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10 Things I Hate About the Disney Dream
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A Tale of Two Great Ships
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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 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 West Coast Cruises
Disney Cruise Line's New Ports and Itineraries in 2012
Disney Magic Dreamified
Disney's Inaugural Mediterranean Cruise
Dover to Barcelona
Entertaining Evenings
Exploring Barcelona, Spain
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
Nickelodeon Cruise
Oceanfront Dining Like No Other
Onboard Activities on the Disney Wonder
Our Disney Fantasy Preview Cruise
Packing for a Disney Cruise to Alaska
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
The Benefits of Late Dining on a Disney Cruise
The Changing Face of Palo
The Disney Dream
The Disney Dream Christening Event
The Rainforest on the Disney Dream and Fantasy
The Walter E. Disney Suite
There's No Place Like Disney Cruise Line for the Holidays
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
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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

    View ALL our Disney Magic photos here!




    Disney Cruise Line Articles:
    Planning a Disney Cruise For A Family Group: Our Experience - So Far
    by Erica Gannon on 04-17-2014

    Photo illustrating Disney Dream--Towel Animals left during evening turn-down
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    Having been on three Disney cruises with my little family of three (husband and now 8 year-old son) over the past four years (one on the Dream and two on the Wonder), my extended family has heard our stories about how much we love Disney Cruise Line and how eager we were to try out the Disney Fantasy.

    So, it took very little convincing to get my sister and her family, my mother and step-father, and my step-mother all to agree to take the plunge with us -- our group of seven adults and four children is booked for a 7-night Western Caribbean cruise on the Disney Fantasy in May of 2014. More ...
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    Exploring Barcelona, Spain: A Disney Cruise Line Port Review by Cheryl Pendry on 02-13-2014
    All of the Disney Cruise Line home ports share one thing in common -- they're stunning cities, with lots to explore, either before or after a cruise.

    So I have to hesitate when I say that we've left the best until last in this

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    Exploring San Juan, Puerto Rico: A Disney Cruise Line Port Review by Cheryl Pendry on 02-06-2014
    This is the next article in our Disney Cruise Line series, in which we explore some of Disney Cruise Line's home ports.

    Read the entire article -->


    Exploring San Diego, California: A Disney Cruise Line Port Review by Cheryl Pendry on 01-30-2014
    In the fourth of this series of articles, looking at some of the Disney Cruise Line's home ports of call, we turn our attention this week to the west coast, ...

    Read the entire article -->

    Venice, Italy: Disney Cruise Line Port Review by Cheryl Pendry on 01-23-2014
    In the third in this series of articles (check out Part 1 on Vancouver and Part 2 on

    Read the entire article -->




    Vancouver, British Columbia: A Disney Cruise Line Port Review by Cheryl Pendry on 01-09-2014
    For many years, the Disney Cruise Line operated out of its home port of Port Canaveral on the east coast of Florida, but recently, they've spread their wings, adding a number of home ports across America, and Europe, with some cruises now sailing ...

    Read the entire article -->

    The Rainforest on the Disney Dream and Fantasy: A Disney Cruise Line Spa Review by Cheryl Pendry on 01-02-2014
    When we first stepped aboard the Disney Dream, there were so many things I wanted to see.

    One of the things at the top of the list was the Tropical Rainforest area on the new Dream class ships.

    Read the entire article -->


    Celebrating a Birthday Onboard Disney Cruise Line: Disney Cruise Line Review by Cheryl Pendry on 12-05-2013
    As someone who's spent five of my last 12 birthdays at Walt Disney World, I was curious to see what a birthday would be like on board a Disney cruise ship. .

    It wasn't just any birthday either, this was a rather special one that started ...

    Read the entire article -->

    Cruising at the Holidays: Disney Cruise Line Review by Mary Augustine on 11-27-2013
    We have cruised with Disney at several different times of the year, but find that November and early December cruises are some of the most magical cruises of all.

    Have you considered cruising at these times? Allow me to list some great ...

    Read the entire article -->



    More Cruising articles recently added to the PassPorter collection:

    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

    Cruise Lessons Learned Part 2 - Disney Fantasy last updated 09-12-2013

    Carry On Essentials for Your Disney Cruise - A Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 08-29-2013

    Cruising with Food Allergies - A Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 08-29-2013

    In the 'Pink' - A Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 07-04-2013

    Castillo San Cristobal Walking Tour - Disney Cruise Line Port Adventure Review last updated 06-27-2013

    Seeing San Juan on a Segway - Disney Cruise Line Port Adventure Review last updated 06-13-2013

    TransAtlantic Sailings on Disney Cruise Line - A Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 06-13-2013

    Skagway, Alaska - The Jewel of an Alaska Disney Cruise last updated 05-02-2013

    Choosing Your Port Adventures - A Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 05-02-2013

    Rough Seas Ahead - Coping with Inclement Weather on a Disney Cruise last updated 04-04-2013

    The Benefits of Late Dining on a Disney Cruise - A Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 01-24-2013

    Itty Bitty Living Space on the High Seas - Disney Cruise Line Stateroom Review last updated 01-04-2013

    Saying 'Howdy!' to a New Home Port in Galveston - Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 12-20-2012

    Booking a Future Cruise Onboard Disney Cruise Line - Disney Cruise Line Tips last updated 12-13-2012

    Room Service on the Disney Cruise Line - Disney Magic Dining Review last updated 11-08-2012

    Castaway Cay for Adults - Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 11-08-2012

    Budgeting Spending Money for your Disney Cruise - Disney Cruise Line Tips last updated 09-20-2012




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    "We were looking for unique gifts for my children's friends. Here's a couple of great ideas we didn't think about until AFTER we returned. 1) At Castaway Cay they sell drinks in little coconuts--you can buy the coconut cups for about $3/each! 2) On the ship they sell drinks in "fancy" refillable plastic cups--if you buy drinks, buy the cup. (About $6/each) 3) Pirate night, they sold cool light up cups with the Pirate logo--my kids LOVED these. 4) Towels at Castaway Cay--we brought one back as a birthday gift for an avid Disney fan. She goes to Walt Disney World every year, but had never been on a cruise. It was perfect! (About $13/each) 5) Disney Cruise line lanyard. (we received them free as Disney Vacation Club members) I think the coconut cups are the best bargain and the kids LOVED them."
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    Discount for Canadian Residents
    by PixieMichele
    21 Apr 2014 at 6:55pm
    Discounts on Alaskan sailings for Canadian residents! For a limited time, Canadian residents can enjoy 20% off prevailing rates (as quoted on the...
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    18 Apr 2014 at 11:43am
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