Disney Cruise Line Secret Porthole Rooms

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One of the best-kept secrets on the Disney Wonder are the "secret porthole" rooms. These six rooms on Deck 5 are sold as Category 10 inside staterooms, but they have obstructed view portholes. Thus, you get sunlight and little view for "free." These rooms can be specifically requested, but book them as far in advance as possible because they go quickly. They are #5520, #5522, #5524, #5020, #5022, #5024 ( 5522 & 5524 and 5022 & 5024 are adjoiners).

PROS
Of course, the biggest pro is the free view (click here to jump down to photos of each room's view) Another benefit is location...other Category 10 rooms are located on Deck 2, and some of them are under the nightclubs or other potentially noisy areas. When you are on Deck 5, you are under other staterooms, so the potential for overhead noise is much less. Another location plus is that they are forward (in the front of the ship), which puts them in close proximity to many of the activity areas. Personally, my favorite part of the ship is aft, but being in the back does involve a lot more walking.

CONS
Of course, nothing is perfect, and this goes for the secret porthole rooms too. Being far forward can be a problem for people who are prone to motion sickness, although we have never had a problem with this. Also, there is a light on all night outside the porthole, and you have to make sure you are "decent" whenever it is open because you will occasionally see a maintenance worker right outside (both of this situations are easily remedied by closing the heavy curtains). Of course, the outside light can be a plus...we left the curtains open a little and used it as a nightlight.

Also, these staterooms are in a high traffic area because they are the first rooms in the hallway, so you can end up with a lot of foot traffic. Whether or not this is a bother depends a lot on how noisy or courteous the other families staying around you are. Noise is also a greater risk because of four of these rooms being adjoiners. Often, you can hear the people next door pretty clearly right through the door. Personally, I bring a white noise machine with me in order to drown out as much outside disturbance as possible. Although the secret porthole rooms have a greater noise potential, you still run a risk of noisy neighbors in any other stateroom...a lot of luck is involved, too.

Personally, I think that the pros of these staterooms outweigh the cons, particularly if you are on a budget but if you would like some natural light.

Room #5520
Room #5522 (adjoiner)
Room #5524 (adjoiner)
Room #5020
Room #5022 (adjoiner)
Room #5024 (adjoiner)
The photos at right show the exterior location of the secret porthole rooms so you can get an idea of where they were located on the ship (note that this is the front of the ship). They are the rooms behind the barrels on the upper floor with barrels, next to the row of "regular porthole" rooms.
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