We are Disney fans and have only cruised once before, 18 years ago, on the Disney Wonder on a three-night itinerary in the Bahamas. This was our return to cruising. The Port of San Diego is within driving distance for us so not having airfare costs was helpful. My husband and I are in our mid-fifties and we were traveling with our adult son who is in his mid-twenties. We booked a guaranteed verandah stateroom and received 8586, aft, starboard side.
Our dining rotation was Tianna's, Tritton's, Triton's for Pirate Night, and Animator's Palette. The food was very yummy and we enjoyed some great appetizers and soups. I ate a lot of the beef entrees and give them high marks. Their desserts were just okay in my opinion. Our server, Nestor, and his assistant server Gede were fun and very attentive to our likes and dislikes, and needs.
We enjoyed music trivia (70's and 80's) and games like Match Your Mate. The shows in the Walt Disney Theater were over the top amazing with incredible sets and special effects as well as talented actors and actresses. We saw Frozen and Disney Dreams, we enjoyed Frozen the most. The Golden Mickeys was also an option but we did not go to that show.
Everything was in good working order and in good condition except for some gouges in the wood of the desk. We really enjoyed our cabin location and did not find there to be too much overhead noise from the Cabanas Buffet. We didn't have a lot of hallway noise and were conveniently located to the Aft stairs and elevator. It was only one flight of stairs up to the Buffet, Beverage Station, Quick Service Food, Pools, Cove Cafe, Spa, Fitness Center, etc. When it was time for dinner and shows or shore excursions it was a bit of a distance down four to seven decks to our destination and of course, anything in the forward area was a bit of a walk but the Wonder is not that large and easy to navigate. We loved the split bathroom, as we were three adults.
We tendered to Avalon and walked over to the Casino and back. Avalon is so pretty and quaint. We then rented a golf cart which I highly recommend. The one-hour tour showed us amazing vistas and we saw so much more of the town than we would have on foot. We ate a simple meal on the pier and returned to the ship. We had perfect weather. What a beautiful day, we spent about three hours there plus the tendering.
We had a great time on the adult-only wine tour of Guadalupe Valley in Ensenada. We went to two wineries, one large and one family-owned. We learned a lot about how to make wine and enjoyed the tastings. I thought the guided tour of the city on our way to and from the vineyards was really excellent. We learned a lot about the city and thought that the tour was a good overall value for the city tour, tasting, and the appetizers.