• On Oct 20, 2018
    Sarah from MI 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 time cruisers and looking forward to our DCL cruise in December! Our party is two adults and a 3yo. After boarding the ship on Day 1, do you have recommendations of open houses or on board bookings that we should do right away?

    Ahoy, Sarah!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Eee! Yay for booking your first high-seas adventure with Captain Mickey and his friends! You and your pirate crew will love everything having to do with cruising aboard Disney Cruise Line! Between the Broadway-calibur shows, splashtacular pools, incredible restaurants and daily activities, there's something for everyone onboard!

    Your advance booking window opened 75 days prior to setting sail, so if you haven't done so already, you're probably now able to go online and book amazing activities onboard and Port Adventures ashore! I definitely recommend booking as many things in advance as possible. Once onboard, sail by the Youth Club where your 3-year old will be spending his/her time during its Open House hours on embarkation day. You and your family can take a look at the space and meet the counselors! If your little cruiser is fully potty-trained, he/she may join Disney's Oceaneer Club and Disney's Oceaneer Lab. If your little one is still in diapers, no worries! He/she will love spending time in "it's a small world" nursery! (Please note, space in the nursery is limited, so I suggest reserving time prior to setting sail. Also, it is an additional charge.)

    If you find that it's embarkation day and you haven't been able to reserve an adult-only dinner at Palo, that might be something you would enjoy booking right away. Also, stopping by Senses Spa & Salon is always fun on embarkation day because they often have raffles for amazing services!

    Sarah, I can't wait for you to experience your first Disney Cruise! I believe that this will be the first of "Minnie" cruises your family will take! If you have any other questions before December, please come back and visit us again!

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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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