Disney Magic Cruise Ship Is Getting a Makeover! AquaDunk, New Restaurants & Re-imagined Spaces!

Disney Cruise Line’s first cruise ship, the Disney Magic is going to be receiving a whole lot of enhancements starting in September! From September 7-October 10, 2013, the ship will be receiving a major face lift. Some of the features include:

AquaDunk – The new  three-story thrill body slide on Deck 13 will take riders through a translucent tube providing thrills and a view of the ocean unlike any other. The slide will extend 20 feet over the side of the ship!.

AquaLab – Located on Deck 9, this new interactive water playground and pool will offer bubblers, geysers and pop jets in an 1,800 square-foot space, Twist n’ Spout water slides and all sorts of extra leaky rivets that are suitable for kids ages 3 and up. For babies up to age 3, the new Nephew’s Splash Zone will provide loads of fun, starting Donald Duck’s nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie. Babies can play amongst pop jets and squirting figures of the nephews.

Disney’s Oceaneer Club is going under a complete overhaul. (completely re-imagined, ages 3 to 12).  Now that Marvel is part of the Walt Disney Company, some of our favorite comic book characters will be introduced on the ship with Marvel’s Avengers Academy. Here kids will be transported into a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. base  (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) – a technologically advanced remote command post used by The Avengers for special missions and operations training.

  • Andy’s Room will welcome the popular stars of Disney-Pixar’s “Toy Story” very similar to the Andy’s Room on the Disney Dream. Kids can play with the larger-than-life version of the “Toy Story” piggy bank, Ham, Slinky Dog slide and Mr. Potato Head with giant pieces that can be pulled apart and put together again.
  • Pixie Hollow magically shrinks the kids to pixie size and children can have tea, dress-up in costumes and take a look at themselves in a compact mirror. Kids can make various crafts and activities while sitting on stools shaped like acorns and mushrooms.
  • Mickey Mouse Club will place Mickey in contemporary settings like Paris, New York, Tokyo and Venice. The new cartoons borrow their style from Mickey Mouse characters in the 1930’s.
  • Designed for kids ages 3-12, Disney’s Oceaneer Lab is a space that takes little pirates on a journey. The room is filled with ancient navigation maps on the walls, compasses throughout the decor and nautical ropes wrapped around columns. An animator’s studio lets kids go wild with their imagination through art projects and experiments. THere is also a craft studio and giant checkerboard floor to encourage creativity and active play.
  • It’s a Small World Nursery  will be replacing Flounder’s Reef and is designed for kids 3 months to 3 years. This adorable nursery will be inspired by the style of Disney Legend Mary Blair and is designed for small cruises ages three months to three years. The room will offer hands-on features like horns to honk, wheels to spin and buttons to press. It will also be outfitted with colorful, kid-sized tables and chairs for toddlers to play games, read books and enjoy crafts with trained counselors.
  • Chill Spa for teens(new at Senses Spa & Salon, ages 13 to 17).Deck 9

Exclusively for Adults:

  • After Hours nighttime entertainment district (replacing Beat Street). Deck 3
  • Fathoms nightclub will replace Rockin’ Bar D and ” is a celebration of the sea that utilizes special effects, lighting and sound to create different atmospheres from early evening to night.”
  • Keys piano lounge (replacing Sessions). Deck 3
  • O’Gills Irish pub and sports bar will replace Diversions.
  • Senses Spa & Salon replaces Vista Spa. Formerly 725 square-feet, this space will expand to nearly 11,500 square-feet, offering guests a whole lot of pampering!
  • Palo specialty restaurant (dining room makeover). Deck 10

Disney Family Dining:

  • Carioca’s will replace Parrot Cay and captures the vibrancy of Rio de Janeiro with an energetic atmosphere that serves buffet meals by day and a more elegant dining experience at night.
  • Animator’s Palate will be updated with larger high-definition flat-screens and all-new animation-adorned walls. This is such a fun interactive experience that lets families watch sketches magically appear and become animated before their own eyes. Every Disney Magic cruise will also offer the popular “Animation Magic” dinner show which was first unveiled on the Disney Fantasy. “Drawn to Magic” is the second show offering at the restaurant.
  • Cabanas replaces Topsider Buffet and will increase from 3,400 square feet to 9,460 square feet, offering more room for diners and additional seating.

Family Fun:

  • Atrium Lobby will be completely re-imagined. The space will be inspired by elegant art decor and elements of the sea with a palette of coral, blue and aquamarine. A stunning new chandelier and grand staircase will also be found here.
  • D Lounge family lounge (replacing Studio Sea) will offer a variety of shows, dances and family-friendly games as well as activities for the whole family.
  • Staterooms and suites will be redesigned with new nautical decor and elevated bed frames that provide additional storage.

And the most exciting news of the week goes to…DISNEY! Can’t wait for this dry dock to be completed!

A mom to two girls and a baby boy, a writer and the publisher of Child Mode. As a lover of style and fashion, Nadia found her ‘niche’ and love of children’s clothing while searching for quality items for her family.


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3 Responses to "Disney Magic Cruise Ship Is Getting a Makeover! AquaDunk, New Restaurants & Re-imagined Spaces!"

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  1. Busy Mommy DXB

    April 30, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    I wish we could afford to take the family on a Disney cruise! By the time we can afford it, the kids will outgrow the magic of Disney. :(

  2. Nadia Carriere

    May 1, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Keep an eye on their deals! 2-3 times a year they offer a “Kids Sail Free” promo. Saves a bundle!

  3. Ines

    January 30, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I love your articles! I have a dilemma and maybe you can weigh in. We want to go on a cruise with our 8 year old and our 19 month old. What do you recommend? Like everything, I have friends that recommend the Disney Cruise and some that think Carnival is the way to go. I’m between 2 cruises: Disney Magic or Carnival Breezes. My main worry is the baby because my big boy will have fun regardless I think. None of my boys are much into Disney. Thanks for the help!

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