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Enhancements coming to Disney Cruise Line's Magic ship

by Leah Zanolla
Apr 26, 2013

Several exciting enhancements were announced for Disney Cruise Line's ship, the Disney Magic.

The grand atrium lobby is the first thing guests see when they enter the Disney Magic, and after this fall's remodel, it will be a completely different view. The lobby will be redesigned with an art deco motif and feature colors of the sea, like coral, blue and aquamarine. The carpet will feature a seashell design. If guests look up, they will notice that the chandelier is meant to act as the sun in this space and golden yellow rays stretch across the ceiling. Currently, there are two curved staircases descending into the atrium. The redesign will leave only one to better enhance the flow of the space; the "Helmsman Mickey" statue will also be moved to a new location in the lobby and will receive a makeover of its own.

Next up is the Oceaneer Club - one of the areas for children age 3-12. The Club will be getting several new experiences, some based on the Oceaneer Club on the Dream and Fantasy and some will be brand-new on the Magic. Disney's Pixie Hollow and Andy's Room from Toy Story, just like on the Dream and Fantasy ships, will come to the Magic. New to any Disney Cruise ship will be Marvel's Avengers Academy. Children will be in charge of a command post directing the Avengers' secret missions and training. Another new addition will be the Mickey Mouse Club, decorated in red, yellow and black. Kids will make crafts and play games, as well as test out Goofy's Gears, an oversized activity center with magnetic, spinning gears to play with.

The other youth clubs will get an overhaul as well. The nursery will be transformed into the It's a Small World nursery, based on the theme park attraction, just like the nurseries on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. The Oceaneer Lab, which is also for kids age 3-12, will get a new pirate-themed area. Kids will use Navigator Simulators to steer a pirate ship through the Caribbean.

Several new interactive features will be coming to the pool deck. Water play features similar to the Fantasy's AquaLab will be added to the 1,800-square-foot space. Kids can jump around the pop jets, geysers and bubblers. The infants/toddlers splash area will be re-themed around Huey, Dewey, and Louie, Donald's nephews. The Twist N' Spout water slide will let guests twist back and forth across the ship in 250 feet of twists and turns. This slide is for guests between 38 and 64 inches tall.

Brand-new to any Disney ship is the AquaDunk, a three-story body slide! Riders step inside a clear tube and the floor under them opens like a trap door, sending them on a near-vertical drop that will eventually take them 20 feet over the side of the ship. This slide is for guests 48 inches or taller.

Changes are coming to the ship's dining establishments as well.
Animator's Palate will be remodeled with high-def flat screens and animation decorating the walls. The popular Animation Magic show from the Disney Fantasy will be coming as well, giving each guest the chance to become an artist.

A new Brazilian restaurant will be available for guests, bring the spirit of Rio de Janeiro to the ship. Carioca's will be designed like an outdoor marketplace and will be based on Jose, the parrot from The Three Cabelleros. In the daytime this space will have a festival theme and transform at night to the city of Rio, with soft lights and lit lanterns. Carioca's will replace Parrot Cay.

Cabanas will replace Topsider Buffet, which is currently on the ship, and be themed around Finding Nemo. Cabanas is a casual atmosphere during the day and a table-service restaurant in the evening. The restaurant space will also be expanding, giving it 9,460 square feet of space and 455 seats.

Palo, the adults-only dining location, will be getting a makeover reminiscent of a cafe in Venice. Glass artwork, stone floors and red and white striped poles will give the restaurant the illusion of being situated on the canals of the Italian city.

Each ship has an adults-only area with nightclubs and bars. After the Magic remodel, this area will be called "After Hours" and gain O'Gill's Pub from the Disney Fantasy. New clubs will be Fathoms, an undersea-themed club that changes atmosphere as the night goes on and Keys, a laid-back piano bar.

The Vista Spa will change to Senses Spa & Salon and will be upgraded to a more contemporary design, and also be expanded by 725 square feet. Smile Spa, a new addition, will offer teeth whitening services, barbershop services for men and the Chill Spa will cater specifically to teens ages 13 to 17.

D Lounge will replace Studio Sea as the hangout for games, dance parties and family-friendly activities.

These enhancements will take place while the ship is at dry dock September 7 - October 10, 2013 in Cadiz, Spain.

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