From the magical mountains of Colombia to the bustling streets of New York City, Disney Cruise Line guests can now experience the colorful worlds of two fan-favorite Disney films for the first time on the high seas!
Following a three-week dry dock project in Freeport, The Bahamas, we are debuting our first-ever entertainment experience themed to Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Encanto” and an all-new lounge inspired by Disney and Pixar’s “Soul,” along with other exciting enhancements, aboard the Disney Magic.
Guests can join the fantastical family Madrigal during an all-new immersive experience, “An Encanto Celebration,” designed to engage families through music, crafts and storytelling. The interactive experience gives our guests the opportunity to meet and take photos with Mirabel and the family member we don’t talk about, Bruno, during their Disney Cruise Line debut.
Families will also join a spirited sing-along of beloved “Encanto” songs and create butterfly and flower crafts inspired by the film. And during this show, guests can experience a true taste of South America thanks to a selection of local Colombian beers, cocktails and sodas along with film-inspired mocktails.
The heartfelt story of “Soul” was the inspiration for the brand-new Soul Cat Lounge designed to look like Joe Gardner’s favorite music spot from the film, the Half Note Lounge. The space, located on deck three near Rapunzel’s Royal Table restaurant, instantly transports guests to a classic New York jazz club appointed with decorative details like brick walls, wood accents and plenty of rich leather seating around a stage set for live music, so guests can grab their partner and head to the dance floor for a swinging good time each evening.
The Soul Cat Lounge is adorned with custom artwork from Pixar featuring nods to the film including record labels, concert posters and portraits of jazz legend Dorothea Williams and her bandmates. Thoughtful “Soul”-inspired details are subtly layered throughout the design including record players, instruments and Joe’s hat.
Adults can enhance their big city experience with table-side Manhattans and martinis or choose from a selection of native brews and cocktails made with New York spirits. A fun collection of mocktails, specialty coffees and sodas are also on the menu. In addition to new drink options, guests can take a bite of Little Italy with an order of zeppoles, the classic Italian pastry similar to a fried doughnut, while enjoying the live music.
For those seeking the ultimate comfort and service at sea, the concierge spaces aboard the Disney Magic have been elevated and enhanced. The concierge lounge was reimagined and expanded to feature a sophisticated new theme and tropical color palate inspired by Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Moana” and an additional outdoor covered seating area on deck 10 where guests can relax with a refreshing beverage while enjoying the ocean breeze. All concierge suites, including one- and two-bedroom accommodations and the two signature royal suites, have been completely refurbished with fresh fixtures, furniture and elegant artwork, further elevating the premium experience for concierge guests.
Shore power technology was also installed as part of the ship’s dry dock project, continuing Disney Cruise Line’s longtime dedication to minimizing its impact on the environment. When available at the port, this will allow the Disney Magic to “plug in” to the port’s electrical grid, reducing the ship’s emissions.
The Disney Magic is currently sailing its first of three itineraries from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Beginning May 24, the ship will return to Miami for a summer of cruises to The Bahamas and Caribbean including the “Silver Anniversary at Sea” celebration in honor of Disney Cruise Line’s 25th anniversary. This fall, the Disney Magic will head west for its inaugural season sailing out of San Diego.
It’s official: The Disney Magic is now even more magical! Let us know in the comments below which of these enchanting new enhancements are you most excited to experience for yourself.
We didn’t have to make a reservation for the Encanto Celebration on the Disney Magic. 1/2 of the seats were empty as well. It was held in the D Lounge.
Please don’t downgrade the original ship interiors. They were so beautiful with amazing materials and great styling the new interior design. Looks like a bad HGTV design show.
I would love to know, ahead of my May 27-June 1, 2023 cruise, exactly how the Encanto experience will be offered. Would it be held in the D Lounge? Thank you.
Will we have to make reservations for Encanto?
My family is most excited about the Encanto ‘experience’!! We sail on the Magic in early June and we can not wait!! My 2 little princess’ and 1 little Prince are going to have a magical time!!
We are taking the Magic Halloween cruise out of San Diego this October! Does that mean we will have these updates on our cruises?