We’re learning more about the Disney Wish and we’ve stumbled across the first thing that really made us scratch our heads. The walking and jogging track on the Disney Wish is very different than what’s found on other Disney Cruise Line ships.
The walking track sits on multiple decks, which requires guests to ascend and descend large staircases.
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) July 1, 2022
Summarized, the full walking track spans Deck 4, Deck 5 and Deck 6. Deck 6 is the portion that sits above the outdoor Senses Spa area and can be its own miniature loop. The full track requires a guest to go up two flights of stairs and down two flights of stairs. A full loop doesn’t seem possible as there’s two gates in the aft that are often locked, blocking guest progress.
We can’t imagine Disney wants any guests jogging up and down the stairs out of safety concerns. Ramps would’ve made more sense both for function and for guests with disabilities. The decision is especially odd when compared to other new ships from competing cruise companies that have prominent, well-designed tracks.
Compare the video above to the awesome jogging track on Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas.
Realistically, we believe Disney doesn’t want anyone to use the track for anything other than getting from Point A to Point B. That’s a stark departure from the Dream class of ships that have a level, full-loop track that circles Deck 4. Those after-dinner walks may have to take place elsewhere.
Initially, the Disney Wish looks like it knocks it out of the park for children. But, the track decision, a relatively small adults-only deck, and other choices may make adult guests feel like a bit of an afterthought.