Makeover Plans Revealed For Disney Magic

Following the successful introduction of the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, Disney Cruise Line shifts the focus to its older vessels and announced plans for the transformation of the Disney Magic, which will enter drydock later this year in Cadiz for the makeover. Apart from the hardware upgrades to the ship, the line will also introduce new experiences centered around Disney, Marvel and Pixar characters.


Reimagined Atrium, Staterooms

Making a first impression as guests board the ship is the grand atrium lobby that is redesigned in elegant art deco style, inspired by elements of the sea. The space will feature hand-tufted, custom-made carpeting with coral, blue and aquamarine seashell-inspired patterns, while the chandelier above is reminiscent of the sun’s rays and the glisten of the ocean surface. A grand piano and giant portholes recall the days of early 20th century ocean liners, while the cold-cast bronze statue of “Helmsman Mickey,” receives a new luster to its golden hue.


As a family-oriented cruise ship, the staterooms onboard include features to provide more usable space. The bed frames are elevated to provide storage underneath, while bathrooms include the split-bath feature for greater convenience to guests.


New Restaurants and New Technology

Animator’s Palate, one of the most popular restaurants onboard the Disney ships, is updated with new animation-adorned walls and larger high-definition flat-screens where popular characters such as Rapunzel from “Tangled” and Remy from “Ratatouille” come to life and interact with diners. Guests will also have the chance to experience the “Animation Magic” dinner show, creating their own characters that magically spring to life onscreen.


New onboard is Carioca’s, named after Donald Duck’s parrot pal in “The Three Caballeros”. By day, the restaurant boasts a festival theme, transforming into an after-hours scene of Rio de Janeiro. Cabanas, a casual dining experience with live stations during the day and table service for dinner, replaces the current Topsider Buffet. The Pixar animated classic “Finding Nemo” inspires the decor at the 878-square meter space. Disney Cruise Line’s popular Palo restaurant receives new stylish fixtures, glass artwork, stone floors and the red-and-white striped poles reminiscent of those found throughout the canals in Venice.


The Avengers, Toy Story, Tinker Bell and the Mickey Mouse Club

Disney’s Oceaneer Club, open to 3- to 12-year-old children, has been completely re-imagined and will host the Avengers Academy displaying some of the equipment from the Marvel favorite, including Iron Man’s suit of armour, Captain America’s shield and Mjolnir, the mythical hammer of Thor. Adjacent to the space is Andy’s Room, featuring a larger-than-life Mr. Potato Head, a giant version of Hamm the piggy bank and a Slinky Dog slide.


Tinker Bell’s teapot house serves as a costume closet and children can make crafts while sitting on stools shaped like mushrooms and acorns at Pixie Hollow, while the Mickey Mouse Club features the signature ear-shaped tables in red, yellow and black colours where young cruisers can create crafts and play games. A pirate-themed Oceaneer Lab encourages children to create, play and explore with Navigator Simulators that lets kids steer a ship through The Caribbean.


Disney Magic also houses the new It’s a Small World Nursery. Inspired by the style of Disney Legend Mary Blair, toddlers aged 3 months to 3 years will be cared for by professional, trained counselors.


New Water Zone Promises More Play Areas

Extensively redesigned, the ship’s upper decks will include a three-story AquaDunk water slide – where riders step inside a translucent tube and experience a near-vertical drop and overhang more than 6 meters over the side, the AquaLab interactive water playground with the Twist n’ Spout water slide and the new Nephews’ Splash Zone starring Donald Duck’s nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie.


Adult Family Fun

For adults, Disney Magic offers big city-style fun in the form of After Hours, a night-time adult entertainment district featuring a new lineup of clubs for dancing, comedy, music and variety shows. Fathoms night club is a celebration of the sea that utilizes special effects, lighting and sound to create different atmospheres from early evening to night. O’Gills is a traditional Irish pub and sports bar with athletic events televised live, while the Keys Piano Bar & Lounge is a refined retreat to unwind with a cocktail.


The enhanced Senses Spa & Salon has been expanded to nearly 1,068 square meters, with an unmatched ocean-view as guests relax during treatments. A new Smile Spa offers teeth whitening services, while teenagers aged 13- to 17-years old can enjoy custom treatments at the Chill Spa. Replacing Studio Sea is the D Lounge, offering a variety of family-friendly games, shows, dances and activities.


Disney Magic will reposition across the Atlantic Ocean to Miami to operate Bahamas and Western Caribbean itineraries ranging from 2- to 5-nights following her refurbishment.


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