The Fun of Marvel Day at Sea Aboard the Disney Magic!

I’m continuing my voyage aboard the Disney Magic  cruise ship and yesterday was Disney Cruise Line’s first Marvel Day at Sea  of 2019.

Marvel Day at Sea – Disney Magic

The day was chock-full of super heroes,  special experiences and activities — starting with a special banner on my bed and my morning cappuccino at Cove Cafe!

Marvel Day at Sea Cappuccino

 

The Avengers spent the day meeting and greeting guests, and I have to say it was an amazing experience to be walking down the hallway and bumping into the likes of Thor, Dr. Strange, Black Widow, and Star-Lord and Gamora.

Thor – Marvel Day at Sea, Disney Magic

 

Hawkeye – Marvel Day at Sea, Disney Magic

 

Dr. Strange – Marvel Day at Sea, Disney Magic

 

Gamora – Marvel Day at Sea, Disney Magic

 

Loki – Marvel Day at Sea, Disney Magic

 

Some characters had their own meet-and-greet spots, which were very well attended by lots of little Captain Americas, Black Panthers, Black Widows and Iron Men. A lot of adults got in on the dress-up action as well — some wearing full-fledge costumes, others wearing outfits reminiscent of the characters in a “character-bounding” style.

How amazing is Groot? He was my favorite — such a friendly guy!

He is GROOT
Black Panther representing Wakanda
Spidey strikes a pose

Possibly the best surprise was Iron Man — speaking in Robert Downey Jr.’s actual voice (or a very close facsimile)! He was totally cool and quite the crowd-pleaser, with typical Tony Stark swagger.

The amazing Iron Man at Marvel Day at Sea
Captain America – Marvel Day at Sea, Disney Magic

The Daily Navigator, which gives you the scoop on all there is to do each day on your Disney cruise, showed so many activities themed to Marvel throughout the day, as well. It was nearly impossible to see them all.

Featured at various times was the Marvel Comic Vault, where you could peruse all sorts of comic books on oversized iPads. Very cool selection, and great for novice Marvel fans (like me) who need to get up to speed on who’s who in the Marvel Universe. There were also themed board games like Marvel Monopoly and Guess Who.

Comic Vault, Marvel Day at Sea

Most of the shows throughout the day had a Marvel twist. In Fathoms, for example, there was a trivia game and a Captain America-themed USO show featuring songs of Cap’s 1940s era. Captain America even made an appearance at the end.

Marvel Day at Sea – Disney Magic
Marvel Super Showdown Trivia Game – Marvel Day at Sea
Captain America – Marvel Day at Sea, Disney Magic

Even the daily “Diaper Dash” took on a Marvel motif.

Marvel themed Diaper Dash

In an Animation class guests learned to draw Iron Man.

Drawing Iron Man – Marvel Day at Sea, Disney Magic

 

Imagineer Brian Crosby was on hand to talk about his involvement with Disney and Marvel and how the two companies have been intertwined.

There were also several performances of the very popular Journey into the Mystic Arts with Dr. Strange. Sorry, I didn’t find any secret way for your children to be chosen for this fun and very interactive show.

Dr. Strange – Marvel Day at Sea, Disney Magic

What would a special Disney day be without merchandise? And there was plenty! From t-shirts and pins to this Avengers tumbler and a glowing Spider-Man straw.

Avengers tumbler from Marvel Day at Sea
Marvel Day at Sea mugs
One of several different Marvel Day at Sea t-shirts

Later in the day, the Disney characters showed off how they were inspired by their favorite Marvel characters with a bit of “‘character bounding” themselves.

Of course, the Leader of the Gang went for a Captain America look.

Mickey Mouse on Marvel Day at Sea, Disney Magic

Minnie went pink with her Black Widow look.

Minnie – Marvel Day at Sea, Disney Magic

Goofy is the Iron Man.

Goofy – Marvel Day at Sea, Disney Magic

Mischievous Dale took his inspiration from that trickster Loki.

Dale, Marvel Day at Sea, Disney Magic

Dinner, too, was Marvel-inspired, from the menu items offered, right down to the unique kids and adult menus!

The day concluded with a couple special shows on deck. First up was Mickey’s Super Hero Celebration, a high-energy dance party that showed off all the Disney characters Marvel costumes.

The Grand Finale of the evening was the Heroes Unite show, a satisfying display of action and adventure, with more than a dozen heroes and villains performing stunts literally all over the ship. The show ends with a burst of fireworks as the heroes (and Loki) pose on stage and then mingle with the audience, as the Guardians of the Galaxy dance on stage. Go Groot!

When I returned to my room at the end of this very busy and full day, I found the perfect topper — my character towel for the evening was shaped at Thor’s hammer.

I admit that I’m not the most knowledgeable Marvel fan, but I found this special day dedicated to Super-Heroes extremely enjoyable and would recommend it to any super fan!

Do you have any specific questions about the cruise in general or Marvel Day at Sea? I’ll be posting more on both subjects soon, but in the meantime leave a note here in the comments and we will try to answer!

Disclaimer: Deb Koma is an  invited media guest of Disney aboard the cruise.  That does not affect her reviews — her opinions are her own.

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Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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4 Replies to “The Fun of Marvel Day at Sea Aboard the Disney Magic!”

  1. Thanks for all the info! We are surprising my Spider-Man obsessed seven year old with a Marvel Cruise next month and am even more excited now!
    Can you tell me if most people on Marvel Day at Sea were dressed for dinner as they would on a normal night (on the dressy side), or was it more like pirate night attire where it’s a little more casual (costumes and Marvel dress/T-shirts and jeans, etc.).
    Thanks again!

  2. Dear Deb K.,
    It was so awesome to meet you while on the Marvel Day at Sea cruise. It was really funny how my husband recognized you because of your AllEars.net logo while on the tram. I have visited your website since the mid-90’s. I encourage all of our friends to visit the site. This article captured every aspect that Marvel fans would love to see and do on one of these cruises. Definitely a must do for all Marvel fans! It was so nice that the Marvel characters were available many times throughout the day. You were able to get some great pictures. Thanks for the great article!
    Mary W.