Disclosure: As an attendee of the Disney Cruise Line Disney Magic Reimagined press voyage, I received passage and airfare for myself and one guest, as well as entry to special on-board media events. Additional expenses and my additional guest were covered by me. I am not affiliated with Disney or any entities mentioned in this video, nor am I monetarily compensated in any way.
I had the chance to set sail on the Disney Magic on its first voyage after being completely redone and “re-imagined.” This two-night Bahamian cruise was my and my children Charlie and Eve’s very first cruise. I have since learned that going Disney on your first cruise is akin to never before dating and then having Brad Pitt show up on your doorstep with a corsage.
We set sail out of Miami, and right now there are special reduced-price offers on Disney Cruises out of the Port of Miami!
Charlie, Eve and I had the time our lives. Oh, we’ve never felt this way before. I swear. It’s the truth. In fact, I have detailed all of our absolute favorite parts of the cruise below. But for our trip overview and highlights, I always think that video can tell the story best.
Water Slides and Pools
AquaDunk – The coolest, most thrilling water slide ever built. The three-story slide has a near-vertical drop through a trap door (just like in cartoons, it’s unreal!) and then you fall and twist and turn through a translucent tube which curves 20 feet out over the side of the ship over the ocean! The slide is over quickly, but such a thrill. Charlie, Eve and I all did it and we were screaming the entire way down. It was an unforgettable ride!
Aqua Lab and the Twist and Spout Slide – A more leisurely but still exciting slide was the Twist and Spout family slide. Open up top, this double-looping water slide was fun for brave potty-trained preschoolers through adults who want to feel like a kid. Toddlers through elementary schoolers also enjoy the Nephews’ Splash Zone which features pop jets, fountains and squirting figures of Donald Duck’s nephews .
Goofy’s Pool – Swim while watching Disney movies and lively music videos on the big screen! Parents can lounge on comfy chairs and order adult bevvies. Kids and grownups can help themselves to unlimited soft drinks, ice cream, snacks and lunch fare.
Goofy’s Pool Area Stage and Dance Floor was the setting of several rocking parties we attended. The Adventures Away! Sail-Away Celebration Gala, the evening Pirates IN the Caribbean Deck Party with Fireworks over the ocean, and more daytime dance parties. During these parties an automated floor slides out and seamlessly covers Goofy’s Pool for more dance floor and party space.
Oceaneers Club – Andy’s Room -Avengers Academy – Mickey Mouse Club – Pixie Hollow: I park my kids at my local gym’s childcare room often while I exercise. It has no windows and plastic toys. That is the closest I have come to a kids’ club and OHMYGOSH the Disney Magic has probably the most innovative kids’ club ever developed:
The imagineers recreated Andy’s Room from Toy Story. It looks like Andy’s bed.
Slinky Dog is the slide, Andy’s pillow is a trampoline, you climb up dominoes and Tinker Toys, you can play with a giant Mr. Potato Head and put big coins in Ham the piggy bank.
Then there is the Marvel’s Avengers Academy, which recreates S.H.I.E.L.D., the command post of The Avengers. Real movie props from The Avengers film — Thor’s hammer, Captain America’s shield and Iron Man’s armor—decorate the space. Kids can play Avenger-themed computer games, make arts and crafts and experience surprise Super Hero character visits in this immersive entertainment area. Check out the video I took of an on-air reporter testing out the interactive training program!
The bright Mickey Mouse Club area is filled with computer gaming stations, crafting and Disney character toys and games. Then the Pixie Hollow area is a woodland grove of cuteness, with fairy and princess dress up clothes, fairyland play areas and fairy-themed computer games.
Children also play in the Oceaneer Lab, a pirate themed activity center with computer gaming stations, cooking and crafting areas, a 103-inch plasma screen that screens Disney movies, storytimes and play-acting on a large stage. Charlie liked the navigation game station’s Pirates of the Caribbean multi-player computer game and navigator simulators.
For teens aged 11-14, there is Edge, an interactive activity center for kids 11-14. Designed as a scaled replica of the ship’s bridge, there are videogames, televisions, arts and crafts, karaoke, scavenger hunts and special themed nights.
Vibe is a hangout for teens 14-17 and is modeled after a college coffee shop with plush couches, large-sized chairs, a dance floor, a mirrored wall and a bar with stools. From the Disney Magic website, “Vibe is a haven where teen cruisers can meet, greet and socialize with people their own ages. Although designated as a teens-only hangout, Vibe is chaperoned by counselors in such a way to make teens feel as unrestricted and comfortable as they can possibly be.”
There is also the It’s a Small World Nursery for young ones age 3 months – 3 years, available at an additional charge.
Character Greetings: Beloved Disney characters we spotted, snapped photos with, hugged and high foured: Mickey (wearing several outfits over the course of the cruise), Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Peter Pan, Alice, Tiana, Princess Aurora, Cinderella, Captain America, Captain Hook, and Chip and Dale. There were lots more, too! The lines were not long and there were formal greeting times and casual walk-by-and-hugs from early in the morning until late at night.
Buena Vista Theatre: Watch recently released films in 3D! Charlie and Eve thought watching Iron Man III wearing the glasses (while on a ship) was extremely cool.
Twice Charmed and other original musicals in the Walt Disney Theatre: The voices of the performers were Broadway quality, and the effects and scenery wowed us all. Living in the Washington, DC area, my children and I are blessed to attend the theatre monthly, and although we are picky, we loved this impressive production.
Mickey Mania Family Game Show in D-Lounge: My kids love family game night, and the Magic took it to a whole new level with an interactive dance party/game show. There are lots of hidden Mickey’s in this family lounge and event space.
Wide World of Sports Deck: We had a family basketball game while floating on the ocean, how cool is that? We also played foosball. There is also a ship running track that I thought about running along (that counts, right?)
Dinner at Animator’s Palate – Throughout your meal you are entertained by giant screens which show the evolution of the animation of favorite Disney characters from pencil sketches to full-blown moving works of art. Then at the end of the meal, the black-and-white interior of the restaurant is transformed with splashes of vibrant colors, an emotional movie compilation and then live Sorcerer Mickey as the grand finale.
Carioca’s – The Three Caballeros ride in EPCOT’s Mexico is a favorite, and this festive South American-themed restaurant had great food and decorative touches that evoked the cartoon and ride.
Lumiere’s – Modeled after the formal dining room in Beast’s castle, we ate an elegant departure brunch next to a mural of Beauty and the Beast dancing, and beneath chandeliers with glass-encased roses. Eve adored the decor.
And if you feel the need to hang for a meal or snack in your stateroom, Room Service is complimentary.