• On Sep 18, 2016
    Asha from AZ 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.

    Hello! First disney cruise. Do we need to arrange for nursery time for our 2 year old during dinner? Thanks!

    Ahoy Asha –

    Congratulations on booking your first Disney Cruise Line Vacation! I am pleased to assist with your question about table service meals with infants and toddlers. In my opinion, whether or not to have your toddler at the table service meal really depends on the temperament of your child and what time your dinner will be.

    My pirate crew always gets the First Dinner Seating because we tend to eat supper early and then go to bed not too long after. If you have the Second Dinner Seating (that happens usually during bedtime for most toddlers), it may be a good idea to schedule nursery time for all of the dinners for your entire cruise. Young pirates who have the ability to sit still for at least 1- 1 ½ hours usually do very well during the table service meal.

    My sea pup cannot stand to sit still for that long, and the Table Service dinners were torture for him when he was 2 years old. For him, I made arrangements with our Dining Service Team to have his meal expedited to the table or premade so that he could very quickly eat with the family. After about 15-20 minutes, I left to drop him off at the Nursery and then returned to enjoy my dinner. The Dining Service Team has also delivered his meal directly to the Nursery when he was too fussy to eat with us. Now that he is 6, we still do the same thing except now he sits for just a little longer before jetting off to the Oceaneer Club.

    Since Nursery hours are limited, I recommend booking dinners early and know that you can always adjust once onboard by adding or taking hours away depending on availability. Asha, I enjoyed our visit so much and thanks for stopping in at the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

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Meet the Panelist: Brandy, Texas

Are you feeling stressed and need to unwind?  If you are looking for a way to reconnect with your family and relax, then I have a prescription to get you back on track! I am a family practice doctor, a wife, and a mother of two and I have found that Disney Cruise Line gives me the way to do all of those things. I love to experience the joy of every Disney vacation, and sharing the Disney fun with my friends makes the experience complete.


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