• On Jun 22, 2021
    Tasia 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’re planning a family vacation with close friends of mine a few years in advance. By that time we will have small children. We’re trying to decide if we should do the Disney Cruise or the WDW parks. We’re looking for pros and cons. Any advice?

    Hi there, Tasia!

    Debating between a Disney cruise or a Walt Disney World vacation? That’s like being asked to choose a favorite child! OK, so it’s maybe not THAT dramatic, but it’s still a difficult call. Honestly, deciding between the two will really be a matter of personal preference. Maybe you could just plan a land AND sea vacation that combines them both! Dodging the decision AND getting the best of both worlds...I like it!

    If you had to choose just one, of course I am always going to say go with a Disney cruise. But then again, that’s a biased opinion since I am here to answer all about Disney Cruise Line. But the truth is that your family and friends would have a grand adventure at sea with Captain Mickey and friends. 

    I would also take into consideration the ages of your kids at that time and what they would enjoy the most. Since it sounds like you don’t currently have children, I know that’s a tough ask to project into the future like that. Traditionally, kids have already had Walt Disney World vacations under their belts before their first Disney cruise. But as the parents, you will be in the driver’s seat in making those decisions. Since you will be traveling with close friends, what would you all like more? Kids are really adaptable and can go with the flow way more than we even give them credit for. So my vote is to choose the best overall vacation for the entire group, and the kids will follow your lead. 

    Like I mentioned earlier, you could test the waters and combine a Walt Disney World vacation for the first few days, followed by a Disney cruise, and it’s like a trial run to see which one everyone likes best. You may find that this blended type of vacation experience is exactly what you are looking for. By the way, I intentionally suggest the theme park portion of the trip first and the cruise second to allow a few days at sea to decompress.

    Whatever you decide, don’t forget your pals here at planDisney. We are always at the helm and ready to help you navigate the vacation planning waters, whether by land or by sea. In fact, come back and send a question in for my Walt Disney World pals to see how they respond to the same question! Then you can weigh the pros and cons and make the most educated decision.

    SEA ya real soon!

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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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