French Quarter Lounge, updated teen, adult spaces coming to Disney Wonder

The new French Quarter Lounge and the existing Tiana's Place restaurant, pictured here, are both inspired by 'The Princess and the Frog' The new French Quarter Lounge and the existing Tiana's Place restaurant, pictured here, are both inspired by 'The Princess and the Frog' PHOTO: Matt Stroshane/Disney Cruise Line

The new French Quarter Lounge on Disney Wonder is designed to be a natural precursor to dinner at Tiana’s Place Restaurant. Both are inspired by the animated feature 'The Princess and the Frog.'

The French Quarter Lounge will host live music on the gazebo stage and specialty drinks at an updated whimsical bar. All day long the lounge will host New Orleans-themed family activities, trivia and character encounters. There may even be a visit by Princess Tiana herself.

Life-size trolley car

The jazzy atmosphere of the French Quarter Lounge will evoke an airy outdoor space in New Orleans, surrounded by wrought-iron balconies, classic brick walls and shutter-framed windows. Decorative details including a life-size trolley car and nods to the film, with signs and icons on the walls, add to the ambiance.

Redesigned retreats for teens and adults

Vibe, a club for teens 14-17, will transform into a contemporary place to hang out with friends. The space will be given a timeless feel with an open, bright redesign, a light color palette and industrial metal work. A new coffee bar and updated virtual reality technology add to the club's offerings

Adults will have an updated space in the Cove Café, after a redesign that will transform the look and feel into a local coffee shop with comfortable, trendy décor and ample seating. The newly redesigned Cove Café will be the place to sip specialty coffee or tea throughout the day or partake in wine, cocktails and light bites during the evening.

Adult beverage tastings will be available at select times for an additional fee. Just steps away, Signals Bar is also undergoing a transformation with a similar look.

The enhancements debut for Disney Wonder’s four-night sailing from Vancouver, BC, to San Diego on Sept. 30.

New Orleans homeport

Disney Wonder offers summer sailings to Alaska, cruises to the Mexican Riviera and voyages to the Caribbean and Bahamas. For the first time, the ship will call New Orleans home in 2020 with Caribbean and Bahamas itineraries departing from this new homeport beginning Feb. 7.

Posted 13 June 2019

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