All about the Disney Magic

Disney Magic cruise ship
Disney Magic

The Disney Magic was built in 1998. It was renovated in 2013. It's considered a small size ship. Coming in at 984 ft long and 106 ft wide, it's roughly the length of 2.7 football fields, as wide as 2 tractor trailers, and the same height as a 11-story building. Disney Magic's exterior has a old-school steam boat feel while the interior leans into the Art Deco styling. Outside the ship, you'll see Goofy painting the name on the stern.

Disney Magic Overview

Disney Magic Size and Passengers

The Magic can hold 1,750 based on double occupancy (two people per room) and more when you take into account 3rd and 4th passengers. When you compare the total tonnage of the ship to the number of passengers, the Magic has a space ratio of 48. Depending on the ship, this number can range from 30 to 52 (with a bigger number meaning more space per person) so this ship has more space per person than average.

Gross Tonnage84,000
Passenger Decks11
Passengers (double occupancy)1,750
Passenger to Crew Ratio1.8
Space Ratio (tons of ship per passenger)48
Disney Magic Space Ratio
30 48 52

The Magic is one of two Magic-class ships currently sailing with Disney. Magic-class ships are the first ones that Disney launched. These intimate ships are used for destination heavy itineraries where you don't need as much to do on board. They were the first ships designed with families in mind, including cabins with extra sleeping space and split bathrooms and dedicated kids and adult areas. In addition, the Magic-class ships have dedicated kid and adult zones which means it's not all kids, all the time. The Magic is very similar to its sister-ships; Wonder, although each ship may have some differences.

Disney Magic Food and Restaurants

Food is a big part of any cruise, and there will plenty on the Disney Magic. You have 20 different dining options to choose from. Of those options, 16 are complementary, or included with your cruise fare. The other 4 options have an additional fee. Some of those options are a set price and some have a la cart menu pricing. 80% of the dining options are included which means if you're watching your budget, you won't feel like you're missing out by not going to a lot of extra fee dining places.

RestaurantRestaurant TypeCostType of Food
Animator's PalateSit downIncludedAsian and California
CabanasQuick serveIncludedBuffet
Daisy's De-LitesQuick serveIncludedSandwiches
Duck-In DinerQuick serveIncludedAmerican
Eye Scream TreatsQuick serveIncludedIce cream
Lumiere'sSit downIncludedFrench
PaloSit downFlat feeItalian
Pinocchio's PizzeriaQuick serveIncludedPizza
PreludesQuick serveA la cartSnacks
Rapunzel's Royal TableSit downIncludedAmerican

In terms of drinks and cocktails, you have a variety of choices. Disney serves the Coca-cola family of products. That means Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite and Barqs Root Beer, although the selection can vary by ship.

There are also plenty of bars available on this ship. Alcohol is not included in the base price of this cruise ship. To see if you would save money with a drink package, try our Drink Package Calculator.

Pools and Hot Tubs on Disney Magic

Goofy Pool on Disney Magic
Goofy Pool on Disney Magic

Nothing beats relaxing by a pool with a nice drink in hand as you feel the fresh sea breeze pass by you. The problem is that with thousands of people on a ship, there's not always room. If you want to spend all day in a pool, a cruise might not be the right choice. You would have a much better bet choosing a resort with a huge pool complex. That being said, a quick dip in the pool can be nice on a hot day.

The Disney Magic has a total of 3 pools and 4 hot tubs.

Tired of loud kids and splashing? 1 of the pools and 2 of the hot tubs are adults only.

Total Pools3
- Pools - General Access2
- Pools - Adults Only1
- Pools - Exclusive
Total Hot Tubs4
- Hot Tubs - General Access2
- Hot Tubs - Adults Only2
- Hot Tubs - Exclusive

Disney Magic Features and Activities

There are quite a few things to do on the Magic. These are the main amenities that are available. Some are included in the cost of the cruise, while others have an additional charge.

Adult Only Relaxation AreaIncluded
Character experiencesIncluded
Fitness CenterIncluded
Jogging TrackIncluded
Mini golfIncluded
Movie TheaterIncluded
SalonA la cart
Shows - Broadway playIncluded
Shows - musical reviewIncluded
SpaA la cart
Splash parkIncluded
Water slidesIncluded

Cruise Costs

Disney is a premium cruise line. Premium cruise lines typically offer upscale food, accommodations, and service. These typically cost about $150 - $400 per person per day.

Cruise pricing is dynamic and varies for each specific sailing based on factors such as departure point, ports of call, and time of year.

Disney Magic Onboard Costs

Another way to gauge the cost of a cruise is to consider how much you'll spend on board. Even though a lot is included in the base cruise fare, you may still spend money on things like spa treatments, specialty dining, drinks, and excursions. In addition, guests can also have to pay for things like gratuities and tips.

Typically guests can expect to spend about 25 - 40% of the cost of the cruise on onboard expenses. In other words, if the cruise fare is $1,000 per person, you might spend between $250 and $400 on extra expenses.

The table below will help you understand what you might spend onboard a Disney ship.

Base Daily Gratuities*
(Per Person Per Day)
Tip added to drinks & services18%
Soda PriceIncluded
Domestic Beer Price$6.50
Drink Package PriceNo drink package available
Internet Plan$12 - $36 per device per day
*Daily gratuities for a standard cabin. Suites or specialty rooms may have higher rates.

With Disney Cruises, soda is included for meals, but will have an extra cost at bars and throughout the day. While no drink packages are available, you can preorder bottles of wine or beer at a discount.

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