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  • On Feb 27, 2014
    Kimberly from ON 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.

    First of all, thanks for answering my question re: room 7170. I plan to book this week! I enjoy reading all your answers! I also want your opinion on seating time for dining (main or second) with 2 boys who normally eat dinner at 5pm and bed by 7:30pm.

    Welcome back, Kimberly! 

    Main Dining is popular with families whose kids head to bed early. It's hard for them to wait to eat until 8:15. The nice thing is you'll eat early, then have some time after dinner to explore, take in a variety show or play in the clubs. Then at 8:30, the second Broadway-style musical begins in the Walt Disney Theatre. Or, if they're too tired, head back to the stateroom. We've enjoyed this seating many times.

    However, we've now found that our preference with a 6 and 8 year old who do go to bed by 8:00 at home, is actually the second seating. First of all, it's vacation, so the kids stay up later anyway. We found that after a long, fun day in port, we were rushing to get back on the ship, get showered and changed for the Main dinner seating and actually make it there in time with no rest. The kids were exhausted after a long, exciting day and so were we. So, we now prefer to enjoy our days in port, head back to the ship for a nice rest or nap around 4 or 5, which still leaves us time to wake the kids up (who are in much better moods after a good rest!) and get dressed to head to the first show in the Walt Disney Theatre at 6:15. Or, if they're extremely tired, we skip the show and let them rest. After the show we can explore, then head to our late dinner. When the kids (and adults!) get hungry earlier, we grab a bite by the pool or even order complimentary room service as we get dressed. It's nice to have a snack around then! 

    Dinner is great because the kids' meals are served first during the second seating so the kids can take advantage of Dine n' Play. About 45 minutes into the seating, counselors from the Club and Lab arrive at the doors of the restaurants to pick up the kids who are done eating and ready to play. My husband and I enjoy the rest of the meal on our own and the kids have fun with friends. We're all well rested and have energy to enjoy more of the night onboard!

    I hope that helps, Kimberly! 
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Meet the Panelist: Marcy, Ohio

Welcome aboard! I'm the mom of two tween/teen Castaway Clubbers who would live on any of the Disney ships if they could. I would love to help your family discover the magic that awaits you on the open seas with Disney Cruise Line. Learn More About Marcy

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