The Disney Magic, in all of its 11-deck and 964-feet glory, departed for its maiden voyage from the Port of Galveston on Saturday.
Disney embraced this first Texas trip with flair: Iconic characters and crew members waved and brandished tiny Lone Star Flags from the ship's main deck, and a Mickey Mouse silhouette donned a Texas-sided ten gallon hat on the massive smokestack.
Mounted members of the Ghostriders — the official rodeo drill team of Texas — saluted the Disney Magic from land, and hundreds of visitors flocked to the port to catch a glimpse of the ship and partake in a Sail-A-Bration.
Disney Cruise Line signed with the Port of Galveston less than a month ago, cementing a two-year lease that is expected to generate at least $2.4 million in gross revenue for the port.
The Magic's first trip from will last seven nights, making stops in Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel before returning to Galveston.