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Setting Sail with the Disney Magic — An In-Depth Look at This Ship's Magical Details

by Mommy Frog on May 20, 2024

 

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Welcome aboard the Disney Magic cruise ship, where the magic all began! As the very first vessel in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, the Disney Magic holds a special place in the hearts of both Disney enthusiasts and cruise aficionados. With a history as rich as a fairy tale, this ship has been setting sail on frogtastic journeys since 1998. But that's just the beginning of the story ... join us as we explore the timeless world of the Disney Magic, where ultimate relaxation meets Disney nostalgia on the high seas. Ready to embark on your next cruise vacation? You can now get exclusive Disney Cruise Line savings provided by Undercover Tourist and psst ... there are no booking fees!

Disney Magic - Disney Magic pool deck and Funnel Vision Screen

Overview of the Disney Magic

The Disney Magic was the first ship to join the Disney Cruise Line fleet, and it took its maiden voyage in July 1998. This ship’s design pays tribute to the historic luxury ocean liners that used to grace the seas. The primary colors of the ship include black, red and white which are accented by bright yellow lifeboats. These colors were intentionally chosen to match the colors of Mickey Mouse. A fun fact about this color choice by Disney is that they had to get special approval to use the yellow lifeboats because at the time orange was the required lifeboat color under international maritime laws.

Disney Magic - Bronze Mickey Mouse StatueOnce you step aboard the Disney Magic, you'll be welcomed by a classic Disney-themed interior. Right in the main lobby, you'll be greeted by a froggerific statue of Mickey Mouse. On the ship's front, a painting of Sorcerer Mickey takes center stage, with hidden Disney characters within the artwork. As you move toward the back of the ship, you'll encounter a 3-D sculpture of Goofy. He's busy at work, painting the ship's name in a font and color that perfectly matches the Mickey artwork on the ship's front. For the best view of Goofy, be sure to check him out when the ship docks.

The Magic’s most recent refurbishments took place in 2013. The enhancements included the addition of the AquaDunk, a 3-story drop-down water slide, the AquaLab and several remodeled areas including the main atrium. The ship contains 11 decks, has 875 staterooms and can hold up to 2,700 passengers with 950 crew members.

For 2024, the Disney Magic's itineraries include The Bahamas, Eastern, Western and Southern Caribbean locals. Many of the itineraries even include stops at Disney Cruise Line's two private islands — Disney Castaway Cay and Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point. On June 6, 2024, the preview sailing to Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point will take place on the Disney Magic! We're so frogcited!

In 2025, the Magic offers Western Caribbean cruises from Galveston and Bahamian cruises from both Fort Lauderdale and Port Canaveral. While the Disney Magic shares similarities in size and theming with its sister ship, the Disney Wonder, it has its own unique themes and characteristics.

Disney Magic Accommodations

Now let's talk about your cozy abode on the high seas. The Disney Magic has 10 different stateroom options, catering to travelers of all preferences and budgets.

  • Standard Inside Stateroom: With 184 sq. ft. of space, this room comfortably accommodates up to four guests. You'll find a queen-size bed, a single sleeper sofa, an upper-berth pull-down bed and a porthole mirror.
  • Deluxe Inside Stateroom: Slightly larger at 214 sq. ft., this stateroom also sleeps up to four guests. It features a queen-size bed, a single sleeper sofa and an upper-berth pull-down bed. Just like the Standard Inside Stateroom, it comes with a porthole mirror.
  • Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom: Offering the same 214 sq. ft. of space, this stateroom accommodates up to four guests. It includes a queen-size bed, a single sleeper sofa and an upper-berth pull-down bed. The standout feature here is the inclusion of portholes, which allow you to enjoy scenic ocean views. Depending on the room, you may have one large porthole or two smaller ones.
  • Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah: This room offers a generous 268 sq. ft., including a private verandah. It's designed for up to four guests and features a queen-size bed, a single sleeper sofa and an upper-berth pull-down bed. The private balcony is the perfect spot to soak in those ocean views.

Disney Magic - Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah

  • Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah: With a spacious 304 sq. ft., this stateroom comfortably sleeps up to five guests. It includes a queen-size bed, a single sleeper sofa, a wall pull-down bed and an upper-berth pull-down bed. Plus, you'll have your very own private balcony.
  • Concierge Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah: Also 304 sq. ft., this stateroom is designed for up to five guests. It features a queen-size bed, a single sleeper sofa, a wall pull-down bed and an upper-berth pull-down bed. On top of the room amenities, guests in this category enjoy exclusive Concierge pre-arrival services and onboard perks. These include access to dedicated areas on the ship, such as the Concierge Lounge.
  • Concierge 1-Bedroom Suite with Verandah: At 614 sq. ft., this suite accommodates up to five guests. It includes a queen-size bed, a double sleeper sofa in the living room and often a pull-down single bed in either the living room or bedroom. As with the previous category, guests enjoy signature Concierge pre-arrival services and onboard advantages, including access to dedicated areas such as the Concierge Lounge.
  • Concierge 2-Bedroom Suite with Verandah: This expansive suite is 954 sq. ft. and sleeps up to seven guests in two bedrooms. The main bedroom has a queen-sized bed, the second bedroom has two twin beds and a pull-down bed and there's also a double sleeper sofa in the living room. Like other Concierge categories, guests enjoy signature pre-arrival services and onboard exclusives, including access to the Concierge Lounge.
  • Concierge Royal Suite with Verandah: The most spacious option at 1,029 sq. ft., this suite sleeps up to seven guests in two bedrooms. The main bedroom boasts a king-sized bed, the second bedroom has two single beds and two pull-down beds and there's a wall pull-down bed in the living room. As with other Concierge categories, guests enjoy signature pre-arrival services and onboard advantages, including access to exclusive areas such as the Concierge Lounge.

Every stateroom on the Disney Magic cruise ship is equipped with standard amenities. These include a beverage cooler, an in-room safe to secure your valuables, a hair dryer and ample under-bed storage space for your suitcases and belongings. Hop over to this post for tips on choosing the right Disney cruise stateroom for your family.

Recreation and Entertainment Aboard the Disney Magic

Disney Magic - Evening shop of the upper deck on the Disney Magic

Hold onto your Mickey ears, because the Disney Magic is brimming with entertainment options — there's something for every frog in your crew! Whether you're into character meet and greets or love Broadway-style shows, there are so many activities and entertainment options that you'll be hard-pressed to see and do them all.

Family Activities on the Disney Magic

Character Meet and Greets

Character meet and greets are one of the special aspects that sets the Disney Cruise experience above the rest! You'll find Disney characters hoppin' around both indoors and outdoors on the ship's top decks. To keep up with all the excitement, make sure to check the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app for the latest details on when and where you can meet your favorite pals. Plus, keep your eyes peeled for special character outfits throughout the cruise. During Pirates Night, you'll see them all decked out as swashbuckling pirates. And if your cruise takes you to Castaway Cay, be sure to catch the characters on the island, donning their beach attire.

Disney Magic - Minnie Mouse posing in a red jeep on Castaway Cay

Shutters Photography

Much like in the Disney Parks, you'll find friendly crew members onboard the ship who are ready to capture special vacation moments for you. They're more than ready to snap professional photos of you with the Disney characters or even gather the group for a memorable photo over dinner. Keep in mind that photo packages come at an additional cost. You have the option to pre-order a digital package before your cruise or buy photos while you're on the ship. This allows you to be fully present and not stress about trying to capture those magical moments.

Deck 4 is where you'll find Shutters Portrait Studios, where you can book a 30-minute private photo session. It's a frogtastic way to get those coveted family photos — you'll have the best photos for your Christmas card this year! To secure your spot, be sure to book these sessions in advance.

Disney Cruise Merchandise

There's a treasure trove of exclusive Disney merchandise that you can only find while sailing on a Disney cruise. As Ariel would say, "Look at this stuff. Isn't it neat?" To start your shopping spree, head to Deck 4, where you'll discover two merchandise stores: White Caps and Mickey’s Mainsail. They're the go-to spots for all your souvenir hunting. Also, don't froget to explore Sea Treasures on Deck 3, where you'll find additional Disney-themed goodies to take home as mementos of your cruise vacation.

Walt Disney Theatre

Prepare to be wowed by the live Broadway-style shows aboard the Disney Magic. And the best part is they're all included in your cruise package! You can catch these spectacular performances in the Walt Disney Theatre, located on Deck 4. These shows are an absolute must-do, and there are typically two showtimes each night to accommodate guests with different dining schedules. The featured production is Tangled: The Musical. You'll be immersed in Rapunzel's fairy tale world. Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story and Disney Dreams — An Enchanted Tale are also shown. Showtimes may vary depending on your cruise itinerary, so be sure to check your Disney Cruise App to see the current showtimes.

Disney Magic - Walt Disney Theatre Entrance

Buena Vista Theatre

In addition to the fantastic live shows, Disney Magic has a movie theater right onboard. You can catch all the latest flicks at the Buena Vista Theater on Deck 5 — and they're also free! What's especially cool is that the theater often showcases brand-new movies that are currently only playing in land-based cinemas. So, if a Disney film premieres during your cruise, you'll have the chance to watch it right onboard. And if you're in the mood for some outdoor movie magic, head up to the main pool area on Deck 9, where a large screen plays Disney movies both during the day and at night. Movie nights under the stars? Count us in!

Mickey's Sail-A-Wave Party

Wave goodbye as you kick off your Disney cruise in the most magical way possible — at Mickey's Sail-A-Wave Party! This is a high-energy celebration where you can dance alongside Disney characters and bid adieu to the shore. Tad and Lily love to get their groove on as a DJ pumps out the latest dance mixes. The most exciting part, of course, is when the cruise director counts down to the thrilling horn blast, marking the moment the Disney Magic sets sail from the port. Anchors aweigh!

Disney Magic Pools

The Disney Magic spoils you with not one, not two, but three pool areas to splash and play! First up is the adults-only section at Quiet Cove, perfect for grown-up frog relaxation. The main pool area is open to guests of all ages and situated on Deck 9. Goofy’s Family Pool is where you can cool off — plus there are two inviting whirlpool spas.

At night, when the pools close, an automated floor covers them, creating extra space for deck parties and shows. But our favorite splash-tastic highlight is the AquaDunk! The AquaDunk is a 3-story drop water slide that starts with a heart-pounding floor drop and ends after cruising through a semi-transparent slide over the edge of the cruise ship — a must-try for those 48" or taller.

Disney Magic - AquaLab

The third family pool area on the Disney Magic is complete with the Twist 'n' Spout Slide, the AquaLab and Nephew's Splash Zone. The Twist 'n' Spout Slide is a double-looping waterslide for guests 38" or taller. The AquaLab is a 1,800 sq. ft. water play space, where you'll find playful Huey, Dewey and Louie theming, complete with leaky pipes and a jolly Donald Boiler.

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Wide World of Sports Deck

Deck 10 on the Disney Magic is a sports lover's paradise, featuring basketball courts and ping-pong tables. And let's just be honest ... it's not just about the games here. This deck also treats you to breathtaking panoramic views of the open sea. In addition, you can try your hand at shuffleboard or take on a leisurely jog or walk along the 1/3-mile lap running track located on Deck 4.

Family Lounges

Family Lounges on the Disney Magic, such as D-Lounge on Deck 4 and Fathoms on Deck 3, are hubs of activity for guests of all ages. These venues host a variety of cruise events, from seminars and trivia games to crafts and more.

Adventures for the Tadpoles, Tweens and Teens

"it’s a small world" nursery!

The "it's a small world" nursery! on the Disney Magic cruise ship is designed for children ages 6 months to 3 years. Staffed by trained Disney childcare professionals, it offers a safe and engaging environment for young ones. The nursery is decorated with Disney-themed elements and provides age-appropriate toys and activities. Parent froggies, you can have peace of mind while your little ones are cared for in this secure and supervised space, allowing you time to enjoy the other ship amenities. Advance reservations are required which can be made online, and there is an additional cost for the nursery.

Disney's Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab

The youth clubs onboard are a kid's dream come true. The clubs are designed for children ages 3 to 10 years old and are located on Deck 5. You can either pre-register (which we highly recommend) or register once you're onboard. These immersive, kids-only areas are among the ship's most creatively themed spaces. And sorry, but no grown-up frogs are allowed! In fact, adults can only visit during scheduled open houses (or to drop off and pick up your kiddos). Disney's Oceaneer Club youth counselors host story time, games and crafts, along with character visits and interactive games. The themed rooms within the club include the Marvel Super Hero Academy, Andy's Room, Disney Junior and Pixie Hollow inspired by Tinker Bell and her fairy friends.

Disney Magic - Marvel Superhero Academy

Edge

Located on Deck 9, Edge is tailor-made for tweens ages 11 to 14 years old. This space was created to be their special hangout, where they can make new friends, engage in games, participate in scavenger hunts and just have their own slice of paradise on the ship. Trained youth counselors host a variety of activities in Edge, but tweens are also welcome to simply chill out and socialize on their own terms.

Vibe

Found on Deck 11, Vibe is exclusively for guests ages 14 to 17 years old. This teens-only space offers a cool loft-inspired vibe with a coffee bar serving up nonalcoholic beverages and smoothies. Teens can unwind and enjoy video games, board games and TVs in this trendy area designed just for them. It's the perfect spot for older kids to relax and have some fun away from the crowds.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

Just like you'll find at each of the Disney parks, young princes and princesses are pampered and made to feel like true Disney royalty. Talented Fairy Godmother's Apprentices work their magic, offering a range of royal transformations, from dazzling gowns and accessories to royal knight and even pirate makeovers.

Experiences for Grown-Up Frogs

Disney cruises offer something for everyone, not just the little ones! Whether you're planning an adults-only getaway or bringing along the whole family, you'll find plenty of opportunities for grown-up relaxation and fun on the Disney Magic.

Palo, the exclusive adults-only restaurant on the Disney Magic, is an elegant dining option reserved for guests ages 18 and older. While it comes at an additional cost of $50 per person for either brunch or dinner, the experience is well worth it. The dinner at Palo is a sumptuous multi-course affair that left us with unfrogettable memories, especially the heavenly chocolate souffle for dessert. Mommy Frog still talks about that dessert! Since Palo is a sought-after experience among adults on Disney cruises, we highly recommend making advance reservations. Advance reservations can be made once your balance is paid in full and your booking window opens. Learn more about your Castaway Club membership stats.

Disney Magic - seating and lounge area

Welcome to the serene oasis known as Quiet Cove Pool on Deck 9 of the Disney Magic! Here, it's all about relaxation and tranquility. You'll find a spacious main pool, two soothing whirlpools and an abundance of comfy seats and lounge chairs for soaking up the sun. If you're in the mood for a drink, look no further than Signals Pool Bar conveniently located right next to Quiet Cove Pool. This adults-only area is also home to Cove Café, which offers coffee and tea options during the day and transforms into a cozy spot for cocktails and wine at night. Don't miss the chance to try the specialty lattes, complete with a foamy Mickey or Disney character.

Adults-Only Beverage Tastings

Indulge in some adult-exclusive fun with the beverage tasting classes, a popular activity on Disney Magic. To secure your spot, we recommend making advanced reservations, as these sessions tend to fill up fast. If there are open slots, you can also book these exciting experiences during your cruise through the Disney Cruise Line app or at the Guest Services desk. The lineup of drink seminars varies depending on your cruise itinerary, but you can typically expect options such as champagne tasting, beer sampling, chocolate and liquor tastings, and even mixology classes. Cheers!

Bars and Lounges

Discover a wide variety of bars and lounges scattered throughout the Disney Magic ship, each with its own unique theming. Here's an overview of what you can expect:

Disney Magic - two alcoholic drink options aboard the Disney Magic ship

  • Keys (Deck 3): Immerse yourself in the glamour of the Golden Age of Hollywood at this piano bar.
  • Soul Cat Lounge (Deck 3): Inspired by the Disney movie "Soul," the swanky spot is located on Deck 3. Here, you can enjoy live jazz music and sample New York City-style cocktails.
  • O’Gills Pub (Deck 3): Step into an Irish pub with rich, dark wood interiors, creating a quaint atmosphere complemented by ocean views through portholes.
  • Fathoms (Deck 3): By day, this space hosts trivia and seminars, and by night, it transforms into a lively bar with music and dancing.
  • Signals (Deck 9): An outdoor bar nestled in the adults-only area, offering a perfect spot to grab a drink and unwind by the adult pool.
  • D-Lounge (Deck 4): Primarily used for activities suitable for guests of all ages, you'll also find a bar and plenty of seating here.

Disney often features a special "drink of the day," the price of which varies depending on your cruise itinerary and the day of the cruise. Currently, the drink of the day typically costs about $6.50, with other alcoholic beverages typically falling in the range of $7 to $12. This is a great way to save some green when indulging in those delicious onboard cocktails.

Also aboard the Disney Magic, you'll find the Senses Spa and Salon. The spa offers treatments, from massages to invigorating body wraps and refreshing facials. If you're looking for professional grooming services, the Salon offers teeth whitening, manicures, pedicures and haircuts.

Disney Magic - Senses Spa Entrance Sign

For those seeking an immersive experience, check out the Rainforest Room within the spa. This area features saunas and rain showers that create atmospheres like a tropical thunderstorm, offering a serene escape from the everyday. Access to the Rainforest Room can be purchased separately.

Want to stay active during your cruise? Then be sure to pay a visit to the Fitness Center, conveniently located within the spa. It's complimentary to use and is equipped with weight machines, treadmills and stationary bikes — all with stunning views of the ocean. If you're interested in personalized fitness, personal trainers are also available for an additional cost.

To make the most of your spa and fitness experience, some services, such as massages, can be booked in advance. For the remaining services and passes to the Rainforest Room, you can secure them once you're on board, subject to availability.

Disney Magic - row of treadmills in Senses Spa

Dining Aboard the Disney Magic

When it comes to dining on the Disney Magic, you're in for a culinary adventure, and the best part is that most of the dining options are included with your cruise fare. Let's take a quick tour of your dining choices!

Rotational Dining 

The Disney Magic offers three rotational dining options, and they're all sure to make your taste buds leap for joy! The rotational dining is a unique (and delicious) way to enjoy meals on your cruise. Instead of dining in the same restaurant every night, you'll rotate through different themed restaurants, each with its own menu and theming. This way, you get to experience a variety of culinary settings during your cruise, all while a dedicated team of servers accompanies you.

For dinner, the Disney Magic typically has two dining times: Main Dining and Second Dining. The exact times may vary depending on your itinerary, but generally, main seating starts around 5:45 p.m., while second seating begins around 8:15 p.m. Once you're aboard, the Disney Cruise Navigator app will list the order of your dining locations, showing which restaurant you visit on which night.

Disney Magic - Animator's Palette Restaurant

Animator's Palate: This dining experience is a fan favorite. It's a magical tribute to Disney animation, transforming from black and white to full color during your meal. You'll also enjoy entertaining elements along the way, such as the opportunity to create your own animation, which becomes part of the show!

Rapunzel’s Royal Table: Join in the celebration of Rapunzel's birthday at this themed restaurant. The show features live performances by Rapunzel, Flynn and other beloved characters.

Lumiere’s: Inspired by "Beauty and the Beast," this dining location features a mural along the back wall and elegant rose-themed lighting. While there's no entertainment tied to this spot, the ambiance alone creates a truly enchanting experience.

And remember, the 24-hour room service is absolutely free (though alcoholic beverages do come with an additional cost). You can access the room service menu right from your Disney Cruise Line Navigator app for added convenience.

If you're an early riser or simply prefer breakfast in your stateroom, then you'll definitely want to take advantage of the 24-hour room service. Be sure to fill out the breakfast order form the night before, specifying your breakfast choices and the time you'd like it delivered in the morning. While the breakfast menu offers a slightly more limited selection, it's perfect for those early coffee cravings. Sipping coffee on our stateroom balcony became the highlight for Mommy Frog on our trip.

Deck 9 Quick-Service Options

Located on Deck 9, Cabanas offers a hearty breakfast and lunch buffet. This place is a foodie haven! The breakfast buffet includes everything from made-to-order omelets, pancakes, Mickey-shaped waffles, breakfast meats, pastries, cereals and oatmeal. (Just to list a few!) The lunch spread offers the infamous chicken tenders, hamburgers, wraps, salads and even fancier options such as salmon and steak.

Daisy’s De-Lites: Craving something fresh? Daisy's De-Lites has a selection of salads, sandwiches and bowls. Since the offerings change daily, you'll want to swing by and see what delightful surprises they have in store.

Duck-in Diner: For classic American comfort food, look no further than Duck-in Diner. Here, you can enjoy hot dogs, burgers, chicken tenders and even mouthwatering shawarma.

Disney Magic - Pinocchio's Pizzeria

Pinocchio’s Pizzeria: Pizza lovers, rejoice! Pinocchio’s Pizzeria serves up a variety of pizza flavors, available by the slice. It's the perfect place to grab a quick, satisfying bite.

Eye Scream Treats: And for those with a sweet tooth, Eye Scream Treats will satisfy your monstrous cravings. Here, you can snag unlimited soft-serve ice cream.

Additional Tips for Sailing on the Disney Magic

Disney Magic - Evening shot of the Disney Magic's upper deck on the ship's towers and horns

Before you set out on the open seas, here are a few more things to consider:

  • Check-In Online Early: Make your embarkation process smoother by checking in online on either the Disney Cruise Line website or in the Cruise Line Navigator app ahead of time. This helps you avoid long lines and ensures a quicker start to your cruise adventure.
  • Download the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App: The Disney Cruise app will serve as your lifeline. The app also has a fun countdown leading up to your sail date. Once on board, the app becomes your go-to resource, listing the daily activity schedules, dining plans, restaurant menus and more. You can "heart" activities you're interested in, and the app will send you reminders when it's time to attend them. Plus, there's a convenient chat feature that allows you to stay connected with your travel party and even communicate with Guest Services.
  • Pack Essentials in Your Carry-On: Pack items such as swimsuits, sunscreen, medications and any valuables in a carry-on bag. The crew will deliver your luggage to your stateroom later in the afternoon. Having these essentials on hand ensures you can start enjoying the ship right away. Check out our ultimate Disney Cruise packing list for more tips!

Disney Magic - Disney Magic cruise ship docked at port

  • Book Port Excursions in Advance: Planning ahead pays off when it comes to port excursions. Popular activities can fill up quickly, so secure your spot by booking excursions before your cruise begins. You'll want to experience the adventures you're most excited about.
  • Internet Service: The Disney Cruise Line Navigator app comes at no extra cost with your cruise, allowing you to access all the cruise activities and use the chat feature without any charges. However, if you wish to use the internet for sending emails or using social media, that will incur an additional cost. Internet packages vary depending on how much data you plan to use, and multiple devices can share the same package at the same time. For specific pricing details, you can check the app while you're on the ship or visit the Guest Services desk once you're on board.

And there you have it, the Disney Magic — a ship that truly lives up to its name! Whether you're planning your first voyage or counting down the days until your next adventure, the Disney Magic is the perfect vacation to get away from it all. Have you sailed on Disney Magic before? Let us know in the comments below!

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