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Disney Magic and Wonder Changes

Disney Magic and Wonder Changes

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AquaLab on the Magic

Both ships still have three swimming pools, but the iconic Mickey Pool and slide, long a cruise line trademark, have been replaced by AquaLab and the Twist ‘n’ Spout slide. The AquaLab concept debuted on the Fantasy. Here, it combines the familiar fountains, cascading waters, and soft-surface play area with a circular wading pool. The kids-only Mickey slide is replaced by the open-to-all-ages Twist ‘n’ Spout slide, with more curves and greater height than before. Toddlers have Nephews' Splash Zone (Magic), or Dory’s Reef (Wonder), a shaded, enclosed water play area next to AquaLab. Finally, sun shelters were added to deck 10, a welcome improvement.

The children’s program areas received major rework. The Oceaneer Club (ages 3–12) has been totally revamped. The Magic has areas dedicated to Toy Story, Mickey Mouse Club, Marvel Avengers, and Pixie Hollow. The Wonder has Marvel Super Hero Academy, Frozen Adventures, Club Disney Junior, and Andy’s Room. The Oceaneer Lab (also ages 3-12) sports alcoves dedicated to animation, crafts, pirates, and navigation simulators. Both areas seem far more spacious and lively than before. The tweens' club, Edge, has been moved to deck 9, replacing the arcade. (The former tweens' area on deck 2 has been converted to additional staterooms.) Even the teens’ club, Vibe, got a trendy new look. Flounder’s Reef nursery has become "it’s a small world," with the same decor as on the new ships. Studio Sea, the family “night club,” is now D Lounge. New decor and a wide-open floor plan make this a more appealing spot than before.

Senses Spa (formerly Vista Spa) has been completely redecorated and expanded. Decor is, again, consistent with the new ships. Thanks to bump-outs to the side, the spa is 725 sq. ft. larger and adds a spa villa, barbershop, teens-only Chill Spa, and teeth-whitening spa. The expanded mani-pedi area has dramatic views through a window wall, and the always popular Rainforest Room has been brightened, with new tiled loungers that resemble recliner armchairs.

Animator’s Palate on the Magic

What about the main dining rooms? Though elegant Lumiere’s (Magic) and Triton’s (Wonder) are untouched, Carioca's has been re-themed as Rapunzel's Royal Table (Magic) and New Orleans-inspired Tiana’s Place (Wonder). Animator’s Palate retains its historic “animator’s sketch pad” appearance, though new video screens and an updated version of the classic “show” match today’s standards. On seven-night and longer cruises, the Animation Magic show from the Fantasy is also seen here. Adults-only Palo received a decor touch-up, though you’d have to be a sharp-eyed, frequent patron to detect the changes.

Stateroom decor was refreshed. Suites received upgraded, sculpted carpeting, and all rooms have new queen beds with the padded headboards and wall-mounted storage found on the Dream Class ships. A new chest of drawers replaces the former “steamer trunk.” This takes up less floor space while providing far more useful storage. New upholstery and decorative touches round out the changes, making these rooms almost identical in appearance to the new ships. The bathrooms, however, are unchanged. One final “touch” is the new door locks, which use tap-to-unlock sensors, rather than card slots.

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