Walt Disney, an avid cruiser, sailed with his family in the 1950s aboard the SS Lurline. The video shows sailing day from Honolulu in the 50s – Disney and his family would have experienced this event. It was magical. Today, Walt would be sailing aboard Disney Cruises and the Disney Magic.
Cruising The Now:
Walt Disney would have approved of Disney Cruises. Walt was an avid cruiser and sailed on many famous ships Obviously, Walt’s love of great ships influenced Disney Cruises. His legacy lives on aboard the Disney Magic.
Reminiscent of classic ocean liners, Disney Cruise vessels have two funnels (the forward one is nonfunctional) and high-tech interiors behind their art deco and art nouveau styling.
For a newer cruise ship, the Disney Magic has classic lines and is reminiscent of famous ocean liners of the past. Our review of the Disney Magic is done with a look back at the many liners Walt Disney sailed on.
Whimsical design accents cleverly incorporate the images of Mickey Mouse and his friends without overpowering the warm and elegant decor.
Artwork showcases the creativity of Disney artists and animators.
The atmosphere is never stuffy.
Some of the ships Walt Disney and his family sailed aboard. (Lurline, United States and Queen Mary).
Passengers aboard the Disney Magic range from the obvious—parents and children—to three-generational families and folks without children, attracted by the Disney attributes yet able to enjoy the adult section of the ship, with no children allowed. For adults there’s a piano bar, rock ‘n’ roll music, comedy club, disco and films. Couples without children love it.
Walt Disney signing an autograph for a young fan aboard the SS United States during a 1950s crossing from New York to Europe. Both Disney and the boy are wearing party hats – it was probably Captain’s night aboard the famous vessel. The SS United States held the trans-Atlantic speed record.
More than 15,000 square feet aboard the Disney Magic —nearly an entire deck—is devoted to children’s activity centers, outdoor activity areas, and swimming pools. Theaters cater to family entertainment with large-scale production shows, movies, dances, and lively game shows.