Touring the Disney Magic in Galveston

Mom Approved Travel Agents tour the Disney Magic in Galveston, Texas

It’s no secret we are BIG fans of Disney Cruise Line around Mom Approved Travel. Disney Cruise Line is one of our top choices for cruising with children. Several of the Texas-area Mom Approved Travel Advisors had the opportunity to tour the Disney Magic earlier this month when she was in port in Galveston, Texas.

The Disney Magic was the very first ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, so she has a special place in our hearts!

Captain Mickey Mouse statute on DCL Disney Magic Atrium

The Disney Magic fast facts

The Disney Magic is 84,000 gross metric tons and 984 feet long. First time cruisers may have a hard time visualizing her size, but we feel she is not too small, and not too large.

The Disney Magic is a great option for a first time cruiser or someone who enjoys the classic ship layout! With 875 staterooms, and a capacity for 2,713 passengers it’s comfy enough to move around without feeling like you are on a floating city.

The Disney Magic’s 11 deck layout allows for everything to have a really nice flow to the ship, which makes find where you want to go a little easier! There are plenty of places to be with other Disney Cruise passengers and plenty of spots to chill and relax, so you don’t have to people unless you want to.

Wide shot of the Disney Cruise Line ship, Disney Magic's Atrium with Mickey statue, stairwell and door to Lumieres and DLounge

The Disney Cruise Line experience

We can’t really talk about the Disney Magic without talking about the 950 Cast Member crew who really make a difference onboard. There is a distinctly Disney difference when it comes to sailing on a Disney Cruise. You can see what planning a Disney Cruise looks like HERE.

If you have experienced the magic of Disney Cast Members in the theme parks, Disney Cruise Line Cast Members take service to a different level. Some families find it hard to sail any another cruise line once they have experienced a Disney Cruise. So, you can’t say we didn’t warn you!

DCL Disney Magic Theater

Entertainment on the Disney Magic

Disney knows a few things about entertaining families, as they have done do for over 100 years! On a Disney Cruise ship, you can expect Broadway-caliber shows to keep you dancing in you seat and feeling all the feelings from some of your favorite stories, and a few new ones!

There are 3 stage shows currently on the Disney Magic: Disney Dreams, Twice Charmed and Tangled the Musical. Tangled is an incredible show exclusive to the Disney Magic centered around the story of Rapunzel you love! Check out a preview of Tangled below:

As you can see, Disney Cruise stage productions offer incredible sets, talented performers, some of your favorite songs (and a few new ones too) with the magic of storytelling in a way only Disney can do. Chances are you’ll find a few surprises in the production and it offers such a fun experience that you simply can’t get from your living room!

DCL Magic Family Pool in front of ship funnel with slide

Disney Magic Recreation

With 3 pools onboard, a splash zone for the littles, the AquaLab (the 1800 square foot pool) with a 250 foot slide,  the sports deck, running track, fitness center, and shuffleboard there is plenty of fun to be found!
Rapunzel Dining room layout on Disney Magic

Dining onboard the Disney Magic

Disney Cruise Line is a little different from other cruise lines, as it utilizes a Rotational Dining experience. There are 3 beautiful and delicious dining main dining restaurants: Rapunzel’s Royal Table, Animator’s Palate, and Lumiere’s. You will rotate to a different restaurant each evening, but your Serving team will stay with you, so they get to know your family very quickly. If your kiddo asks for ketchup on night one, chances are it will be waiting for you on night two. Disney Cruise Server Teams really are incredible! There are quick grab options and adult exclusive dining opportunities at Palo as well!

Toy Story themed slide in the Kids Club on the DCL Disney Magic ship

Everyone's favorite part - Disney Cruise Line Kids Clubs!

An absolute favorite of Moms, Dads and kids, are Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab. Here your kids will engage in immersive themed activities and make new friends under the supervision of trained Disney youth counselors. From making cookies, to sketching Disney characters, doing crafts, playing games, meeting some of their favorite characters, dressup and SO MUCH more, you may have to drag them out.

Tweens and Teens have great options to chill, play games, participate in activities and hang with new friends at Edge and Vibe. They even have a few (supervised) areas that are exclusive to their age group, so they can chill, play and hang out.

Tables in Palo on Disney Magic

Adults only areas on the Disney Magic - no kids allowed!

While the kids are playing in the incredibly themed kids clubs, you can find peaceful adult exclusive areas on the Disney Magic to relax, knowing your kids are being taken care of. A Mom Approved favorite? The SPA! The Senses Spa has a lot of ways to relax, but the rainforest room is a must do!

Dining tables set in main dining room with Beauty and the Beast mural in background at the rotational dining restaurant Lumieres on the DCL Disney Magic

Thoughts on sailing Disney Cruise Line out of Galveston

Several of our MAT Disney cruise loving Travel Agents live in the Houston and Galveston area, so we really enjoy having Disney Cruise Line sailings out of Galveston as a convenient option for our Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma client families. Because Galveston operates as a regional port for Disney Cruise Line, it allows our families to drive to the port instead of having to budget for airfare; and this allows them a little extra room for splurging on extras or saving for their next Disney vacation!

Disney Cruise Line does not sail from Galveston year round just yet, but offers sailings out of Texas for several months out of the year.

Currently, 4 and 5 night Western Caribbean itineraries are available for November 21 – March 24, 2025 with a 7 night Bahamian repositioning sailing ending in San Juan, Puerto Rico March 24, 2025!

Remember, the best way to save on a Disney Cruise and get the absolute best value for your vacation dollars is to book early, as Disney Cruise pricing does not get lower closer to sailing. Our MAT Disney Cruise expert Travel Agents can help you make the most of your Galveston Disney Cruise sailing, simply CLICK HERE to get started or reach out to one of our family cruise experts at Mom Approved Travel, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner.

We can’t wait to have you sailing and making memories on the Disney Magic soon!

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Christy Slavik, CTA

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