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  • On Jan 20, 2020
    Greta from LA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi there! 13 off us are traveling from New Orleans in February 2020. One cousin is 12 and a month away from her 13th birthday and the other is 13. Is it possible for both to access the teen clubs?

    Hi Greta!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Yippee-you are only a few weeks away until your Disney cruise! The new sailings from New Orleans on the Disney Wonder are highly anticipated. I will just miss cruising with you, so tell Captain Mickey I'm on my way to see him!

    Let's talk all about the Youth Clubs! They are one of the highlights of my kids' cruise experience. And let's be honest, having great youth clubs means that parents get grown-ups only time too. So it's really a win-win! Edge is designed for ages 11-14, and Vibe welcomes teens ages 14-17. In my experience, because your two kiddos are both 13, they will be able to experience Edge together, but not yet ready to graduate to Vibe yet.

    No pre-registration is required for Edge or Vibe, and kids can check themselves in and out of these programs. My two kids have been in Edge and Vibe multiple times, and have made friends with kids from all over the globe there. We've found that the activities for these clubs are geared towards the age ranges, and Disney Cruise Line really strives to make them very age-appropriate.

    Sometimes the youth counselors will allow a 13-year-old access to Vibe with parental permission. My son was able to do that when he was 13, but they allowed it because his older sister would be in Vibe and they wanted to be together. If the kids are still keen on Vibe, I suggest asking the youth counselors on embarkation day during Vibe's Open House hours. At the very least, the 13-year-olds get to see Vibe and have something to anticipate once they turn 14.

    I highly recommend that if your teens have a mobile device, then they (and you) should download the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app. Not only will it allow them to have access to all the Edge events, but it also has a text messaging feature that will enable them to tell you what they are doing on the ship. My kids especially love sending messages with the Disney emojis!

    We'd love to hEAR back from you with any other questions as you plan your adventure at sea. "Let the good times roll" in New Orleans and have a WONDERful cruise!

    Sherry
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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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