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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
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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
Carioca's on the Disney Magic
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
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Cruising at the Holidays
Cruising the Norwegian Fjords
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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
Going for the Gold... Castaway Club Status That is
Heaven on Castaway Cay
Helsinki, Finland
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
Oslo, Norway
Our Disney Fantasy Preview Cruise
Our Favorite Part of a Disney 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 Port of Stockholm, Sweden
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!"

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    Disney Cruise Line Articles:
    Helsinki, Finland: A Disney Cruise Line Port Review
    by Cheryl Pendry on 01-08-2015

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    Having previously enjoyed our time in Oslo, Norway and Stockholm, Sweden, we decided that we'd continue our exploration of the Scandinavian countries.

    So the following year, we headed over to Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Next summer, the Disney Magic makes that same visit, as part of its wonderful variety of European cruise itineraries. More ...
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    Our Favorite Part of a Disney Cruise: A Disney Cruise Line Review by Cheryl Pendry on 01-01-2015
    Someone recently asked the question on the PassPorter message boards: "What's your favorite part of a Disney cruise?"

    Now, while some people could answer it immediately, and apply it to each cruise they'd been on, I struggled a lot ...

    Read the entire article -->

    Oslo, Norway: A Disney Cruise Line Port Review by Cheryl Pendry on 12-18-2014
    Next summer, the Disney Magic steers a course to Northern Europe, making stops at various capital cities along the way.

    Without a doubt, my favourite of the ports it will be visiting is Oslo in Norway.

    Read the entire article -->


    The Port of Stockholm, Sweden: A Disney Cruise Line Port Review by Cheryl Pendry on 12-11-2014
    Next summer, the Disney Magic heads back to Europe, but with a wider variety of ports of call than ever before, adding in the stunning Norwegian fjords into its itinerary.

    Along with that, a number of the old favourites return to the ...

    Read the entire article -->

    Carioca's on the Disney Magic: A Disney Cruise Line Dining Review by Cheryl Pendry on 12-04-2014
    When the changes to the Disney Magic were first announced, I was personally delighted to learn that Parrot Cay, one of the three main, "rotational" dining rooms on board, would be replaced by Carioca's.

    Now don't get me wrong, we've had ...

    Read the entire article -->




    Going for the Gold... Castaway Club Status That is: A Disney Cruise Line Review by Cheryl Pendry on 11-06-2014
    Our most recent Disney cruise around the eastern Mediterranean marked a real landmark for us ...our first as gold Disney Castaway Club members!

    For those of you wondering what on earth I'm talking about -- allow me to explain...

    Read the entire article -->

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

    Read the entire article -->


    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 -->



    More Cruising articles recently added to the PassPorter collection:

    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

    Stavanger, Norway - A Disney Cruise Line Port Review last updated 08-28-2014

    Disney Cruise Line Pulls the Plug on Power Strips - A Disney Cruise Line Article last updated 08-21-2014

    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




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    "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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