Mom And Son Water Slide
  • On Jan 23, 2011
    Abigail from OH 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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    We are in the planning stages, and trying to decide between a 7 night cruise on Disney Magic OR a 4 night cruise on Disney Dream, followed by 3 days at WDW. Our children will be 3 1/2 and 19 months. Any thoughts on either of these options? Thanks so much!

    Hi, Abigail!

    Decisions, decisions! You really know how to make a girl think! As I weigh out your options, you really have to know off the bat that you can't go wrong with either one of those scenarios.

    As a family with preschoolers, one of our favorite pastimes as well as memories with our little ones at that age was with the Disney characters, and there are more opportunities to see and be seen with Mickey and the gang, princesses, pirates and many more on the Disney Cruise Line ships than anywhere else. Plus, the ships offer a relaxing pace with opportunities to spend time together and separately as a family. I've never disembarked a Disney ship and thought the cruise was too long.

    On the other hand, I think a four-night cruise followed by a few days at Walt Disney World (WDW) is simply the best of both worlds. You have the luxury and pampering of time aboard the Dream as well as the excitement and energy of the Disney Parks.

    As a mom, I do want to make you aware that the combo trip makes for a lot of "getting there" -- especially with strollers and baby stuff in tow. If you're flying, you'll take a ground transfer to the port, one to WDW and then back to the airport. Plus, if you're like me, it's a lot of packing, unpacking and coordinating outfits for the kids. Therefore, my nod is to the 7-night cruise on the Disney Magic so that everyone in the family is sufficiently entertained, wow-ed and rested by the end of your vacation! I hope this helps you make your decision.

    Have a wonderful day and a magical vacation. Bon voyage!

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Meet the Panelist: Andi, Alabama

Anchors aweigh! Time to set sail aboard Disney Cruise Line, and I'm just the mom to help you navigate the waters of planning. From stem to stern to ports of call, I'll show you the ropes of pixie-dusted vessels filled with magic and adventure. Learn More About Andi

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