This guide to the Disney Magic provides tips for the newly re-imagined Disney Cruise Line ship, which is especially popular because it’s frequently used on Caribbean itineraries. This Disney Magic Cruise Ship Planning Guide covers the basics of things to know before you go, plus our recommendations for activities, dining, and other things you should try to do once you’re on board the ship.
Originally debuting in 1998, it was the original ship in the Disney Cruise Line, and likely built at a time when there was some uncertainty as to how Disney would do against established cruise lines. Disney Cruise Line was a smash success from the beginning, as evidenced by the 3 additional ships that have joined the fleet in the last decade, with each one also being larger in size. Oldest and smallest is problematic when it comes to cruise ships, so the Disney Magic received a fairly comprehensive overhaul in 2013 to, in a way, keep up with its sister ships.
We had the chance to sail on the Disney Magic a few months after its re-imagining, and we can safely say that it feels like a brand new cruise ship. By way of overview, the ship is 964 feet long and holds 2,700 passengers (plus ~950 Cast Members). This is a fair amount smaller than the newest ship, the Disney Fantasy, which is 1,115 feet and holds 4,000 passengers (plus ~1,500 Cast Members). Because of its smaller size, the Disney Magic mainly sticks to itineraries in the Caribbean. While the re-imagining couldn’t make the ship longer, it could improve the overall look and freshness of the Disney Magic.
This overall look is evident the moment you step aboard the Disney Magic, when you walk into the Art Deco lobby. The lobby is a signature area of each Disney Cruise Line ship, with each having a one-of-a-kind chandelier, beautiful design and detail work, and great use of color and lines. Now, this isn’t new to the re-imagined Disney Magic–the original design was stunning, too–but it just goes to show how well-designed the Disney Cruise Line ships are.
We will cover other elements of the Disney Magic’s gorgeous design in the sections that follow. Let’s get started with planning your voyage aboard this great Disney cruise ship! (more…)