Tim and I love cruising. Since we live in Orlando and have Port Canaveral down the road it makes for easy cruise ship boarding. We can pack a bag, grab a passport and set off on a short cruise any time we’d like. But what makes one cruise line more appealing than another? Or what makes a cruise ship more fun once you’ve boarded? A few weeks ago I was given a private tour of the Disney Cruise Lines Disney Magic and I can tell you my opinions.
What Does Disney Cruise Lines Offer
Are you a Disneyphile? Are you clothes, luggage and even credit cards just covered in mouse ears? Exploring all Disney has to offer is definitely a lifestyle I’ve come to know well. If you choose to board a Disney Cruise Lines cruise ship you will be offered so much more character love than you’ve ever had before. From the dining to the entertainment to the activities you’ll find yourself immersed in all things Walt Disney World (and not just Mickey and the Princesses).
It all comes down to theme. There are many restaurants and bars on The Disney Magic but I had a chance to check out Animator’s Palate and The Sunggly Duckling.
A sit down dining experience where on arrival you are urged to draw a picture of yourself on a paper menu. You are left to assume something will be done with this picture, maybe it will be put in a frame for you? Who knows. So you forget and move on with your experience. All around you are large screens playing different Disney movie clips. Some are recent and you remember them well and some you’ve never seen or completely forgotten about. This makes for fun conversation at your table. All the while the restaurant is slowly changing colors across the beautiful easels and brush decor.
At the end of the evening each person’s “self portrait” is included in a fun movie where that picture you drew will be found interacting in famous Disney movie song and dance clips. Mine danced with Baloo during Bear Necessities in The Jungle Book while Tim’s marched with The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. I can’t wait to check out The Animator’s Palate on The Disney Magic again.
The Snuggly Duckling
On board The Disney Magic is also a bar straight out of a Disney movie. No, I mean The Snuggly Duckling is the bar from Tangled and now it’s open for business. Have you ever wanted to eat at your favorite tv show restaurant or sip coffee at your favorite tv show coffee house? The night of Tangled the Musical, O’Gill’s Pub (what the bar is usually called) is “taken over” by the thugs who have a dream. And you and the entire family are welcome to belly up and tell everyone about your dreams as well. They offer special drinks and desserts that can only be enjoyed that night but you can also order bar food (it’s just not specially themed though still delicious I’m sure). The decorations are straight out of the movie so you really feel enveloped by the theme. If we are going to break down the nitty gritty, this is my favorite aspect of cruising with Disney over other cruise lines. This type of imagineering.
Entertainment And Activities Aboard The Disney Magic
Finally the entertainment and activities on Disney Cruise Lines are also themed to Disney perfection. I told you about Tangled the Musical premiering exclusively on The Disney Magic. Here are just a few extras on the list!
Marvel’s Avengers Academy
My favorite room on the entire Disney Magic cruise ship was Marvel’s Avengers Academy. This is a kid’s club known as the Oceaneer’s Club. When you board, you are able to sign your child up for an experience in Avenging! This 2 day recruitment process includes meet and greets with Captain America and Iron Man. Um, the saddest of the sads is that I’m not allowed to take part. Just the boys and they are probably less interested than me because I’m an Avenger’s crazed nut!
Splish Splash Swimming Pools
The Disney Magic has not one but three pools and all are themed with characters such as Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck. The AquaDunk water slide has Huey, Dewey and Louie written all over it. As in, they created it and everyone knows how mischievous they can be. Previous Donald Duck tested prototypes had some issues and the current AquaDunk is the final product. This is the type of slide where the floor drops out from under you and I know crazy adrenaline fiends love that type of adventure! However if you are looking for a quieter atmosphere there is a quiet pool on board.
Take A Deep Breath – The Spa
The Senses Spa seems to step a bit away from traditional Disney which I appreciated but I could see some people bothered by this. The theme is tranquility and you can enjoy a couples massage, a manicure, a facial and many other services to ensure a relaxing afternoon.
The one activity you won’t find on any Disney Cruise is a casino. Whether this would make or break a vacation is a personal decision. But as I’ve demonstrated above, you have a lot of other family friendly choices to keep you happy during the trip.
A few minutes ago I mentioned to a friend that I was writing this post and told her what it was about. She made the comment that she would love to cruise with Disney Cruise Lines to experience Disney service. There is no service quite like that of Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Lines will not disappoint. Let me know what you decide!