder and today we’re going to check out all the amazing things this ship has to offer.

There’s so much to do, from swimming in the pool, playing in the kids’ club, or watching one of the amazing shows they have onboard. So come along with us as we explore everything this ship has to offer.

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Buena Vista Theater

On day 2, we decided to have breakfast at Cabana’s, the buffet located on Deck 9. This ended up being our go-to breakfast on this cruise. When we were finished eating, my 7-year-old wanted to go to the Oceaneer Club and my 14 year old went to the Vibe.

Buena Vista Theater on the Disney Wonder.
Buena Vista Theater

My 12-year-old son, husband and I went to the Buena Vista Theater to watch the showing of Dr. Strange. The great thing about having a movie theater on board is that you can watch popular Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars movies on the big screen!

When the movie was over, we grabbed an ice cream cone from Deck 9 then headed back to our stateroom to enjoy our verandah. For a complete tour of our room, make sure to check out my video from Day 1.

Inside the Buena Vista Theater on the Disney Dream.
Inside Buena Vista Theater

Disney Animation Class

After relaxing for a few minutes, my husband wanted to take a nap, so I took my 12 and 7 year old boys to a Disney animation class.

Disney Cruises are great because the have all kinds of activities and entertainment available all day, every day. Check here to see examples of the types of activities you can expect on a Disney Cruise.

A boy at an animation class on the Disney Wonder.
Animation Class

After learning how to draw Mickey Mouse, we headed up to Deck 9 for some lunch at Pinocchio’s Pizza and some swimming!

Oceaneer Lab

When the boys were done swimming, my 7 year old wanted us to come visit the Oceaneer Lab during the open house. There was an open house in each club each day for about one hour. During this time, anyone is allowed to come and take a look around.

Oceaneer Lab on the Disney Wonder.
Oceaneer Lab

My son’s favorite part of the Oceaneer Lab was being able to steer the Disney ships in and out of port!

Golden Mickeys

Our show for the night on Day 2 was the Golden Mickeys in the Walt Disney Theater. It’s a cute show that lasts about one hour and you won’t want to miss it!

Golden Mickeys show on the Disney Wonder.
Golden Mickeys

Dinner at Tiana’s Place

Our Main Dining Room experience for dinner was Tiana’s Place. Tiana’s Place is a New Orlean’s style restaurant themed after the Princess and the Frog and even includes live entertainment!

Entertainment at Tiana's Place on the Disney Wonder.
Tiana’s Place Entertainment

Here are some of the items we ordered from Tiana’s Place. Everything we had was delicious, especially the Beignets!

  • Sautéed Gulf Shrimp and Grits
  • Roasted Creole Half Chicken
  • Eudora’s Artichoke Ravioli
  • Tiana’s Buttermilk Beignets
  • Mama Odie’s White Chocolate Bread Pudding
  • Lemon Raspberry Mousse Bombe

During dinner at Tiana’s there is a parade through the restaurant. It’s fun to watch, or join in if you want!

Tiana's Buttermilk Beignets from Tiana's Place.
Tiana’s Buttermilk Beignets

Silent Dance Party

Before this cruise on the Disney Wonder, I had never heard of a Silent Dance Party. When you enter this activity, you will be given a set of head phones that play music.

There are different channels playing different music. The most entertaining thing to do is to take off your headphones and watch everyone else dancing and singing to music only they can hear! It was so much fun!

Azure lounge on the Disney Wonder.

Deck 4 Running Track

My favorite thing to do each night was to walk around Deck 4 before bed. There is a running and walking track that takes you completely around the ship. Its nice and relaxing to listen to the waves as you make your way around the track.

Atrium of the Disney Wonder.
Disney Wonder Atrium

Day 3 Cabo San Lucas

In this section, we’re going to take a look at some of the fun things there are to do in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. If you’re thinking about cruising the Mexican Riviera on the Disney Wonder, stick around so you can see what it’s like!

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Disney Wonder Day 3: Fun in Cabo San Lucas!

When we woke up for the day, we stepped outside on our verandah to take a look at the view of Cabo San Lucas. When you stop in Cabo, there is not a dock big enough for the cruise ships, so to get ashore, you will need to take one of these water taxis.

After getting dressed, we headed upstairs to grab breakfast at the buffet, Cabanas. We chose a table outside so we could enjoy the view.

When breakfast was over, we walked around the top decks for a few minutes to enjoy the ship.

View of Cabo San Lucas from the Disney Wonder.
View of Cabo San Lucas from the Disney Wonder

Port of Cabo San Lucas

For this cruise, we wanted to take it easy so we chose not do go on an organized excursion. Instead, we waited to tender off the ship and planned to do some shopping.

We waited inside Animator’s Palate restaurant until it was our turn to get on the boat that would take us ashore.

A dad and two kids in front of surf boards in Cabo San Lucas Mexico.
Cabo San Lucas

Touring the Disney Wonder

After returning to the ship, we stopped for lunch at Cabanas. I didn’t notice until after I ate, that Cabanas was serving Fajitas that day, so if you make this stop on your cruise, don’t miss out on the Fajitas!

My oldest went to the Vibe to hang out with his new friends, and my 7 year old wanted to go back to the kids club to play. My 12-year-old stayed with my husband and I while we went to explore more of the Wonder.

Twist & Spout Waterslide on the Disney Wonder.
Twist & Spout Water Slide

Wide World of Sports

At the front of the ship is the Wide World of Sports where you will find basketball hoops, Table Tennis, and a foosball table.

A dad and a child playing foosball on the Disney Wonder.
Foosball in Wide World of Sports

Disney Trivia

Next up, was some Disney Trivia that turned out to be one of my favorite activities on the ship. For a list of activities on a Disney Cruise, check out Mommy Mouse Clubhouse .com or visit the link in the description.

Disney Trivia on the Disney Wonder.
Disney Trivia

Magic Show

Our entertainment show for the night was a magician named Joh Armstrong. He as been on a few TV shows and was an amazing performer. I definitely recommend you check him out.

Magic Show in the Walt Disney Theater.
Jon Armstrong Magic Show

We decided to purchase a popcorn bucket, just outside the Walt Disney Theater. The bucket cost about $8 and we were able to refill it for $1 throughout the rest of the cruise.

Disney Cruise refillable popcorn bucket prices.
Refillable Popcorn Bucket

After the show, we decided to relax and watch the sunset on our verandah before dinner. I also found this delicious Waffle cone chocolate bar from the gift shop.

Disney Waffle Cone Chocolate Bar.

Pirate Night

Day 3 of our cruise to Mexico was Pirate Night. We ate at Tiana’s Place again, but this time the menu was pirate themed. Check out the Pirate Night menu for Disney Cruises here.

Most people dress up for pirate night, which makes it really fun. My 7-year-old likes to go all out, so he wears a Halloween pirate costume. The rest of us wear pirate-themed t-shirts that I found on Amazon.

A boy dressed as a pirate for Disney Cruise Pirate Night.
Dressed up for Pirate Night

Bed Time

When we got back to our stateroom, we had a fun little surprise from our room hostess. Not only did we have a pirate themed blanket friend, but my boys each had Marvel-themed sheets!

Pirate towel animal on the Disney Wonder.
Pirate-Themed Towel Animal

They were amazing and my boys loved them! I really appreciated the pixie dust we received.

Marvel sheets on the kids beds in a Family Suite on the Disney Wonder.
Marvel Sheets on the Bunk Beds

Day 4 At Sea

In this section, I’m going to show you what we did on our fourth cruise day at sea on the Disney Wonder Mexico Cruise from San Diego, California. We had a lot of fun exploring the ship, playing games, and enjoying the beautiful weather. Stay tuned to see all the amazing things we got up to. Before we get started, make sure to subscribe and let’s get started!

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Disney Wonder Cruise Day 4: At Sea & Day 5: Ensenada

Breakfast at Cabanas

We began our sea day eating breakfast at Cabanas and enjoying the view. We loved having breakfast at Cabanas on this cruise.

Disney Trivia

After breakfast, we headed down to the D Lounge for some more Disney Trivia. Unfortunately we did not win, but I was impressed with the knowledge of some of the other cruise guests!

Disney Cruise Trivia sheet.
Trivia Sheet

Relaxing

The great thing about sea days is relaxing! There are tons of activities going on all the time, but sometimes its nice to head back to the room, turn on a good Disney Movie and just relax.

Cake of the Day

While hanging out in the room, we decided to order the Cake of the Day from room service which happened to be a chocolate Swiss roll. For the full room service menu, head to the description below for the link.

Cake of the day from Room Service on the Disney Wonder.
Cake of the Day

TV Tunes Trivia

Our kids wanted to spend most of the day in the Kids club, the Edge and the Vibe, so my husband and I headed to the Crown & Fin Pub for some TV Tunes Trivia. Here are some of the tunes if you want to check your own knowledge.

TV Tunes Trivia on the Disney Wonder.
TV Tunes Trivia

Dinner at Triton’s

On night 4 our dinner was at Triton’s, the only restaurant we had not experienced yet. This Little Mermaid-themed restaurant is beautiful and definitely feels upscale.

Entrance to Triton's on the Disney Wonder.
Triton’s Restaurant

Here are some of the things that we ordered for dinner: French Onion Soup, Chicken, Strawberry Shortcake Sundae, Grand Mariner Soufflé. Our servers sang Happy Birthday to my 15 year old and gave him a delicious chocolate cake.

Bed Time

Here is the cute towel turkey left by our room hostess for the night. We also received the envelopes used to pass out tips to our servers and room host on the last day.

A towel shaped like a Turkey on a Disney Cruise.
Towel Turkey

Day 5: Ensenada

On Day 5, we woke up in Ensenada Mexico. Once again, we wanted to keep this cruise low-key and chose not to book an organized excursion. Our plan was to walk around and do a little shopping.

After the kids got out of bed, we headed up to Cabanas for breakfast before getting off the ship.

Breakfast from Cabanas on the Disney Wonder.
Breakfast from Cabanas

Port of Ensenada, Mexico

From the port to the town of Ensenada was about a 20 minute walk. We had some great views of the Disney Wonder from the port so we stopped to take a few pictures. My 12-year-old chose to stay on the ship and go to the kids club while we went exploring. We bought a couple of snacks, my son bought a hat, and we found a cute little purse for our friend Scout, back at home.

Port of Ensenada Mexico with the Disney Wonder in the background.
Port of Ensenada

Swimming and Ice Cream

Back on the ship, I took my 12 and 7 year old up to Deck 9 for some swimming and ice cream.

A boy enjoying an ice cream cone on a Disney Cruise.
Unlimited Ice Cream

Family Silent Dance Party

We were supposed to see Frozen on night 5, but the show was cancelled so we took the boys and went to the Family Dance Party! Like I mentioned in my last video, Silent Dance parties are fun because you wear headphones that play music and everyone dances, but can’t hear each other’s music. It’s pretty entertaining.

A boy at a Silent Dance Party on a Disney Cruise.

Dinner at Animator’s Palate

Our last main dining experience was back where we started at Animator’s Palate. Here are some items that we ordered from the menu: Sliced Serrano Ham, Black Truffle Pasta Purseittes, Baked Potato and Cheddar Cheese Soup, Chicken and Walnut Salad, Pennete Bolognese, Ginger- Teriyaki dusted Angus Beef Tenderloin, Cookies ‘n Cream Sundae, and Lemon Icebox Pie.

Ginger-Teriyaki Dusted Angus Beef Tenderloin from Animator's Palate.
Ginger-Teriyaki dusted Angus Beef Tenderloin

The experience on Day 5 was a little bit different as there were drawings and a show during dinner. We even had a visit from Mickey Mouse himself!

This Lemon Icebox Pie was one of my favorite desserts on our Disney Wonder Cruise. I loved it so much, I came home and recreated the recipe for my family. If you would like to make this pie at home, here is the recipe.

Lemon Icebox Pie from Animator's Palate.
Lemon Icebox Pie

Bed Time

After dinner, we headed back to the room to begin packing. My husband pointed a couple of cool things about the carpet in the hallways. There is a map that shows the 4 current Disney Ships and where they sail.

Disney Cruise Line hallway carpet.

To know which direction you are heading on the ship, just look at the stars on the carpet. They point towards the front or forward of the ship.

Disney Cruise Line carpet in the hallway.

Here is one last look at the cool Marvel sheets from our room hostess as the kids get ready for bed.

A child on a Disney Cruise bunk bed with Marvel sheets.
Marvel Sheets

Port of San Diego

When we woke up the next morning, we were back in the US at the Port of San Diego. After a quick breakfast at Cabanas, it was time to dissembark.

View of San Diego from the Disney Wonder Cruise Ship.
View of San Diego

How Much Does a San Diego Disney Cruise Cost?

The cost for sailing on the Disney Wonder out of the Port of San Diego will vary greatly on the time of year you go, the number of guests, the length of the cruise, and the type of room you need/want.

I recommend finding a trusted travel agent to give you a quote. Using a travel agent takes the guess work out of booking a Disney Cruise and it is a completely free service to use.

Disney Cruise Line Navigator App.
Disney Cruise Line Navigator App

Travel agents are also nice because they can take care of any issues or problems that may arise. My favorite travel agency is Get Away Today. I have been booking my Disney vacations through them for over 20 years!

They would be happy to give you a no obligation quote on any itinerary you might be interested. Check them out here and tell them that Mommy Mouse Clubhouse sent you!

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