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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.


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10 Things I Hate About the Disney Dream
A Disney Dream Field Trip
A Magic Time In The Med
A Tale of Two Great Ships
Adult Oases on the Disney Cruise Line
Adventure Is Out There
Alaska
All Aboard
Allure of the Seas
Amazing Disney Cruise Line
Back To Barcelona
Booking a Future Cruise Onboard Disney Cruise Line
Budgeting Spending Money for your Disney Cruise
Caching in on a Cruise
Carry On Essentials for Your Disney Cruise
Castaway Cay Bike Rental
Castaway Cay for Adults
Castaway Cay Getaway Package
Castillo San Cristobal Walking Tour
Celebrating a Birthday Onboard Disney Cruise Line
Choosing Your Port Adventures
Couples Choice Spa
Cruise Lessons Learned Part 2
Cruising Alaska
Cruising Alaska with Disney Cruise Line
Cruising Alaska with Disney Cruise Line
Cruising Alaska with Disney Cruise Line
Cruising at the Holidays
Cruising the Norwegian Fjords
Cruising with Food Allergies
Days at Sea
Dining on the Disney Dream
Dining with Dietary Restrictions
Disney Cruise Line
Disney Cruise Line - The Year in Review (and Preview)
Disney Cruise Line Dining
Disney Cruise Line Member Cruise
Disney Cruise Line Pulls the Plug on Power Strips
Disney Cruise Line West Coast Cruises
Disney Cruise Line's New Ports and Itineraries in 2012
Disney Magic Dreamified
Disney's Inaugural Mediterranean Cruise
Dover to Barcelona
Enjoying the Re-Imagined Disney Magic
Entertaining Evenings
Exploring Barcelona, Spain
Exploring Dover, England
Exploring San Diego, California
Exploring San Juan, Puerto Rico
Flightseeing in Ketchikan, Alaska
Flying High Above Kauai
Heaven on Castaway Cay
High Tea (and Brunch) On The High Seas
Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport
In the 'Pink'
Inside Staterooms Onboard the Disney Cruise Line
Itty Bitty Living Space on the High Seas
Juneau, Alaska
Kennedy Space Center
Lessons Learned From Our Cruise on the Disney Dream
Lessons Learned on a Disney Cruise to Alaska
Let's Go On a Cruise, Honey
Magic in the Mediterranean
Marseilles
Monaco
More of the Mediterranean
Motion Sickness Fixes
Naples, Italy
Nickelodeon Cruise
Oceanfront Dining Like No Other
Olden, Norway
Onboard Activities on the Disney Wonder
One Night in Venice, Italy
Our Disney Fantasy Preview Cruise
Packing for a Disney Cruise to Alaska
Palma, Mallorca
Palo Brunch
Passport Update
Photo ID, Passports, REAL ID
Planning a Disney Cruise For A Family Group
Pompeii
Port Canaveral, Florida
Preparing For Your Disney Cruise
Remy Champagne Brunch
Rome
Room Service on the Disney Cruise Line
Rough Seas Ahead
Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas
Sardinia
Saying 'Howdy!' to a New Home Port in Galveston
Seeing San Juan on a Segway
Sick at Sea
Skagway, Alaska
Spa Carnival
Spas at Sea
Stavanger, Norway
Ten MORE Things I Wish I Knew Before My Disney Cruise - Part 2
Ten Things I Wish I Knew Before My Disney Cruise - Part 1
The Benefits of Late Dining on a Disney Cruise
The Changing Face of Palo
The Disney Dream
The Disney Dream Christening Event
The Pixar Touch - The Making of a Company by David A. Prince
The Rainforest on the Disney Dream and Fantasy
The Walter E. Disney Suite
There's No Place Like Disney Cruise Line for the Holidays
Top 5 for Tracy Arm, Alaska
Tracy Arm Fjord
TransAtlantic Sailings on Disney Cruise Line
Transforming the Disney Dream
Unlocking the Magic of the Florida Keys
Vancouver, British Columbia
Venice
Venice, Italy
Vote for Canada's Bay of Fundy
What I'm Most Looking Forward to Onboard the Disney Fantasy
What Not to Pack
Why We Love Cruising In a Verandah Stateroom
Worries About Taking a Disney Cruise
Worries About Taking a Disney Cruise - Part 2
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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!"

    Disney Magic Personal Navigators (for October 25): Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 | Page 6

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    Disney Cruise Line Articles:
    Why We Love Cruising In a Verandah Stateroom: A Disney Cruise Line Review
    by Cheryl Pendry on 10-30-2014

    Photo illustrating Disney Magic - enjoying our veranda
    Image from the PassPorter Photo Archive
    Before I start this article, I just want to say I appreciate that for some, there is no way that cruising with Disney is possible at the price of verandah staterooms.

    I know (oh trust me I do!) how expensive Disney cruises are. If an inside stateroom or an oceanview stateroom with a porthole is the only way you can afford to cruise, then heck, that's 100 times better than not being able to cruise at all! More ...
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    Worries About Taking a Disney Cruise - Part 2: A Disney Cruise Line Review by Cheryl Pendry on 10-16-2014
    In a previous article, I featured five questions that first-time Disney cruisers may have about taking to the water on the Magic, Wonder, Dream, or Fantasy.

    Read the entire article -->

    Worries About Taking a Disney Cruise: A Disney Cruise Line Review by Cheryl Pendry on 10-09-2014
    Many people have worries about taking a Disney cruise, particularly if it's the first time they've ever taken to the water, but equally those concerns can creep in if it's your first cruise with Disney.

    Having a few Disney cruises under ...

    Read the entire article -->


    One Night in Venice, Italy: A Disney Cruise Line Port Review by Cheryl Pendry on 10-02-2014
    When Disney announced an eastern Mediterranean itinerary for the summer of 2014, I was sold on it immediately, and not just because it would take me to two new countries, Greece and Turkey, but also because of what would await us on our final night ...

    Read the entire article -->

    Enjoying the Re-Imagined Disney Magic: A Disney Cruise Line Review by Cheryl Pendry on 09-25-2014
    When Disney announced a new itinerary for summer 2014, which would take in Greece and Turkey, I was sold, never having visited either country.

    The day that bookings opened, we were there! I was excited enough, but when Disney announced ...

    Read the entire article -->




    Exploring Dover, England: A Disney Cruise Line Port Review by Cheryl Pendry on 09-04-2014
    Last year, I did a series of articles, looking at various home ports for the Disney Cruise Line ships, focusing on places as diverse as

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    Top 5 for Tracy Arm, Alaska: A Disney Cruise Line Review by Michele Dakho on 09-04-2014
    Although I've taken 14 cruises, Alaska was the cruise I felt the most unprepared for. When you're packing for a Caribbean or Bahamian cruises, it's pretty simple: tank tops, shorts, and bathing suits. The biggest concern with the weather is rain; ...

    Read the entire article -->


    Stavanger, Norway: A Disney Cruise Line Port Review by Cheryl Pendry on 08-28-2014
    In the final of this series of articles looking at some of the ports of call the Disney Magic will be visiting next summer when it cruises the Norwegian fjords, we head to ...

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    Disney Cruise Line Pulls the Plug on Power Strips: A Disney Cruise Line Article by Michele Dakho on 08-21-2014
    Disney Cruise Line has always had a list of prohibited items, which is standard practice for every cruise line, to ensure the safety of the vessel as well as the passengers.

    One of the items on that list is one of my staple travel items, ...

    Read the entire article -->



    More Cruising articles recently added to the PassPorter collection:

    Olden, Norway - A Disney Cruise Line Port Review last updated 08-14-2014

    Ten MORE Things I Wish I Knew Before My Disney Cruise - Part 2 - A Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 06-19-2014

    Ten Things I Wish I Knew Before My Disney Cruise - Part 1 - A Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 06-13-2014

    Castaway Cay Bike Rental - A Disney Cruise Line Port Adventure Review last updated 06-12-2014

    The Pixar Touch - The Making of a Company by David A. Prince - Disney Book Review last updated 05-22-2014

    Adventure Is Out There - Disney Cruise Line Shore Excursion Review last updated 05-15-2014

    Naples, Italy - A Disney Cruise Line Port Review last updated 05-01-2014

    Palma, Mallorca - A Disney Cruise Line Port Review last updated 04-24-2014

    Planning a Disney Cruise For A Family Group - Our Experience - So Far last updated 04-17-2014

    Exploring Barcelona, Spain - A Disney Cruise Line Port Review last updated 02-13-2014

    Exploring San Juan, Puerto Rico - A Disney Cruise Line Port Review last updated 02-06-2014

    Exploring San Diego, California - A Disney Cruise Line Port Review last updated 01-30-2014

    Venice, Italy - Disney Cruise Line Port Review last updated 01-23-2014

    Vancouver, British Columbia - A Disney Cruise Line Port Review last updated 01-09-2014

    The Rainforest on the Disney Dream and Fantasy - A Disney Cruise Line Spa Review last updated 01-02-2014

    Celebrating a Birthday Onboard Disney Cruise Line - Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 12-05-2013

    Cruising at the Holidays - Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 11-27-2013

    Disney Magic Dreamified - Review of the Renovated Disney Cruise Line Ship last updated 10-31-2013

    Castaway Cay Getaway Package - Disney Cruise Line Port Adventure Review last updated 10-10-2013




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    Learn to Love Late Dining
    "Don't be afraid of the late seating for dinner on the Disney cruises. Even if it is later than your family normally eats dinner, you don't have to worry that everyone will be too hungry. There are several other options on board so grab a few chicken fingers around 5:00 or so and it'll tide you over! The benefits are: you can stay in the pools longer than those having to go back and change for dinner, you can stay at the ports of call longer on occasion if the boarding time is later than the early dining time, you can enjoy the early show and it'll keep you and the kids occupied until dinner, and if you your kiddos want to eat quickly and go to the kids clubs while you enjoy your dinner, there is a cast member that comes to pick up kiddos part way through dinner so you can combine family meal with date night all in one seating!"
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    by polyking
    29 Oct 2014 at 10:34pm
    Can anybody tell me if there is somewhere to buy alcohol at MCO so I do not have to put it in my checked luggage. TIA :-)
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    Ground Transportation booked after cruise?
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    29 Oct 2014 at 3:21pm
    I recieved the Book from DCL for my December 1st last week and in the book they sent me it says on page 47. "GROUND TRANSFERS ARE NOT A PART OF YOUR...
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    29 Oct 2014 at 3:05pm
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    29 Oct 2014 at 2:56pm
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