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  • On Feb 3, 2024
    Jennifer from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    On a Disney Cruise, is a PHOTOCOPY of the notarized form, "Authorization for Minor to Travel without a Parent of Legal Guardian", acceptable or must it be the original? Thank you.

    Hi Jennifer,

    Thank you for visiting planDisney with your question! We are so glad that you are here. 

    My experience with international travel has taught me that we are always better off with the "Sure thing" when it comes to documentation. If I needed an Authorization for Minor to Travel Without Legal Parent or Guardian, I would make sure to travel with the original, notarized document. If you are concerned you might misplace it, I would have two copies notarized and place them in different carry-on bags. I would also make a copy to leave with someone on land, but I am a double-then-triple-checker before we leave the country. Come to think of it, I do the same with photocopies of the information page of each of our passports as well. 

    Since this form gives the adults on the journey the authority to handle everything from medical care to participating in activities, you don't want to take any chances here. It is just too important. 

    Jennifer, please don't forget that the form does need to be notarized. You can normally find a notary at a local bank, post office, packing and shipping store, or attorney's office. For a few dollars, they will gladly verify your identification, stamp, and sign your document. You will be sailing into the sunset in no time! 

    Before I go, have you seen the amazing, dedicated spaces for kiddos on a Disney Cruise Line voyage? They are incredible! Our kids have loved their countless hours in Disney's Oceaneer Lab, Disney's Oceaneer Club, and Edge. They can't wait to check out Vibe on our next vacation. We can hardly pull them away! It sounds like some very lucky young people in your life are about to experience these spaces for themselves. I'm thrilled for them.

    I hope this was helpful. Please let us know if you have any other questions, Jennifer. 

    Adventure is out there,


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"To all who come to this happy place, welcome." I am the lucky wife to my brave Prince, a homeschool mom to two bold and brilliant daughters, and a wine educator. Joining the Disney Vacation Club meant that our family could travel to a "World of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy" as often as we could sneak away, so we do! I'm so glad you have joined us and would be thrilled to sprinkle a little Pixie Dust on your next unforgettable vacation! Learn More About Sally

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