Top 6 Things to Do With Your Baby or Toddler on a Disney Cruise
The idea of taking a baby or toddler on a cruise ship may seem daunting. What will the kids do? Will it be safe? Won’t it be stressful being confined in a small room with the kids? These are questions I commonly receive when I get come back from a Disney cruise. Every time my answer is “the cruise was amazing, we had such a great time, the kids keep asking when we can go back to Mickey’s Boat”.
I have traveled with my kids as young as 9 months and as old as 5 years old, and at every age going on a Disney cruise is one of the best and easiest vacations. The reason it is easy, is because Disney caters to families, no matter the age there is always something to do!
So, with that, here are my top six things to do with your baby or toddler on a Disney cruise:
#6 Watch the Sail Away Party
When I first get on the ship, I want to walk around and see everything, see my room, and unpack, but head to the main pool deck instead. The sail away party is a great celebration to the start of your vacation. You can get a good seat and have your children see all of their favorite Characters dance and sing along. No matter how old the quick show will entertain your little one.
#5 Nemo’s Reef or AquaLab
Disney knew that per coast guard law, children with swim diapers could not go in the pools, so they added areas for their littlest sailors to play in the water. On the Fantasy, Wonder, and Magic is AquaLab where Huey, Dewey, and Louie have created fun safe water experiments for your child to play with. On the Dream and Magic, they created Nemo’s Reef. A covered area with a Finding Nemo theme where they can splash, spray, and run away all day.
#4 Meet Characters
If you have been to Disney Parks, and seen those huge lines for characters and thought, we just don’t have the time. On a Disney Cruise, you do! They have scheduled times for all characters, and the best part, the lines are significantly shorter than at the parks. My favorite picture is my 9-month-old son meeting Mickey on a Disney Cruise for the first time, and he tried to eat Mickey’s nose, because he would chew on the nose of his toy Mickey.
#3 Jack Jack’s Incredible Diaper Dash
This is a hidden gem on a Disney Cruise. Look for this to be mentioned by your cruise director and don’t be late. If you have a baby that crawls, but does not walk yet, enter them in this highly entertaining race. They line the babies up at the start line, and at the whistle the parents find any way possible to get their baby to crawl the fastest to the finish line. After a few heats, the finals will determine the fastest crawler on the ship. If your toddler is too big for the race, go and cheer on the babies – the whole family will find this highly entertaining and you never know what the babies will do!
#2 Pirate Night
When you get on the ship you will see what night is Pirate night, and you might question taking your little one to this event as it is later at night. If your little one will last, let them stay up past their bed time, and enjoy the party. Take a seat on the covered pool desk to experience the live action Pirate Party, fireworks, and a Pirate Dance party afterwards. Dress your little one in Pirate attire and have a great time with the whole family. Your little one will love the excitement, fireworks, and might show you their dance moves!
#1 “It’s A Small World” Nursery or Oceaneers Club/Lab
Parents need alone time too, right? Children 6 months – 3 years can go into “It’s A Small World Nursery” for a small hourly fee. In here they have cribs for naps/rests, toys, movies, activities and exceptional child care. Using your wave phones, (cell phones that are in your stateroom provided by Disney) they can contact you if there is any problem, so you can relax by the pool or take a nap.
Children 3 – 12 years old (must be potty trained) can go into the Oceaneers Club/Lab. My biggest issue with this kids club is the argument I need to have with my kids to get them out of there. It is a child’s paradise with Disney themed rooms, character interactions, games, and crafts. They do an open house on the first day for both areas so parents can check it out.
Regardless of how you spend your Disney Cruise time, you will have an amazing time with your children. There will be so much to do, no matter your age, that your biggest problem will be when can you go next Disney Cruise to do the things you missed!
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