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  • On Sep 24, 2015
    Virginia from NC 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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    In early Dec, my 12 yr old DS and I will be sailing on the Dream! We're so excited! We really want to do the Stingray Encounter and Pelican Plunge. How far apart are these two attractions? And is there a best time of day to experience the stingrays?

    What an awesome trip you've got planned, Virginia!

    Your Very MerryTime Cruise will be full of fun and exciting activities - not to mention lots of holiday cheer while out on the high seas. Your tween will surely have a blast - what a lucky young man!

    Disney's private island, Castaway Cay, is an amazing oasis that you'll get to spend the whole day at. My kids love the island and they are always sad to leave. The Stingray Encounter is located by the family beach close to the 1st tram stop. Pelican Plunge is closer to the 2nd tram stop - or about an 8-10 minute walk... depending on how fast of a walker you are. It's not really too far away - nothing on the island is far, actually. 

    Learning all about the Stingrays and their habitat was fascinating for my kids, and I'm sure your son will find it interesting too. He'll have a chance to feed them, and then swim or snorkel alongside them. When we did this activity, we chose a late morning schedule -- and I thought it was perfect, since the water was clear and the warm sun was out. Right after the activity, we relaxed a bit and went off to the island's all-you-care-to-eat lunch buffet at Cookie's BBQ. Yummy!

    There's usually a good amount of beach chairs and umbrellas at the beach by the 2nd tram stop, where Pelican Plunge is. I'm usually enjoying a beverage on my chaise lounge while the kids play at the water slides. It's a great location to chill at for the rest of the afternoon! You will have such an awesome time checking out the cool things on the island. Sailing with your tween will be so much fun!

    Have a magical vacation, Virginia!
    ~ 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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