Buffet and Ice Cream are NOT Self-Serve on the Disney Wish

The Disney Wish has opened to the media and we’re already dissecting the differences compared to other Disney Cruise Line ships. In addition to the brand new spaces (and a $5,000 cocktail), the Disney Wish is rolling out some procedural changes at its buffet and soft-serve ice cream station.

Guests do not serve themselves at Marceline Market (the Cabanas equivalent) or at Sweet Minnie’s Ice Cream, the quick-service soft-serve ice cream spot. Guests at both locations can ask a cast member to serve them a particular item or ice cream flavor.

The change was confirmed by the always helpful Scott Gustin in a Twitter Q&A.

This no self-serve appears to be permanent and not a temporary reaction to the current health climate. At Sweet Minnie’s Ice Cream, the soft-serve ice cream machines are located behind a counter in a non-guest area. You can see the new setup in this photo from LaughingPlace.com.

Disney Wish Ice Cream Station
Photo via LaughingPlace.com

Guests have no choice but to ask the cast member for the flavor of their choice. This is similar to what other Disney Cruise Line ships enacted upon reopening for guest safety, but they’ve since reverted back to self-serve. Don’t worry, you can still ask for as many cones as you’d like.

It’s worth noting that soft drinks are still self-serve on the Disney Wish despite the ice cream change.

Some guests may miss the ability to serve themselves, but we fully understand the change. We’ve seen the ice cream machines look like a war zone with cast members desperately trying to keep things clean. Removing self-serve from both the buffet and ice cream stations should go a long way in keeping things tidy.

David has been writing about Disney since 2018. He founded Notes from Neverland as an outlet to express his love for all things Disney, including Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Disney Cruise Line. Join us for news, reviews and more!

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