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Old 01-04-2013, 02:24 PM   #16
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Both Cookies are open when the Magic is at CC. They have moved most of the activities closer to the second one & Pelican Plunge also.

To the OP -- this one is beyond simple for me to answer. There is NOTHING on the Dream that would make me want to spend an additional $1400 to do the same exact cruise. Honestly, I prefer the shows on the Magic to those on the Dream [refuse to attempt to sit through Villians again]. It will be less crowded on CC when the Magic is in port there. If you want rides, spend much less than $1400 to stay at WDW for a day or two before or after the cruise. The Aquaduck was fun, but not that much fun IMO.
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:47 PM   #17
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Having sailed on The Dream, Fantasy and just now The Magic my vote would be The Magic. We have never spent a more relaxing time than on The Magic. The ship was just shy of full but you wouldn't know it. This is not the case on Dream class ships. Boy do you know it there.
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:25 PM   #18
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The Magic was our first ship and part of my heart is with her..I love the "classic" ships, IMHO the Dream and the Fantasy are too big for me..
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:46 PM   #19
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I would have to vote for the Magic. Having cruised on both, really the only thing I missed on the Magic was the Aqua Duck. The classic ships are smaller and more intimate than the newer, bigger Dream and Fantasy. We look forward to cruising the Magic soon.
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:15 PM   #20
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I prefer the classic ships.
The Aqua Duck is great but $1400 more


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Old 01-04-2013, 07:16 PM   #21
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I would choose the MAGIC. Here's why:

I have three years experience in sailing on all three Disney ships with my large deaf group (I'm a group leader): Magic, Wonder, and Dream.

I collect surveys from my group and here's the result:

DREAM:
*Too long lines waiting at Aquaduck and character photo op.
*Crowded
*Cabin prices expensive
*Dining staff were behind and not being fun/friendly enough
*Castaway Cay's crowded
*Most shore excursions are sold-out
*Foods get cold or let it sit too long
*Can't separate beds

MAGIC/WONDER:
*Feel right at "home"
*Super-friendly and entertaining crew, from cabin steward to waiters
*Not crowded, more roomy
*More available in activities and shore excursions
*Reasonable cabin prices
*Great foods, hot and fresh
*Can separate beds (from queen to twins)

If you really, really want to go on Dream, my suggestion is to take September cruise - it's when their prices get cheaper, due to kids are back to school.
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Old 01-06-2013, 03:09 PM   #22
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Thanks for all of the great info! I think we have decided on the Magic. Now, any info on what type of room to get on the Magic. I'm guessing that something on deck 6 or 7 would be preferable to deck 2. Leaning toward the larger inside stateroom due to price. Thoughts?
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Thanks for all of the great info! I think we have decided on the Magic. Now, any info on what type of room to get on the Magic. I'm guessing that something on deck 6 or 7 would be preferable to deck 2. Leaning toward the larger inside stateroom due to price. Thoughts?
IMHO, if you're doing an inside stateroom the deck isn't particularly important. Go with what is less expensive.
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Thanks for all of the great info! I think we have decided on the Magic. Now, any info on what type of room to get on the Magic. I'm guessing that something on deck 6 or 7 would be preferable to deck 2. Leaning toward the larger inside stateroom due to price. Thoughts?
Our first cruise on DCL was an outside stateroom on deck 2 on the Magic. I'd book it again in a heartbeat. It was fine and it's not far to anywhere on the ship. Go with what will fit your family reasonably. You're not going to spend much time in your room--and you'll want to spend money on other things (like shore excursions).

Someone gave me good advice once about OUR first cruise--don't start at the top because you'll never be able to go back. That being said, we are about to make our 4th Disney cruise and for the first time will have a veranda. Now I know I'll have to book a veranda for any cruises after that one.
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I just stayed in a veranda with my mom. I hated it.

Our first DCLcruise was in an outside. It was ok.

2-5 all insides- We love the layout with the bed against the back

#6- Veranda with my mom. She loved it. I hardly used it. I would rather be out on deck. PLus, for the price I can get 2 cruises

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Someone gave me good advice once about OUR first cruise--don't start at the top because you'll never be able to go back. That being said, we are about to make our 4th Disney cruise and for the first time will have a veranda. Now I know I'll have to book a veranda for any cruises after that one.
People say this, but for us it's not true. We did inside, inside, verandah, and then since then would prefer a verandah but when an inside is the only way you can afford to get on the ship, that's what you book. I'd much rather have an inside than nothing at all.
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:31 PM   #27
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Not sure what the ages/make up of your party is, but I saw people recommending to people traveling in a party of 5, that 2 rooms can often be only a little bit more expensive, sometimes not even more expensive, than 5 people in one cabin. That might give you more options. You could go with two smaller inside cabins, and if you get adjoining cabins, it would be like having a suite, with more bathroom space! We did this, instead of 4 of us in one room, we split up the party, DH and myself in a verandah, DD who will be 10 with my mom in an inside room right across the hall from us, on our April 2014 Magic cruise!
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People say this, but for us it's not true. We did inside, inside, verandah, and then since then would prefer a verandah but when an inside is the only way you can afford to get on the ship, that's what you book. I'd much rather have an inside than nothing at all.
You are so right! Any room is better than no room on DCL!
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