Cruising is what you do on other cruise lines. On a Disney Cruise, you take a voyage. When you board the Disney Magic, you’re joining a story that’s already underway. Expertly themed dining, entertainment, decor, and comfortable staterooms wrap you in the magic of Disney while enjoying a voyage full of luxury and ease. Here’s a look what we did on day 2 of our Disney voyage.
Disney took us for a special tour around the Magic beginning with an insider look at the babies, kids and teens areas of the ship. This featured Disney service alone has convinced me to schedule a return trip on the most magical ships on the water. Here’s why:
1. it’s a small world nursery
Little tikes up to age 3 will be enchanted and oh so comfortable in this brightly colored indoor playground. Sleeping areas will afford your little one a much needed nap while you enjoy the ship.
Disney takes childcare seriously – I mean seriously fun! The Oceaneers Club & Lab are two distinct kids areas connected by a secure hallway for children aged 4-12. The Club has age appropriate areas which are themed after Toy story, Pixie Hollow, Disney Jr. and Marvel’s Avengers. There are both organized activities and individual play areas complete with a twisty-turny Slinky Dog slide, tables full of big block legos and big screens with movies or other programming playing. In the Marvel area, kids enjoy visits from a variety of characters including Dr. Strange, Black Widow, & Iron Man. Meals are provided for kids who prefer to play and dine which gives parents the freedom to enjoy a romantic dinner knowing the kids are having a blast.
In this more hands-on area, your young Oceaneer can choose to participate in crafts, cooking classes, coloring, and making other fun things! My daughter was very proud of the Flubber she created in one of their workshops. Oceaneer’s can walk from one to the other area through the hallway I mentioned. Most of kids I saw begged parents to stay longer in both of these areas.
Tweens have their very own spot on deck 9 of the Disney Magic. Whether they want to play video games, participate in sporting challenges, Just Dance-offs or groovy crafts, your young person will have a blast. Kids can walk in our out at will so you don’t have to check them in or pick them up. And since it shares deck 9 with the pool area, you can lie on your deck chair and relax with out having to hear your tween say “I’m bored!”
Ages 14-17 have a cool place to hang with friends. Smoothies and coffee are served at a teen bar area and comfy sofas and chairs invite teens to sit and relax while taking in what’s on the big screen. Disney Imagineers designed this special spot with a NY city loft in mind. One whole side of the space is full of floor to ceiling windows looking out over the ship and the water from the lofty height of deck 11. Teens can come and go at will.
Second part of our tour
6. It’s all in the details
Gus, our guide for the second part of our tour was full of energy and information. He shared a number of details regarding the design of the Disney Magic. Disney wanted every nook and cranny of the ship to be a feast for the senses. Art Deco elements adorn every surface of the ship inside while the outside follows the color scheme we’ve come to love in the art of Mickey Mouse – blue, black red and yellow-orange.
7. Dinner at Palo
I’ve never had any better food in a more lovely setting than Palo’s which is a signature dining experience for adults on all Disney Cruise ships. Available for an up-charge per person, drop the kids off at Oceaneer’s Club and head out for a night of delicious, world-class Italian cuisine.
The dinner began with a cart of charcuterie items including aged prosciutto, parmesan, artichoke hearts and more! (pictured above) Romance aside, I enjoyed dinner with my big sister. For appetizers we enjoyed the delightfully fresh caprese salad, arugula salad with a fantastic dressing and Fritto di Calamari e Gamberi which had a lemon garlic mayonnaise that totally blew my mind!
For dinner I couldn’t choose between the Pappardelle con Aragosta (a.k.a. Lobster pasta) and the sea scallops so our server said he’d bring a half dish of each! Each had fantastic flavor and were cooked to perfection! My sister ordered the Piquant Dover Sole which we both agreed was the best fish we’ve ever eaten! A warm apple crostata ended our dinner on a sweet note! Delicious! Palo is a fantastic experience and well worth the extra money!
8. Tangled the Musical
Join Rapunzel, Flynn Rider and friends for a musical rendition of the classic tale in a stage show that the Disney Magic is known for. The costumes, sets and special effects are mind-blowing and I’m not sure who was playing Mother Gothel but that woman can sing! Tangled the musical has wide appeal and kept both children and adults on the edge of their seats even though we all know how it would end.
Here are a few more images from Day 2 of our voyage!
Well, day 2 is a wrap and the fun has just started! Tomorrow is our first day in port. Time for some sleep and when we wake, it’s beach time on Grand Cayman island!
Interested in Cruising with Disney? Read about our other days aboard the Disney Magic.
Day 3 coming soon!