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A look at upgrades to 'Disney Magic' Cruise Liner

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There is a whole lot more magic on board the Disney Magic this year. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Valarie D'Elia takes a look at the latest upgrades made to the cruise liner.

Disney Magic set sail in 1998, and as the big sis of the Disney fleet, she just got a makeover.

"Basically, we've just done a complete renovation of the ship, really just breathing new life into the ship," said Disney Magic cruise director Natalie Bailey.

Since Magic is first and foremost a family ship, the youth activity areas got a generous sprinkling of pixie dust.

"In the Avengers Academy, its lots of fun for our children ages up to 12-years-old," Bailey says. "In there, they get to become Iron Man in one of our great programs that we have, and they also get the chance to interact with Captain America as well."

It might take some growing pains before little ones meet the height requirement of the new plunge, twist and turn Aqua Dunk water slide, but kids as young as toddlers can still have a blast in one of the brand-new water playgrounds that are age appropriate.

For ocean liner buffs like me, I'm happy to report that the overall feel of the ship is still intact, with big porthole windows and an old fashioned promenade deck. As I discovered on a media cruise, adults also have their own party area, called "After Hours," for some well-deserved 'me' time.

On the dining circuit, you can add another restaurant to Magic's rotation, where your servers follow you to a new eatery each night.

"Carioca's, it's a Brazilian-themed restaurant with South American food over there," said Disney Magic dining room manager Maclean Andrades. "The great thing about that is, it has flavors of Latin American over there."

Disney Magic is winding up sailings from Port Canaveral that include a visit to their private island before she cruises to the Mediterranean this summer.

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