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Disney Wish Elevators – What is the Problem?

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Disney Wish is a beautiful ship with fabulous entertainment, food, and everything you need for that magical Disney Cruise experience.

So why are so many people talking about the Disney Wish elevators?

Well, for many people there is a huge issue with the elevators.

Mostly, it was about one problem that is now fixed.

But also some people do not like the design of the ship that there are no mid-ship elevators.

The Classic Disney Ships and the Dream Class ships have three sets of elevators – forward, mid-ships, and aft.

But the design of Disney Wish is very different. To have that beautiful, huge Grand Hall, you have to sacrifice the mid-ship elevators.

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Disney Wish Grand Hall

As her sister ship, Disney Treasure will also have the same design with two banks of elevators.

You can see here the Deck Plan for Decks 3, 4, and 5 on Disney Wish, where the two banks of elevators are placed.

There are eight elevators at each location, making a total of 16 for the ship.

Each elevator has a capacity of 20 people, but I have no idea how you would get that many people in there. Anything more than 10 and you are getting that uncomfortable “I don’t have enough personal space” feeling.

This isn’t unique to Disney Wish. Anyone who has sailed on the Disney Wonder or Disney Magic and has been in the back of the lobby elevator when you need to get out knows what I am talking about.

Are the elevators on Disney Wish really a problem?

For me no.

And having listened to many people who have sailed on Disney Wish, most people do not have a problem with it either.

That isn’t to say that some people vow that they will never sail on Disney Wish again because of this, but they are very much in the minority. It certainly isn’t something that should deter you from sailing on this Disney ship that has so much to offer.

Now a problem that has been fixed – the elevator buttons.

Fortunately, the Disney Wish elevator buttons were changed back in August 2023. After listening to so many complaints about the buttons, it is great that Disney Cruise Line did something about it.

What was wrong with the elevator buttons? They were just ridiculously sensitive.

If you breathed anywhere near a button it seemed like it activated every one of them. It was not much fun stopping at every floor!

The only good thing was the bonding experience with your fellow elevator occupants who were also rolling their eyes and wishing that they were spending more time enjoying the ship, rather than seeing the doors open at every floor.

Thankfully, that is now a thing of the past, with the Disney Wish elevator buttons being changed so that you have to press them to activate them.


Monday 12th of February 2024

It did not hold enough people and very narrow. Handicap wheelchairs barely with a lot of people already in it So it will be a very long wait


Monday 12th of February 2024

Thank you for posting. I know that this is particularly a concern for people with disabilities. I just wish that others would be courteous and give priority to people who need assistance and this would help with the issue.