Disney Magic Dry Dock Update: Week 5 The Transformation in Cadiz is Almost Complete

The Disney Magic’s transformation at the Navantia shipyard in Cadiz, Spain, is coming to an end this week.  According to previous reports from the Disney Parks Blog, the Disney Magic is on schedule and set conclude her time in dry dock on Thursday. Work will continue during her transatlantic crossing. In last week’s update, we saw the Disney Magic with some fresh primer along with some teasers from Disney Cruise Line, as well as the all new deck plan. In this week’s update, we see much more than a fresh coat of paint going back on to her hull.  We received great photos from some of the refurbished interior spaces, and some quacktastic fun on the upper deck!

Fresh Paint

Let’s get started by watching some fresh paint dry.  Here we have a view of the bow near the crew pool deck.  The good news is that the best Hidden Mickey is still on featured on the bow.  There was a little bit of debate after it was omitted from the renderings released back in April.

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Paint Bow Crew Pool Deck

Disney Magic Refurb Bow Rendering

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Paint Bow Crew Pool Deck Alt

A similar view of the crew pool deck from the top deck on the port side.

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Paint Bow Crew Pool Deck Above Bridge

Moving on to some of the areas typically out of site when the Disney Magic is in the water….  Here is a great view of the bulbous bow flanked by two massive anchors.

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Paint Bulbous BowDisney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Paint Bow AnchorsOne of the Disney Magic’s stabilizers’ is extended.

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Paint Stabilizer

I love views of ship props and although these are protected by a tarp, it is still a truly impressive site.
Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Paint Port Prop

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Paint Starboard Prop

Can you imagine how thankful these concrete and wood support blocks will be once the Disney Magic is re-floated later this week??
Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Paint Keel BlocksMore of the support block distributing the weight of the Disney Magic~

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Paint Keel Blocks Bow Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Paint Keel Concrete Blocks

In this view of the aft verandahs, you can see the gates holding back the water. In this photo, it also looks like there is a door that can be opened to connect adjoining verandahs.

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Paint Aft Verandahs

The classic look of the Disney Magic is returning with her Mickey inspired yellow stripe while contractors are finishing up the ducktail.

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Paint Ducktail Starboard

Wait, where did Goofy go?Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Paint DucktailDisney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Paint Starboard Aft

A little coat of fresh paint does miracles for the look of the Disney Magic, seen here in this wonderful night shot with most of her paint back in place.

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Paint Bow Starboard

 

A shot of the painted ducktail and aft verandahs.

 

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz DCL Paint Ducktail Water

 

The beautiful steel cut scrollwork featuring Sorcerer Mickey on the bow pops with a fresh coat of yellow paint.
Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Paint Bulbous Bow Anchors Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Paint Bow Sorcerer Steelwork

The next few pictures may give you a better perspective of where the Disney Magic has been living for the last few weeks.
Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Paint Bulbous Bow Starboard

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB DryDock Size

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Paint StarboardOceaneer Lab

We’ve been seeing quite a few peaks inside the Oceaneer Club with little attention focused on the transformed Oceaneer Lab.

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Oceaneer Lab Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Oceaneer Lab Portholes

Oceaneer Club

Over the past few weeks we have been seeing more of Andy’s Room.  To build on the reveal @DisneyCruise tweeted a few more pictures this week.  The first features the lovable Hamm, a poster of Woody’s Roundup, and a glimpse inside Pixie Hollow.

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz DCL Andys Room Hamm Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz DCL Andys Room Woody

 

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz DCL Pixie Hollow

D Lounge

Last week, we saw our first glimpse inside the D Lounge, which was transformed from Studio Sea. Now, we have some additional views of the space.

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB D Lounge StageDisney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB D LoungeAnimator’s Palate

If you are hungry for more after last week’s Animator’s Palate teasers you are in luck. Today, we have a look at the new entryway.

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Animators Palate Entrance

Remember those vibrant panels that I misplaced as Fathoms… Look in the back you can see that those panels from last week’s teaser are indeed part of Animator’s Palate.

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Animators PalateThe new HDTV monitors have been installed to bring the restaurant up to date, and set the table for the spectacular Animation Magic dinner show.

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Animators Palate HDTV

 

This shot shared by @DisneyCruise shows the walls coming to life.

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz DCL Animators Palate

Cabanas

Our next stop is Cabanas, where we will start with new deck panel being hosted and positioned into place.Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Cabanas RoofDisney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Cabanas Roof InstallIn the background, you can see the Silja Festival that has been the home away from home for the contractors working on the transformation of the Disney Magic.

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Cabanas OutsideHere is an early rendering of Cabanas to provide some perspective to the following photos.

Puccini CABANA2 CRUISE

A panoramic view of Cabanas.

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Cabanas Panoramic

The all new freestyle buffet line in Cabanas just like on the Dream class ships.

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Cabanas Freestyle Buffet

The Australian theme is unmistakeable with a kangaroo below one of the buffet windows, as well as the constellation Cruz (more commonly known as the Southern Cross constellation) and a boomerang above another.

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Cariocas Buffet Window Kangaroo

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Cabanas Freestyle Buffet Kangaroo

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Cabanas Freestyle Buffet Closeup

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Cabanas Freestyle Buffet WindowThe new seating area in Cabanas wraps around the freestyle buffet on the inside.

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Cabanas SeatingDisney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Cariocas Buffet SeatingDisney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Cabanas ColumnRemember those stairs in the back leading down to the staterooms…

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Cabanas Aft Stairs Demo 2Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Cabanas Aft Stairs DemoThey are still there, just with an all new railing since the interior space was extended.

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Cabanas Aft StairsDisney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Cabanas Aft Stairs 2

Carioca’s

I’ve made it no secret that I am looking forward to dining in the all new Carioca’s in a couple weeks.

Disney Magic Refurb Cariocas

The transformed Parrot Cay is looking great with the lanterns installed.
Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Cariocas LanternsThe next set of images shows the reimagined buffet line for use during breakfast and lunch.

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Cariocas Buffet CloseupIf you look close at the ground you can see the yellow guidelines for the new Portuguese pavement inspired floor.

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Cariocas Buffet

Atrium Lobby Chandelier & Helmsman Mickey

We have a few more views of the all new atrium lobby chandelier.

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Atrium Chandelier Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Atrium Chandelier Closeup

Compared to the size of the previous chandelier and those on the Dream and Fantasy this appears small, but I am going to withhold my final verdict until I see it in its full glory.  I am wondering if the chandelier will have some sort of animated lighting effect after comparing it to the original rendering.

Disney Magic Refurb Atrium Chandelier

Here are a couple pictures tweeted by @DisneyCruise of the Disney Magic’s new atrium lobby chandelier and the lobby focal point, the Helmsman Mickey statue.

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz DCL Chandelier

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz DCL Chandelier Wide

 

Helmsman Mickey, in his new location, to the right side of the entrance of Lumiere’s.

 

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz DCL Helmsman Mickey

Walt Disney Theatre

One of the spaces that has not been mentioned previously has been the Walt Disney Theatre, home to the Broadway style shows and featured movie screenings.

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Walt Disney TheatreUpper Deck

Saving the best for last… Up to the pool deck we have a new view of the Twist N Spout slide above the all new AquaLab.

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Upper Deck Twist N Spout

The Disney Magic has a new look from below with the addition of the AquaDunk hanging over the port side of the ship.
Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Upper Deck AquaDunk Flyout

An alternate view of the AquaDunk and Twist N’ Spout water slides from the upper deck.
Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Upper Deck AquaDunk Twist N Spout

Looking across the pool deck at funnel vision you can see the loading area for the AquaDunk atop the forward smoke stack.
Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Upper Deck AquaDunk Funnel Vision

The new look of the Disney Magic with AquaDunk extending over the upper deck railing.

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz KUB Upper Deck AquaDunk

To end this stem to stern update of the Disney Magic transformation, we have whereabouts of Goofy, who after 15 years, is finally on break inside receiving a well deserved break from painting.

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz DCL Goofy Stern Character

 

UPDATE: 10/8/2013 Photo Day in Dry Dock

It appears that it is photo day in Cadiz with many folks down taking photos near the anchors.

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz DCL Paint Bow Water Ready

 

Disney Magic Dry Dock Cadiz DCL Paint Bow ALIVE

 

Again, I would like to thank kubarhitektura.com who are also on Facebook for providing some great photos of the Disney Magic’s transformation. If you live in the area and have any photos or videos you would like to share you can email, or tweet @ TheDCLBlog along with how you would like to be attributed.

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21 Responses to Disney Magic Dry Dock Update: Week 5 The Transformation in Cadiz is Almost Complete

  • Erica says:

    Love the updates, thanks. This is my favorite site for information.

  • Sue says:

    Thanks for the great updates! We sail on her for the 9th time in late December for our 12 sailing on DCL!

  • Henrietta says:

    Amazing update! Thanks

  • Steve Baker says:

    I am so excited for this update! BEST! October 20th cannot come soon enough! Thanks so much for these awesome photos.

  • Cathy Brown says:

    Woohoo!! Sailing Nov 1st!! First cruise ever!! Cannot wait to board the Magic!! Thanks for the update!!

  • Audie Lawley says:

    Yikes – did you see that AquaDunk, it really swings you WAYYYY out over the side. I’m anxiously awaiting my turn on the 10/20 cruise!

  • Bill B. says:

    Disney Parks Blog updates don’t hold a candle to the updates you do here Scott. Great review and great pictures to bring everybody up to speed on what’s going on with the Magic. One question is has anybody speculated about the cost of this transformation? Just curious.

    • Take this with a grain of salt… During a Castaway Club reception in June ’12 on the Fantasy an officer told us the upper decks were being redone. During the same conversation he said something about a quarter billion dollar update. Now, my memory is foggy, I am not sure if he was talking about Magic & Wonder combined or individually.

  • DJRA says:

    Scott,
    Your blog is so awesome!!! I love it! You are really getting us in the spirit for our Nov 6th cruise! I am AMAZED how all this work was orchestrated to be complete in such a short period of time.

  • Stephanie says:

    I’m so bummed that some of the pretty lines of the ship will be gone with the addition of the aquadunk and the new twist slide. There is no unobstructed view of the awesome stacks now. I’ll miss the mickey hand holding up the kid slide – it was my favorite iconic photo of the ship – the mickey hand with the red stack. Also really gonna miss the double staircase. I will not miss the old staterooms, however!

  • MMG says:

    Leavein 4 weeks, this pictures really making us all so excited! Wasnt on the ship before, but am I really looking foward to all the new additions and changes!

  • Fiona says:

    Happly to see the Australian touch! The Aussie flag was not represented on the waiters vests during our sail last year. Down under and forgotton – but not anymore. Looking forward to our Alsakan cruise on the Wonder next year. Love the blog.

  • We are really excited about our trip on January 20, 2014. We were originally booked on the Wonder and it is now going to be Dry Docked during this time. So we are ecstatic to be going on the Re-Imagined Magic. We read the updates every day. Katie and Parker are so excited.

  • Thanks for the updates. We’re sailing on Nov 1st and we are very excited!

  • Mauricio Moreno says:

    Thanks, pictures look great, sailing on it Nov 15th.

  • Susan says:

    Looking forward to the Nov 1st departure. Super excited now.

  • Paul says:

    Wow thanks for the updates we sail on Nov 10 cant wait

  • Lynn says:

    We will be on the Nov.10 sailing too looking forward to share in the magic with my daughter.

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