Family on Beach at Castaway Cay; ship in background, sisters holding hands
  • On Dec 16, 2023
    Ben from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My family is cruising in a few weeks and my daughter will be 10 turning 11 halfway through the cruise, will she be kicked out of the kids club on her birthday and have to make new friends again in the Edge?

    Hi Ben, 

    Welcome to planDisney and thank you so much for asking us a question. You must be so excited that your Disney Cruise Line vacation is only a few short weeks away – I know I would be! 

    Disney Cruise Line recently updated the age ranges for the Kids Clubs on board its ships. While previously, cruisers up to the age of 12 could enjoy Disney’s Oceaneer’s Club, Disney’s Oceaneer Lab, these areas are now limited to kids 3 to 10 years of age. Your daughter will be able to enjoy the Lab until her birthday, and then she’ll be able to visit during Open House hours. 

    That said, I do have a potential solution for you and for her. During our last cruise my son was 10 years old and he was allowed to enjoy Edge, provided I signed a waiver for him and that I was comfortable with him checking himself in and out of that club. It actually worked out really well for him because he found a group of slightly older kiddos and they had a blast together during the cruise.

    Tip: The Disney Cruise Line Navigator App allows you to communicate via text message with other Guests for free via the ship’s WiFi. I brought an old mobile phone with us that was compatible with the app and my son was able to use that to communicate with us onboard. The rule was that, if he switched locations with his friends, he HAD to text us or else he would need to go everywhere with us from that moment onward. While we do have fun as a family, the threat of forced togetherness was enough to make sure that he was super responsible with his freedom!! 

    I hope my answer helps you plan the perfect vacation for your family. Please don’t hesitate to come back and see us if you have any other questions.

    Have a Magical Day, 

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Meet the Panelist: Lynne, Quebec

Hi, I’m Lynne from Montreal, Quebec, Canada! I’m a working mom who enjoys snuggles with my son and my husband, who has been my sweetheart since 1997. We’ve been lucky enough to experience several milestones in Walt Disney World, including our wedding and honeymoon in 2009. As Disney Vacation Club members, we often plan trips for large, and sometimes even multi-generational, groups to come and enjoy the fun with us. Learn More About Lynne

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