Activities & Entertainment

DCL Onboard Activities & Entertainment

The Disney Cruise Ships are the destination, but there is so much to do onboard for guests of ages!


Adults Only Activities


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Mention the word "Disney" to most people and the first word that comes to mind is "children". Happily, Disney Cruise Line recognizes that adults need their own cruise experience. They have designed the ship and activities so that adults have their own exclusive sections to enjoy.
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Children's Activities


Disney Cruise Specials and Discounts For Kids

Fulfilling the needs of children and families is one of the things that Disney does best, and the Disney Cruise Line ships are no exception. Children may choose to participate in the organized programs of the Oceaneer Club and Lab, or enjoy a variety of activities that are available throughout the day. Slipping and sliding down the chute into Mickey's Pool, splashing and having fun in the sun in Goofy's Family Pool, stretching in a morning workout at Goofy's Family Fitness, family line dancing and ping pong are some of the many physical activities that you'll find aboard these magnificent ships.
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Fun for the Whole Family

Studio Sea


Studio Sea can be found on the Wonder and the Magic and is situated on deck 4 mid-ship. You can bring the whole family in for "Family Karaoke" or compete in a dance contest, join the crew for a "Meet the Crew" party, or see a comedy show. Studio Sea hosts a number of fun and exciting activities which are sure to satisfy everyone's taste.

D Lounge

D Lounge is located on the Disney Dream and Fantasy on Deck 4 midship. This is a great place for families to hang out and play games together.  Disney Cruise staff have 20 different activities planned throughout the day and night, so there should be something for everyone in your family to enjoy.  Some examples are:

  • Family Fusion - Guests take the stage to test their knowledge of their families and see how well they can work together in a series of challenges.
  • Anyone Can Cook - Learn how to disguise healthy food, create a romantic dinner, and much more. 
  • Towel Folding - Learn how to make those amazing towel animals that you've been finding in your staterooms.
Disney Cruise Line Stage Shows

Each evening at the Walt Disney Theatre, a special show is offered for your entertainment.

On the Disney Wonder there are the Broadway caliber productions of   "The Golden  Mickeys", "Disney Dreams" and "Toy Story the Musical.

On the Disney Magic there's "The Golden Mickeys", "Disney Dreams" and "Twice Charmed, An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story." On some voyages you may be treated to a "Prem-Ear" of a new blockbuster Disney movie, or a variety show. 

The Disney Dream presents 3 stage shows. The newest show, "Disney's Believe", is a 50-minute show featuring over 20 popular characters like Cinderella, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins and Belle.  It tells the story of a busy father who learns a lesson about the important things in life, like spending time with his daughter. "The Golden Mickeys: A Timeless Tribute" is a popular show from the Wonder and the Magic, but has a few new twists onboard the Dream. The Little Mermaid's Ariel performs an aerial ballet and the Tangled characters, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider perform a romantic duet. "Villains Tonight" is a musical comedy starring such Disney villains as Ursula, the Evil Queen, Captain Hook and Scar.

The Disney Fantasy presents 3 stage shows - "Disney's Believe," "Disney Wishes," and "Disney's Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular."  "Disney Wishes" is a 45-minute musical tells the story of three friends celebrating high school graduation with a trip to Disneyland. The friends are learning about growing up and what to expect in the future, which leads to several musical numbers with Disney characters. The show involves scenes and characters from "Tangled," "Lilo and Stitch," "Jungle Book," and many others. "Wishes" ends with the song "Breakthrough" from the Disney Channel movie "Lemonade Mouth."

"Disney's Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular" is a musical comedy with many of the classic scenes and songs from the film. A stage version can also be seen at Disney California Adventure. At times, performers will be in the aisles of the theater, making guests feel like they're a part of the show. A new song, "To Be Free," is included and was written for the show by Alan Menken, who composed the original score.

There's also the Buena Vista Theatre on board which plays first-run Disney movies morning, afternoon and night, some in Digital 3-D.  The theater is decorated in the Art Deco style of the 1920s and 1930s.


Onboard Shopping
When that urge for Disney Cruise Line merchandise strikes, the Magic has four retail shops that offer exclusive DCL merchandise as well as a variety of other products and duty-free goods. Onboard Shopping Information
Disney Cruise Line Onboard Movies
In your stateroom, you can watch movies on the All Movie channel or the Disney Animated movie channel. You also have the option of watching first run Disney films in the Buena Vista Theater (these can be live action or animated).

Disney Cruise Recreational Activities


Just because you're on a cruise ship, doesn't mean you can't keep up with your workouts!  All the Disney ships are equipped with top of the line recreational areas.  There are pools for every age group - from the Mickey Pool for the littlest ones, to the Quiet Cove Pool for adults only.  Every kind of sport you can imagine is available - basketball, shuffleboard, ping pong, soccer, volleyball, and even golf!  If you just want a traditional workout, visit the Fitness Center and check out the weight machines and ellipticals.  Aerobic and yoga classes are offered and personal trainers are available if you need a little guidance. 

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Computer Terminal Locations, Accessing the Internet
If your laptop is wireless ready, you can bring it onboard and use it to surf the 'net and have full access to your personal files. Click here for more information
Disney Cruise Line Personal Navigators
Each night in your stateroom, you will receive a personal navigator, a newsletter-type document which outlines all activities on the ship (as well as shore excursions) for the next day. Navigators Infomation


Dates for 2014 Holiday cruises:

Halloween on the High Seas Cruises:

• Disney Magic: Sept. 27 – Oct. 26, 2014
• Disney Wonder: Sept. 26 – Oct. 31, 2014
• Disney Dream: Sept. 21 – Oct. 31, 2014
• Disney Fantasy: Sept. 20 – Oct. 25, 2014

Very Merrytime Cruises:
• Disney Magic: Nov. 23 – Dec. 28, 2014
• Disney Wonder: Nov. 23 – Dec. 30, 2014
• Disney Dream: Nov. 24 – Dec. 29, 2014
• Disney Fantasy: Nov. 22 – Dec. 27, 2014

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Halloween on the Disney Cruise Line

Halloween on the High Seas

  • Mickey's Mouse-querade Party! A party in the atrium with games, trick or treating, dancing and the Disney characters in their costumes!
  • Mask making for kids and pumpkin carving for teenagers.
  • Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas Sing and Scream - interactive movie experience, plus a meet and greet with Jack Skellington and Sally
  • Kids will enjoy the trick or treat hunt searching multiple decks and visiting different treat stations to collect candy.
  • Adult can join in on the fun with a late night costume contest and party.
  • Spooky Movies will be shown on Funnel Vision and in staterooms.  Scary stories will be told up on deck.
  • Halloween decorations, including The Pumpkin Tree!  The Pumpkin Tree is inspired by Ray Bradbury's story about Halloween traditions, "The Halloween Tree."  On the ships, the tree will magically sprout Jack-O-Lanterns, flickering lights and a booming voice.  Each one will have a mysterious caretaker, who will tell the guests haunted holiday stories.
  • The Disney Cruise Line chefs work their magic in the kitchen on some special Halloween treats.

NOTE: NO WEAPONS ALLOWED. If you plan on being a pirate, leave your plastic cutlass at home as no weapon, real or fake, is permitted.

Thanksgiving Day

A Thanksgiving feast will be served. Mickey and Minnie will be meeting and greeting guests while dressed in traditional Thanksgiving garb. Kids will enjoy holiday crafts and the jumbo LED screen Funnel Vision will feature the NFL football games being broadcast that day.

Very Merrytime Cruises


  • "King Triton's Tree Lighting" in the atrium on the first night of each cruise. A child will assist the Disney characters as the three-deck-tall tree is lit.
  • Disney characters pose for photos and autographs in the atrium dressed in holiday outfits.
  • "Deck the Deck Holiday Party" - a tropical celebration up on the pool deck.  Limbo with the Disney characters, Yuletide Slide and a congo line.
  • Special holiday crafts which could include making holiday cards, decorating stockings, decorating gingerbread houses and creating holiday animation cells.
  • Holiday storytellers sharing tales of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. There's even a story written just for guests of Disney Cruise Line about the magical feeling of the holidays on a ship.
  • Holiday caroling by international crew members
  • Disney Cruise Line holiday merchandise
  • Sunset Hanukkah services every day 12/8-12/16, Christmas services, including midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.
  • Traditional Christmas dinner in the dining rooms
  • On Christmas morning, Santa Claus and his elves will be at the Christmas tree in the atrium with surprises for the kids, along with cookies and milk.
  • Holiday edition of "Till We Meet Again" on the last evening of the cruise.

Castaway Cay at Christmas

  • Holiday Carolers, Christmas trees, Character meet and greets and "snow flurries" on Disney's private island
  • Holiday island music
  • Photo ops with Mr. and Mrs. Snowman, complete with their shell noses and tropical shirts
  • The tram is decorated like a reindeer with antlers and a tail.

Christmas by the Numbers

  • 124 holiday trees
  • 4,473 yards of garland
  • 14,000 yards of ribbon
  • Over 5 1/2 miles of Christmas lights
  • 1 jumbo candy cane for a holiday deck party
  • 1-ton King Triton Christmas tree
  • 300 pounds of gingerbread cookies
  • 650 pounds of gingerbread, 5250 gingerbread bricks, 320 hours, and 220 pounds of sugar icing = 1 life-size gingerbread house

New Year's

New Year's Eve Party with DJ, sparkling wine in commemorative flutes, confetti and balloon drop at midnight.

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