• On Mar 8, 2019
    Gianni from NY 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.

    I'm a recently single mother and will be traveling alone with my 4 yr old. I want to make this trip extra special as she will be turning 5 two days after the cruise. Any ideas/tips for single parents and how I can make it extra special for her?

    Welcome aboard, Gianni! While I typically travel with my whole family, I have taken two different cruises where it's been either just my daughter and me or just my son and me. So, I know all about cruising as a solo adult with my child. These have been pretty magical adventures because we've gotten away from the world back home and had time to really spend together enjoying all that Disney offers!

    Add a note to your reservation letting Disney know you'll be celebrating your daughter's birthday onboard. Your dining servers will present a special dessert and sing happy birthday to her one night. Alternately, check out the Gifts and Amenities available to pre-purchase, including specialty birthday cakes, stateroom decorations and more. I highly recommend the birthday stateroom decorations. My friends surprised me with this on one of my birthday sailings and my whole family loved opening the door that first day to be greeted with floor to ceiling decor! Your daughter will love this welcome surprise!

    She'll have the time of her life in the Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab. Typically, you'll drop her off for fun with the counselors here - no parents allowed! But, there are Open House hours when parents get to stay and participate with their kids in the activities. If they're making Stitch's Space Goo (Flubber!) or any other crafty activity during the Open House hours, that's a great opportunity to make memories with your little one!

    Book a Port Adventure or two together as well in the ports of call. My kids and I have the most magical memories of exploring the port on an adventure, just one of them and mom. We cherish these memories.

    Have such fun planning, Gianni!

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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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