The Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder (the “Magic Class” or "Classic" ships) are almost identical (again), following the Wonder's recent upgrades (see page 31). The ships’ hulls are painted dark blue-black, white, yellow, and red (Mickey’s colors) with elegant gold scroll work that cleverly reveals the silhouettes of classic Disney characters. As you board, you are greeted by friendly crew members in the three-story lobby atrium, distinguished by sweeping staircases and a bronze statue (Mickey on the Magic, Ariel on the Wonder). Warm woods, polished metal railings, and nautical touches embrace passengers in elegance. Subtle Disney touches are abundant, from character silhouettes along the staircases to valuable Disney prints and artwork on the walls. Every area of the ship is decorated and themed.
The Disney Dream began service on January 26, 2011 and The Disney Fantasy entered service on March 31, 2012 (the “Dream Class” ships). Both "Dream Class" ships are almost identical vessels, about 50% larger than the Magic and Wonder. Their appearance and features echo and expand upon the now-classic design of the Magic Class, and several exciting new features have been added. The new ships carry approximately 50% more passengers, with a comparable increase in the number of staterooms and the overall size of the vessels (including two additional passenger decks). Stateroom size is roughly 2%–3% smaller than that of the Magic Class, but the design manages to maintain the features Disney cruise passengers love, including the split bathroom. All ships are a delight to the senses.
The Disney Fantasy (left) and the Disney Dream (right)
Disney Cruise Line introduced a new category of shore excursions in 2010, or “Port Adventures,” as they’re now called. Along with the bulk of the excursions, which continue to be produced and provided by outside excursion operators, Disney has begun to collaborate with tour operators to add distinctively “Disney” family-oriented experiences, with several including the presence of Disney characters. Among the first was a princess-studded Royal Ball at a Russian palace. In other cases, ship’s counselors accompany kids-only excursions, panning for Alaskan gold with Donald, or enjoying Disney-exclusive additions to common excursions.