Disney Cruise Line has announced that it is taking classic storytelling into an all-new realm aboard Disney Wish with the debut of an interactive experience called Disney Uncharted Adventure.
Combining technology and imagination, Disney Uncharted Adventure will take passengers on a multidimensional voyage into the worlds of Disney and Pixar characters. Designed for families to play together, the experience will be a new way to explore the Disney ship.
“With the Disney Wish, we have an incredible opportunity to immerse our guests in the worlds of their favorite stories in surprising, interactive and completely unique new ways,” said Davey Feder, software product manager, Walt Disney Imagineering. “With Disney Uncharted Adventure, we’re literally putting the power in our guests’ hands to become the heroes of a grand adventure that can only be done on a Disney cruise.”
Using the Play Disney Parks app, guests on Disney Wish will transform their mobile devices into an enchanted spyglass, a tool that allows them to set sail for the worlds of Moana, Tiana, Peter Pan, Nemo, and more. The spyglass will be the key to unlocking adventures, solving puzzles, conquering quests, and ultimately saving the day.
“While guests will need a mobile device to play, this isn’t a traditional mobile gaming experience,” Feder said. “This is a heads-up, active experience that can be played with family and friends. The magic will happen all around the ship. The spyglass is not where the adventure takes place — it’s just the tool that brings the ship to life, opening portals into new worlds and allowing guests to interact with them.”
The adventure will begin before even boarding the ship. Leading up to the voyage, the app will reveal a special greeting from Captain Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse, who will help guests prepare for the journey ahead.
Once on board, passengers will use their spyglass to reveal views of the stars above, where enchanted constellations take shape as icons from Disney and Pixar stories. When the wishing star suddenly bursts and shatters, its pieces will scatter across the sky and each land in a far-off realm. Captain Minnie will help as guests navigate the ship to find the missing pieces of the wishing star.
Each quest will take players on a journey through Disney Wish as they are prompted to seek artwork, signs, and props that magically transform to bring the characters and settings of the story worlds to life.
“We are infusing the Disney Wish with innovative technology, like augmented reality and physical effects, to create a hidden layer of magic that can only be unlocked with Disney Uncharted Adventure,” Feder said. “Guests might admire a beautiful painting today without realizing that, hiding right beneath the surface, there’s a hoard of mischievous Kakamora from the world of Moana just waiting to escape and wreak havoc on the ship. A digital menu board might showcase what’s for lunch in the afternoon, but later it will host a cooking lesson in Tiana’s own kitchen.”
Along the way, guests will join the characters who inhabit each destination on a mission to find the star fragments that landed there. Highlights include:
- Teaming up with Moana to navigate their canoes beyond the reef
- Helping Tiana cook up the perfect pot of her father’s favorite gumbo
- Summoning Tinker Bell to give Disney Wish an extra dash of pixie dust
- Making an epic dive into the East Australian Current with Nemo and friends
The adventure will culminate in a grand finale hosted in one of the ship’s entertainment venues. During the live experience, guests will gather with other players to battle an infamous Disney villain and restore the wishing star to its rightful place in the sky.
Disney Uncharted Adventure is being developed with flexibility, replayability, and customization in mind. Passengers will be able to choose when and how they want to play. Some guests might not complete every quest, but can still enjoy the finale; others may choose to play multiple times and discover new surprises and rewards each time.
Families can play together on up to six devices at once, or team up on only one or two devices at a time.
More details about Disney Uncharted Adventure will be announced at a later date.
Disney Wish is set to debut in June 2022 and operate a season of three and four-night cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida.