The Disney Magic was the first in the Disney Cruise Line Fleet. It has a smaller-ship feel which a lot of guests love. Her sister ship is the Disney Wonder. The Magic did have an extensive refurb and is a bit more updated than the Wonder. Tip: Magic is the only ship hosting Marvel’s Day at Sea!
The Magic has 11 passenger decks and can accommodate approximately 2,700 in 875 staterooms. There are 950 crew members aboard which leaves you with a fantastic crew-guest ratio
Once you choose a stateroom, there are categories within each stateroom type to consider. There are 4 types of staterooms:
With the Magic’s 2013 update, the layout has been re-imagined to have more storage space along with a few other minor changes. These rooms sleep 3-4 utilizing a sleeper sofa & pull-down bed.
The Oceanview staterooms are larger than an inside stateroom and they have a large porthole (or 2 smaller ones) to see out of. They will accommodate 3-4 utilizing a sleeper sofa & pull-down bed.
The Verandah staterooms are my favorite. I think the large sliding door with the view makes your room feel much larger and you have the added space of the balcony. These rooms are larger and sleep 3-4 utilizing a sleeper sofa & pull down bed. There is a “Family” category in the verandah staterooms that will accommodate 5 utilizing a murphy bed. A family of 5 will need this stateroom or will need to look into adjoining staterooms.
Concierge staterooms are the largest. They have suites that have a separate bedroom as well. These rooms can sleep up to 5 utilizing a full sized sleeper sofa and a pull-down bed. Guests in this class will have access to concierge services, upgraded amenities, and dedicated areas on the ship for their enjoyment including a private lounge and sundeck.
Cabanas is the ship’s buffet and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It has typical buffet fare that is mostly the same each day with a few things varying. They do theme the room for special nights on the ship like the Pirate Deck Party.
There are several options for lunch, dinner, or a snacks on deck 9
- Pinocchio’s Pizza – Pizza! There are gluten free & vegetarian options and they are open late night!
- Daisy’s De-lites – Lighter, healthier options including salad, fruit, and wraps
- Duck-in Diner – Middle Eastern offerings with chicken & lamb
- Eye Scream Treats – Soft serve ice cream that you can help yourself to
The Cove Cafe is an adult-only cafe offering complimentary pastries. Specialty coffees & teas are available for an additional fee.
Two locations where a-la-carte options are offered on the Magic would be Pre-ludes and O’Gills Pub. Both serve snacks for an additional fee.
Royal Court Royal Tea is a sweet little tea party held for passengers 3-12 and their grown up. It is held in Lumiere’s where they will receive juices, sandwiches, and other magical little surprises. Reservations are highly recommended for this experience, as it is only offered once per sailing. It is an additional fee.
Disney uses a dining concept called rotational dining for dinners. This means that your table number, time, and waitstaff team will remain the same but you will go to a different restaurant each night rotating through 3 restaurants:
Rapunzel’s Royal Table is a dinner and show wrapped up in one. Only available on the Disney Magic, this meal will be heartier fare. This menu has heavier foods that remind me of German cuisine. While you dine, Rapunzel & friends will come out to interact and sing.
Lumier’s is a ballroom style restaurant and would be the closest thing that you would find to a traditional Dining Room on another cruise line. Here you will experience french-inspired cuisine.
Animator’s Palate is a staple on all four cruise ships. I don’t want to spoil what happens while you dine here, but let’s just say this is the most magical dining venue onboard. This dinner has a diverse menu.
Palo is an adult-only specialty restaurant open for brunch and dinner It does have an additional fee to eat there. It is an Italian menu and reservations are recommended.
Room Service is available and has general fare – sou/salad, burgers, hot dogs, wings, sandwiches, cookies, & more
Pools & Water Recreation
The Magic has quite a few pool/water play areas. The Nephew’s Splash Zone is a splash area for kids 3 and under. Here they can splash and play with all the fun that Donald’s nephews have stirred up for them.
The AquaLab is the kid’s pool area. This fun splash area does have a shallow pool with sprayers, geysers and buckets splashing all over. There is also the Twist n’ Spout Water slide at this pool.
Goofy’s Pool is the family area. Here, guests of all ages can soak and splash in the 4ft. pool. There are also hot tubs located in this pool area for all ages. It is right in front of the Funnel Vision – Disney’s large movie screen. Disney movies are shown here throughout the day.
The Aquadunk! This is a new addition to the ship and the Magic is the only ship to have it. Guests stand on a platform and then they are dropped into and down a slide that stretches out over the ocean before returning safely to the deck below.
Quiet Cove pool is an adults only area that has a pool and spas where adults can relax in the quiet.
The Wide World of Sports Deck has a lot going on! Here guests can play basketball, volleyball, ping pong, soccer & shuffleboard. They have organized games as well as “free play”.
There is a fitness center & spa for adults use. Spa reservations in advance are suggested.
Indoor recreation includes bingo, trivia, and crafting scheduled throughout your cruise. You can also visit Quarter Masters – the ship’s arcade.
Characters do meet-and-greet throughout your stay on the Magic. Keep an eye out for meeting times.
The Disney Cruise Line has amazing stage shows in the Walt Disney Theater. Beautiful, family friendly, live performances take place here nightly. I highly recommend checking them out, they are pretty spectacular.
The Buena Vista Theater is a smaller cinema venue where movies are shown throughout the cruise.
The Pirates of the Caribbean Deck Party occurs once a cruise on select itineraries. It is a party up on the pool deck and weather permitting, they will have fireworks as well. Other deck parties take place and will be posted for you during your trip. The Bon Voyage party is one of my favorites!
It’s A Small World Nursery is a club for the youngest cruisers. Here, guests 3 months – 3 years are supervised and cared for by Disney staff. Because of the ages of the children, there is an hourly fee to have them here. It is a great opportunity when the grownups want to have dinner on their own or go catch one of the great shows.
Disney’s Oceaneer Club & Disney’s Oceaneer Lab are for the 3-12 year age group. In these two clubs, kids can play in one of the themed play areas(Andy’s Room, Avenger Academy, Pixie hallow, & Disney Junior) or go enjoy one of the many opportunities of crafting, dress up or technology. There are supervised activities planned throughout the day as well.
Edge is the “Tween” Club for ages 11-14. Here, kids can hangout, play on computers, watch movies, and play video games. There are organized activities that have these children performing in talent shows, karaoke, sports challenges, special parties, and more.
Vibe is the Teen Club for ages 14-17. This club is very similar to Edge. They have their own designated spot to hang out with friends. In this teen club, they serve beverages free of charge and smoothies for a small fee. Teens in this age group also have access to their own area in the Spa.
All Kids clubs have their own dedicated space on Castaway Cay as well.
There is a section of the ship referred to as “After Hours”. This is an adult section of the ship that has bars & lounges for adults only. Here you will find a cafe, dance club, piano bar, and sports bar. In addition to “After Hours” there is also a bar by the adult pool serving adults only – Signals.