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  • On Dec 29, 2019
    Amy from AZ 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.

    Regarding Port Adventures reserved through Disney. Can kids younger than the age listed for the excursion come with us? We have a big group, so plenty of people to help with the young kids. Just curious whether they can be included in the reservation.

    Hiya, Amy! 

    I am so glad you stopped by with your question about booking Port Adventures! Hands down, these experiences are some of my favorite memories from our Disney cruises. We still talk about our kayaking adventure during our Disney Wonder Alaskan cruise. Some of our most picturesque photos were taken that day featuring the stunning Alaskan landscape. And my son’s highlight was doing the polar bear plunge afterwards in the 40 degree water! 

    One of the toughest decisions while cruising is deciding among the various Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures. I always seem to find multiple ones that are appealing for my family. Maybe I should just take the “eeny-meeny-miny-moe” approach!

    I’m not sure what excursion you’ve got planned, but here’s the situation: only those signed up to do the excursion can travel along. Built into the cost of the Port Adventure is the transportation, so anyone traveling would have to have signed up for the excursion. And if the excursion has age limits on the activity, then it's anticipated that kids those ages are too young to participate. 

    Keep in mind though that the Youth Clubs are phenomenal, and you are totally able to leave your kids in Disney's Oceaneer Club and Disney's Oceaneer Lab as you become landlubbers for the day on your Port Adventure. In fact, there have been times my two dismissed me and told me to come back later because they were playing and not ready to leave!

    While Youth Club hours vary each day, they will be available for you to check in your kiddos before your scheduled excursion meeting time. My suggestion: let both the Youth Counselors and your kids know your plans and your anticipated return time. Gone during lunchtime? No problem! Kids will be fed lunch during lunchtime in the Youth Clubs. And if you are planning on utilizing the “it’s a small world” nursery, make sure you reserve your little one’s spot when your advance booking window opens. 

    Bon voyage and happy sailing!

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Meet the Panelist: Sherry, South Carolina

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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