Are you heading out on a Disney vacation on the Disney Fantasy cruise ship? Find out my top 10 things to do on Disney Fantasy, the newest Disney cruise ship, scroll down for more info!

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Disney Cruise Line is a premium vacation experience unlike any other. It’s different even from other Disney vacations.

Disney travel has become the best way for families to experience the world together and virtually no corner of the planet is off-limits.

There are a plethora of factors that set Disney apart from other cruise lines, but here are some can’t miss things you have to do, particularly on the Disney Fantasy, which is what I sailed on for my last cruise.Top 10 Things to Do on Disney Fantasy featured by top US Disney blogger, Marcie and the Mouse

Top 10 Things to Do on Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship

1. Sweet On You

If you’re on the Disney Fantasy, this is a can’t miss sweets shop. It’s got every sugary concoction you could possibly want.

Top 10 Things to Do on Disney Fantasy featured by top US Disney blogger, Marcie and the Mouse: Sweet on You ice cream shop on Disney Fantasy cruise ship
Sweet On You. Photo credit: Darren Cheung

This is a fun place cruisers can enjoy a family treat (like a super big ice cream sundae) or a great spot to grab your favorite movie snack (like jelly beans!)Plus, they have a super adorable Mickey and Minnie Mouse statue that is just begging you to Instagram it!

Other can’t miss opportunities for sweet treats are Frozone Treats and Eye Scream, which are nods to characters from The Incredibles and Monsters Inc respectively.

2. The AquaDuck

Each of the Disney Cruise Ships has some kind of water fun, besides the pools. The Magic and Wonder have the AquaDunk waterslide, while the Dream and the Fantasy have the new AquaDuck water coaster.

Top 10 Things to Do on Disney Fantasy featured by top US Disney blogger, Marcie and the Mouse: Disney Cruise Line introduces a cruise industry innovation on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream — the shipboard water coaster, AquaDuck. Guests aboard the ship can get swept away on the exhilarating flume ride that features twists, turns, drops, acceleration and river rapids. Stretching 765 feet in length and spanning four decks in height, AquaDuck uses water blasters to propel guests around the the ship’s top deck. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)
AquaDuck Water Coaster on the Disney Fantasy. Photo credit: Matt Stroshane

If you are on one of these newer cruise ships, you have to try it out. It’s such fun and you won’t believe how thrilling it is as you swoop over the edge of the ship in a transparent glass tube.

Confession: I was too chicken to go on it, but my husband and 6-year-old had a blast doing it again and again!

3. Goofy’s Sports Deck

One of the greatest sections of the ship is Goofy’s Sports Deck. There are tons of fun to be had here, including a one-of-a-kind virtual reality experience.

You can play virtual golf and have a choice of championship courses to simulate, or you can choose from a sport package that includes options to play hockey, basketball, baseball, football, or soccer.

VR packages come in 30 minute and one hour sessions. This is one must-do activity you will return again and again for.

4. First Run Movies

If sports are not your favorite thing, perhaps you will feel more comfortable in the Buena Vista Theater. Here you can watch first-run movies and Disney classics on the big screen for free.

Top 10 Things to Do on Disney Fantasy featured by top US Disney blogger, Marcie and the Mouse: At the 399-seat Buena Vista Theatre aboard the Disney Dream, guests can see a movie any time of day – morning, afternoon or evening! With comfortable, posh, Art Deco surroundings, families can sit back and enjoy first-run motion pictures, including films in Disney Digital 3-D. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)
Buena Vista Theatre on the Disney Dream. Photo credit: Matt Stroshane

Whatever, the latest Marvel or Pixar Movie might be, you’ll find it on the Disney Cruise Line.

There are so many great titles to choose from and they play all day long. That means that whatever your schedule is, there is always time to stop and take in a movie with the family.

Budget tip: The movies are free but the concessions aren’t. This is one situation where it pays off to bring your own snacks if you like to have candy while you watch.

5. Palo/Remy

Most of the food on your Disney Cruise is included in the price, but there are some dining experiences that cost more, such as the Senses Juice Bar and the Royal Court Tea.

Top 10 Things to Do on Disney Fantasy featured by top US Disney blogger, Marcie and the Mouse: Kobe beef with turnip and potato gratin, served with thyme jus. Chef Arnaud Lallement, Remy (Matt Stroshane, photographer)
Kobe beef with turnip and potato gratin, served with thyme jus at Remy. Photo credit: Matt Stroshane

Palo is a fine dining restaurant on all Disney Cruise Line ships and Remy is on the Dream and the Fantasy. Both of these luxury restaurants have an added cost but at a deep discount.

These restaurants are much less expensive than they would be anywhere else, so consider the value rather than the price. One of the best things about a Disney Cruise is the opportunity to dine at either of these adult-only restaurants.

6. Room Service

Another perk of the Disney Cruise Line is the free room service. This is something you have to utilize during your cruise.

The kitchen is open 24/7 and you can call anytime to have food brought to your room with no extra charge. Be aware that some items will cost extra, such as canned or bottled beverages, but most of the menu is included in your price.

Room Service is best when you can enjoy your food on the veranda of your stateroom.

Insider tip: You can get Mickey bars or chocolate chip cookies and milk delivered for a before bedtime treat!

7. Animator’s Palate

This restaurant is on every Disney cruise ship, but it is different on each one.

The overarching theme of the restaurant is “bringing art to life through animation” the execution varies depending on which version you have on your ship, but the experience is always interactive and engaging.

Top 10 Things to Do on Disney Fantasy featured by top US Disney blogger, Marcie and the Mouse: Animator’s Palate is a signature Disney Cruise Line restaurant that brings the magic of Disney animation into the dining room for a one-of-a-kind experience that captivates the entire family. On the Disney Dream, the restaurant is inspired by classic animator’s studios and is filled with character sketches, paint brushes, film strips and other tools of the animation trade. “Paint brush” pillars and “pencil” columns span from floor to ceiling. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)
Animator’s Palate is a signature Disney Cruise Line restaurant. Photo credit: Matt Stroshane, photographer

The changing environment throughout the dinner service makes the Animator’s Palate one of the most unique and exciting Disney Dining experiences for the whole family.

You don’t have to go to the rotational restaurants on your schedule, but you don’t want to miss the night you have Animator’s Palate on your itinerary.

8. Theatrical Shows

Disney Cruise Line uses all of the company’s resources to bring you the best in entertainment and travel. One of the benefits of taking a Disney cruise is the live productions you can attend on the ship.

Top 10 Things to Do on Disney Fantasy featured by top US Disney blogger, Marcie and the Mouse: A tale as old as time takes the stage on the Disney Dream with “Beauty and the Beast,” an original musical production. The enchanting fairytale takes audiences on a sweeping journey to discover the power of transformation through true love and courage. This new production of “Beauty and the Beast” celebrates the romance, adventure and magic of the live-action film, weaving in the charm and nostalgia of the award-winning animated feature. (Steven Diaz, photographer)
Beauty and the Beast on stage on Disney Cruise Line. Photo credit: Steven Diaz

Disney has numerous Broadway caliber shows including stage show versions of Frozen, Tangled, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin. Depending on what ship you cruise with you will have the opportunity to see one of these impressive productions at no extra cost.

The rich entertainment value is part of what you pay for when you book a Disney Cruise, so don’t miss out.

9. Fireworks

A magically unique facet of a Disney Cruise Line vacation is the fireworks. Nobody does fireworks like Disney does and you won’t see fireworks on any other cruise line.

Top 10 Things to Do on Disney Fantasy featured by top US Disney blogger, Marcie and the Mouse: Disney Cruise Line lights up the sky to dazzle guests with the largest, awe-inspiring fireworks extravaganza presented aboard a cruise ship. The skies above the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream explode with brilliant colors during “Buccaneer Blast!” – a pyrotechnic spectacular choreographed to a dramatic score featuring songs from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies. (Gregg Newton, photographer)
Disney Cruise Line lights up the sky to dazzle guests with the largest, awe-inspiring fireworks extravaganza presented aboard a cruise ship. Photo credit: Gregg Newton

The exclusive opportunity to see Disney’s signature pyrotechnics bursting in the sky is a special touch that can’t be duplicated.

A seemingly small thing puts the whole cruise experience over the top when you get to take in the spectacle.

10. Meet Characters on the Disney Fantasy

Top 10 Things to Do on Disney Fantasy featured by top US Disney blogger, Marcie and the Mouse: Meeting Mickey Mouse in his archeologist gear at Castaway Cay
Mickey Mouse at Castaway Cay. Photo credit: Darren Cheung

Perhaps the most unique thing about a Disney cruise is not the fresh filtered pool water, the fireworks, or even the Castaway Cay.

When you take a Disney Cruise you will find that Mickey and his friends have joined you. There are so many great opportunities to spot Disney characters in a totally different light.

There are also scheduled opportunities to meet and greet with the characters on the ship.

Check your Navigator app for times and locations, and don’t forget, they’ll join you at Castaway Cay, too.

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