• On Dec 1, 2016
    Jennifer from NC 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.

    How old do children need to be to not be accompanied by an adult on the ship?

    Ahoy, Jennifer!

    Thank you for stopping by to "sea" us here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel.  We are excited to help you plan your magical vacation aboard Disney Cruise Line. My family loves cruising because it gives us all an opportunity to experience some fabulous on board activities both as a family and individually. For example, my son loves playing GAGA ball in the Oceaneer Lab and won't miss this event for anything. But, when we want to enjoy time together, we might go play one of the family game shows or Disney Trivia. There really is so much to choose from on board a Disney ship. 

    I'm not aware of a set age that children do not need to be accompanied by an adult on board. The Oceaneer Club and Lab does allow children to check themselves in and out with parental consent when they are 8. This option is completely up to you. When children reach the tween program, Edge, they do have the ability to come and go as often as they'd like during hours of operation. Edge is designed for ages 11-14.

    The amount of freedom your children have on the ship will be up to you. My family always makes a game plan each day so everyone is clear before we head in separate directions. Sticky notes and dry erase boards are helpful if your children don't have mobile devices to communicate using the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app (free for download for Apple or Android devices). 

    Good luck with your planning! 


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Meet the Panelist: Nancy, Georgia

Ahoy there!I'm excited to help you plan a magical voyage filled with pixie dust onboard one of the magnificent Disney cruise ships. As a mom of two,I love planning a Disney cruise and can't wait for you to experience all that DCL has to offer. Learn More About Nancy

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