I recently returned from my first ever Disney cruise. I was part of a media group that was hosted by Disney on the Disney Magic. We were gone for five nights, and we spent two full days at sea. One of those days we celebrated Marvel Day at Sea. This was my favorite day of the whole trip.
I’m what I would call an average Marvel fan. I have a decent basic knowledge and have seen some of the movies, but I’m not an uber fan. (If we were to talk Star Wars that’s a different story!) Marvel Day at Sea was created for people like me. I didn’t need to know the ins and outs of every character to have a good time.
Speaking of characters, they were one of the highlights. There were plenty of chances to meet Marvel characters. There were special tickets to meet Spiderman, Black Panther, and Iron Man. There was another special ticket for the Groot meet and greet. The tickets didn’t cost extra, they were just for crowd control. These greetings were so well done. They’re face characters, so they’ll talk and you can really feel as if you’re entering their world. Groot didn’t say much, but that was expected.
There were other characters to be found throughout the day. Some of them like Loki and Captain Marvel had their locations and times listed in the Navigator. Others were wandering around. These were some of the best character interactions that I’ve ever had. Doctor Strange was my favorite. Other wandering characters included Star Lord, Gamora, Hawkeye, and Black Widow.
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Being a Disney cruise, it was not surprising that the Disney characters also got in on the Marvel fun. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto, and Chip ‘n’ Dale all dressed up to show their favorite characters. They weren’t really dressed as the characters, it was more that they were dressed as fans of Marvel characters.
There were special activities that took place all day long. These included Marvel themed games, information sessions, and movies. You could watch Marvel movies or shows in the Buena Vista Theater, on Funnel Vision, or in your room. Doctor Strange Journey Into the Mystic Arts was a live show that ran several times. A group of children were called upon to help, and it was very well done.
Dinner that night was also Marvel themed. Each of the three main restaurants served the same menu. The items were sectioned into themes such as Black Panther, Incredible Hulk, and Scarlet Witch. For those wanting a specialty drink, they could order Adventurous After-tinis. The menu resembled a comic book, it even said “Special Edition” on the cover.
Mickey and the gang made another appearance in Mickey and Friends Super Hero Celebration. This was mostly a dance party on deck. It was fun to see all of the classics together once again in their special costumes.
The highlight of Marvel Day at Sea was the deck show Marvel Heroes Unite. It featured everyone who we had seen during the day. The story was that a new power source had been developed and was on the ship, so of course the villains needed to steal it. There was action, humor, and fireworks. There was an appearance by the late Stan Lee, he played the captain. Even though his scenes were filmed well before the first Marvel Day at Sea in 2018, Disney approached his estate to ask for permission to continue to use his likeness. The crowd went crazy when he appeared. There was plenty of flying during Marvel Heroes Unite. This was also when Spiderman climbed the funnel, which was just as awesome as it sounds.
Marvel Day at Sea is held on select five night cruises on the Disney Magic. Currently the last one for 2019 is set to sail on March 8. Dates have not yet been released for 2020. If you go, you will have a great time. Marvel Day at Sea was marvel-ous.