Family on room verenda
  • On Mar 24, 2024
    Sarah from PA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are looking at booking our first cruise. Our children would be 2 and 4 at the time. What would sleeping arrangements look like in a stateroom with two toddlers that would not be able to share a bed?

    Ahoy Sarah!

    Welcome to planDisney!  As a mom of three boys, I'm so happy that you're thinking about taking your first cruise.  Once you experience the WONDER of a Disney Cruise, you won't look back!  It really is the perfect vacation for families with entertainment, dining, and activities that everyone can enjoy - it's a DREAM come true!

    Sarah, the cabin configurations can vary from ship to ship and depending on the staterooms that you choose, but in general, you'll find many similarities.  Most staterooms that sleep a family of 4 will include a queen bed, a sofa that folds down into a bed (the back folds down, not a pull-out sleeper sofa), and an upper pull-down bed which creates a bunk bed set-up.  If you have a room that sleeps five, you will typically have a third pull-down Murphy bed.  You may find this video overview of the staterooms helpful to get a better picture of what to expect.  When our boys were preschoolers, we were comfortable using the sofa converted to a bed.  There are bed rails available that you can request on a first-come, first-served basis if you want to add those for additional peace of mind.  Your two-year-old may still be able to sleep in a Pack 'n Play or convertible crib that can be requested by Disney Cruise Line if they are under 35 inches tall.  The staterooms are very spacious compared to other cruise lines and we've sailed with a Pack 'n Play in our room with no problems before!  

    When choosing our stateroom, we like booking a verandah for the added space - especially as everyone is getting ready in the morning.  You can even order complimentary room service so you can start the day on your verandah with a coffee and continental breakfast while everyone is waking up!  Most Disney Cruise Line staterooms also feature split bathrooms with tubs which is another nice feature so you can be doing bathtime with little ones while someone else is getting ready on the other side.  We've also really come to appreciate the privacy curtain which divides the room into two halves.  When our boys were little, we were able to put them to bed and have lights out on that side of the room while my husband and I watched TV before falling asleep.  

    Sarah, planning your first cruise with young sailors can feel a bit overwhelming, but we're here to help!  My family made so many memories that we still TREASURE from our first Disney Cruise vacation.  We quickly became hooked and have kept coming back over the years to embrace the MAGIC as our family has grown!  Please feel free to stop by again with any questions you have about the various youth spaces including the nursery that is available for kids under three, planning Port Adventures with little ones, family entertainment, or dining needs.  You can feel free to write me directly or ask a question of any of our panelists!  

    I WISH you the best with planning your FANTASY vacation at sea and hope to see you again real soon!

    Kristi
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Meet the Panelist: Kristi, Maryland

Hi! I'm Kristi and I've been making magical memories at the Walt Disney World Resort since my first visit in 1989. While I cherished my childhood visits, my favorite memories have come sharing all of the excitement and wonder of a Disney Parks vacation with my husband and three boys. Whether you're planning a runDisney racecation, a trip with little ones, a land and sea adventure, or anything in between, I'm ready to help you make some bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful plans for your next Disney Parks vacation! Learn More About Kristi

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