As a sucker for comics and superheroes, the news that the Disney Magic is to be refurbished and include a new Marvel’s Avengers Academy had me really excited. Then disappointed, when I found out it’s targeted more at the children on-board instead of the adults. Darn.
However on a more serious note, the announcement that the oldest ship in the Disney fleet is to be updated later this year doesn’t come as a surprise. That’s not a slight against the ship, far from it; I think the Disney ships are all some of the best out there for families and the Magic is still a great cruise ship for a holiday. However with more and more cruise lines looking to renovation rather than costly new builds, and the Magic turning 15 years old this year, it makes sense that she is to have a freshen up along with some new, more modern features.
Aside from the Avengers Academy, which will feature props and games for both boys and girls to become superhero recruits, the other most notable addition will be the AquaDunk ride. This new waterslide is not for the faint of heart – it’ll send you down an almost-vertical drop for three-storeys, with parts of the ride translucent and over the side of the deck for great views for all of a few seconds as you fly past.
There will be a new water playground, with a ‘splash zone’ for younger children. A version of Andy’s Room, themed around the Toy Story films and already installed on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, will also be added to the ship.
There will be updates to the restaurants, including a new Brazilian dining area and a revamp of the Animator’s Palate restaurant, while staterooms will be modernised and reworked. Adults won’t miss out, with a new Irish pub and sports bar along with a new piano bar.
What do you think of the new features for the Disney Magic? Give us a shout with your opinions.
By Ian Lewis