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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.


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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
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Adult Oases on the Disney Cruise Line
Adventure Is Out There
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Alaska Cruise Lessons Learned
Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary and Crab Feast in Ketchikan
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Amazing Disney Cruise Line
Back To Barcelona
Booking a Future Cruise Onboard Disney Cruise Line
Budgeting Spending Money for your Disney Cruise
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Canadian First-Time Cruisers - Four Unexpected Souvenirs
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Castaway Cay for Adults
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Choosing Your Port Adventures
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Cruise Lessons Learned Part 2
Cruising Alaska
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Cruising Alaska with Disney Cruise Line
Cruising Alaska with Disney Cruise Line
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Cruising with Special Needs - Part 1: Autism
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Dining on the Disney Dream
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Disney Cruise Line - The Year in Review (and Preview)
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Disney Cruise Line Gets Two More Ships
Disney Cruise Line Member Cruise
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Disney Cruise Line's New Ports and Itineraries in 2012
Disney Magic Dreamified
Disney Wonder Reimagined
Disney's Inaugural Mediterranean Cruise
Dover to Barcelona
Enjoying the Re-Imagined Disney Magic
Entertaining Evenings
Evening Wildlife Expedition in Skagway, Alaska
Exploring Barcelona, Spain
Exploring Dover, England
Exploring San Diego, California
Exploring San Juan, Puerto Rico
Five Ways to Save on a Disney Cruise
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Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Heaven on Castaway Cay
Helsinki, Finland
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Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport
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Magic in the Mediterranean
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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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    What Disney Cruise Line Can Learn From Celebrity Cruises: A Disney Cruise Line Review
    by Cheryl Pendry on 12-01-2016

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    When we took our first ever cruise with Celebrity to the Baltic this summer, I never expected to find things that we felt the Disney Cruise Line could learn from Celebrity.

    However, at the end of the two weeks, that’s exactly the conclusion we came away with. I was surprised, as I was expecting to find ourselves constantly comparing the two, with Disney coming out on top, but that wasn’t necessarily always the case. More ...
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    What Celebrity Cruises Can Learn From Disney Cruise Line: A Cruise Planning Article by Cheryl Pendry on 11-24-2016
    This summer we were fortunate to take a Baltic cruise, enabling me to fulfill some long-held ambitions and visit places like Tallinn, Copenhagen, St. Petersburg, and even Moscow.

    We chose Celebrity Cruises purely on monetary terms, as ...

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    Disney Wonder Reimagined: Live Report on Changes by Dave Marx on 11-17-2016
    Though not exactly a vacation, the Disney Wonder returned from its dry dock in Cadiz, Spain refreshed and rejuvenated. In a real sense, the 17-year-old Wonder is playing catchup to its older sibling, the Disney Magic, and her younger-but-bigger ...

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    Five Ways to Save on a Disney Cruise: A Disney Cruise Line Planning Article by Michele Dakho on 11-17-2016
    For most of us, Disney runs in our veins and for those who’ve experienced a Disney Cruise, you know how deep the obsession goes. There’s something about the ease of a cruise vacation that always leaves you wanting more. A little more ...

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    Halifax, Nova Scotia: A Disney Cruise Line Port of Call Review by Amy Wear on 10-06-2016
    In the fall of 2016 and 2017, the Disney Magic will return to Halifax. The capital city of Nova Scotia, Halifax is known for its coastal maritime charm. Having been born there, I can proudly call myself a "Bluenoser."

    Halifax ...

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    Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada: 'The Greatest Little City in the East': A Disney Cruise Line Port Review by Amy Wear on 09-29-2016
    My hometown of Saint John, New Brunswick has long been touted as the “Greatest Little City in the East."

    For those who aren’t really sure just where New Brunswick is, we are between Maine and Nova Scotia. You’ll ...

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    Reykjavik, Iceland: A Disney Cruise Line Port of Call Review by Cheryl Pendry on 07-07-2016
    At first glance, Iceland isn’t somewhere you’d expect a cruise ship to visit. We tend to think of sandy beaches and tropical breezes for a cruise. But for some lucky passengers on the Norwegian fjords itineraries, Iceland is ...

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    Greenock, Scotland: A Disney Cruise Line Port of Call Review by Cheryl Pendry on 06-30-2016
    The Disney Magic is shortly embarking on its inaugural cruise around the British Isles, and much as we’d have loved to have been on board, sadly prices were just too crazy for us.

    However, if we had taken that cruise, we’d ...

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    The Port of Le Havre, France: A Disney Cruise Line Port of Call Review by Cheryl Pendry on 06-23-2016
    In the second of this series of articles looking at some of the ports of calls on the Magic’s inaugural cruise around the British Isles, we look at one ...

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    More Cruising articles recently added to the PassPorter collection:

    Returning to the Disney Wonder After Cruising the Other Ships - A Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 06-09-2016

    Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary and Crab Feast in Ketchikan - A Disney Cruise Line Shore Excursion Review last updated 06-02-2016

    Alaska Whales and Glaciers Photo Safari in Juneau - A Disney Cruise Line Shore Excursion Review last updated 05-26-2016

    Evening Wildlife Expedition in Skagway, Alaska - A Disney Cruise Line Shore Excursion Review last updated 05-19-2016

    Liverpool, England - A Disney Cruise Line Port of Call Review last updated 05-12-2016

    Freezing the Night Away on the Disney Wonder - A Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 04-14-2016

    Disney Cruise Line Gets Two More Ships - A Look Ahead at the Cruise Line's Future last updated 03-09-2016

    The Health Nut’s Guide to the Disney Wonder - A Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 02-04-2016

    A Kids Top 10 Reasons to Go On a Disney Cruise - A Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 01-28-2016

    Alaska Cruise Lessons Learned - A Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 01-17-2016

    Lessons Learned Onboard the Disney Dream - A Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 01-14-2016

    Canadian First-Time Cruisers - Four Unexpected Souvenirs - A Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 01-05-2016

    What to Expect On A Very Merrytime Cruise on the Disney Wonder - A Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 12-10-2015

    Taking a Disney Cruise out of Galveston, Texas - A Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 11-26-2015

    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




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