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Postby jray21 » Sat Dec 08, 2012 6:43 pm

I'm glad they are expanding their port options out of Florida. Gives me even more reasons to do the Disney cruises. They did miss one thing when mentioning Falmouth, Jamaica shore excursions. They forgot about the chairlift of death through the spider den to the mountain coaster!
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Postby jedimaster1227 » Fri Apr 26, 2013 4:40 pm

Today Disney Cruise Line announced some exciting upgrades for their first ship, the Disney Magic that will debut after the ship returns from a brief turn in dry dock this September!

There’s an extra dose of magic coming aboard the Disney Magic, when the Disney Cruise Line vessel relaunches with new spaces, reimagined areas and exciting additions for the whole family. Guests will experience new adventures from stem to stern throughout their journey on the cruise ship that set the standard for oceangoing majesty and family fun.

From a new grand atrium lobby and a children’s area of “super hero” proportions to a three-story water thrill slide and a spa to stimulate the “Senses,” there are plenty of new and magical surprises in store for cruise guests. The ship features fun new experiences with Marvel characters – the first time Super Hero icons from the Marvel Universe have been introduced on a Disney Cruise Line ship.

“We have always been committed to reinvesting in our fleet and continuously making shipboard enhancements that elevate the guest experience,” said Karl L. Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line. “What we’re doing with the Disney Magic is yet another step forward in our commitment to delivering the absolute best family vacations at sea.”

“Storytelling is at the heart of everything we do,” says Joe Lanzisero, senior creative vice president for Walt Disney Imagineering. “Walt Disney was a master storyteller and knew how to engage people’s emotions into stories. Our job is to take what we learned from Walt and apply it to the experiences on board our ships.”

Here are some highlights of new “magic” in store for guests aboard the Disney Magic after the “reimagineering” transformation of the ship that takes place during dry dock Sept. 7-Oct. 10, 2013 in Cadiz, Spain:

A Grand First Impression

When guests board the Disney Magic, they enter the grand atrium lobby that is redesigned to be “elegant art deco, inspired by elements of the sea,” according to Lanzisero.

“Filmmaking is the history of our company and in film the ‘establishing shot’ sets the scene,” he says. “This is the same with the atrium, as we begin telling our story.”

The spacious and spectacular three-deck lobby features hand-tufted, custom-made carpet that dazzles in a palette of vibrant coral, blue and aquamarine seashell-inspired designs. The art deco atrium chandelier is inspired by rays of the sun and the glisten of the surface of the ocean. Opulent furnishings, a grand piano and giant portholes recall the days of early 20th century ocean liners.

The lobby’s centerpiece is a cold-cast bronze statue of “Helmsman Mickey,” ever-smiling and keeping watch as guests stroll past. The famed statue, which has stood in the atrium since the ship was launched, will receive a special makeover bringing new luster to its golden hue.

Disney, Disney-Pixar & Marvel Characters Join the Fun

Disney’s Oceaneer Club, open to 3- to 12-year-old children, is a completely re-imagined area that transports children to the magical realms of brave super heroes, adventuresome toys, fanciful fairies and Mickey Mouse’s club for creativity and fun.

With Marvel now a part of the Walt Disney Company family, this will mark the first time the Super Hero icons of Marvel have been introduced on a Disney Cruise Line ship. Marvel and Walt Disney Imagineers have created a new space for children to enter into the Marvel Universe.

Marvel’s The Avengers will make their presence known in an epic way aboard the Disney Magic, with Marvel’s Avengers Academy calling Disney’s Oceaneer Club its new seaward home. Young crime-fighters will be transported to a high-tech command post used by The Avengers for special missions and operations training.

Throughout the base, displays featuring some of the equipment that helps to make The Avengers the earth’s mightiest heroes – Iron Man’s suit of armor, Captain America’s shield and Thor’s hammer — inspire super hero “recruits” through their academy missions. Avengers Academy is a multi-day, immersive entertainment experience where children interact with Marvel characters and unleash their inner super heroes.

Adjacent to Marvel’s Avengers Academy is Andy’s Room, where stars of the Disney-Pixar “Toy Story” trilogy come to life in a multi-level space. Stocked with all of Andy’s favorite toys, the room features a larger-than-life Mr. Potato Head, a giant version of the lovable piggy bank, Hamm, and a Slinky Dog slide.

Next door is Pixie Hollow, the enchanted land of Tinker Bell and her fairy friends. In this magical forest setting, Tinker Bell’s teapot house serves as a costume closet and children can make crafts while sitting on stools shaped like mushrooms and acorns.

In Disney’s Oceaneer Club guests will find the Mickey Mouse Club, another new children’s area. Inside a room splashed with Mickey’s signature colors of red, yellow and black, kids can create crafts and play games on ear-shaped tables. The club also features Goofy Gears, an oversized activity where kids play with wacky, magnetic spinning gears.

But the kid-sized fun doesn’t stop there!

Disney’s Oceaneer Lab takes 3-to-12-year-old children on a journey of discovery, exploration and adventures. At this new pirate-themed area, children are encouraged to create, play and explore. An animator’s studio, a pirate workshop and lab lets kids get hands-on to create experiments and art projects, and Navigator Simulators let young buccaneers steer a ship through the mysterious waters of The Caribbean.

For the youngest cruisers — ages three months to three years — is the new It’s a Small World Nursery. Inspired by the style of Disney Legend Mary Blair, this whimsical world is a place of age-specific fun and discovery, with trained counselors.

H2…OH!

The upper ship decks of the Disney Magic have been redesigned for plenty of splashtacular fun, with waterful adventures that include a three-story water slide for thrill-seekers and a Huey, Dewey and Louie-themed toddler splash zone for smaller ducklings.

“From small children to teens to adults, everyone will have a space to have fun in the sun and water. We added more water play areas, dynamic slides, interactive elements for the kids, and more shade,” says Lanzisero.

Water thrills are found on the AquaDunk, a three-story body slide that begins with a surprise launch. Riders step inside a translucent tube and await the near-vertical launch that takes place when the floor beneath them opens like a trap door. The drop sends guests on an exhilarating, swift and splashy ride in a translucent tube that extends 20 feet over the side of the ship. Guests taller than 48 inches can enjoy the AquaDunk.

Guests can also soak in the sun and the water fun with AquaLab, an interactive water playground open to kids ages 3 and up. In the AquaLab, families can frolic among pop jets, geysers and bubblers in this fun and fanciful 1,800-square-foot space, while the Twist n’ Spout water slide gets them delightfully drenched with more than 250 feet of sliding fun of loops and turns. Twist n’ Spout is for guests between 38 and 64 inches tall.

Tots up to age 3 can play in the new Nephews’ Splash Zone, a splash-a-second area dedicated to interactive fun and starring Donald Duck’s mischievous nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie. The area features water play with pop jets, squirting figures of Donald Duck’s nephews and plenty of high seas hijinks.

Disney Dining With an Extra Dash of Pixie Dust

New restaurants and new technology are on the menu for the restaurants aboard Disney Magic.

Animator’s Palate, one of the most popular restaurants on the Disney ships, is updated with all-new, animation-adorned walls and larger high-definition flat-screens to provide the best views of the animation magic that takes place all around.

A heaping helping of entertainment is served up during the brand-new “Drawn to Magic” experience at Animator’s Palate. Throughout this deliciously fresh take on Disney Cruise Line’s much beloved classic dinner celebration, the restaurant’s black and white “blank canvas” explodes into full color as favorite Disney and Disney-Pixar characters, such as Rapunzel from “Tangled” and Remy from “Ratatouille,” come to life right before guests’ eyes.

On every Disney Magic cruise, guests will have an opportunity to experience the tremendously popular “Animation Magic” dinner show that celebrates the magic of Disney animation and allows families to create and participate in an innovative way. First unveiled on the Disney Fantasy, “Animation Magic” invites guests to create their own characters that magically spring to life, become fully animated and join the show onscreen.

The vibrancy of Rio de Janeiro creates an energetic atmosphere in Carioca’s, a new restaurant named after Donald Duck’s parrot pal in “The Three Caballeros,” Jose Carioca. Festooned with lighted lanterns, the restaurant is designed to be “fun by day, elegant by night,” says Lanzisero.

During the day, there’s a festival theme and, when night falls, the atmosphere transforms into an after-hours scene of Rio de Janiero, with city-side windows softly illuminated and lanterns flickering overhead. Carioca’s replaces Parrot Cay restaurant, currently on the Disney Magic.

Another new restaurant to the Disney Magic is Cabanas, a casual dining experience with food and beverage stations during daytime hours and a table-service restaurant during dinner. The Australian setting of the Disney-Pixar animated classic “Finding Nemo” inspires the décor with hints of the film’s fishy and feathered friends throughout the restaurant.

Cabanas, which replaces the current Topsider Buffet, also is expanding. More inside space is being added, increasing the total square-footage of air-conditioned area by nearly 3,400 square feet to more than 9,460 square feet and a total of 455 seats.

Disney Cruise Line’s popular Palo restaurant for adults receives a makeover with stylish fixtures, glass artwork and new stone floors. Red and white striped poles reminiscent of those found throughout the canals in Venice are a design feature.

The Fun’s Just Begun When Nighttime Comes

After a day of frolicking on the decks and out and about the ship, Disney Magic offers big city-style fun in After Hours, the nighttime adult entertainment district. An all-new lineup of clubs includes venues for dancing, comedy, music and variety shows. After Hours replaces Beat Street, currently on the Disney Magic.

“It’s our goal to create a sleek and sophisticated adult experience in After Hours” says Lanzisero. “Each of the three clubs has a different feel that complements the others.”

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.

“The ocean can sometimes be very calm and sometimes have some big excitement,” Lanzisero says. “That’s what we wanted to create with Fathoms.”

For guests seeking a more low-key nighttime experience, there is Keys piano bar and lounge. Whether guests want to relax with a cocktail and the soft sounds of a piano or “wind down” after an evening of dancing and revelry, Keys provides a refined retreat.

Pub days of olde are recalled in O’Gills, an Irish pub and sports bar designed with traditional decor. Live televised athletic events are on tap for sports-lovers.

Open Up, and Say “Spa”

For the ultimate in relaxation and pampering, the enhanced Senses Spa & Salon offers many indulgences. Redesigned with a sleek and contemporary style, this haven of personal harmony provides an unmatched ocean-view environment. The size of the spa is being expanded by 725 square feet, to a total size of nearly 11,500 square feet.

A new Smile Spa offers teeth whitening services, a new barbershop offers services for the gentlemen and the new Chill Spa provides treatments especially for teens 13 to 17 years of age.

Family Fun in the D Lounge

Another reimagined area, D Lounge, offers a variety of family-friendly games, shows, dances and activities designed for all ages. Colorful and contemporary, this space encourages creative and kinetic fun. Families can enjoy entertainment, game shows and activities together in D Lounge which replaces Studio Sea, currently on the Disney Magic.

Putting more “room” in staterooms

Disney Cruise Line knows that traveling families always need more space, so features are included in each room to provide more usable space. Bed frames are elevated to provide storage space underneath. The bathrooms include the split-bath feature that Disney introduced to the cruise industry — providing even greater convenience to guests.

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AquaDunk on the Disney Magic is a thrilling three-story body slide that begins with a surprise launch, sending guests on a near-vertical drop and through a translucent tube that extends 20 feet over the side of the ship. This new water feature will take guests for a swift and splashy ride on the Disney Magic after the ship undergoes dry dock this fall. (Disney)
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In the new Aqua Lab water playground on the Disney Magic, families can frolic among pop jets, geysers and bubblers. Interactive games keep the kids moving, while the Twist n' Spout water slide gets them delightfully drenched. The AquaLab is just one of the exciting new additions to debut on the Disney Magic this fall. (Disney)
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Marvel's Avengers Academy in Disney's Oceaneer Club on the Disney Magic invites young crime-fighters into a high-tech command post used by The Avengers for special missions and operations training. Throughout the base, displays featuring some of the equipment that make The Avengers the earth's mightiest heroes - Iron Man's suit of armor, Captain America's shield and Thor's hammer --- inspire super hero "recruits" through their academy missions. Avengers Academy opens on the Disney Magic after the ship undergoes dry dock this fall. (Disney)
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Andy's Room, a new multi-level youth space in Disney's Oceaneer Club on the Disney Magic, brings the stars of the Disney-Pixar "Toy Story" film trilogy to life. Stocked with all of Andy's favorite toys, the room features a giant, working Mr. Potato Head, larger-than-life version of the lovable "Toy Story" piggy bank, Hamm, and Slinky Dog slide, the most fun way to descend to the toy room floor. Andy's Room opens on the Disney Magic after the ship undergoes dry dock this fall. (Disney)
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Pixie Hollow in Disney's Oceaneer Club on the Disney Magic invites guests into the enchanted land of Tinker Bell and her fairy friends. Tree branches overhead create a forest scene, with Tinker Bell's teapot house serving as a closet filled with fanciful costumes for dress up. With the help of a little pixie dust, this new youth space will be revealed after the Disney Magic undergoes dry dock this fall. (Disney)
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Mickey Mouse Club is a new youth area in Disney's Oceaneer Club on the Disney Magic where kids can create crafts and play games on custom, ear-shaped tables, in a room splashed with Mickey's signature colors of red, yellow and black. This new club will be open to young cruisers on the Disney Magic after the ship undergoes dry dock in the fall. (Disney)
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Disney's Oceaneer Club, open to 3-to-12-year-old children, is a completely re-imagined area on the Disney Magic that transports children to the magical realms of brave super heroes, adventuresome toys, fanciful fairies and Mickey Mouse's club for creativity and fun. Young guests on the Disney Magic will be greeted by giant storybook facades in Disney's Oceaneer Club after the ship undergoes dry dock this fall. (Disney)
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Disney's Oceaneer Lab on the Disney Magic is a themed area that takes pint-sized pirates on a journey of discovery, exploration and adventures. Adorned with giant, nautical ropes belayed around columns and ancient navigation maps, the seafaring fun spot lets children create, play and explore with high-tech and high-touch games, video walls and digital stations. The reimagined Oceaneer Lab will debut on the Disney Magic after the ship undergoes dry dock this fall. (Disney)
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The youngest (and smallest) cruisers --- ages three months to three years --- can enjoy the new It's a Small World Nursery on the Disney Magic. Inspired by the namesake Disney Parks attraction, this whimsical world is a place of age-specific fun and discovery, with trained counselors. The enhanced nursery will be complete after the Disney Magic undergoes dry dock this fall. (Disney)
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Keys on the Disney Magic is a piano bar and lounge perfect for guests wanting a low-key nighttime experience. In this new adult-exclusive venue, guests can wind down listening to the soft sounds of the piano and sipping cocktails in a refined retreat. The piano bar is part of After Hours, the nighttime entertainment district opening this fall after the Disney Magic undergoes dry dock. (Disney)
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Fathoms on the Disney Magic is a night club inspired by the excitement of the sea that utilizes special effects, lighting and sound to create different atmospheres from early evening to night. Exclusively for adult guests, the night club is part of After Hours, the nighttime entertainment district opening this fall after the Disney Magic undergoes dry dock. (Disney)
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O'Gills on the Disney Magic is an Irish pub and sports bar recalling traditional pub days of olde, designed with rich green accents and traditional decor. Live televised athletic events are on tap for sports-lovers. Exclusively for adult guests, the pub is part of After Hours, the nighttime entertainment district opening this fall after the Disney Magic undergoes dry dock. (O'Gills on the Disney Fantasy pictured here) (Disney)
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Senses Spa & Salon on the Disney Magic invites guests into a realm of relaxation with a completely redesigned reception area featuring a contemporary color-wash of earth tones - a soothing spectrum of hues to serve as a backdrop to the menu of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments. Expanded by 725 square feet, the new design of the Senses Spa & Salon will be revealed after the Disney Magic undergoes dry dock this fall. (Disney)
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Senses Spa & Salon on the Disney Magic features a redesigned salon area with additional styling, manicure and pedicure stations with the latest equipment. A new two-chair barbershop offers a variety of grooming services for men including haircuts, and the ultimate in men's facial pampering - hot-lathered shaves. Expanded by 725 square feet, the new design of the Senses Spa & Salon will be revealed after the Disney Magic undergoes dry dock this fall. (Disney)
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Disney Cruise Line's popular adult-exclusive Palo restaurant receives a makeover on the Disney Magic, with stylish wood fixtures, glass artwork panels, decorative lighting and hand-tufted carpet. Guests will enjoy the new elegant design of Palo after the Disney Magic undergoes dry dock this fall. (Disney)
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The vibrancy of Rio de Janeiro creates an energetic atmosphere in Carioca's, a new restaurant on the Disney Magic. During the day, buffet meals feature a festival theme before night falls and the atmosphere transforms into an after-hours scene of Rio de Janiero, with city-side windows softly illuminated and lanterns flickering overhead. Carioca's will offer a new dining experience for guests sailing on the Disney Magic after the ship undergoes dry dock this fall. (Disney)
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Animator's Palate on the Disney Magic, one of the most popular restaurants on the Disney ships, is updated with all-new, animation-adorned walls and larger high-definition flat-screens to provide the best views of the animation magic that takes place all around. The redesigned Animator's Palate on the Disney Magic will offer guests a new interactive dining experience after the ship undergoes dry dock this fall. (Disney)
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The enhanced Animator's Palate on the Disney Magic invite guests to experience the tremendously popular "Animation Magic" dinner show that celebrates the magic of Disney animation. This innovative show allows guests to create their own hand-drawn characters that magically spring to life, become fully animated and join the show onscreen. "Animation Magic" will be added to the Disney Magic after the ship undergoes dry dock this fall. ("Animation Magic" on the Disney Fantasy pictured here). Kent Phillips, photographer. (Disney)
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Cabanas on the Disney Magic, drawing inspiration from Australian influences with uniquely Disney touches, includes a beach-themed dining room that has beach umbrellas and teak Adirondack chairs to create a sunny "down under" décor for guests. A casual dining experience with food and beverage stations during daytime hours and a table-service restaurant each evening, Cabanas will be added to the Disney Magic after the ship undergoes dry dock this fall. (Disney)
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The reimagined D Lounge on the Disney Magic offers a variety of family-friendly games, shows, dances and activities designed for everyone to join. Colorful furnishings complement the contemporary feel of this area, encouraging creative and kinetic fun for everyone. This family-friendly lounge will open on the Disney Magic this fall, after the ship undergoes dry dock. (Disney)
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The grand atrium lobby on the Disney Magic, inspired by elegant art deco and elements of the sea, features a palette of vibrant coral, blue and aquamarine, a dazzling new chandelier and a grand staircase. Exuding the elegance of the early 20th century ocean liners, the redesigned Disney Magic atrium will be complete after the ship undergoes dry dock this fall. (Disney)
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Staterooms on the Disney Magic have been redesigned with new-nautical décor and more usable space including elevated bed frames that provide storage room underneath. Enhanced staterooms on the Disney Magic will be complete after the ship undergoes dry dock in the fall. (Disney)
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Concierge Suites on the Disney Magic have been redesigned with more space and new luxurious décor, featuring an ocean-view quarter where guests can relax in the comfort of their own suite. The enhanced concierge suites will debut on the Disney Magic after the ship undergoes dry dock this fall. (Disney)
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The Walt Disney Royal Suite on the Disney Magic has been redesigned with new décor, featuring high-end furnishes in a spacious ocean-view quarter where guests can relax in the comfort of their own suite. The enhanced Walt Disney Royal Suite will welcome guests into their home away from home after the Disney Magic undergoes dry dock this fall. (Disney)
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The upper decks on the Disney Magic have been redesigned for plenty of splashtacular fun for all groups. Enhanced upper deck features include, the AquaDunk, a near-vertical thrill slide, AquaLab water playground with the Twist n' Spout water slide and a Huey, Duey and Louie-themed toddler splash zone. All these exciting upper deck features will be added on the Disney Magic this October, after the ship undergoes dry dock. (Disney)
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Postby Mrlittle » Fri Apr 26, 2013 5:51 pm

alright, I have to take my nieces on this ship. The updates to the ship look amazing. That slide looks cool but really its all the other little things they are doing that look amazing.
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Postby coasterfreak101 » Fri Apr 26, 2013 6:36 pm

Wow. That all looks SO amazing. Particularly that Toy Story room. :lover:
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Postby Midgetman82 » Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:08 am

The ship look absolutely stunning, and I'd do anything to sail on one of Disney's ships!

Here's one thing I noticed though. On the last rendered pic, I noticed the AquaDunk looks oddly like it was, at first, meant to be an Aqualoop? I do favor the new design over the inclined helix for multiple reasons, but out of curiosity why do you think they changed it?
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Postby ahecht » Wed May 01, 2013 4:11 am

Midgetman82 wrote:The ship look absolutely stunning, and I'd do anything to sail on one of Disney's ships!

Here's one thing I noticed though. On the last rendered pic, I noticed the AquaDunk looks oddly like it was, at first, meant to be an Aqualoop? I do favor the new design over the inclined helix for multiple reasons, but out of curiosity why do you think they changed it?


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Postby jedimaster1227 » Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:56 pm

Disney Cruise Line has sent us a press release regarding their recent, unique fundraiser for Make-A-Wish International.

Thousands of Disney Cruise Line guests and crew members recently volunteered their time on all four ships to take part in the first “AquaDucky Derby” rubber duck races in the ships’ pools and famous water coasters to raise nearly $14,000 for Make-A-Wish International.

The events saluted the 30th anniversary of the Disney VoluntEARS program, which provides opportunities for Disney cast and crew members to donate their time to worthy causes around the world.

The one-of-a-kind fundraiser brought together crew members and guests, who purchased yellow rubber ducks to decorate and then enter in a water-filled race aboard the ships. Races took place in Goofy’s Pool on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, while those onboard the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy utilized the AquaDuck, the first water coaster at sea exclusive to Disney Cruise Line.

All funds raised from the duck sales are being donated to Make-A-Wish International, an organization that grants wishes for children facing life-threatening medical conditions in 48 countries outside of the U.S. Since the first-ever official wish experience 32 years ago, Disney has helped grant more than 81,000 wishes globally and is involved in nearly 50 percent of the wishes granted each year.


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Postby jedimaster1227 » Sun Jun 30, 2013 2:11 pm

Time to get caught up on the latest inside looks that Disney Cruise Line has been providing on what is to come during the Disney Magic's upcoming time in dry dock!






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Postby jray21 » Sun Jun 30, 2013 6:19 pm

There's some nice improvements coming to the Disney Magic. I can't wait to see what other things are announced for them. I thought they had some really nice rooms already, so it'll be really nice to see how much nicer they are when completed.
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Postby coasterchitchat » Sat Jan 10, 2015 3:48 pm

Very strange that the would make someone leave in Nassau.

http://www.cruiselawnews.com/2015/01/articles/worst-cruise-line-in-the-world/disney-kicks-4-monthold-baby-off-cruise-ship/index.html

There is a story in the Naples Daily News about Disney deciding to kick a 4 month old baby off one of its cruise ships that leaves me scratching my head. When the parents booked the cruise, Disney permitted infants 12 weeks or older to cruise but it later changed its policy to 6 months or older effective January 1, 2015.
The newspaper says that the extended family sailed out of Miami on December 30th with 31 family members. The baby's grandmother is sick with cancer and the cruise was part of her "bucket list."
But when the parents took their baby to the infirmary and the ship doctor treated the infant for seasickness, the cruise took a turn for the worst. The ship doctor said that the child was too young to Disney Cruise Shipbe on the cruise and had to immediately leave the ship along with the parents, notwithstanding a Disney representative's assurances that all parents who had existing reservations would not be affected by the changes in Disney's policy's about the permitted age of infants.
The parents were sent into Nassau (a port I named the most dangerous port in the world) and forced to stay in what the parent's say was a “fleabag motel” after paying a $1,200 bill from the local public hospital.
The Naples Daily News quotes the father saying:
“No one would care if they took us off the ship and we were in complete safety in comparable accommodations and brought home,” he said. “They were deceitful about it. No one can believe that Disney would send a 4-month-old baby off into the dark in a foreign country that they say in their brochures is dangerous.”
It seems inexplicable to me that a cruise line which says that it caters to families with kids can send a 4 month old and his parents into Nassau under these circumstances.
I posted the story on the Cruise Law News Facebook page and received several dozen comments, ranging from criticism of the cruise line to blaming the parents.
My take on the issue is to simply ask, is it any surprise that the cruise industry has an image problem?
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