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It's a Kind of Magic - Disney Docks in Dublin Port

11th August 2017 - 5:00pm

Hazel Tucker (Cassidy Travel) and Karl Moen (Disney)

Hazel Tucker (Cassidy Travel) and Karl Moen (Disney)

Disney Magic docked in Dublin Port where the Irish travel trade and Shane Cullen (Senior Reporter Travelbiz) were welcomed to a ship visit by Karl Moen and his team at Disney.   The early morning champagne breakfast session started with an informative look at all the great new additions to Disney’s global brand.   Highlights included the 25th anniversary celebrations at Disneyland Paris with two new rides - Star Tours, The Adventure Continues and Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain.   Over in Disney World, the all new Pandora - The World of Avatar experience in the Animal Kingdom has just opened which Karl mentioned that it was the most impressive experience his colleagues have ever seen (the photos look spectacular!).

After we were briefed all things new in the world of Disney, it was time to board the Disney Magic cruise liner.   My first impression as I walked on board is the beautiful Art Deco styling throughout the ship with very subtle nods to various Disney characters.   It is not loud or in any way garish. You do not feel as if you are walking through an oversized children’s bedroom but rather (and very pleasantly surprisingly) it is very tastefully done.

The cruise ship is in fact modelled on the golden age of cruise liners of the 1930s and also pays homage to the first cruise Mr and Mrs Disney took after their wedding.   It definitely isn't all just about the kids on board with a great selection of bars (including an Irish bar) onboard for the parents or for those travelling without children (a very common trend).   Disney has also proved to be very innovative with the dining options on board.   Passengers get to enjoy a rotational dining concept, guests eat in a different venue each evening but accompanied by the same serving team each night. This way the staff quickly learn your dining and drinks preference for each meal enabling them to pre-empt your every need.   Very clever!

When it comes to looking after the children, Disney knows how to push the boat out (sorry)!   The Disney universe is getting larger each year and covers a huge range of various Marvel Super heroes, Star Wars, Avatar and, of course, the Disney Princesses and Mickey’s Clubhouse characters.   No matter what your child's age group, there is a Disney character for everyone.   Disney is constantly bringing new experiences on board for families including Marvels Super Hero Academy where children can learn from real life superheroes and Star Wars: Command Post where kids battle against the first order and get to interact with holographic models.

Whichever way you look at it, these cruises are a fun and a fantastic product for families.

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Hazel Tucker (Cassidy Travel) and Karl Moen (Disney)
Mark Frias-Robles (Disney) with Sharon Harney (Cassidy Travel) and James Fleming (Sunway)
The Best4Travel Bunch
Alice Carrick and Eimear Martin (Tour America) with James Fleming (Sunway) and Emma Bunbury (eTravel)
The glamorous lobby
Dining in Palo restaurant
Lumiere's restaurant
Hamming it up - Shane Cullen (TravelBiz Senior Reporter) in Andy's playroom
Life sized Iron Man in the Avengers Academy
Our hosts on the tour Mark Frias-Robles and Priya Kular (Disney) with Slinky the dog from Toy Story
The stylish cabins
Delicious Disney dining
Art Deco entrance to the theatre
The underwater hangout for kids
Alice Carrick and Eimear Martin (Tour America) disembark their Magical experience onboard

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