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Re-imagined Disney Magic Debuts New ‘Drawn to Magic’ Dinner Show

Jonathan Frontado

by , Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and Disney Vacation Club

One of the things I love most about the re-imagined Disney Magic is that the transformation wasn’t just an aesthetic makeover. Walt Disney Imagineers worked hard to bring you a fresh look all around the ship, but they didn’t stop there. Disney is always looking to entertain your family in new and exciting ways, and that is exactly what we accomplished with the enhancements to the Disney Magic.


Take Animator’s Palate as an example. Featured on all four ships, it’s our signature Disney Cruise Line family dining room and no doubt a guest favorite. Knowing how much you love the look of the restaurant on the Disney Magic, we kept the same classic theme but enhanced it with all-new, animation-adorned walls, larger high-definition flat-screens and updated furnishings like custom-built Mickey Mouse chairs.

Animator’s Palate

But that’s not even the best part. On every Disney Magic cruise, you get to enjoy a completely re-imagined “Drawn to Magic” dinner animation show, which incorporates even more scenes from your favorite Disney films and a dramatic transformation from black and white to color.

Animator’s Palate – Drawn to Magic

Throughout your meal, you’ll see black and white character portraits sketched in real-time on the over sized digital canvases lining the dining room walls, making a fun game for your family as you guess which favorite heroes and villains are coming to life. As appetizers arrive, pencil tests of Disney characters are revealed, bringing to life iconic moments — from Disney favorites like “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Princess and the Frog” and more — one canvas at a time. You get your first taste of color during dinner when the character pencil tests around the room are treated to ink and paint.

Animator’s Palate – Drawn to Magic

As dinner winds down and desserts are selected, the grand finale begins, immersing guests in an animated show about a hero’s journey with scenes of Disney and Pixar films on screen, accompanied by dramatic lighting shifts throughout the restaurant. Finally, with the dining room in full color, the celebration comes to life with a fun appearance by Sorcerer Mickey and a parade of your “transformed” wait staff (they, too, get a full dose of color!)

I hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse at the fresh take on our beloved dining room and show. Check back later this week for a look at other brand-new dining options on the re-imagined Disney Magic.

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for all of the exciting updates about the Disney Magic’s transformation! While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DisneyMagic.


  • We just came from the Disney Magic, and I have to say the ship is a unique and great magical experience. I had to be also on the Dream and the Fantasy, and even they are bigger, the Disney Magic keeps a special MAGIC! The Atrium is beautiful, it so elegant. The After Hours adult entertainment is really fun and it really unique. The AquaDunk is a thrill ride you can miss! Congratulations to all the Crew of the Disney MAGIC! =)

  • How imaginative and what a treat! We will need to look into taking a Disney cruise one day, so many unique experiences on tap!

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