• On Apr 6, 2017
    Kim from WI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My family will be taking our very first cruise in Aug. on the Dream. I'm reading a lot about the clubs for kids and teens. Our 16 yr old has special needs. Are there cast members to stay with her or can we go in with her?

    Ahoy, Kim!

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Thanks for writing and asking this really excellent question! My son has special medical and developmental needs, so I understand the importance of planning ahead and asking many questions before every vacation. I can't tell you how excited I am that you are setting sail on a Disney Cruise! One of the many reasons we love cruising with Disney is because they go above and beyond trying to accommodate my son's needs.

    The Youth Clubs onboard are amazing! There are counselors with the kids inside the Youth Clubs; however, the counselors are unable to provide one-on-one care (including medical one-on-one care) for kiddos. If you haven't taken a look at Disney Cruise Line's participation guidelines for children with special needs at the Youth Clubs, I suggest reading it when you have a moment! Guess what?! You and your family are able to join her in Vibe during the Open House hours! The Open House hours for each Youth Club will be listed in your Personal Navigator newsletter and Disney Cruise Line Navigator app.

    Kim, if you haven't done so already, give Disney Cruise Line's Special Services Team a call at (407) 566-3602. You can speak with them about your daughter's needs inside the Youth Club and they can go into more details about the activities inside Vibe. Special Services will also be able to discuss any other accommodations she might need during your voyage! We call Special Services before each Disney Cruise and they've been so compassionate and helpful!

    Please let us know if you have any future questions before your inaugural cruise in August!

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Meet the Panelist: Beth, Illinois

Let's talk about the WONDER and MAGIC of your FANTASY DREAM vacation aboard the Disney Cruise Line! I'm a proud stay-at-home mom to my little buccaneer with special needs and, along with my husband, a lover of everything Disney! We've had so many unforgettable memories and adventures while sailing on Disney Cruise Line. I can't wait to help you navigate through any questions you may have while planning your family's adventures at sea! Learn More About Beth

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