The Magic was Disney’s first cruise ship, but despite being older it’s still a blast to be on! We got to sail on the Magic for 4 nights in May, and our cruise was great, as was the ship. It’s been refurbed and updated in many areas and there are plenty of cool things to see and do, so I wanted to give a bit of an overview of the Disney Magic.
There are several different types of staterooms available. You can get an inside stateroom, which as no window (and unlike the Dream, there is no “magical porthole” here either). Then there’s the outside staterooms, which have a large porthole window. Or you could go for a room with a verandah, which gives you an outdoor balcony area. Finally, there are some suites and concierge rooms you could opt for as well.
The staterooms are fairly small, but larger than many other cruise lines. The rooms have all of the basics that you would need. One really nice thing is that the bathroom has a bath tub in addition to a shower (other cruise lines somtimes just have the shower). The in-room television has a ton of Disney movies that you can watch on demand for free. There’s also an in room safe and refrigerator. But with so much to do on the ship we didn’t spend a ton of time in the room!
Animator’s Palate – one of the restaurants on the main dining rotation, Animator’s Palate has an animation theme to it and a fun “interactive” sort of element to the meal.
Lumiere’s – not surprisingly given the name, this restaurant has a Beauty and the Beast theme with a French inspired menu.
Rapunzel’s Royal Table – really well themed restaurant based on Tangled, it includes a show with the meal and Rapunzel and Flynn come around to the tables to do meet and greets. The menu has a little bit of a German focus.
Palo – this is their signature “extra fee” restaurant, but given the meal we had there I think the extra cost is so worth it! Brunch was amazing, it feels a little more fancy, and the food is incredible. It’s an Italian based menu but they seem to have a little bit of everything.
Cabanas – the buffet up on the same deck as the pool, so if you’re looking for a more casual dining experience this is the place to be.
Room Service – Have food delivered directly to your room 24 hours a day – pizza, sandwiches, burgers, etc. Plus in the morning you can get a number of cold breakfast items such as cereal, pastries, toast, and your morning coffee! Food is all included in the price of your cruise, though alcohol and some specialty items cost extra.
Pinocchio’s Pizzeria/Daisy’s DeLites – a place to grab a quick slice of pizza or salad/wraps on the Magic, their hours are often longer than even the buffet so it’s a good place to get food during the off times.
Eye Scream Treats/Frozone Treats – Eye Scream is where you can get free and delicious soft serve. Frozone’s has fresh fruit smoothies for an additional fee.
Cove Cafe – this is a specialty coffee lounge where you can get your fancy coffee drinks (for an extra fee). It’s located near the adults only quiet pool.
Fathoms – This one is a large lounge and bar that is also host to a number of the nighttime activities.
Keys – the piano bar on board, it has a bit more of a “fancy feel” than most of the other bars. The drinks here are pricier and there’s usually someone playing songs on the piano and singing.
Promenade Lounge – A more casual place as it’s located near a walk through so it gets a lot of foot traffic. They have trivia and live performers here at times throughout the sailing.
O’Gills – This is the sports bar, but was probably my favorite spot the night it was redecorated to become the “Snuggly Duckling” and was taken over by thugs!
Signals – The pool bar by the adults only quiet pool, we probably got the most drinks from this location as we enjoyed the pool and lounge chairs.
Tastings – Beverage seminars are offered throughout the cruise, including things like a whiskey tasting, martini tasting, mixology class, etc. These can take place at any one of the bars on the ship.
D Lounge – Family friendly events take place here, including things like karaoke, trivia, and more.
Goofy’s pool – this is the main pool that’s great for families. It has a big screen nearby and they often show Disney movies throughout the day by the pool.
Quiet Cove Pool – my personal favorite spot, this is the adults only pool area on the Magic and a more quiet area for swimming and relaxing.
Aquadunk – the water slide on the Magic!
Aqualab – A “water playground” that’s great for younger kids to splash around.
Senses – this is the main spa, and the place where you can get typical spa and salon treatments, like massages, facials, manicures, and more.
Rainforest Room – located in the Senses spa, this is a relaxation area of heated lounge chairs, saunas, and scented showers. It’s included with spa treatments or you can get a pass just for the Rainforest Room.
Chill Spa – a spa area just for teens, with treatments created with them in mind.
Fitness center – Lots of fitness equipment that you can use, including some great treadmills right by the windows with a wonderful view.
Pirate Night – on Caribbean and Bahamas cruises, gather in the evening on pirate night for a fun pirate themed show and fireworks at sea!
Sail Away Celebration – A deck party by the pool starts off the cruise.
Walt Disney Theater – Here’s where you’ll find the live shows each evening. The shows on the Magic include Tangled the Musical, Disney Dreams, and Twice Charmed. There are also live acts like magicians and more who make appearances.
Buena Vista Theater – This theater shows newer Disney movies. On our May 2018 cruise they were planning Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Coco, Star Wars: Last Jedi, and a few others.
Shops – a number of shops selling Disney Cruise line goods and more are located right near the Walt Disney theater. There is also the Vista gallery where you can purchase artwork.
Atrium – The lobby of the ship is where you’ll find most character meet and greets, as well as musicians at times.
Shutters – the photography shop where you can purchase the photos taken on board the ship, or sign up for a photo shoot session.
Wide World of Sports – Here you’ll find activities like basketball, ping pong, etc., and on deck 4 they have shuffleboard and a running track.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique – Have your child made over into a princess or a pirate during your voyage!
It’s a Small World Nursery – for babies 6 months to 3 years old. An extra fee does apply.
Oceaneer Club – for ages 3-12, kids can play and take part in fun activities.
Edge – targeted at tweens, this area has space to watch movies, play games, do crafts, and more.
Vibe – the teen club, they have planned activities as well as space with TVs, DVD players, video games, board games, etc.
Have you been aboard the Disney Magic? What area of the ship sounds most exciting to you?