• On Jan 6, 2020
    Caitlin from MD 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 timer here & considering the Disney Dream May 1-4 ! I'm worried since that reservations for things will already be booked by the time our window opens (we have a 2-yo). Any suggestions? Also, can you explain how boarding times work?

    Ahoy, Caitlin! I'm thrilled to hEAR that you are considering sailing with Captain Mickey for the very first time! I hope my answer motivates you to wave your magic wand and book that Disney Dream cruise.

    You will find there is so much fun and pixie dust onboard, especially when traveling with little ones! I can understand why you want to ensure you can pre-book many activities and experiences that will appeal to you and your family, especially with a two-year-old in tow!

    For your toddler, the "it's a small world" nursery is available for playtime. Nursery time requires an additional fee and spots do fill quickly, so be sure to make your reservations as soon as your advance booking window opens.

    I recently chatted with another guest about activities available for two-year-olds. From water playgrounds like Nemo's Reef to Mickey's Pool, your kiddo can expect a splashing good time! Not to mention all the fabulous deck parties, Broadway caliber shows, and character meet and greets. 

    As you probably know, some of the Character Greetings are ticketed events. To reserve tickets before your cruise begins, visit "My Cruise Activities" within your advance booking window. When reserving tickets, if a specific time is unavailable, try selecting another day and/or time. Keep the faith: a limited number of tickets may be available on the first day of your cruise. I'd suggest you check with Guest Services first thing after you board to find out if there is availability. You may be able to get tickets faster than you can say "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo!"

    Some of my most cherished memories are my kids' character interactions with their favorites, Cinderella and Peter Pan. I think my son believed that after meeting him that he too could fly! Characters as always are happy to sign autographs if you bring something special onboard for signatures.

    As far as boarding times, once you check-in at Port Canaveral, you'll receive a boarding number and can board the ship once that number is called. This number does correspond with your Port Arrival Time, so you'll want to arrive close to that assigned time. The earlier the boarding number, the sooner you can start that DREAM vacation!

    Wishing you lots of luck as you make your plans. Cruise back by the Disney Parks Moms Panel if you have any more questions.

    Happy Sailing!


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Meet the Panelist: Sherry, South Carolina

Ahoy there! I'm Sherry, a wife and mom to two, lawyer, and blogger from South Carolina. Family time is precious, so making the most of it is a top priority. That's why planning cruises to exciting destinations, trying new port adventures, and experiencing fabulous entertainment and dining is my jam! I'm thrilled to be your personal navigator as you chart your course on your next Disney Cruise Line vacation.  Learn More About Sherry

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