TPR Cruising on the Disney Magic!

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Re: TPR Cruising on the Disney Magic!

Postby SharkTums » Tue Apr 10, 2018 4:29 am

AtariAge wrote:Wow, that cruise looks like a ton of fun! The fish extenders subculture of the cruise is fascinating. Do people bring many of these gifts on board with them, or do they buy them on the cruise (or both?) I did see one of the gifts was professionally customized with your names, so I assume that was purchased on board.

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Most of the customized gifts are actually done before the cruise! People that are talented enough do it themselves, people like me buy customized stuff on Etsy! =)

Most people bring gifts on board, but some buy stuff once on board or at port, especially if you see something awesome or get to know the people you're buying for a bit better. We had a great Facebook group with a super organized woman with many excel spreadsheets and word documents (note - it actually wasn't me for once!) so people really got great stuff.

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Re: TPR Cruising on the Disney Magic!

Postby viper423 » Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:15 am

Nice report. So with that, I will ask the experts. We were planning on going on a Disney Cruise for the first time. I have a 5 year old and at the time of the cruise, 1 year old twins. Would you recommend taking the twins on the cruise? Would having the twins with us prevent us from enjoying all there is that is offered? Looking for any thoughts and opinions on this.

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Re: TPR Cruising on the Disney Magic!

Postby ThemeParkJunkie51290 » Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:11 am

Amazing report! I've never been on a cruise before, and I definitely should try one. There's plenty to do, and many activities to keep you busy. Maybe it's time I try something different! =) =) =)
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Re: TPR Cruising on the Disney Magic!

Postby jedimaster1227 » Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:18 am

This is an awesome start to what I know will be an incredible trip report throughout! You really do get what you pay for when it comes to these cruises--not having to think about paying extra for soda, knowing that your dining room is different each night, there's always space for you in the main shows and there's a ton to do throughout the ship always makes the value clear for me.

I've sailed with Disney quite a few times now but the Disney Magic is the only ship I've not sailed on yet, so it is great to see so many awesome, unique features on the Disney Magic through your eyes. We're hoping to sail on the Disney Magic in Europe this Summer, so this is only raising my hype levels immensely! And I'm also super eager to see more of your experience during Marvel Day at Sea--it looks like a really fantastic addition to an already incredible cruise!
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Re: TPR Cruising on the Disney Magic!

Postby robbalvey » Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:46 am

viper423 wrote:Nice report. So with that, I will ask the experts. We were planning on going on a Disney Cruise for the first time. I have a 5 year old and at the time of the cruise, 1 year old twins. Would you recommend taking the twins on the cruise? Would having the twins with us prevent us from enjoying all there is that is offered? Looking for any thoughts and opinions on this.

I will give you the same advice I tell people when going to parks who ask this question...

At that young of an age, they most likely aren't going to remember any of their trip when they are older. So them being there are more for you and your memories, the photos you take, and the enjoyment you have with them being there. Keep in mind the ship does have many activities and facilities for even toddlers (we'll get into some of that on our future installments) but really I think the decision is more up to you and how important it is to you for them to be there. If this trip is more to focus on the 5 year old because this will be their first cruise and something they will more likely to remember, that's is something to consider as well.

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Re: TPR Cruising on the Disney Magic!

Postby mikeykaise » Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:34 am

I think the rotating wait staff is an awesome idea as this allows your server to get to know your likes and dislikes quickly. I was just curious if you get put into a group that rotates through the restaurants or is it just where one server is assigned to you personally?
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Re: TPR Cruising on the Disney Magic!

Postby SharkTums » Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:40 am

viper423 wrote:Nice report. So with that, I will ask the experts. We were planning on going on a Disney Cruise for the first time. I have a 5 year old and at the time of the cruise, 1 year old twins. Would you recommend taking the twins on the cruise? Would having the twins with us prevent us from enjoying all there is that is offered? Looking for any thoughts and opinions on this.


I will also chime in on this as I have traveled with KT since she was an infant. I think it's important to travel with babies and children. Mess with their routine, show them new spaces, expose them to a whole new everything. I don't see anything bad with that! Plus you're in a place where they will bend over backwards for the babies, pick up after them, clean up their messy eating, no cleaning or laundry for you guys for the week, again, all great!

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Re: TPR Cruising on the Disney Magic!

Postby robbalvey » Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:43 am

mikeykaise wrote:I was just curious if you get put into a group that rotates through the restaurants or is it just where one server is assigned to you personally?

Well, it's both. You are given your rotation schedule at the start of the cruise, and since all the restaurants seat 1/3 of the ship's guests fairly equally, everyone in that rotation will pretty much rotate together to the next restaurant and your staff goes with you. And it's not like the entire group is sitting at one table or anything it's just an entire restaurant full of people. I hope I'm answering you correctly, the question was worded a bit confusing, sorry.
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Re: TPR Cruising on the Disney Magic!

Postby viper423 » Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:45 am

robbalvey wrote:
viper423 wrote:Nice report. So with that, I will ask the experts. We were planning on going on a Disney Cruise for the first time. I have a 5 year old and at the time of the cruise, 1 year old twins. Would you recommend taking the twins on the cruise? Would having the twins with us prevent us from enjoying all there is that is offered? Looking for any thoughts and opinions on this.

I will give you the same advice I tell people when going to parks who ask this question...

At that young of an age, they most likely aren't going to remember any of their trip when they are older. So them being there are more for you and your memories, the photos you take, and the enjoyment you have with them being there. Keep in mind the ship does have many activities and facilities for even toddlers (we'll get into some of that on our future installments) but really I think the decision is more up to you and how important it is to you for them to be there. If this trip is more to focus on the 5 year old because this will be their first cruise and something they will more likely to remember, that's is something to consider as well.

Hope this helps!


Thanks for the advice. The twins have already been to Disneyworld. However, the only difference there is that we have been there numerous times before so we knew what to expect. For the cruise, being our first time, we don't want to miss doing anything because what I am seeing from your reports, there is a lot to do.

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Re: TPR Cruising on the Disney Magic!

Postby SharkTums » Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:50 am

^Did we mention there's also a nursery where you can dump them off for a bit to have some adult or 'older kid' time!?!?!? ;)

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