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  • On Mar 20, 2009
    Mary from SC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hi Kim! ? about DCL:when sailing during busy season(spring break) are the ships comparable to crowds at WDW? Can you still enjoy? Have been spoiled by going to the world in Sept, but kids getting older and not wanting to miss days from school. thanks!

    I try to avoid crowds at Walt Disney World. When planning a Disney Cruise, crowd levels are not the same concern.

    For instance, DCL frequently sails at or near capacity so the difference between weeks that sell out and those that are under capacity are not that great.

    There are some differences in the ages of children that are on different sailings. For instance, there are more teens during school breaks including Summer. During these school vacation times, the teen clubs as well as the Goofy Pool will seem more crowded.

    However I have not heard from any guests that conditions were uncomfortably crowded during Spring Break or holiday sailings such as Christmas.  The high number of repeat cruisers is a great indication that the Disney ships comfortably accommodate guests even during peak seasons.

    The Disney Magic and Disney Wonder were built to accommodate 2,834 guests with 875 staterooms!

    When our son was younger, we would visit the Mickey Pool in the early morning while the ship was in port. During this time, he would have the fun slide nearly to himself! If you find the ship to be more crowded than expected, just make some minor adjustments to your daily schedule so that your family visits certain areas of the ship during less crowded times. A swim before dinner rather during the peak afternoon hours, for example!

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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, Tennessee

I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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