A very large boat filled to the brim with Mickey Mouse lovers (2,700 to be exact) is heading our way today as a part of the Disney Wonder’s California coast itinerary. This is the first time that a Disney Cruise Line ship will make a stop in San Diego, but not the last. Three more Pixar-themed luxury cruises will also port here on September 28, October 5 and October 12, 2012 after leaving Los Angeles and stopping in San Francisco and Ensenada.
The seven-night animation-filled voyages will offer all the Pixar movies for guests’ viewing pleasure; feature characters from the popular movies (think life-sized Buzz Lightyear and Woody); and have the film’s artists on hand to explain some behind the scenes movie magic.
Unfortunately for the local economy, it won’t be seeing an influx of Disney Cruise Lines’ clientele after these sailings, as a company spokesman Jason Lasecki admitted there are no current plans to return to our sunny city. Who likes perfect weather anyway? According to the Port of San Diego, there has been a constant decline in San Diego ports of call from 2008's 250, to this year's mere 85.
So look out for the nearly 1,000-foot Disney Wonder coming to a port near you in the next month, and take solace knowing each person on the ship paid at least $799 to spend a day or two where you get to live every day.