If it has the word “Disney” in it, you can be sure a travel experience is going to be a good time for the entire family, and the Disney Cruise Line certainly checks that box. The Disney cruise ships offer fun for everyone to share and special areas, spa treatments, and excursions for adults; but they also have exclusive activities and youth clubs designed just for younger cruisers. Here’s what the kids will discover on a Disney cruise:
- Disney’s Oceaneer Club: Children ages 3-12 can enter Neverland at the Oceaneer Club. There are several beautifully themed rooms including Pixie Hollow, inspired by Tinkerbell and her friends, and Andy’s Room, which features a Toy Story play area. With storytime, dress-up, and even character appearances, there’s always something exciting going on.
- Disney’s Oceaneer Lab: The lab lets young oceaneers ages 3-12 participate in crafts and computer games galore. You can pilot a cruise ship or mix some tunes in the Sound Studio. The Oceaneer Club and Lab are connected, so kids can move between them to take part in different activities.
- Edge for Tweens: Guests ages 11-14 have a a space of their own. Located on deck 13 forward on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, and deck 2 midship on the Disney Dream and Disney Wonder. There’s a dance floor, giant video wall, movies, bean bags, games, and plenty of tech!
- Vibe for Teens: When you see the psychedelic colored hallway and futuristic pods in the teen club, you will wish you were in the 14-17 age bracket and could hang out at Vibe. It’s that hip. Teens also have a private deck area with wading pools, ping pong, and smoothies and milkshakes all day long.
- Castaway Cay: If your cruise is stopping at Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, the kids will find even more areas just for them, including a teen beach and Scuttle’s Cove, a sandy supervised play area for the little ones.
If your child is planning to take part in the kid’s activities, you’ll need to register them either online before leaving home, at the terminal before you board or once you’re on the ship. Take a look at your Navigator to see what activities are taking place and when. The first afternoon of the cruise has an “open house” where the family can check out the facilities at the youth clubs. After that, while there are always counselors on hand, guests 18 and up are not allowed in – it’s the kids’s domain!