Movie Night, Cars, Smiling Girl, Family, siblings, on deck
  • On Aug 30, 2023
    Molly from PA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What is the easiest way to get my kids connected once on-board with the DCL app? I want them to be able to chat with me but they are both under 13. Do I create their own accounts and fudge their birth year or is there a different way around this?

    Hi there, Molly! Thank you for cruising by planDisney with your question. 

    The Disney Cruise Line Navigator app is a helpful resource, for sure! Before your vacation begins, you can make a payment, complete online check-in, and book activities. When you're on your Disney Cruise, you’ll have many convenient features at your fingertips, like your rotational dining details and the Daily Activity Schedule. What your children will probably enjoy most is the onboard chat feature. Let’s talk tech and get everyone connected. 

    First, make sure the app is downloaded to everyone’s mobile device. Your children do not need a Disney Cruise Line account; this applies to “big kids,” too. The app transforms for everyone once you’re connected to the ship’s Wi-Fi. My husband doesn’t have his own account, but he can still access all the onboard features. Upon embarkation, each Guest will be prompted to link their stateroom. Once connected, your children can access the onboard activities and the chat feature. 

    For safety, Guests under the age of 13 may only use the chat function by obtaining a unique pin from the Primary Guest in the stateroom. This is usually the name of the first person on the reservation. Tap the child’s name in the app on your phone to obtain the pin. Your kids can then enter this pin on their app and start chatting. If you approve, they can also chat with any friends they make in the clubs. 

    After you board, I recommend heading to Cabanas for lunch and visiting the youth clubs. During Open House hours, parents are invited to play and explore these interactive spaces with their Mouseketeers. When secure programming begins, grown-ups are politely “kicked out,” and the kids take over. Don’t be surprised if your children are disappointed to leave the youth spaces. Based on experience, a visit to Eye Scream Treats seems to chase those blues away. 

    I hope you have a rootin' tootin' good time aboard the Disney Fantasy. Please stop by and see us again. 

    SEAS the adventure!
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Meet the Panelist: Tracie, Florida

Ahoy! Just like Moana, I feel the irresistible call of the sea. I think the best vacation is aboard a Disney Cruise Line ship – thankfully, my family agrees. Whether savoring gelato in Italy, snorkeling in Mexico, or basking in the sea breeze on deck, each destination fills us with memories to last a lifetime. I look forward to helping your family plan a Disney Cruise Line adventure brimming with cherished moments!

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