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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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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:
    Stavanger, Norway: A Disney Cruise Line Port Review
    by Cheryl Pendry on 08-28-2014

    Photo illustrating Stavanger - Valbergtarnet
    Image from the PassPorter Photo Archive
    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 Stavanger. More ...
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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, ...

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    Olden, Norway: A Disney Cruise Line Port Review by Cheryl Pendry on 08-14-2014
    When we took our Norwegian cruise a couple of years ago with another cruise line, I never thought in my wildest dreams that Disney would soon be following in our boat's waves, as it were.

    Of course, back then Frozen was still being put ...

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    Ten MORE Things I Wish I Knew Before My Disney Cruise - Part 2: A Disney Cruise Line Review by Lori Ketcherside on 06-19-2014
    As I said in my last article, I recently had reason to consider what I would want to know before my first cruise.

    Well, if something is worth doing, it is ...

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    Ten Things I Wish I Knew Before My Disney Cruise - Part 1: A Disney Cruise Line Review by Lori Ketcherside on 06-13-2014

    After already selecting a Disney Cruise Line (DCL) ship, choosing the best date and itinerary for your dream vacation, after all of the major travel arrangements, hotels and airfare are booked, and after port adventures, spa appointments and ...

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    Castaway Cay Bike Rental: A Disney Cruise Line Port Adventure Review by Angela Jenkins on 06-12-2014
    During our first cruise on the Disney Dream last fall, we thought about inexpensive shore excursions to try.

    Not many of the shore excursions appealed to us, for various reasons, mostly because we really just wanted to enjoy being on the ...

    Read the entire article -->

    The Pixar Touch - The Making of a Company by David A. Prince: Disney Book Review by Cheryl Pendry on 05-22-2014
    I have greatly enjoyed all the Pixar films to date, and have always wondered about the company's origins.

    So when I saw The Pixar Touch available in book stores, I decided it was the perfect time to find out everything I'd ...

    Read the entire article -->


    Adventure Is Out There: Disney Cruise Line Shore Excursion Review by Michele Dakho on 05-15-2014
    Disney Cruise Line does an amazing job creating activities and areas onboard for every one in the family and offering "something for everyone."

    The level of comfort and confidence you have in the Disney Cruise Line experience is ...

    Read the entire article -->

    Naples, Italy: A Disney Cruise Line Port Review by Cheryl Pendry on 05-01-2014
    On the inaugural Disney cruise of the Mediterranean on the Magic back in 2007, Naples was one of the ports of call.

    We were so taken with Naples that we returned last year, as there was more we wanted to see. That's the first caution ...

    Read the entire article -->



    More Cruising articles recently added to the PassPorter collection:

    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

    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




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    "We sailed on the Disney Fantasy over Christmas week. As the ship was full, character meet and greet lines could get long. We quickly discovered that lines were set up for meet and greets outside the Walt Disney Theater after the evening shows. By leaving the theater during the final applause and curtain call, we were able to be first or second in line for the character meet and greet. After a couple minutes in line, the character would appear just as the crowd was streaming out of the theater. Rather than rushing and jostling to get in line, we were already having photos taken. To take advantage of this opportunity, sit at the end of a row at least half way back in the theater. There are no bad seats in the theater, and your position will allow for the hasty early exit. "
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