• On Jul 9, 2017
    Javier from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We have booked our very 1st Disney cruise November 16, 2018 and traveling with our 2 kids (7 Christopher and 11-Madelyn ). What are some things we can do with them and plan ahead to make the most of our vacation? We've been to Disney world 3x

    Welcome back, Javier! Your family is in for so much magic, and it doesn't begin when you first set foot on the ship, it begins right now!

    Check out the My Disney Cruise Adventure booklet that you can download for each of your kids as you plan. There are pages for them to fill out before and during the cruise, but they'll learn so much about what to expect just by flipping through the pages. And then schedule a Character Call to let Mickey tell your kids how excited he is to cruise with them next year! My kids are around your children's ages and they love when Mickey calls our house to announce our cruises!

    Take some time now to browse the exciting Port Adventures that Disney offers, and choose one or two that are right for your family. Let the kids read the descriptions and give their input too. My kids get excited when they feel like they have a hand in the planning! When your window opens for online check-in, 75 days prior to sailing for first time cruisers, log on that day to book extras like some special Character Greetings that are free but require tickets, and Port Adventures. You won't want to wait long since guests who have sailed with Disney before can book these extras earlier and some popular activities fill up quickly.

    Download the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App to your mobile devices, which once onboard, shows maps, activity schedules, menus, and a fun texting feature, and for before you sail, a countdown to cruising. My daughter is so excited about our next cruise, she checks this countdown each day to announce to me how many days are left!

    Happy planning, Javier!
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Meet the Panelist: Marcy, Ohio

Welcome aboard! I'm the mom of two tween/teen Castaway Clubbers who would live on any of the Disney ships if they could. I would love to help your family discover the magic that awaits you on the open seas with Disney Cruise Line. Learn More About Marcy

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