Disney Magic at Villefranche
Disney Magic at Villefranche / Disney Cruise Line
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“Freezing the Night Away” Deck Party
“Freezing the Night Away” Deck Party / Disney Cruise Line / Kent Phillips
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Iron Man suit at the Avengers Academy
Iron Man suit at the Avengers Academy / Danielle Contray
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Interactive games at the Avengers Academy
Interactive games at the Avengers Academy / Danielle Contray
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Avengers Academy
Avengers Academy / Danielle Contray
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Andy's Room
Andy's Room / Danielle Contray
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Oceaneer Club
Oceaneer Club / Danielle Contray
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"It's a Small World" Nursery
"It's a Small World" Nursery / Disney Cruise Line / Matt Stroshane
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AquaLab
AquaLab / Disney Cruise Line
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AquaDunk
AquaDunk / Disney Cruise Line
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"Tangled"
"Tangled" / Disney Cruise Line
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"Adventures Away!" Deck Party
"Adventures Away!" Deck Party / Disney Cruise Line / Matt Stroshane
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Animator's Palate
Animator's Palate / Danielle Contray
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Lemon-thyme chicken with sour cream mashed potatoes at Animator's Palate
Lemon-thyme chicken with sour cream mashed potatoes at Animator's Palate / Danielle Contray
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Illustrations at Animator's Palate
Illustrations at Animator's Palate / Danielle Contray
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Inside Animator's Palate
Inside Animator's Palate / Kayla Becker
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Cabanas buffet
Cabanas buffet / Danielle Contray
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Carioca's
Carioca's / Disney Cruise Line
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Outside cabin with porthole
Outside cabin with porthole / Disney Cruise Line
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Inside cabin on Disney Magic
Inside cabin on Disney Magic / Disney Cruise Line
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Meet-and-greet with Pirate Mickey
Meet-and-greet with Pirate Mickey / Disney Cruise Line
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Quiet Cove adults-only pool
Quiet Cove adults-only pool / Disney Cruise Line
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Palo restaurant
Palo restaurant / Danielle Contray
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O'Gills Pub
O'Gills Pub / Disney Cruise Line
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Fathoms nightclub
Fathoms nightclub / Danielle Contray
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Dive-In Movie
Dive-In Movie / Disney Cruise Line / Kent Phillips
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Disney Magic
Our Ship Review
Disney Cruise Line
Cruise Line
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

The pioneer in Disney’s fleet, Disney Magic was the first ship to prove that elegance really can go hand in hand with kid-friendliness. This ship harks back to Walt Disney’s love of ocean liners, and families have been clamoring to get on board since she first set sail in 1998. A makeover in honor of the ship’s 15th birthday brought a fresh batch of amenities in 2013.

What We Love

AquaDunk: This thrilling waterslide is the wildest ride on any Disney ship, sending you over the edge of the ship in a whoosh before depositing you safely in a landing pool in less than eight seconds. 

Carioca’s: The newest of the ship’s three main dining rooms, this Brazilian-style venue kicks up the flavor with South American-style dishes like Cuban salad, flank steak, and mahimahi served with dried mango, pineapple, and toasted coconut salsa.

Best Known For

Creative Kids Clubs: The children’s spaces on the Magic are the best at sea. Look for Tinkerbell’s dress-up closet, Andy’s Room from “Toy Story,” and even a Marvel’s Avengers Academy, where kids can interact virtually with Iron Man. 

Character Meet-ups: Consult the ship’s app to find your favorite Disney characters for photo ops and autographs throughout each day.

Who It's Best For

Families: Authentically wholesome and casino-free, Disney Cruise Line is the gold standard for cruising with kids.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

It’s Pricey: Fans swear that Disney delivers great value (fares are more inclusive than on some other lines, including soft drinks and even loaner Diaper Genies). But prices are definitely not cheap.

The Pool Gets Packed: Families flock to the pools and splash areas when the sun’s out and the ship is at sea. For shorter lines at the waterslides, go in the morning or during the early dinner seating.