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  • On Oct 31, 2023
    Shennel from GA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    When will the Dine and Play program return for second seating? If the Dine and Play will not return by the Christmas sailing in December 2023, are kids able to eat early and have their parents take them to the Oceaneers Club during second seating Dining?

    Ahoy Shennel,

    Welcome to planDisney! I'm so glad you decided to stop by with a question and even more excited to hear about your upcoming sailing. You are sure to have a merry and magical time next month.

    I know the Dine and Play program was popular with guests when it was offered in years past, but unfortunately, the program is still paused. I did a little digging online but didn't find any updated information on if or when we can expect it to be reinstated. I also reached out to a Cast Member to see if they had any additional insights but there were no details available on the program at this time.

    I can understand that you'd like to get your little sailors fed quickly, especially if you are assigned Second Seating for dinner. My family actually opted for the later dining time on our most recent cruise and it ended up working out well since our kids are a little bit older. We enjoyed a leisurely dinner together each evening and then let the kids head down to Disney's Oceaneer Club while we explored the adult areas of the ship

    If you are hoping to enjoy some quiet time during dinner you can ask your server to try and expedite the kid's meals and then quickly pop out to drop them off for their designated youth activities. My husband and I have each taken our fair share of detours during dinner on past cruises (somehow the kids always needed a potty break mid-dinner) and just had the other wait at the table for us to return. You'll definitely want to let the serving team know if this is your plan so they can pace your meal accordingly and make sure it doesn't interfere with their other assigned tables. 

    Alternatively, you can pick up a quick-service meal on the pool deck or order complimentary room service for your kids to enjoy in your stateroom then bring them to Disney's Oceaneer Club or Lab on your way down to dinner. This way you won't have to rush out or worry about hungry tummies while you're hoping to enjoy a peaceful dining experience.

    I hope this was helpful Shennel. If you have additional questions please don't hesitate to let us know. We're always all hands on deck here!

    Magic and memories,
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, North Carolina

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