Disney Cruise Line Update: Entertainment & Character Experiences on Disney Cruises

Disney Cruise Line ships are now sailing out of Florida! While cruising may not be the same as it was, Disney still offers memorable cruises with entertainment and chances to meet your favorite Disney characters. Learn more below.


Here are all the details from Disney Cast Member Melanie Curtsinger:

The Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy are now sailing from Port Canaveral, FL, and the entire Disney Cruise Line family couldn’t be happier to welcome you back on board once again.

We know there are things you absolutely love about sailing with us, and we’ve paid special attention to bringing to life favorite experiences like dazzling entertainment, fun and relaxation for adults, amazing youth clubs, fireworks at sea and unforgettable character appearances in new ways. We even threw in a few new surprises! Check out this video for a sneak peek at all the excitement that could be waiting for you aboard the Disney fleet, then read on for additional details about what’s new.


Welcome Aboard!

The magic of a Disney cruise begins as soon as you step onto the ship, and we’ve added even more fun to your first moments onboard. Following our signature announcement of your family when embarking the ship, you will be invited to step into the atrium for an interactive musical moment with Captain Minnie and Captain Mickey.

Credit: Disney

Meals with a Twist

We are adding an extra dash of magic to dinner time with new entertainment in our family dining rooms. In Enchanted Garden, get ready for a high-energy celebration starring Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto. In Royal Palace (Disney Dream) and Royal Court (Disney Fantasy), you’ll have the opportunity to greet the Disney princesses as you enter the restaurant and enjoy live music during dinner. And on cruises that are four nights or longer, you’re in for a swashbuckling adventure on pirate night when rowdy buccaneers take over all of the dining rooms.

Meet Favorite Disney Friends

Get ready for fun character sightings throughout your cruise – whether it’s Goofy making a special appearance in the Walt Disney Theatre, princesses greeting your family in the atrium or the Green Army Patrol roaming the upper decks, your favorite Disney friends will appear in unexpected places aboard the ship … and even on Castaway Cay!

With character appearances, dinners filled with magic moments and many of your favorite entertainment offerings, we can’t wait for your family to experience the enchanting entertainment on board Disney Cruise Line.

RELATED ARTICLE: Disney Cruise Line Fun Facts

Since first setting sail in 1998, Disney Cruise Line has provided a quintessential family cruise vacation experience that combines the magic of Disney with the thrill of exploring different parts of the world. Guests step aboard majestic and beautiful ocean liners to enjoy legendary Disney entertainment, exquisite dining, spacious and well-appointed staterooms, and magnificent public spaces. Learn about some fun facts about Disney Cruise Line below!


Uniquely Disney

  • The Disney ships are painted in Mickey Mouse-inspired colors – black hull, white superstructure, yellow trim and two giant red funnels, each with the Disney Cruise Line Mickey Mouse logo.
  • Disney Cruise Line was the first cruise line to have yellow lifeboats, instead of the traditional regulation orange. Disney was granted special permission from the U.S. Coast Guard to paint the lifeboats yellow, to keep with the special color theming of the ship.
  • The Disney Magic was built in two halves… one hundred miles apart! Part of the ship was constructed in Ancona, Italy then towed 100 miles to meet the stern in Marghera (just outside Venice) to be perfectly joined and welded together.
  • Disney Cruise Line ships use the iconic first seven notes of the “When You Wish Upon a Star” song melody as their horn signals.
  • Disney ships are the only cruise ships to have five captains – the ship’s captain, Captain Mickey, Captain Minnie, Captain Hook and Captain Jack Sparrow.
  • Measuring 964 feet in length, the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder are each longer than Main Street U.S.A at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. At 1,115 feet, the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream are longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and longer than the height of New York City’s famous Chrysler Building.
  • The anchor on the Disney Magic weighs 28,200 pounds – about the same as three full-grown elephants.
  • On a special night aboard most Disney cruises, the “Pirates IN the Caribbean” deck party features a spectacular pyrotechnics performance – fireworks at sea like only Disney can do!
The Disney Magic. Credit: Disney/Matt Stroshane

Guest Experience

  • Eighty-eight percent of the staterooms on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream and more than 70 percent of staterooms on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder have ocean views. Of those, nearly 90 percent and 60 percent, respectively, have private verandahs.
  • In a cruise industry first, most staterooms on Disney ships feature a split “bath-and-a-half” design, providing families the added convenience of a sink and tub/shower in one room and a sink and toilet in a separate room.
  • Onboard both the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, there are about 950 crew members representing more than 86 different nationalities. That is approximately one crew member for every three guests.



  • On an average seven-night sailing aboard the Disney Magic, the following food items are consumed:
    • Beef – 5,000 pounds
    • Chicken – 10,000 pounds
    • Salmon – 1,200 pounds
    • Shrimp – 1,300 pounds
    • Lobster Tail – 1,000 pounds
    • Melon – 15,000 pounds
    • Pineapple – 4,500 pounds
    • Eggs – 71,500
    • Coffee – 57,820 cups
    • Soda – 3,125 gallons
    • Beer – 12,385 bottles/cans
    • Wine and Champagne – 2,700 bottles
  • Disney Cruise Line dining room Cast members represent, on average, 86 different nationalities.
  • The décor and food of the Palo restaurant are inspired by Italy, the birthplace of both the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder.
  • Palo takes its name from the poles that line the canals of Venice. Palo’s extensive reserve wine list features selections that hail from some of the most mature vineyards in the world and highlight some of the greatest Super Tuscans like Sassicaia, Ornellaia and Tignanello.

Onboard Features

  • The Disney Magic and Disney Dream interior is in the art deco style, characterized by geometric designs and bold, solid colors. The interior on the Disney Wonder and Disney Fantasy is in the art nouveau style, which features organic influences and curved patterns.
  • Every Disney Cruise Line ship has an atrium lobby statue celebrating a classic Disney character. Mademoiselle Minnie Mouse, dressed in vintage fashion with a parasol and steamer luggage, graces the Disney Fantasy and Admiral Donald strikes a pose on the Disney Dream. They are the subject of as many memorable vacation photos as their counterparts: Mickey at the helm (Disney Magic) and Ariel sitting pretty (Disney Wonder).
  • The décor of the Buena Vista Theatre was designed to emulate the elegant movie houses of the 1920s and 1930s, the period when Walt Disney was producing the first Mickey Mouse animated films.
  • The main showplace for entertainment, the Walt Disney Theatre spans three decks and can seat 977 guests onboard the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder and 1,340 guests on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.
  • A leader in family entertainment, Disney is the only cruise line to first-run feature films, including films in 3- D, with movies premiering at sea on the same day that they are released on land.
  • With ships purpose built for family cruising, Disney cruise ships boast nearly an entire deck of space dedicated to age-specific children’s activities.
  • Don’t worry about getting a chill! The swimming pools on Disney ships are heated when the water temperature drops below 75 degrees.
  • Stay connected, even at sea! Disney ships feature Wi-Fi service in staterooms and public spaces, allowing guests to surf the web at sea from their wireless-enabled device.

Castaway Cay

  • Castaway Cay was the first private island in the cruise industry where the ship docks alongside so guests do not have to tender to land.
  • Guests can mail a special souvenir message to family and friends back home by using the Castaway Cay Post Office.
  • Water is procured in Port Canaveral and delivered to Castaway Cay by the ships to an 80,000 gallon fresh water storage tank on the island.
  • Feels like home? Approximately 60 Disney Cruise Line crew members live and work full-time on Castaway Cay.

Environmental Programs

  • Each Disney ship has an onboard Environmental Officer dedicated to overseeing all environmental systems and procedures, along with shipboard recycling, waste minimization and water reclamation efforts.
  • Condensation from the shipboard air conditioning units is collected and re-used to wash the decks, saving more than 30 million gallons of water each year.
  • Disney Cruise Line made history by being the first cruise line to utilize an innovative hull coating that is both 100 percent non-toxic to the marine environment, and effective in increasing fuel efficiency. The coating helps reduce the ships’ surface resistance in the water, decreasing the need for propulsion power as the ship glides through the sea.
  • More than 1,000 gallons of used cooking oil from shipboard galleys is offloaded and recycled in ports of call around the world each week. Through a unique partnership with Bahamas Waste Management (BWM) in Nassau, the used cooking oil is being converted into biodiesel fuel used to power a local fleet of BWM vehicles.
  • Shipboard recycling systems help divert more than than 325 tons of aluminum, plastics, paper and non-traditional recyclables from conventional waste streams each year. That’s the equivalent of over 54 school buses or 24 humpback whales.
  • Disney Cruise Line and Disney Animal Programs have partnered with local non-profit organizations, Disney researchers and educators in a multi-year project to restore the health of the coral reefs around Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island, and throughout The Bahamas. Researchers are taking long-spined sea urchins that are native to the area and translocating them to coral reefs endangered by algae overgrowth. The sea urchins graze on algae similar to a lawnmower keeping the grass short.

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