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No matter on which of the Disney ships you are sailing, the pool deck is always one of the most fun places to be! With activities like pools, splash pads, and water slides, kids of all ages have so fun things to do.
In this post, I will provide a picture tour of Deck 9 of the Disney Magic cruise ship, including tips for using the pools and restaurants.
The pool deck is located on Deck 9 of the Disney Magic, which you can see on this deck plan. It is FULL of activities and entertainment for the whole family, including some really fun Disney themed pools!
If you are wondering if the Disney cruise ship pools are heated, you will be happy to learn that they are! Below, I will discuss each of the swimming pools on the Disney Magic, including some important information you will want to know.
Goofy’s Pool is located in the middle of Deck 9 and is the larger of the two kid-friendly swimming pools. Two hot tubs, which also allow children inside, are situated near this pool as well.
You are permitted to sit directly on the deck surrounding the pool to watch your child swim. Lounge chairs are also available surrounding this pool, and we never have a problem finding a seat. My six year old was able to stand in Goofy’s Pool, so it isn’t super deep.
We love Goofy’s Pool because it’s near Funnel Vision, which is the giant screen that shows Disney movies while you swim or sunbathe!
Huey, Dewey, and Louie Pool
The smaller pool on the Disney Magic features Donald Duck’s nephews: Huey, Dewey, and Louie. This pool is really shallow and looks like it is made for babies and toddlers; however, this is not the case.
Like Goofy’s Pool, this swim area is for those children who are at least three years old AND potty trained. I would like to note that this pool was closed about once per day on our most recent cruise.
I did not ask a lifeguard, but I am guessing that a child had an “accident” in the pool, which required Disney to drain and sanitize the swimming area.
Quiet Cove Pool
The Quiet Cove Pool is located toward the front of the ship and is for adults only. Like the name implies, this pool is a quiet place for grown ups to relax in a child free zone.
The Quiet Cove Pool includes two hot tub areas and a bar. This pool was never crowded, and it always seemed like a really peaceful place to spend time.
The pool hours can vary depending on the activities scheduled. You will be able to see the hours for each swimming pool on the Disney Navigator App. You can also check the Personal Navigator each day to see the available swimming times.
Goofy’s Pool is typically opened from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Disney Cruise Line will close the pool for deck parties like the Sail-A-Wave Party. This is because they cover the pool and use it as a dance floor/ stage during the show.
You will see the pool rules posted near each swimming pool area. In short, children must be 3 years old or older to use the pools. In addition, they MUST be potty trained.
You will see lifeguards monitoring each of the swimming pools to make sure the rules are being followed.
If you are cruising with a baby or toddler under the age of 3, the Disney cruise ships provide splash pad areas perfect for little ones. These water play areas really set Disney Cruise Line apart from other cruise lines.
Nephews’ Splash Zone
If you are cruising with a baby or toddler, you will more than likely spend a lot of your pool deck time at Nephews’ Splash Zone. This splash pad area is the ONLY swimming place that kids under the age of three may play.
Nephews’ Splash Zone is located at the back of Deck 9 and features Huey, Dewey, and Louie spraying out water. It also has tiny fountains that spray water from the ground.
If you are planning a Disney cruise with a baby or a toddler, you may be interested in this post:
In that post, I compare the different Disney ships and their swimming areas for toddlers.
The AquaLab is another splash zone on the Disney Magic, but it is for kids who are potty trained AND over the age of three. This play area provides fun water features that spray and pour water.
The AquaLab overlooks the Huey, Dewey, and Louie Pool, and it is near the Twist ‘n’ Spout water slide.
Disney Cruise Line features elaborate water slides on ALL of their ships. The Disney Magic provides two slides that are appropriate for both adults and kids, depending on height.
Twist ‘n’ Spout
The Twist ‘n’ Spout slide is the yellow, twisting slide you see in many of the photos of the Disney Magic. The height requirement for this slide is 42” or taller.
Cruisers can slide one at a time, and a lifeguard is stationed at the bottom to supervise and help if needed.
The AquaDunk is the other water slide on the Disney Magic, but it comes with a minimum height requirement of 48”.
This slide starts with a platform on which you stand before it suddenly slides out from under you. You then plunge down the slide super fast until you reach the end.
The pool deck on the Disney Magic offers numerous dining options for cruisers, and they are all really kid-friendly!
Located in the back of the ship, Cabanas is the popular buffet that is open to guests for breakfast and lunch each day. Cabanas is also available for dinner except on the first (embarkation day) and the final day of your cruise.
We love eating at Cabanas because the buffet provides such diverse options that every family member can find something they like to eat.
Pinocchio’s Pizzaria is open for lunch and dinner and offers pizzas, which are a huge hit with my kids!
I enjoyed a couple slices of their margherita pizza for dinner one night, and it was excellent!
Daisy’s De-lites is another counter service option on the pool deck. I frequented this dining venue on our last cruise because it opens really early in the morning before many of the other restaurants.
I strolled my one year old up to the pool deck most mornings at 6:30 to grab fresh fruit and muffins from Daisy’s De-Lites
Duck-In Diner is another counter service option near the pools on the Disney Magic. Here, you will find kid favorites like burgers, hot dogs, and chicken fingers. They also have fries available as a side.
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Duck-In Diner had a sign on their counter advertising that they provided vegetarian and vegan friendly options as well.
Near Duck-In Diner, you will find Fro-Zone Treats. This snack stand serves smoothies made from fresh fruit and vegetables. The smoothies are free of charge, but you can add protein powder and other items for an additional price.
Eye Scream is a snack counter with soft serve ice cream. Cruisers can grab a cone or a bowl and serve themselves beginning at around 11:30 each day.
This is a really popular snack stand as you can imagine. Cruisers were usually standing around the counter and eagerly waiting for it to open, especially on sea days.
Located near the Aft entrance to the pool deck, you will find the beverage station. Here, you can use one of the available cups or your own container to fill drinks.
The beverage station offers water, juice, tea, coffee, sodas, and hot chocolate. All of these are included in the price of the cruise too!
Notice the sanitizing wipes at the drink station in the photo above. Disney Cruise Line provides these in areas all over the ship.
Pool Deck Plan
If you look at the deck plan for Deck 9 of the Disney Magic, you will notice some additional spaces on the pool deck.
Cove Cafe is an adult only area of the ship where you can purchase cocktails and specialty coffee.
Edge is the kids club area that is for tweens.
Signals Bar is the counter service area by the Quiet Cove Adult Pool where you can grab cocktails and refreshments.
Senses Spa and Salon
Senses Spa and Salon is located on Deck 9 forward. This is also where you can find the fitness center.
Tips and Tricks
Below, I will include some important tips and tricks you may find useful for the pool deck!
The pools on the Disney cruise ships can get crowded. If you visit the pools during non-peak hours, it will help with the crowd levels. We like to use the pools in the morning or on port days.
That being said, we don’t really have an issue with the crowded pools. I find that if you EXPECT them to be super crowded, then you won’t be as shocked when they actually are!
Pool floats are not permitted in the pools on Disney Cruise Line. However, DCL does provide swimming vests free of charge. (See photo below.)
Don’t worry about packing pool towels for your cruise. Towels are readily available right on the pool deck. You do not need to sign for a towel; instead, you just grab one from a nearby stand.
Final Review of the Disney Magic Cruise Ship Pool Deck
The pool deck on each of the Disney ships is a really fun place to spend time. The entertainment, dining, and activity options on Deck 9 make it really enjoyable for the whole family!
Plus, you get amazing views of the sea!
What is your favorite thing to do on the Disney Magic pool deck?
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