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AquaMouse, Disney’s first attraction at sea, will feature 2 different shows

by Brooke Geiger McDonald

Guests now have double the reason to be excited about the first-ever Disney attraction at sea coming to Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Disney Wish. AquaMouse, a first-of-its kind water ride, will send guests on a splashy adventure through 760 feet of winding tubes suspended above the ship’s upper decks. Themed to “The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse” animated shorts, we’ve just learned that AquaMouse will feature two different shows and storylines for guests to experience during their cruise.

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Photos courtesy of Disney Cruise Line

“A ride on the AquaMouse will take you into the animated world of the Mickey Mouse shorts with an original story called ‘Scuba Scramble,’” Danny Handke, Senior Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering, previously revealed during a virtual presentation. “Mickey and Minnie have started their very own excursion company and they want you to be among their first guests on an exciting adventure into Mermaid Lagoon.”

But, if you’ve seen the animated shorts and ridden Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, you might have an inkling of what’s coming. “Their excursion company is called ‘Port Misadventures,’ so what could go wrong?” Handke joked.

Disney has now revealed that the ride will also feature a second show, “Swiss Meltdown,” inspired by the animated short “Yodelberg.” Mickey and Minnie invite guests on a mountaintop sledding trip but things go downhill — literally — when the snow melts. The show also features that famed Disney snow villain, the Yeti.

The port adventure kiosk marks the entrance to the attraction and begins the experience. Guests board two-seater ride vehicles dotted with patches and bandages — a harbinger of the ensuing hijinks. A 75-second trip up a conveyor belt takes riders on a soaking journey past nine “portholes” showcasing the short on alternating 85-inch screens on the left and right sides of the tunnel. Original musical scores by Emmy-nominated composer Christopher Willis (“The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse”) accompany each show.

During the ascent, 60 different water nozzles and effects surrounding the portholes blast guests with mist, streams and sprays tailored to the story scenes, with different water effects synchronized to each Mickey short, giving guests a new set of surprise soakings with each storyline. The front and back seats of the ride vehicle also provide slightly different viewpoints — and different positions on the receiving end of the spray, giving guests a total of four different ride experiences.

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Fans of “The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse” animated shorts on Disney+ and their theme park representations in Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway and “Vacation Fun” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will love this maritime addition to the series canon. Easter eggs abound throughout the series, and the AquaMouse shorts are no exception. Be on the lookout for park nods like the Skyway and Rainbow Caverns and Disney Cruise Line references like the bronze Mickey from the Disney Magic’s atrium lobby and the Disney Wish’s anchor.

Guests will get their first chance to ride the AquaMouse when the Disney Wish sets sail on its maiden voyage on June 9, 2022. Guests must be 42 inches tall to ride.

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