After spending a considerable amount of time looking at what’s important (food), we’ll take a look at the pools, kids clubs, and theaters on the Disney Magic, in addition to a few more places of interest. Then maybe a look at the bars and nightlife before moving back over to the Dream. Maybe Castaway Cay.
Most guests’ first stop after embarking will be Cabanas on Deck 9 for the lunch buffet, while others are prepared to head straight for the pool. Rooms are usually ready close to 1:30pm and we had boarded at 11:15am, so there’s some time to do some exploring prior to getting settled.
This is the main pool, which is really tiny – more like an oversized bathtub than anything and you probably won’t be doing a lot of swimming. The main activity is standing in place in waist-deep water, while trying to angle your body furthest from the kid that looks most likely to pee.
One of two covered hot tubs sit on each side. “Funnel Vision” is the name of the 24-by-14-foot LED screen here. Disney movies are usually what’s on, but it will also show major sporting events as well. which is find of fun.
Nearby is the Nephew’s Splash Zone/AquaLab.
It’s an interactive splash area for kids that was open from 9am-6pm on our cruise. Goofy’s Pool (main pool) was open from 9am-6pm and 8pm-10pm. While afternoons were busy, there were very few people in the later evening, when the vast majority of people are dining or watching the theater show.
From the other side.
Cove Pool, open from 6am-12am daily, is designated for those 18 years of age and older. You’ll find two more whirlpools and about 40 deck chairs surrounding it. And a bar just two steps away, of course. It’s almost like they knew I was coming.
A daytime look shortly after embarkation. It’s a relaxing area for the most part, though you’ll find that most of the deck chairs are “saved” from very early on in the day.
Cove Pool wasn’t usually too crowded, but you can see how much space is left in the pool after just 10 or 15 people are in it.
Cove Cafe, which is also reserved for those 18+, is over here as well. The menu from 18 months ago:
It’s a nice respite from the heat and crowds outside.
The AquaDunk is popular.
Insert FP+ joke.
Basically you stand there and then the floor beneath you gives way to 212-feet of water slide tube, including about 20 feet over the edge of the ship, before ending with a final splash. It was open from 10am-8pm.
The Wide World of Sports Deck is also in this area at the front of the ship.
Disney describes it as a “massive open-air activities area,” but in reality it’s about half of a basketball court. Foosball and ping pong are over there too.
Quarter Masters Arcade is also located on Deck 9:
Most games cost between 35 and 100 points.
Kids between the ages of 3 and 12 have two supervised youth clubs to enjoy – The Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab. Both are usually open from 9am-12am:
The Magic had been out of service for an extensive refurbishment that added a Marvel area, in addition to other enhancements:
Feel free to chime in about how much your kids did or didn’t enjoy the Club. The areas certainly seemed expansive with a nice variety of things to do.
“Edge” is designed for kids ages 11-14:
- A computer lab with child-friendly computers
- Videogame consoles with the latest games
- Plush couches
- Tables for arts and crafts
- Flat-screen televisions
Sounds like every 13 year old’s dream…child friendly computers and coloring.
“Vibe” is designed for kids ages 14 to 17 and includes similar things.
it’s a small world nursery! is designed for kids six months to three years of age. Unlike the other youth clubs that are complimentary, the nursery will run you $9 per hour:
About four hours of care would cover the evening meal, show, and a drink.
There are two main theaters on the ship. The smaller one is the Buena Vista Theater on Deck 5, which primarily plays first-run Disney movies that are currently in theaters – in 3D where applicable at no extra charge.
Inside the theater, which does host a port shopping talk on the first day. One thing I liked about Disney was that they didn’t really push jewelry like some of the other cruise lines. I’m not sure if that’s true when they go to Alaska, which is basically glaciers and tanzanite. On these short Bahamas cruises, your only “real” port is Nassau, and I’m not sure how much shopping most people do there.
On the opposite side of the ship is the significantly larger Walt Disney Theater, which is where the nightly show takes place at 6:15pm and 8:30pm. Guests with the first dinner seating head to the second show after dinner, while those with the later meal see the first show. The only show we didn’t particularly enjoy was The Golden Mickeys on the Dream, which is sort of like the Fantasmic of the Sea with a hodgepodge of Disney characters and stories over the course of the 50-minute runtime. Villains Tonight and Disney Dreams (in particular) were entertaining, I thought. Tangled: The Musical is expected to debut on the Magic in November.
While not exactly a theater, the D Lounge is a “family nightclub” where you’ll find a variety of activities throughout the day.
Most of the stores are located on deck 4 near the theater, which is a heavily trafficked corridor as you might imagine.
You’ll find well over 100 unique items, in addition to travel toiletries and such, which weren’t terribly priced from our experience:
Due to some obscure law or due to taxes or due to something, the stores are only open when the ship is out at sea. So when you’re parked at a port like Nassau, the stores will be closed, instead opening from something like 6:30pm to 11pm. On the sea day, the stores were open from 9:30am-11pm.
Senses Spa & Salon is located on Deck 9, which is the same as Cabanas and the pools:
Facials run about $175. Massages are around $200. Manicure: $50. Pedicure: $60. “Couples Choice, where you “Experience your choice of indulgent body therapies in an intimate and romantic setting” sounds horrifically awkward and would run you $475, plus I would guess a tip of at least $75 more.
Just a couple pin pricks away from curing pneumonia. I’ll keep that in mind.
Art wasn’t as big of a deal as I’ve seen it on other ships, but there was some available:
Mickey and Tink would set you back $395 each.
Shutters is the photography shop onboard.
Pricing is pretty rough and probably even worse now. But hey, if you spend at least $150 on a package you do get $5 off one picture.
It’s hard to imagine anyone requiring an “Internet Cafe” in the age of smartphones, but computers and printers are available. Disney switched over to Internet packages based on how much data you use rather than how long you’re connected, which seems to make sense. You just have to be very careful that you sign off when you’re done or you can see some high, unexpected charges.
The Personal Navigator will be delivered to your stateroom daily. Just about everything you’d want to know about what’s going on around the ship is listed.
This makes it easier to visualize your day.
The information is also available as a handy app that only works when you’re connected to their WiFi.
You can pull up things like dining menus.
Deck plans etc.
Inside each elevator, you’ll see what’s located on each deck.
That’s most of what you’ll see around the ship.