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Ahoy, fellow cruisers!

Magic is in the air as we sail the Disney Magic after it's extensive makeover ... and you can follow along on our cruise adventures through the photos, videos, and reviews linked here. Check back frequently, as this page changes often.


We also have several PassPorter e-books that cover the Disney Cruise Line, including PassPorter's Cruise Clues, PassPorter's Answer Book, and PassPorter's Disney Character Yearbook, and PassPorter's Disney Weddings & Honeymoons, all of which are available through the PassPorter Store or our all-you-can-read PassPorter's Club.

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10 Things I Hate About the Disney Dream
A Disney Dream Field Trip
A Kids Top 10 Reasons to Go On a Disney Cruise
A Magic Time In The Med
A Tale of Two Great Ships
Adult Oases on the Disney Cruise Line
Adventure Is Out There
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Alaska Cruise Lessons Learned
All Aboard
Allure of the Seas
Amazing Disney Cruise Line
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Booking a Future Cruise Onboard Disney Cruise Line
Budgeting Spending Money for your Disney Cruise
Caching in on a Cruise
Canadian First-Time Cruisers - Four Unexpected Souvenirs
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Cruising Alaska
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Cruising at the Holidays
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Dining on the Disney Dream
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Motion Sickness Fixes
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Our Disney Fantasy Preview Cruise
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Disney Magic in Detail

Learn all about the renovations and reimagining of the Disney Magic -- photos, videos, reviews, and more -- from PassPorter!

Disney Magic (NEW STUFF):
Note: We're hard at work uploading photos and videos of the Disney Magic cruise. Watch for new content!

So what's new and renovated on the Disney Magic? Here's a list -- we're updating it and linking in photos as we learn more!
  • New Art Deco chandeliers in the lobby atrium
  • The Oceaneer Club has an all-new play areas including Marvel's Avengers Academy, Andy's Room and more.
  • The Oceaneer Lab now has a pirate theme.
  • The old Mickey bands for the Youth Clubs are replaced by bright yellow "Oceaneer Bands" (for kids 3-12) and they look like the same style/type as the new MagicBands being used at Disney!
  • Three new water play areas were added - AquaLab, an interactive water playground for kids ages 3 and up (which replaces the Mickey Pool) with the Twist n' Spout water slide, Nephews' Splash Zone for kids under 3, and the AquaDunk -- a 3-story body slide that starts with a vertical drop!
  • Parrot Cay is now Carioca's.
  • Topsiders is now Cabanas.
  • Pete's Boiler Bites and Daisy's De Lites quick service join Pinocchio's Pizzeria.
  • Soda machines on deck 9 now have Coke, Coke Zero, Diet Coke, Sprite, Minute Maid Light (Lemonade and Strawberry Lemonade), Fuze Ice Tea, and water
  • Beat Street is now After Hours with O'Gill's Pub, Fathoms, and Keys
  • Vista Spa is now Senses Spa, and has a new barber shop.
  • Studio Sea is now D Lounge
  • Staterooms have been revamped. Staterooms do not require Key to the World card for power, unlike Dream and Fantasy, but DO now use the RFID technology on the door locks.
  • New Wave phones with belt clips
  • Deck 7 aft is no longer a public area.
  • More shaded loungers on deck 10.

    Dave gives his initial, overall impressions: "Overall impressions -- everything is as expected and advertised, as far as it goes. The pool desk is really cool, and looks really great. Just came out of the Animator's and it looks fabulous. Very open and clear sight lines down there, so everyone should be able to enjoy the show. Carioca's is nice and toned down; nothing too special about it -- but at the same time, it's a pleasant place to sit down and dine. Much more upscale looking than the old Parrot Cay. The overall feel in Oceaneer Club and Lab is wide, open spaces -- more wide open than the Dream/Fantasy. The pal areas and alcoves are reminiscent of the Dream and Fantasy. The one thing missing was the interactive, electronic playfloor -- but there isn't one. It's a small world is still as small as Flounder's, but it feels nice and it extends all the way to the sleep area and fits nicely with the theme. As I suspected would happen, they have updated Shutters to be the same concept as the Dream class ships. The interactive ships, the folios in cases along the wall, very much as expected. They designated that there is a Gallery, but it's really just the same walled hallway between the lobby and Shutters on deck 4 - nothing more has been done with that. The guest rooms are refreshed and have new beds, upholstery has changed a little bit. Outside they have the new RFID locks on all the doors. The lobby chandelier is far less distinctive than the ones on the Dream and Fantasy. The carpet in the lobby looks very nice, picks up the colors and theme they are going for. It's not nearly the same opulent feel as the peacock feel on the Fantasy -- more fun than opulent. AquaDunk looks fabulous, but haven't tried it yet. Palo looks like it has subtle changes. More to come later!"

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    Disney Cruise Line Articles:
    Freezing the Night Away on the Disney Wonder: A Disney Cruise Line Review
    by Amy Wear on 04-14-2016

    Photo illustrating Freezing the Night
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    A Frozen-themed event called Freezing the Night Away debuted on select Disney Magic and Disney Wonder sailings in 2015.

    We were among the lucky ones who got to experience the event on the Disney Wonder. Since our sailing was also a Very Merrytime cruise, the event fit in well with the theming. More ...
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    Disney Cruise Line Gets Two More Ships: A Look Ahead at the Cruise Line's Future by Dave Marx on 03-09-2016
    For Disney vacationers, the biggest news to come from the company’s recent annual meeting was a pleasant shocker.

    Disney Chairman Bob Iger announced that Disney Cruise Line has just placed orders for two new cruise ships, due for ...

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    The Health Nut’s Guide to the Disney Wonder: A Disney Cruise Line Review by Amy Wear on 02-04-2016
    I'm a certifiable health-nut and will go to great lengths on Disney vacations to maintain a healthy diet and keep active.

    Our recent sailing on the Disney ...

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    A Kids Top 10 Reasons to Go On a Disney Cruise: A Disney Cruise Line Review by Abby Wear on 01-28-2016
    This week, 9-year old Abby Wear (daughter of PassPorter News contributor Amy Wear) has contributed her top 10 reasons she thinks kids would love a Disney Cruise!

    1. Food! Ever think, “I really want to eat ...

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    Alaska Cruise Lessons Learned: A Disney Cruise Line Review by Cheryl Pendry on 01-17-2016
    I’m looking back at some of our recent Disney vacations, and what we learnt, and in the latest in this series of articles, we move to our Alaskan cruise, which ...

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    Lessons Learned Onboard the Disney Dream: A Disney Cruise Line Review by Cheryl Pendry on 01-14-2016
    I'm a firm believer that every time you travel, you learn lessons – things you did that were worth doing again, and things you definitely wouldn’t repeat.

    That’s what

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    Canadian First-Time Cruisers - Four Unexpected Souvenirs: A Disney Cruise Line Review by Amy Wear on 01-05-2016
    Our first day on the Disney Wonder out of Galveston, Texas was filled with – you guessed it – wonder!

    We built up so much anticipation for our first Disney cruise that I feared we might have set the bar too high – no ...

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    What to Expect On A Very Merrytime Cruise on the Disney Wonder: A Disney Cruise Line Review by Amy Wear on 12-10-2015
    Shortly after we booked a relatively last-minute early November cruise on the Disney Wonder out of Galveston, we were pleasantly surprised to see that it would be the first Very Merrytime sailing of the season. This added a new dimension of ...

    Read the entire article -->

    Taking a Disney Cruise out of Galveston, Texas: A Disney Cruise Line Review by Amy Wear on 11-26-2015
    Earlier this fall, our family made the decision to take our first Disney cruise on the Disney Wonder out of Galveston, Texas.

    The sailings out of Galveston are some of the best-priced 7-night sailings that Disney Cruise Line offers. ...

    Read the entire article -->



    More Cruising articles recently added to the PassPorter collection:

    Halloween on the High Seas - A Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 10-29-2015

    When Is the Best Time to Board Your Disney Cruise Ship? - A Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 09-03-2015

    Top Ten Favorite Adult Experiences Onboard Disney Cruise Line - A Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 08-13-2015

    Cruising with Special Needs - Part 1: Autism - A Disney Cruise Line Planning Article last updated 07-23-2015

    Our First Four Night Cruise on the Disney Dream - A Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 07-09-2015

    Kennedy Space Center - Things to Do Near Port Canaveral last updated 04-09-2015

    Helsinki, Finland - A Disney Cruise Line Port Review last updated 01-08-2015

    Our Favorite Part of a Disney Cruise - A Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 01-01-2015

    Oslo, Norway - A Disney Cruise Line Port Review last updated 12-18-2014

    The Port of Stockholm, Sweden - A Disney Cruise Line Port Review last updated 12-11-2014

    Carioca's on the Disney Magic - A Disney Cruise Line Dining Review last updated 12-04-2014

    Going for the Gold... Castaway Club Status That is - A Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 11-06-2014

    Why We Love Cruising In a Verandah Stateroom - A Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 10-30-2014

    Worries About Taking a Disney Cruise - Part 2 - A Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 10-16-2014

    Worries About Taking a Disney Cruise - A Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 10-09-2014

    One Night in Venice, Italy - A Disney Cruise Line Port Review last updated 10-02-2014

    Enjoying the Re-Imagined Disney Magic - A Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 09-25-2014

    Exploring Dover, England - A Disney Cruise Line Port Review last updated 09-04-2014

    Top 5 for Tracy Arm, Alaska - A Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 09-04-2014




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    Recent Disney Cruise News:
    "In summer 2017, Disney Cruise Line will sail on new itineraries and to new ports, including first-time visits to new destinations in Alaska and Europe. Other familiar stops include Norway, Iceland, the British Isles, the Mediterranean, and of course, the Caribbean and the Bahamas.

    In Alaska, one special 9-night and one 5-night itinerary have been added to the regular line-up of 7-nighters. Both "specials" feature a stop at Icy Strait Point (Hoonah) and the longer cruise heads north to Hubbard Glacier.

    In Europe, the cruise line adds first-time visits to Amsterdam and Portland, England (near Stonehenge). The rest of the European schedule includes Baltic and Norwegian Fjord sailings from Copenhagen, and British Isles and Norwegian Fjords/Iceland sailings from Dover, England. Barcelona hosts five 7-night Mediterranean cruises, plus one 5-nighter and a 10-nighter.

    Back in the Western Hemisphere, the Disney Fantasy will, for the first (and second) times, sail from Port Canaveral for more than 7 nights – one 10-night and one 11-night cruise to the Southern Caribbean. Plus, in June and early July 2017, Disney Dream sailings from Port Canaveral will be one night longer (4- and 5-night sailings), to allow for a second stop at Disney Castaway Cay (the "Double Dip" returns!).

    West Coast DCL fans may be happy to learn the Disney Wonder will again pause in San Diego on her way north to Alaska, this time offering three sailings ranging from 2 to 5 nights.

    Overall, the cruise line added far fewer new ports of call than we've seen in recent years, but is still mixing things up a bit (variety is the spice of life). We were wondering whether the cruise line would send the larger Fantasy to Alaska, considering the new Panama Canal locks will be opening later this year, but Alaska still seems to be a place of Wonder, rather than Fantasy for now.

    Bookings opened to Platinum and Gold Castaway Club Guests April 13 and to all other Guests April 14. For more information, visit www.disneycruise.com."
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    Using Disney Visa Reward Dollars on Your Disney Cruise
    " If you have been saving up your Disney Dream Reward Dollars you've earned by using your Disney Visa Card, they can be used on your Disney Cruise to pay for some or all of your on-board account. Before you cruise, make sure to have the amount of reward dollars you want to used transferred onto a rewards redemption card and simply take it to guest services while on board and have them apply the amount to your account. "
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