Top 5 Changes to the Disney Magic

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The Disney Magic is one of the most iconic cruise ships at sea. It signified the birth of Disney Cruise Line in 1998 by bringing the magic of Mickey to the cruising industry. Earlier this year, Disney’s iconic ship was dry-docked for three weeks in Freeport, The Bahamas.

While there, it received multiple refurbishments…

5. Soul On Board

Soul Lounge on Disney Magic

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Debuting on Disney Magic is the new Soul Cat Lounge, designed to look like Joe Gardner’s favorite spot from Soul (2020). The lounge is located on deck three and transports Guests to a classic New York jazz club. It’s decorated with artwork from Pixar, such as nods to the film, including record labels, concert posters, and portraits of jazz legend Dorothea Williams. Beverages featured in the lounge include Manhattans, martinis, and even mocktails (for those who don’t want or can’t consume alcohol).

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4. Environmental Enchantments

The Disney Magic has also been equipped with “shore power technology.” Advancing Disney Cruise Line’s dedication to minimizing environmental impact, this technology allows the ship to “plug in” to the port’s electrical grid, reducing the ship’s emissions when sailing.

3. Encanto Enhancements


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Debuting for the first time on Disney Cruise Line is the family Madrigal! The Disney Magic is now hosting an all-new immersive experience called An Encanto Celebration. It invites Guests to join characters from Encanto (2021) in a meet-and-greet experience that incorporates music, crafts, and storytelling for families.

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2. Moana Makeover


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Disney’s Moana (2016) fans will love this new addition to the ship’s concierge spaces. During the ship’s refurbishment, the concierge lounge was reimagined to feature a Moana (2016) theme, as well as outdoor seating areas on deck 10. In addition, all concierge suites have been refurbished with new fixtures, furniture, and artwork.

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1. Disney Cruise Line’s 25th anniversary

In addition to all the dry dock enhancements, the Disney Magic is leading the way in the cruise line’s anniversary at sea. It will feature Captains Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in their celebratory outfits, special merchandise, and all-new fireworks at sea nighttime show.

Cruise Line Fireworks

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There is truly no better time to book a Disney cruise. If you’ve ever sailed with the cruise line, it’s a great time to return! And if you never have, rooms are still available to book this summer! For those unfamiliar with Disney Cruise Line,  it offers multiple ships (Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, Disney Wonder, and the brand new Disney Wish), each with its own unique itineraries, restaurants, and onboard experiences.


About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)