• On Feb 6, 2017
    Julie from MD 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.

    Planning cruise for next year with a toddler and a preschooler. Is it better to wait until the toddler has turned 3? It looks like there will be more for her to do then. For young kids, is it better to have more time on the ship versus port stops?

    Hi, Julie!

    Thanks for sailing by the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your questions! It's so great that you're already planning for next year's Disney Cruise Line vacation. You will receive the best rates and stateroom availability the sooner you book your cruise! You're asking some really excellent questions regarding sailing with a toddler. I'm happy to share my thoughts and experiences while cruising with my little buccaneer.

    My son is not quite 3-years old, yet, and has a blast onboard! He loves all the music and characters during the deck parties. On our last cruise, we went to the "Disney Junior Pirate & Princess Dance Party" and had so much fun! The character meet and greets are also a hit with my tiny traveler! Another activity onboard that my son couldn't get enough of is the splash zone! Each ship has a designated water area with fountains and bubblers for those cruisers who are not yet toilet trained to splash and squeal in!

    If you have an adventuresome crew, I suggest taking a peek at the different family-friendly Port Adventures that the Disney Cruise Line offers and seeing if you find a couple that your toddler would enjoy. If you choose an itinerary with multiple ports of call but decide it's a little too much for your smallest sailor to go on excursions, don't worry! You can stay on the ship while it's docked at each port. Your Personal Navigator newsletter will have all the activities for the day listed so you can still enjoy the ship's amenities rather than venturing ashore. I've often found that the water play areas are less crowded on afternoons when the ship is visiting a port of call.

    Please let us know if you have any further questions while planning for your cruise next year!

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Meet the Panelist: Beth, Illinois

Let's talk about the WONDER and MAGIC of your FANTASY DREAM vacation aboard the Disney Cruise Line! I'm a proud stay-at-home mom to my little buccaneer with special needs and, along with my husband, a lover of everything Disney! We've had so many unforgettable memories and adventures while sailing on Disney Cruise Line. I can't wait to help you navigate through any questions you may have while planning your family's adventures at sea! Learn More About Beth

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