Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On Apr 9, 2012
    Stephanie from CA 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 our first trip on the Disney Wonder in July 2013. I have a cousin who is 18 and down syndrome coming on the trip. Her mental state is that of a 12 year old. Can I check her into the childrens programs? Do they have any special programs for her?

    Hi Stephanie,

    Welcome to the Moms Panel!  I'm thrilled you are here and planning your first voyage on the majestic Disney Wonder!  I work with students with special needs and recently spoke with Disney Cruise Line's youth counselors about this very topic.  Unfortunately, even though her mental state is that of a 12 year old, she can't be checked in to any of the youth programming onboard.  What I can recommend is a new program offered on all the Disney ships that allows families to enjoy the Oceaneer Club, Lab, Edge or Vibe together.  Each night you will receive a Personal Navigator, a daily newsletter, that lists every activity planned for the following day.  What you want to look for is "Open House" times so your cousin will be able to go in and experience the innovative and imaginative spaces with you or other family members.  There are many family activities such as game shows, karaoke, deck parties, and of course character experiences that she will also be able to participate in during your time on the high seas!  

    If you haven't already, be sure to order the Disney Cruise Line Planning DVD on and watch the informative video podcasts also on the site.  They provide a sneak peek at what you can expect when you cruise with Captain Mickey and his seafaring crew!

    Thanks again for the question!  As you continue to plan for your cruise, please let me know if I can help you further!

    Have a "Wonder"ful day!


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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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