First of all, there is no casino on this ship, but no one seemed fazed with so much to do and see.
Second, the folks on Magic sure know how to throw a deck party. The ones we attended were the most popular (among all age groups) of any we have ever seen, and no one quit until the lights were out. The Pirates in the Caribbean Party was the highlight of the cruise, with every cruiser wearing a red bandana and some donning Captain Hook hats, eye patches and other piratical paraphernalia.
The onboard entertainment is heavily focused on Mickey and other Disney and Disney-owned characters and superheroes. It's not rare to catch a glimpse of Captain America or some of the Disney princesses handing out hugs and high-fives, and live performances focus on familiar Disney friends.
Skeptics will soon discover that the multiple stage shows ("Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story," "Disney Dreams," and "Tangled the Musical") are Broadway-caliber, impressing adults with the costuming, staging and creative storylines, while delighting kids with fun and songs. These events take place in the Walt Disney Theater, which is large enough to hold half of the ship's occupants, offers fantastic sightlines with no posts or pillars, and has a 40-foot-wide proscenium stage. The high-tech setup is sophisticated enough for the most comprehensive Broadway musical or Las Vegas-style revue, but what the passengers see is a lovely theater with comfy stadium-style seating.
Outside of the theater, Magic passengers will notice little "Tangled" touches around the ship on the day of the show. The most dramatic change is the transition from O'Gills Pub to the Snuggly Duckling, a tavern full of colorful characters central to the story.
One entertainment perk is that whenever a Disney-owned movie production company has a theatrical release, Magic passengers get to see it at the same time. These are first-run movies, ranging from kid-friendly, G-rated flicks to PG-13 and even R-rated films, shown in both the Walt Disney Theater and the smaller Buena Vista Theater (depending on length of sailing). In addition, Disney Digital 3D movies combine the cinema experience with lasers, fog, streamers and special lighting effects.
Outside the theater, D Lounge is the hub for entertainment, where passengers participate in game shows, exhibitions and other family activities. Live music can be enjoyed before and after dinner in the Promenade Lounge, a quiet family-friendly environment around the corner from Lumiere's.
Adults can hang out in an array of bars and lounges on Deck 3. The After Hours area there is home to Fathoms, an underwater-inspired nightclub that hosts themed dance parties, the Match Your Mate game show and karaoke; Keys, an elegant piano bar and lounge with live music, drinks and snacks; and O'Gills Pub, which hosts a special gathering for college students, martini tastings, singles mingles and fantasy football competitions. On Deck 9, the adults-only Cove Cafe is an intimate coffee lounge, open from noon to midnight and offering cocktails, coffee, tea and snacks. Also on Deck 9 is Signals, a bar adjacent to the adults-only pool, open from noon to 9 p.m. Other adult activities throughout the ship include comedy shows, bingo (which offers some generous jackpots) and several trivia games (including beer-tasting trivia and Pizza Perfection).
Passengers can attend a variety of light enrichment programs, such as regional wine tastings, dinner party planning and the history of ocean travel, hosted by bridge officers.
For more kid-friendly options, families can choose from a number of activities such as Do Si Do with Snow White (among other dance classes), drawing classes, cabaret shows, outdoor sports games and talent shows. There is also a series of themed programs for both adults and children. They range from game shows and outdoor sports matches to more enrichment-based activities like the Ratatouille Cooking School.
An arcade on Deck 9 is open from 8 a.m. until midnight. Passengers can purchase a play card at the front desk and recharge it by purchasing more when their credits run out.
Disney's shore excursions offer a variety of experiences, usually including a family-friendly option with activities geared toward kids and an adults-only choice. Magic's Bahamas and Caribbean itineraries include visits to Disney's private island, Castaway Cay, with areas especially designated for families, teens and adults. Shore activities there range from adventurous (parasailing) to sedentary (for-fee cabana rentals).