Disney Cruise Line Ships at a Glance

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Is taking a Disney Cruise on your horizon? Well, if you’re never done it before, you may have some questions about the four ships in the DCL fleet.

Do you ever find yourself trying to remember what the differences are between the four Disney Cruise Line ships? I know I do. When we write the Unofficial Guide To Disney Cruise Line each year, I constantly have to go back to confirm who has Star Wars and who has Avengers? Which bar is O’Gill’s and which is Crown & Fin? Which dining room features Ariel and which has Tiana? With that in mind, we’re sharing our cheat sheet to the DCL ships.

  Magic Wonder Dream Fantasy
Size
Decks 11 11 14 14
Capacity
– guests
2713 2713 4000 4000
Capacity
– Crew
950 950 1458 1458
Itineraries
Cruise Length varies varies 3,4,5 7 to 11
Summer Europe Alaska, California, Hawaii Bahamas Caribbean
Rest of
year
Caribbean Caribbean Bahamas Caribbean
Special cruises Marvel Days
at Sea
Repositioning (trans-Atlantic)
Repositioning (Panama Canal)  DVC Member Star Wars
Days at Sea
Technology
Midship
Detective Agency
No No Yes Yes
Virtual
Portholes
No No Yes Yes
Animation
Magic
Yes Yes No Yes
DCL app Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dining
Rotational Dining Rapunzel’s
Lumiere’s
Animator’s Palate
Tiana’s
Triton’s
Animator’s Palate
Enchanted
Garden
Royal Palace
Animator’s
Palate
Enchanted
Garden
Royal Court
Animator’s
Palate
Other Vanellope’s
Senses Juice Bar
Vista Cafe
Sweet on You
Vista Cafe
Pools
AquaDuck No No Yes Yes
AquaDunk Yes No No No
Twist N
Spout
Yes Yes No No
AquaLab
extended splash area
Yes Yes No Yes
Kids
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Yes Yes Yes Yes
Kids’
club theme
Marvel-Avengers Marvel-Avengers/Spiderman Star Wars Pixar
Adults
Dining Palo Palo Palo, Remy Palo, Remy
Adult Area After Hours: Fathoms
O’Gill’s
Keys
After Hours:
Azure
Crown & Fin
Cadillac Lounge
The District:
Evolution
Pub 687
Pink
Skyline
District Lounge
Europa:
The Tube
O’Gill’s
Ooh La La
Skyline
La Piazza
Other Bar Meridian Meridian
Spa Senses* Senses* Senses Senses
Unique
to ship
Outlook Café
Other
Built 1998 (refurb 2013, 2018) 1999 (refurb 2016) 2012 (refurb 2015) 2013 (refurb 2017)
Lobby
statue
Mickey Ariel Donald Minnie

* while all the spas on DCL are named “Senses,” there are big differences in their execution. The spas on the Dream and Fantasy are more modern and feature a much nicer Rainforest.

Are you planning a Disney cruise? Still have questions about the ships? Talk about it in the comments!

Laurel Stewart

Laurel has been visiting Walt Disney World since 1971 when she was negative-15 years old and running the Disney races since 2007. Her favorite attraction is Big Thunder Mountain.

13 thoughts on “Disney Cruise Line Ships at a Glance

  • January 3, 2017 at 9:07 am
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    Great info – thanks! Do you have tips for booking at off-peak weeks to save $$$?

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  • January 3, 2017 at 10:16 am
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    As far as saving money, the cheapest ones will always be during the peak of hurricane season, in September. I don’t like high chances of bad weather, so I think the value of those are actually iffy. I prefer the next cheapest ones, in January (except for New Years), or early December, where you can do a special Very Merrytime cruise for much less than you would closer to Christmas. And you can see from the Fare Tracker on this site that it’s almost always cheapest to book as far in advance as possible, usually at least a year in advance, as prices rise steadily after that.

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  • January 3, 2017 at 10:51 am
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    This is great information – it would be also be helpful if you could include a rundown of the entertainment (current shows, in particular)

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    • January 3, 2017 at 11:35 am
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      I think it will be its own article (also the DCL Blog does a great job, as mentioned before), but mostly I really needed to finish this article and the shows are complicated to list out (because of the different itinerary lengths). Thanks for reading!

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  • January 3, 2017 at 5:42 pm
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    Going on the Fantasy in March. Anybody have an updated beer list? The selection we saw in Hollywood Studios has my hopes up.

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    • January 3, 2017 at 6:27 pm
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      In February of 2016 the Fantasy had all mainstream/commercial macro beers. Heineken, Bud and Bud light, Miller Lite, corona, etc

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  • January 4, 2017 at 8:34 am
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    Hi! This is a great list!

    I thought the Wonder received the Animation Magic show as part of the last dry dock.

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  • January 5, 2017 at 6:26 pm
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    The Wonder does feature the Animation Magic show, we had it last month on our cruise.

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  • January 8, 2017 at 12:10 pm
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    This is incredibly helpful!

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