Mom And Daughter Laughing together on Hammock at beach
  • On Nov 23, 2015
    Jillian from MD Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Aside from the cool kids' club activities, would 8- and 10-year-olds be allowed to do things like movies on their own? Are there rules about unaccompanied kids on board? Would love to give them Wave phones and allow them a bit of freedom for a change.

    Ahoy, Jillian!

    You sound like you're ready for a real vacation... with a good mix of time with your kids - and some time without them. I'm on that same wave length with you, and you'll be glad to know that you can absolutely get this type of vacation when you cruise with Disney Cruise Line.

    With a bit of advanced coaching and lots of reminders to make good choices, you can absolutely have civilized children let loose onboard :-). This means your kids can keep a wave phone with them and if you think they are responsible enough, you can even opt for them to check themselves in and out of the youth club. I suggest that you 'test the waters' by allowing them this special freedom for a few hours to start with though. My kids have enjoyed this freedom - and they have learned to take care of this huge responsibility... they love it! They go to movies on their own or with their friends, spend some time at the arcade, or they can explore the ship at their own pace. They are reminded to be aware of their surroundings and people around them all the time - and no one is allowed to enter anyone else's stateroom.

    When my kids were this age, we always had plans lined up the night before. it's a great way for them to learn to plan their day - and a way for you to know where they'll be. If they have a wave phone, it makes it easier to check on them throughout the day. If they are lucky to have a smart phone, you can download the Disney Cruise Line Personal Navigator App and use the free text messaging feature. Use of the App is free, just follow the online instructions.

    If they stay together, it will be much easier and they'll also feel more comfortable with each other as they go on their adventure onboard. I hope this helps, Jillian. 

    Wishing you a magical vacation with Captain Mickey!
    ~ Dolly
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Meet the Panelist: Dolly, California

I'm a full-time working mom anchored by an active family who shares the passion for travel, food and music! Our 2 teens have grown up sailing on the Disney Cruise Line and sharing the magic with other working families brings us so much pride and Pixie Dust! Learn More About Dolly

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