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SparklesofHope 12-18-2012 10:21 AM

Magic Must-Do's
I can barely contain my excitement! Our family of four- DH, DS 11, DS 9, and myself will be sailing on our very first Disney cruise next June, 7-night Med on the Magic. I somehow managed to convince DH (who is neither a fan of Disney or cruises) that this would be a great way to visit Italy!

Anyway, I've searched the boards for first-time cruise info, DCL secrets, Med ports/excursions, etc.

But what are some of your favorite must-do's (must-see, must-try) on the Magic??

TIA! :)

bats 12-18-2012 11:07 AM

Welcome to the wonderful world of Disney Cruising. I will warn you now that it's very addictive and a VERY expensive habit to fund!!!

The Magic is my favourite ship, it's petite, beautiful and just lovely!

My favourite bits of the ship are the adult only pool area (much nicer than the Dream, but not as good as Fantasy), Lumiere's restaurant and, well, the whole ship really!!! Oh and secret deck 7 ... love that place!!!

On a different subject, if you're wanting to book DIY excursions for Rome, we were recommended a company by some DVC staff who had booked with them ... (
Absolutely fantastic company, private air con'd mini vans so no walking in the heat, friendly staff and the more people you have, the cheaper it is. We had a thread going on the UK version of the DisBoards and got 42 people!! Visited the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, Trevi Fountain, Colosseum and Spanish Steps .. no walking, dropped off at the entrances to each attraction (much to the annoyance of the Police who kept chasing us to move)!!

You'll love it for sure.
Any questions you have for the cruise (I've done 2 Med cruises with DCL), please feel free to ask .. better to do it by PM though as I don't subscribe to threads so won't know if you've asked me anything.:rolleyes2

Enjoy :thumbsup2

SparklesofHope 12-18-2012 02:33 PM

Thank you for your post! I'm starting to realize that Disney cruising can become very addictive! I'll be sure to check out Your Tour In Italy.

bellabaloo 12-18-2012 03:29 PM

As 1st time Disney cruisers sailing the Magic in March, I am very interested in this thread! Thanks for posting it :)

gumbypee 12-18-2012 04:51 PM

The tour of the ship (art themes or something like that) was fascinating to me-lots of interesting ship tidbits

jjones144 12-18-2012 04:55 PM

We are going on our third Disney cruise, first on the Magic in January. Interested to see what everyone had to say.

cruisecrasher 12-18-2012 05:13 PM

Art of the Theme ship tour

SparklesofHope 12-18-2012 06:42 PM

Thank you to those who have posted!

The wealth of knowledge on these boards is incredible! Way better than any information we would get from a TA or other website.

Magic Must-Do's

So far we have:
1. Adult only pool
2. Lumiere's restaurant
3. Secret Deck 7
4. Art of the Theme Ship Tour

I know there are many veteran Disney cruisers out there!

Any additional Must-Do's on the Magic?

Keever 12-18-2012 07:33 PM

Fish Extenders. Absolutely!

And magnetic door decorations.

disprincess4ever 12-19-2012 05:39 AM

What's so exciting about the art of the ship tour? :)

gumbypee 12-19-2012 05:53 AM

You find out all kinds of nifty facts - just one example : you are told that when magic was first being built that the shipyard was too small so they built it in two pieces and they show you the seam. They also tell you that the sister ship has a seam in it as well but it is a faux seam just so that it was identical to magic.

Interesting stuff like that-I love that kind of stuff and the majority of people I know enjoy this tour immensely!

gumbypee 12-19-2012 05:57 AM

I don't know exactly what is so special about lumiere's restaurant? It is just one of the three in rotation. I actually loved animators palate "mini-show" on first night the best. I don't recall lumiere's doing anything special but please correct me if I am wrong!! :)

Edit: I hope that didn't come across mean bc I didn't mean it that way, I just don't recall specialties of lumiere's

cruisecrasher 12-19-2012 06:14 AM


Originally Posted by disprincess4ever
What's so exciting about the art of the ship tour? :)

Lots. It is very interesting. For example the seam, which you can find easily on Deck four, is called the ships belly button. Flounder's reef was added in a space once used as a galley (on the Wonder this retrofit was done while crossing the Atlantic to avoid delaying its maiden voyage more). My favorite bit of trivia is why are they allowed fireworks when no other cruise line carries fireworks. Anybody else know?

gumbypee 12-19-2012 06:33 AM

Ooooh can't remember that factoid!!!

Because Disney is awesome and that is why?! ;)

cruisecrasher 12-19-2012 07:02 AM


Originally Posted by gumbypee
Ooooh can't remember that factoid!!!

Because Disney is awesome and that is why?! ;)

Although true, no.

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