Aboard the Magic: Oceaneer Lab

I don’t have kids. I love kids. Sometimes I think I basically am a giant kid. But I don’t have any, and I don’t plan on it. But Dan and I really didn’t see why that should keep us from visiting the kids club areas on the Disney Magic. So we didn’t.

We visited during one of the Open House events. They offer these the first day of the cruise, but they typically also offer them a couple of other times throughout the sailing. Keep an eye on your Navigator, and you could visit, too. Even if you don’t have kids either.

We especially loved Oceaneer Lab. Why is it worth your time? Because this is the at-sea home of The Society of Explorers and Adventurers (aka SEA)–the fictional society of explorers ginned up by the Imagineers and woven throughout the fabric of the Disney properties around the world. And their history is seeded throughout the Oceaner Lab.

Like this reference to Harrison Hightower, owner of the Hightower Hotel, the home of Tokyo DisneySea’s Tower of Terror. And this reference to Dr. J.L. Baterista, a SEA member who looks an awful lot like Senior Vice President of Walt Disney Imagineering Joe Lanzisero. And this photo of Albert & Lord Henry Mystic, who live in the famed Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland.

At the center of the Lab’s story is Mary Oceaneer, a SEA member who travels the seas in search of artifacts. Like the coins below. (Check it out: Even her parrot has a tiny diving suit!)

The Lab itself is a wonderland for kids of all ages. There’s a drawing and animation station, an open area for games and crafts, and a series of game stations loaded with an interactive pirate game and navigator simulators.

My favorite aspect is (duh) the pirate theme all throughout the playroom. It’s pretty great. And though I prefer to spend my on-ship time in the spa or sitting on my balcony or sunning on the adult’s deck or even sipping specialty drinks in Cove Cafe, if I were a kiddo, this would definitely be where you’d find me.

Have you ever visited the kids club areas on Disney Cruise Line? Tell us all about it in the comments!