The atrium lobby of the re-imagined Disney Magic saw some major changes during her extensive dry dock in 2013. For those that may not realize that one of the staircases was removed, the Chihuly chandelier replaced and Helmsman Mickey repositioned, take a minute to look at the atrium in her previous state.
While the most drastic change was the removal of the staircase on the starboard side, there was an even bigger change… the overall color palette of the Disney Magic’s atrium had changed. The nautical palette has been replaced with one inspired by elements of the sea.
The atrium is much brighter with the dark wood pattern that looks like a rectangular frame on the ceiling painted leaving clean sunburst emanating from the chandelier.
Adding to the overall brightness, is the new chandelier which has been integrated into the ceiling rather than hanging down as a pendant which allows for better overall views of the atrium from decks four and five.
When the Disney Magic’s re-imagination was announced it was stated Helmsman Mickey would receive a special makeover bringing new luster to its golden hue. However, plans changed and the finish was not altered.
The re-imagined atrium aboard the Disney Magic is more in line with her younger sisters; the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. The atrium lobbies are often full of guests in the evenings and are often the backdrop for many onboard events. I get the feeling the removal of the staircases was done to free up more floor space for larger events like the Princess Gathering and the positioning of the Christmas tree during the Very Merrytime sailings.
A dazzling custom-made carpet in a palette of vibrant coral, blue and aquamarine seashell-inspired design replaced the compass design on deck 3 outside of Lumiere’s. The carpet on the staircase was also changed from red to a blue.
The Guest Services and Port Adventures desks were also refreshed with new metallic murals. The replacement of the Bahamian inspired murals better suit the Disney Magic as a flagship vessel that travels around the world.