Built in 1998 by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, the Disney Magic can holdapproximately 2,400 passengers. Since the summer of 2000, the Disney Magic has been offering weekly cruises to Castaway Cay and multiple Caribbean islands out of its homeport in Port Canaveral, Florida. In June 2005, the Disney Magic was dispatched to the West Coast in honor of Disneyland's 50th Anniversary celebrations.
The Disney Magic held the record for the highest regular toll paid passage through the Panama Canal, at $331,200. The title went to the Coral Princess after paying $400,000 to transit the canal. As with other Disney Cruise ships, the ship's horn blast plays an excerpt from Disney's famous flagship tune, When You Wish Upon A Star.
Its sister, the Disney Wonder, was launched in 1999.
For 2012, The Disney Magic will be located in New York City starting in May, where it will sail to the Bahamas and New England; in September it will be located in Galveston, Texas for the remainder of the year.
It is also home to some popular stage shows and restaurants (including Animator's Palate and the Royal Palace).