DLC Fantasy


The Disney Magic was the first ship launched by Disney Cruise Line.  It was commissioned to be built in 1996 by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri.  In 1998 The Magic was completed and began sailing out of Port Canaveral on July 30, 1998. Its original itinerary was three and four night cruises to Nassau in the Bahamas. Each cruise also included a stop at Disney’s private Bahamian island, Castaway Cay.  As Disney added more ships to their cruise line, the itinerary changed to include Mediterranean cruises out of Barcelona, Spain, Bahamian cruises from New York City and cruises from Galveston, Texas.


The Magic measures 964 feet in length which is longer than Main Street USA in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.  She has 11 public decks, can accommodate 2,700 passengers in 875 staterooms, and has a crew of approximately 950.  The Magic was built in two halves, each 100 miles apart.  Part of the ship was constructed in Ancona, Italy and towed to meet the stern half in Marghera (outside of Venice), Italy.  The two halves were joined and welded together.  The anchor on The Magic weighs 28,200 pounds.  That weight is about the size of three full-grown elephants!!  Roughly about 70 percent of Magic’s staterooms have ocean views.  Of those, about 90 percent have private verandahs.


There are two seating times that guests dine each evening, early seating is at 5:45 pm and late seating is at 8:15 pm.  The Disney Cruise Line features a unique approach to Cruise Dining on all of its ships — a rotational dining system.  On board The Magic, guests get to experience each of the three themed restaurants.  Restaurants are Animator’s PalateParrot Cay, and Lumiere’s.  Additionally, your server and other wait staff rotate with each guest’s table!  Dress code is cruise casual.

Other dinner choices include:  room service which is available 24 hours per day, several counter-service locations with items such as sandwiches, pizza, hamburgers, tacos and hot dogs.  There is also a buffet available at posted hours.  All food at these eateries is included in your cruise fare.  Disney Cruise Line has a drink station stocked with complimentary soft drinks, water, coffee, tea and lemonade. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic bar drinks cost extra, as do canned soda and certain package items ordered from room service, such as candy or bagged snacks.

An adults-only restaurant, Palo, serves dinner every night, as well as brunch and high tea on certain days. Men should wear dress shirts and pants, while women are asked to wear dresses or pantsuits to the restaurant. Palo requires reservations and there is a $20 service charge that covers the meal and gratuity, although you may tip more if you wish.  Palo is a MUST on any Disney Cruise.  Brunch is nothing short of amazing while dinner is excellent! All desert choices at both meals are absolutely decadent.

More about The Magic in Part 2.