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Be Transported to Corona at Rapunzel’s Royal Table on the Disney Magic

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Rapunzel’s Royal Table is now open on the Disney Magic, transporting you to the kingdom of Corona for an evening of music and fun! As the first table service restaurant themed to “Tangled” that features characters and live entertainment, Rapunzel’s Royal Table is a dining experience unlike any other.

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When you enter the restaurant, it’s as if you’re stepping inside a regal ballroom in the royal castle, lit by glowing wish lanterns and adorned with colorful drawings that reflect Rapunzel’s artistic talents. Here, the King and Queen of Corona invite everyone to take part in a festive celebration of Rapunzel’s birthday and the anniversary of her return to the kingdom.

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Throughout dinner, the live entertainment includes spirited singing and dancing led by a merry band of musicians, the mischievous Snuggly Duckling Thugs and of course, Princess Rapunzel herself. In true Disney fashion, a lively parade caps off your evening in Corona!

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So, what’s on the menu? From the Snuggly Duckling charcuterie platter to the Tangled Pasta and the Birthday Cupcake Sundae, your night at Rapunzel’s Royal Table is quite the feast! Take a look some of the delicious dishes from the “Tangled” themed menu…

Dinner at Rapunzel’s Royal Table is the perfect pairing to “Tangled: The Musical” – our charming Broadway-style stage production aboard the Disney Magic. When telling friends about the destinations you visited on your family’s Disney cruise, make sure to mention the Kingdom of Corona!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner and member of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). She would love to help you plan your next cruise at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Six Charming Cities You Can Visit in Spain with Disney Cruise Line

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Disney Cruise Line’s summer season in Europe offers the chance for Disney cruisers to explore multiple countries on one magical voyage. There are a number of incredible European destinations that you can visit, but today we are sharing with you six Spanish cities you can visit in Spain with Disney Cruise Line.

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Barcelona
Barcelona is one of Disney’s homeports for cruises in the Mediterranean, and you’ll definitely want to extend your vacation with extra days in this vibrant locale before your cruise. If you join the Adventures by Disney Barcelona Short Escape, Adventure Guides host special guided experiences and handle all the travel details to make your vacation carefree. You’ll discover the culture of this magnificent city through its Gothic architecture, museums, parks and people, including private tours of Gaudí’s La Sagrada Familia and Parque Güell.

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Cadiz
One of the world’s oldest cities, Cádiz retains its romantic charm, significant architecture and ancient ruins. The 3,000-year-old city is filled with colorful plazas, gardens and historic Moorish and Baroque cathedrals. Visit the second largest Roman theater discovered in the world, enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the top of Torre Tavira and dine on ocean delicacies like squid, shrimp and lobster.

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Ibiza
Off the east coast of Spain, this idyllic island in the Mediterranean Sea is stocked with breathtaking beaches, ancient caves, historical sites, glamorous shops and quaint restaurants. Snorkel or drive in the turquoise waters, climb to Ibiza Castle in Dalt Vila (Old Town) or simply spend your day soaking up the sun in this gorgeous destination.

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Málaga
A gem on Spain’s Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun), Málaga is one of the oldest ports in the Mediterranean. Its storied past is reflected through diverse architecture and museums. Explore Moorish castles, take a trip through time in the historic quarter, visit the Picasso Museum or sunbathe on sparkling beaches.

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Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca is the capital city of the Balearic Islands known for endless sun and age-old sites steeped in history. The city is rich in Roman and Arab history, where the remnants of the past blends with contemporary Spanish living. Explore majestic cathedrals, historic sites, boutiques and cafés, or travel just outside the city to white-sand beaches and pristine waters.

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Vigo
Vigo is a city of Galicia and an independent region in the Spanish province known for its fishing industry. Dine on fresh seafood, including Galician oysters, explore streets steeped in medieval charm, and encounter exquisite shops, ancient forts and palaces. If you feel like relaxing, Vigo and its surrounding areas boast beautiful beaches.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner and member of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). She would love to help you plan your next cruise at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Top Five Marvel Day at Sea Experiences on Disney Cruise Line

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Top Five Marvel Day at Sea Experiences on Disney Cruise Line

The time has arrived when the mightiest Marvel Super Heroes and menacing foes assemble on the Disney Magic to make the action-packed Marvel Day at Sea a reality! Now, enjoy your first official look at some of the exciting day-long entertainment and adventures that will transport you to a new realm of heroic possibilities with these Marvel Day at Sea experiences…

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“Marvel Heroes Unite”
For the first time ever, Marvel Super Heroes and Villains face off in an incredible battle at sea! The super-charged nighttime show fills the upper decks with special effects, stunts and pyrotechnics and music. The epic finale culminates in the largest collection of Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains ever assembled on a cruise ship.

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“Doctor Strange: Journey into the Mystic Arts”
In a brand-new interactive show, sorcerer supreme Doctor Strange invites guests to join him on a journey of discovery into the world of the Mystic Arts.

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Black Panther’s Debut
Making his very first appearance as part of a Disney vacation experience, Black Panther shares his secrets of super reflexes and extraordinary intellect during up-close encounters.

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Heroic Encounters
Around the ship, you may happen upon your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, who is always quick with a word of encouragement and helping guests hone their Spider-senses. Other Marvel Super Heroes you may encounter onboard include Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and Black Widow, to name just a few.

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“Mickey and Friends Super Hero Celebration”
Even Disney characters are getting in on the action! Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale dress up to honor their favorite Marvel Super Heroes.

Marvel Day at Sea is on select 7- and 8-night Disney Cruise Line sailings from New York this fall, and returns on select 5-night Western Caribbean cruises from Miami in early 2018.

It’s not too late to book your Disney Cruise and enjoy all of these exciting Marvel Day at Sea experiences!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner and member of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). She would love to help you plan your next cruise at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

New Restaurant and More Planned for 2018 Disney Magic Refurbishment

The Disney Magic embodies the Disney Cruise Line tradition of blending the elegant grace of early 20th century transatlantic ocean liners with contemporary design to create a stylish and spectacular cruise ship. On the Disney Magic, guests can experience new adventures, explore re-imagined areas and discover exciting additions for the whole family. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Disney recently shared some details on the exciting enhancements debuting after the 2018 Disney Magic refurbishment is complete early next year. The new spaces and new experiences currently under development will include a Tangled-themed family restaurant, a fresh new space for teens and a sophisticated café for adults.

An Enchanting Dining Experience for Families

At Rapunzel’s Royal Table, your family will delight in an all-new dining experience inspired by the beloved story of Disney’s “Tangled.” The first table service restaurant themed to “Tangled” that features characters and live entertainment will transport Disney Magic guests to the kingdom of Corona for an evening of music and interactive fun with Rapunzel and the mischievous Snuggly Duckling Thugs.

Upon entering the restaurant, you’ll step inside a regal ballroom in the royal castle, lit by glowing wish lanterns and adorned with colorful drawings that reflect Rapunzel’s artistic talents. Here, the King and Queen of Corona invite you to take part in a festive celebration of Rapunzel’s birthday and the anniversary of her return to the kingdom.

Throughout dinner, you’ll be treated to live entertainment, including spirited singing and dancing, a merry band of musicians, the mischievous Snuggly Duckling Thugs and of course, Princess Rapunzel herself.

The family fun is complete with themed menus, special activities and a lively parade to cap off the evening in Corona. The charm and enchantment of “Tangled” in Rapunzel’s Royal Table is the perfect pairing to “Tangled: The Musical” – the spellbinding original production that delights guests during each Disney Magic sailing.

Redesigned Retreat Just for Teens

Vibe, the space on the ship reserved for teens ages 14-17, is being transformed into a trendy urban loft environment. At Vibe, teens can enjoy a new coffee and smoothie bar, play video and virtual reality games, and check out other cool activities like a DJ spin-off and movie making.

Refined Escape Exclusively for Adults

If it’s a grownup retreat you’re seeking, Cove Café is being redesigned in a sophisticated tropical style. It’s the perfect place to sip a specialty coffee or tea throughout the day, or indulge in wine or a cocktail and light bites during the evening hours.

Elsewhere around the Disney Magic, other enhancement highlights include the addition of Club Disney Junior in Disney’s Oceaneer Club for children and a redesigned Rainforest Room with steam and hydrotherapy in Senses Spa for adults.

The new enhancements debut on Disney Magic starting March 9, 2018, on sailings from Miami, Fla.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner and member of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). She would love to help you plan your next cruise at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Five Experiences During Marvel Day at Sea on Disney Cruise Line

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We are less than a month away from the first Marvel Day at Sea cruise, which premiere on select voyages from New York City this fall. Disney has recently revealed more details about the fun that is in store for families during this epic day-long event aboard the Disney Magic.

Marvel Day at Sea hosts an awesome mix of immersive entertainment that will empower you to unlock your hidden superhuman abilities. Here are just some of the highlights of experiences during Marvel Day at Sea that await your family on this special day of your cruise vacation…

Family costume celebration
You’re invited to bring your most heroic (or villainous) costumes on the cruise. During what’s sure to be an inspiring costume celebration in the ship’s atrium, families are encouraged to celebrate together in Marvel-themed groups. Are you ready to assemble your Avengers?

Super Hero training for kids
For young heroes-in-training, Marvel-themed games, activities and arts and crafts will be offered throughout the day in Marvel’s Avengers Academy. Super Heroes like Spider-Man, Black Widow, Thor and Hawkeye will teach kids the true qualities of being a hero. Kids will enjoy interactive experiences like special secret agent training, learn the path to becoming worthy with Thor, and hone their reflexes, speed and intellect with Spider-Man.

Film screenings
There will be exclusive at-sea screenings of fan-favorite films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe including the newest theatrical releases, as well as viewings of the Disney XD shows: Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Marvel’s Spider-Man and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The newest Marvel cinematic feature, Thor: Ragnarok, debuts onboard November 3, the same day as in theaters on land.

Marvel trivia 
Put your knowledge to the test! Kids and families summon their Marvel knowledge and enjoy friendly competition during trivia games, covering courageous heroes and fun facts from the Marvel Universe. New to Marvel or want to brush up on your heroic facts? Join us for a fun session that covers the basics of the Marvel Universe so you can stay up-to-speed during the entire epic event.

Fun with Mickey and friends 
Even Disney characters are getting in on the action! Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale dress up to honor their favorite Marvel Super Heroes, and young cruisers won’t want to miss this opportunity to have some fun and dance with the gang up on deck.

Of course the fun doesn’t stop there! There will be plenty of opportunities for heroic encounters with some of the mightiest Marvel Super Heroes and Villains, including an interactive show in the Walt Disney Theatre with Doctor Strange. You can learn how to draw heroes like Spider-Man, Captain, Iron Man and Groot and take a quiz to determine the perfect Marvel comic for you!

You can also meet and hear behind-the-scenes stories from some of Marvel’s animation, game and publishing insiders. What’s more, this action-packed day features an extraordinary evening deck show like you’ve never seen before. More about that soon!

Marvel Day at Sea premieres on select 7- and 8-night Disney Cruise Line sailings from New York this fall, and returns on select 5-night Western Caribbean cruises from Miami in early 2018.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Top Five Reasons to take a 2017 Disney Cruise from New York City

Top Five Reasons to take a 2017 Disney Cruise from New York City

In just a few weeks, the Disney Magic will return to New York City for a limited time, with special sailings to the Bahamas and Canada through November 2017. These extraordinary cruises are jam-packed with magic and adventure, giving you so many opportunities for memorable family fun.

Here are the top five reasons to take a 2017 Disney Cruise from New York City this fall …

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1. Experience epic fun during Marvel Day at Sea.
On seven special sailings from New York City, your family will be immersed in the Marvel Universe during Marvel Day at Sea. Occurring on one action-packed day at sea during your seven- or eight-night cruise, you’ll encounter favorite Marvel Super Heroes and Villains and enjoy an extraordinary deck show spectacular, Marvel-themed family and youth activities, special merchandise, unique food and beverage offerings, and much more. Marvel Day at Sea departs from the Big Apple on Oct. 6, 14, 21 and 28, as well as Nov. 4, 11 and 18.

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2. Celebrate the season with Halloween on the High Seas.
Get ready for spooktacular fun on Disney Magic cruises departing New York City from Sept. 27 to Oct. 28. On these special voyages, the ship transforms into a ghoulish wonderland for our Halloween on the High Seas celebration. From costume parties and eerie eats to ghostly movies, haunted stories and more, prepare for a wickedly good time!

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3. Visit our private island and Walt Disney World on Bahamian sailings.
On each Bahamian cruise from New York, you’ll visit our award-winning private island, Castaway Cay, for a full day of family fun in the sun. You’ll also have the chance to visit Walt Disney World when the ship docks at Port Canaveral, Florida. Tickets and round-trip transportation to the parks are included, making for a hassle-free day trip. Seven- and eight-night sailings to the Bahamas depart New York on Oct. 6, 14 and 28, as well as Nov. 4, 11 and 18.

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4. Discover maritime charm during voyages to Canada and New England.
Three special cruises to Canada from New York take you to seaside cities brimming with picturesque scenery and maritime charm. A seven-night sailing includes a first-ever call on Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, in addition to two stops in Nova Scotia: Sydney and Halifax. Four- and five-night sailings visit Saint John, New Brunswick, with the five-night cruise also calling on the quaint New England town of Bar Harbor, Maine, another new port of call for Disney Cruise Line. Cruises to Canada depart Sept. 27, Oct. 2 and Oct. 21.

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5. Enjoy fun-filled entertainment for the entire family. 
On all Disney Magic cruises, you’ll be treated to incredible entertainment like only Disney can do. The ship is home to imaginative spaces for kids like Marvel’s Avengers Academy, adult-exclusive areas, one-of-a-kind dining experiences, the thrilling AquaDunk slide and much more! Live entertainment, from Broadway-caliber stage spectaculars such as “Tangled: The Musical” to the swashbuckling Pirate Night deck party and Disney character interactions galore, every moment on the Disney Magic is sure to be unforgettable.

An added bonus, four of these sailings from New York City include Marvel Day at Sea and Halloween on the High Seas. Experience both of these incredible celebrations on Bahamian cruises departing Oct. 6, Oct. 14 and 28, and the seven-night Canada cruise departing Oct. 21. Talk about the Disney cruise of a lifetime!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner and member of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). She would love to help you plan your next cruise at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Save on Select Disney Cruises from New York in Fall 2017

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Save on Select Disney Cruises from New York in Fall 2017

You can now save 20% off prevailing rates as quoted by Disney Cruise Line for Verandah Staterooms with Restrictions (Category VGT) on select 4- to 8-night cruises departing New York on September 27, October 2, October 6, and October 21, 2017.

Everything you need to experience a relaxing, yet fun-filled family vacation is at your fingertips—Broadway-caliber shows, elaborately themed pool areas, diverse dining options and so much more!

Disney is offering four cruise itineraries that are eligible for 20% off prevailing rates on Verandah Staterooms with Restrictions (Category VGT):

  • 5-Night Halloween on the High Seas Canada and New England Cruise from New York September 27, 2017 – $1,360 per person, based on double occupancy. Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses of $160 per person not included.
  • 4-Night Halloween on the High Seas Canada Cruise from New York October 2, 2017 – $1,088 per person, based on double occupancy. Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses of $143 per person not included.
  • 8-Night Halloween on the High Seas Bahamian Cruise from New York with Marvel Day at Sea October 6, 2017 – $1,728 per person, based on double occupancy. Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses of $177 per person not included.
  • 7-Night Halloween on the High Seas Canada Cruise from New York with Marvel Day at Sea on October 21, 2017 – $1,960 per person, based on double occupancy. Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses of $174 per person not included.

Important Details on Verandah Staterooms with Restrictions (Category VGT):

  • Valid for new bookings only
  • Full payment is required at the time of booking for all Guests and is non-refundable.
  • Full legal names of all Guests are required at time of booking and no name changes are allowed.
  • Specific stateroom will be assigned at a later time, based on availability.

Important Details:

  • Not combinable with Disney Vacation Club Points
  • Rate does not include Gratuities or Port Adventures.
  • The number of staterooms allocated for this offer is limited.
  • This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.
  • Rates are in U.S. dollars
  • Offer subject to Disney Cruise Line Terms and Conditions.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner and member of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). She would love to help you plan your next cruise at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Don’t Miss the Drawn to Magic Show at Animator’s Palate on the Disney Magic

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Animator’s Palate is just one of the exciting dining experiences available with Disney Cruise Line. One of the most unique dining features aboard Disney Cruise Line is rotational dining, where your waitstaff moves with you to each restaurant so that they get to know your family during your vacation.

The recently re-imagined Disney Magic’s Animator’s Palate now has a brand new “Drawn to Magic” show that surrounds its guests in the swirling colors of animated classics and transforms their dining experience into a dramatic story of heroes and villains.

Animator’s Palate is cloaked from floor to ceiling in a classical black and white motif, celebrating the early days of animation in the Steamboat Willie era of Disney’s animation past. There are over-sized digital canvases lining the walls of Animator’s Palate, where unseen artists sketch character portraits in real-time as guests find their tables and make their dinner selections. The whole family is sure to enjoy guessing which favorite Disney characters are being sketched, as their favorite heroes and villains begin to appear on the walls of the restaurant.

As appetizers begins to arrive, pencil tests of Disney characters are displayed throughout Animator’s Palate. Iconic moments from Disney favorites like Beauty and the Best or The Princess and the Frog are brought to life, one canvas at a time.

Guests then get their first taste of color when the character pencil tests around the room are treated to ink and paint. Each of the characters are shown throughout the painting process of animation, highlighting both the traditional cel painting and modern digital art, which offers a unique look into the animation behind some of Disney’s most adored feature films.

Pixie dust heralds the final element of animation, completing the arc from sketch, to pencil test, to ink and paint, leading to the result—storytelling. As dinner begins to wind down and desserts are selected, a grand “Drawn to Magic” finale begins, immersing guests in an animated show about a hero’s journey through Disney and Pixar animation from wishing upon a star to happily ever after.

Disney Cruise Line has explained the Drawn to Magic Show at Animator’s Palate in full detail below:

“The tale begins as the room darkens so that the illuminated digital canvases can tell the story of dreams, featuring iconic wishing moments from films like Tangled, The Princess and the Frog, Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty and more. “When You Wish Upon a Star” tugs at heartstrings, as guests reminisce with the characters, of dreams and wishes.

The arrival of the Blue Fairy from the classic feature film Pinocchio, brings hope—and a dash of magic—to these stories, imparting a rich splash of color to the walls of Animator’s Palate, for the first time. With their dreams coming true, characters like Cinderella, Merida, Peter Pan and more show guests how animation can tell a story of beauty, hope, magic and wonder. Guests soar through the clouds with Aladdin and Jasmine, tumble to Wonderland with Alice and explore a new world with Ariel. The storytelling continues as the walls shift to a lighter, golden color with clips of lovable Disney characters featuring some of their most memorable, humorous and endearing moments. As the stories continue and become more intense, the room melds into more colors, bringing new life to the stories.

The show takes a dramatic turn when these fanciful dreams are interrupted by fearsome Disney villains—from Maleficent to Jafar—drenching the entire room in a deep crimson red for the first time during the show. This dramatic shift in the lighting plunges guests into the story as characters, taking them on a fearful journey of darkness and despair, finally halting when the protagonists have been overcome.

Wearied and worn, the canvases return to their normal state, and the walls become a pale washed-out color—our heroes have been defeated, and hope seems lost.

As with happy endings though, magic, faith—and a little bit of pixie dust—raises our heroes (and guests), proving that dreams and hope prevail. Scenes from classic and modern Disney films play on canvases around the room, as the walls flash with moving watercolor medleys, bathing the black and white room in full color. The celebration comes to life, with a parade of color and “transformed” wait staff, led by Sorcerer Mickey, who knows more than anyone, that wishing and dreams can change everything.

Set to an eloquent score composed by Randy Miller, and recorded at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, Calif., this show features music and animation from popular Disney movies that range from Disney’s classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to the contemporary, with Disney’s latest feature film, Frozen.”

As a fresh take on the beloved dinner celebration, the new “Drawn to Magic” show appears on the Disney Magic on three-, four- and five-night itineraries. Guests on voyages of seven nights or more are treated to both “Drawn to Magic” and “Animation Magic” shows.

Siera is a Disney travel specialist who would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information. 

Your Little Super Hero Will Love Marvel’s Avengers Academy on the Disney Magic

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Marvel’s Avengers Academy is now accepting new recruits for training on-board the Disney Magic for a multi-day experience that transports kids to an elite facility for super hero training.

Calling Disney’s Oceaneer Club its new seaward home, Marvel’s The Avengers make their presence known in an epic way. Young heroes are transported to a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. base (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division)—a technologically advanced remote 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 earth’s mightiest heroes—Iron Man’s high-tech suit of armor, Captain America’s shield and Thor’s hammer—inspire super hero “recruits” throughout their academy missions.

Become Iron Man

Inside Marvel’s Avengers Academy, young hero hopefuls will get to virtually wear one of Iron Man’s suits during a simulated training experience on a video screen display. With a little help from J.A.R.V.I.S. (Just A Rather Very Intelligent System), the simulation gives recruits the opportunity to test out the suit’s repulsor system and flight mode—just like Iron Man.

Trainees begin by virtually suiting up, piece-by-piece in the armor, and testing their agility in the suit. Then, recruits practice accuracy with the repulsor system blasting targets—this fully interactive experience is complete with lighting effects, immersing the young heroes in the experience. The training simulation concludes with a fast-paced flight test to get kids used to jetting around in the suit—a skill that they may find handy in the future.

Avengers Assemble!

The fun continues with Become a Hero. When the kids enter the high-tech S.H.I.E.L.D. base at Marvel’s Avengers Academy, they are briefed by Director Nick Fury on the constant presence of fearsome villains—and the need to train new recruits to keep the world safe from evil. The kids learn that Hydra continues to be a nefarious force that The Avengers continue to battle all over the world.

After Nick Fury signs off, kids are put to work building super-suits of their own by constructing masks, capes, chest plates and repulsor rays to reflect their own super powers. Once their hero suits are ready, the real work begins—skills training to learn telepathic powers and target practice with their repulsor rays.

By the end of their first day, recruits are well on their way to active duty hero work when the training is interrupted by a surprise appearance of one of their favorite Marvel super heroes—Captain America himself. Checking-in on the training, Captain America teaches the group the “Avengers Assemble” call sign so they can truly step into the role of The Avengers.

On Day Two of Marvel’s Avengers Academy, recruits report for more training of their super-skills, when S.H.I.E.L.D. intercepts an urgent transmission—Super-villain Red Skull has planned another elaborate diabolical plot to turn a “certain sea vessel” into a deadly weapon. With The Avengers on assignment on the other side of the globe, it becomes clear that it’s up to the newest recruits to formulate a plan to save the planet.

Recruits realize the task may be harder than they thought when things take a turn for the worse—they soon find that their own Youth Activities counselors have been put under an evil spell that the kids must break. With time running out quickly, kids will need to use their super hero powers and creative reasoning to work together to find a solution to thwart Red Skull’s evil plans so that they can save the Avengers and prevent the Disney Magic from takeover.

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

Siera is a Disney travel specialist. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information. 

New Spaces and Experiences on the Recently Re-imagined Disney Magic

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There’s an extra dose of magic aboard the re-imagined Disney Magic, with new spaces, re-imagined areas and exciting additions for the whole family. Guests can now experience new adventures from bow 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 heroes 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,” says Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line. “What we’ve done 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:

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 bronze statue of “Helmsman Mickey,” ever-smiling and keeping watch as guests stroll past. The famed statue has stood in the atrium since the ship was launched.

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 marks 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 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 are 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. Marvel’s 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.

The enchanted land of Tinker Bell and her fairy friends comes alive in Pixie Hollow. 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 Mickey Mouse Club the room is 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 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 age 3 and older. 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.

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.

On every Disney Magic cruise, a heaping helping of entertainment is served up at Animator’s Palate, now delighting guests with a fresh take on the “Drawn to Magic” dinner animation show. During this show guests see the evolution of animation from pencil test, to ink and paint, and finally, storytelling. With an emotional finale, the black and white interior of the restaurant is splashed with vibrant colors and guests see the hero’s journey through Disney and Pixar animation, from wishing upon a star, to happily ever after.

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 Janeiro, with softly illuminated lanterns flickering overhead. Carioca’s has replaced Parrot Cay restaurant, formerly 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 replaced Topsider Buffet, has also expanded. More indoor space has been 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 503 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 soaking in the sun on the decks and enjoying activities around 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, formerly on the Disney Magic.

“It was 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.

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.

Days of olde are recalled in O’Gill’s Pub, 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 has been 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 re-imagined 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, formerly 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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