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  • On May 11, 2015
    Kelly from FL 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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    Hello, we are doing our first DC on the Fantasy in June and we are so excited. I have 2.5, 6, and 7 year old. How does the dress code work for dinners? I seen there are formal nights - how formal do kids get?

    Final countdown, Kelly!

    I'm so excited for you and your family. You'll be partying with Captain Mickey as soon as next month -- I'm sure your household is just popping with excitement now. Packing for a Disney Cruise vacation is not as complicated as others may think. You've got an option to really dress up for your 1 formal night onboard, and you can make it fun. My family and I like to get really cleaned up and we take advantage of this evening to get updated family photos at the ship's atrium before dinner. The onboard professional photographers will usually have Disney Cruise Line signature backgrounds up that evening... and they take awesome solo and family photos. We've used our past family photos from the cruise as a holiday greeting card, and it's a great souvenir too.

    Formal night for kids can be as simple as a collared polo shirt and khaki or dress pants for boys; for girls, a pretty sundress and ballet flats are nice and easy to pack. Practically, anything that you would wear to a nice restaurant if you were back home. At this age, the kids really need to be comfortable since they'll be dressed in their outfits throughout dinner and the evening show. My kids like to dress up, like Mom & Dad. My son doesn't have a problem wearing a sports jacket, a long sleeve shirt and a bow tie (he likes Dr. Who and once even packed suspenders). My daughter loves wearing a fancy party dress or a bright sundress with her silver ballet flats. Having a matching (or neutral) light cardigan to keep warm in the theater adds a nice touch too. Add a glittery bow on her hair and she's ready to get her picture taken (and then off to dinner).

    I've seen families in a tux and long gowns too. I'm still hoping to do that sometime... :-). If I can spare a separate suitcase. I would keep it cute, clean and bright for outfits for the kids. They will look great in pictures for sure.

    Happy planning, Kelly!
    ~ 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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