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Kids Have it Made Aboard Disney Cruises

Jonathan Frontado

by , Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and Disney Vacation Club

It’s no secret that our youngest guests have the time of their lives from the moment they step onboard a Disney cruise ship.

Did you know that we were the first cruise line to feature nearly an entire deck dedicated to children’s activities, or that our kids’ clubs have some of the longest operating hours at sea? With dedicated areas and interactive activities that inspire, entertain and spark the imagination of children ages 6 months to 17 years, it’s great to be a kid on a Disney ship.

Here’s how children can let their imaginations set sail during your family vacation …

Teens rule in Vibe, a club created exclusively for guests ages 14 to 17 aboard the Disney Dream

Dedicated Clubs for Kids of All Ages
No matter their age, kids have a space made just for them during their Disney cruise. For little ones up to age 3, there’s a nursery with specially trained counselors. Kids ages 3 to 12 have exclusive access to two immersive clubs, Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Disney’s Oceaneer Lab, where they can choose to dive into their favorite Disney stories, take part in arts and crafts or science experiments, and so much more. Tweens ages 11 to 13 years old can hang out at Edge, a super chill place just for them, while teens ages 14 to 17 have a hip club of their own called Vibe.

Toy Story Boot Camp in Andy’s Room, a new multi-level youth space on the Disney Magic

Unique Activities and Customized Fun
On all Disney ships, children can personalize their cruise vacation by selecting activities and events based on interest. Our youth clubs transport kids to magical lands filled with toys, costumes, arts, crafts, games, storytelling, musical fun, dancing and more, with special activities like Toy Story Boot Camp, Become Iron Man and Jedi Training: Experience the Force. Teens and tweens can set their own vacation agenda—whether socializing with new friends, playing the latest video games or just chilling out. Plus, organized activities such as dance parties, trivia games and sports contests keep teens and tweens entertained.

The AquaLab water playground on the Disney Magic

Pools and Water Features, Too!
Every Disney ship has special water areas the kids will love. For our littlest cruisers up to 3 years old, there’s a whimsical splash-and-play area, and for bigger kids, there’s a children’s pool, family pool and slide aboard each ship. Plus, depending on the ship, kids can enjoy the AquaDuck water coaster, the AquaDunk thrill slide, the AquaLab water play area and a teen-exclusive pool area at Vibe.

Exclusively on the Disney Wonder, young guests prepare a special coronation for the royal sisters of Arendelle in the Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab

Character Encounters
Only aboard a Disney cruise can children spend this much quality time with favorite characters from classic and modern Disney stories, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars. Whether they have a hoedown with Woody or enjoy a coronation ceremony with Anna and Elsa, hone their spider senses with Spider-Man or use the Force to battle First Order Stormtroopers, kids are sure to have a blast with characters in our youth clubs. Plus, surprise encounters roaming the ship and scheduled photo opportunities onboard and at Castaway Cay are guaranteed to create lasting memories for the entire family.

Aspiring young princesses receive the full fairy tale treatment at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique on the Disney Fantasy

Magical Makeovers
Little princesses, princes and pirates can live out their fantasy with makeovers in Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique onboard all of our ships. Aspiring young royalty and buccaneers receive the full fairy tale treatment with pixie-dusted and piratical makeovers at this very special salon. Thanks to the Fairy Godmothers-in-training of Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and the “first mates” of the Pirates League, kids can look the part with “looks” exclusive to Disney Cruise Line, including their favorite Star Wars characters during Star Wars Day at Sea.

And that’s just the beginning! Family activities take place each day all around the ship, giving you the chance to join the fun with your little one. From fantastic musicals and lively deck parties, to Disney trivia and character dance parties, I’d say it’s pretty clear…kids have it made aboard Disney cruises!


  • What is the cost for a cruise

  • Can you please tell me if there is any cost for the kids programs? I am hoping to go on a Disney Cruise (we’ve gone before, but not for a long time) with my Hubby, adult daughter and my granddaughter who will be a little over 3. Are the programs available after dinner so that we can have some adult time together?

    • Hi Catherine, Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab are open to children ages 3 to 12 – included in the price of the cruise. With “Dine and Play,” parents can check their children into evening youth activity programming without leaving the dining room. Offered during the second seating in all of the main dining rooms and open to children ages 3 to 12, “Dine and Play” allows the dining room serving team to facilitate the children’s meals first, while serving the adults at a more leisurely pace. Upon arrival for second seating dinner, parents simply inform their server that their children would like to participate in “Dine and Play.” Children receive their meals in an expedited fashion and youth activities counselors arrive approximately 45 minutes into dinner to escort children to their respective youth activities groups for an evening of fun and entertainment. For babies and toddlers up to 3 years old, It’s a Small World Nursery offers some of the longest operating hours and some of the lowest hourly rates for baby and toddler care in the cruise industry.

  • Why do people need wifi on a Disney Cruise? Can’t they just enjoy being away from screens and be present for all the joys of being on such a wonderful cruise?

  • @ Dustin: Yes, they have wifi everywhere, including Castaway Cay. It’s free to use the Disney Cruise Navigator app, which you can also use to message friends/family on the same cruise. They sell packages if you want to use wifi for other purposes. Two more tips: you only receive messages while the Navigator app is open, and others have suggested that you take advantage of free wifi cafes at ports instead of purchasing a package onboard.

  • Is there Wi-Fi on board Disney Cruise ships? If so, how does that work, is it everywhere, certain locations, free or an add-on cost?

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