Boarding a Disney Cruise Line ship can be overwhelming. You’re tired from your morning of travel to the port. You’ve just heard your family’s name announced to the entire ship as you’ve stepped onto the deck. And then you look up to see the most incredible chandelier above you, the glass elevator, the hidden Mickeys that are artfully incorporated into the stunning decor — there is just so much to take in.
As awe-inspiring as the ships in the Disney Cruise Line fleet are, the real magic is in the details that you’ll take in throughout your sailing. I found myself stopping to take pictures while walking through the ship during my recent vacation on the reimagined Disney Magic, little flourishes in the decor jumping out at me. And after dinner or the show each evening, I couldn’t wait to go over all of the magical pieces I had noticed with my husband. While this list could easily be much longer, here are my favorite seven little touches that make the reimagined Disney Magic magical.
1. The Disney Magic boasts a jaw-dropping, splashingly fun water slide called the AquaDunk.
Similar to the AquaDuck on the Disney Dream, this water slide tube extends out over the side of the ship, giving guests a bird’s eye view of the ocean below them. That is, if they’re brave enough to keep their eyes open!
2. You can order Mickey ice cream bars on board.
Mickey ice cream bars are a must-have indulgence for my family every time we’re visiting Disney Parks. While there are so many amazing desserts available to you throughout your Disney Magic sailing, don’t forget that you can order Mickey ice cream bars. You know what’s even better than a Mickey ice cream bar from a snack cart? A Mickey ice cream bar delivered via room service.
3. The Disney Magic shows movies on a giant screen on one of the ship’s funnels.
There is so much to do and see aboard the Magic that it’s impossible to enjoy every entertainment offering. You don’t want to miss the movies playing on the towering ship’s funnel. There’s nothing quite like watching Disney classics under the stars while out on the ocean.
4. Cast members serve guests a “nothing plate” for dessert.
The cleverness never seems to end when you’re on a Disney Cruise, and the dining rooms seem to be the most popular location for this cleverness to show itself. While I certainly don’t understand why anyone would turn down dessert, apparently this is something that people really do! Rather than allow those guests to sit with nothing in front of them while their table mates enjoy dessert, servers have been known to place a plate with the word “nothing” written in chocolate and sprinkles before them. It almost makes me want to decline dessert!
5. Dinner is so much more than just dinner. It’s dinner and a show!
I had the pleasure of dining at Animator’s Palette on the Disney Dream a couple years ago during my first Disney Cruise Line adventure. I thought I knew what to expect when I sat down to enjoy a meal with my family in Animator’s Palette on board the reimagined Disney Magic. It turns out that I had no idea what was coming. Not only do the graphics on the screens around the wall transform throughout the meal, but as guests are transitioning from their main course to dessert, the images suddenly morph to include color, then animation, then music. The entire room transforms — including the cast member’s costumes! — and dinner becomes dinner and a show, complete with a dancing Mickey Mouse.
6. What it means to be a princess is reimagined on stage aboard the Disney Magic.
Guests on the reimagined Disney Magic are treated to nightly Broadway-quality stage shows, including the musical Twice Charmed. This re-telling of the classic story of Cinderella allows a ship full of little princesses to receive the message that Cinderella and the prince would have found each other even without the fancy dress and the magical hair and makeup. It’s a little detail in the story that shouldn’t go unnoticed!
7. The reimagined Disney Magic takes Art Deco style out onto the high seas.
Okay, so this might not be a little touch, but the way that Disney has incorporated Art Deco styling throughout the ship is so seamless that it may go unnoticed. From the stunning chandeliers throughout the ship to the metal work in the railings, the feel of this classic American style period is everywhere. Be sure to take the time to locate the little touches that bring the style all together on this amazing ship.
I joined all of these little touches during my sailing on the reimagined Disney Magic courtesy of Disney. All opinions are my own.