Three Generations Aboard Ship; fireworks; night
  • On Nov 28, 2011
    Alicia from IA 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!! Ok, we booked our cruise a little late, so we got 2nd seating for dinner...Can anyone tell me if when we get on the ship, if we can change to 1st seating?? We have a 7 & 1 year old & the 1 y/o's bed time is during 2nd seating (8pm) :( Thanks!

    Hi, Alicia!

    So many guests ask questions about the second dinner seating and are really bummed about being assigned that later time. I completely understand why you would prefer an earlier time for dinner. There are steps you can take to request the earlier seating time.  First, I would note it under "Special Requests" for your reservation.  In addition, you can mention it when you register at the port terminal -- and it does help if you arrive as early as you can (if that's in your control).  Also, once you're on board, you can check with Guest Services or check a Personal Navigator to find out where they are taking requests for changing dining seatings.

    After those efforts, if you're still in second seating, don't dismay. We've dined at the later time with toddlers, and there are a few things we did to cope with the later dinner:

    (1) We focused on the shows rather than dinner by feeding the kids early from room service or quick-service restaurants on board. Then, we made our family time during that earlier slot -- we went to the shows together, took family photos while we were dressed up and explored the ship.
    (2) We also took advantage of dining with our older children while we checked in our little one(s) in the younger youth spaces.
    (3) We were the last ones out of our swimsuits on our day at Castaway Cay. It was nice to not have to race back to the ship to shower and change before dinner, and we even took a little nap upon our return so that we were all rested up for our later dinner seating.

    I hope this helps give you some ideas about how to change things or how to work them to your advantage once you're on board. Let me know if you think of other questions before you sail. I'd be happy to help!  Have a wonderful day and a magical vacation. Bon voyage!

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