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  • On Jul 19, 2023
    Janice from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello, we are sailing on the Wonder/ Alaska in 2 weeks. We are traveling with our 2 y/o. I noticed that a lot of the kids experiences in the ship start at 3 y/o. What ship and port activities/excursions would you recommend for a family with small children.

    Ahoy Janice,

    Your sailing is coming up so soon; you must be getting very excited! My family and I were lucky enough to do an Alaskan sailing onboard the Disney Wonder. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime trip! While there are many activities that are available for children ages 3 and older, I think that you will find that there is lots to do with your little one as well. Let me offer you a few thoughts.

    When you are onboard the ship, one thing that comes to mind immediately is to look at the character greetings. Opportunities to meet characters while on a Disney cruise are plentiful. You should also be able to have some unique character greetings on your cruise, such as seeing the characters in their winter gear, which does not happen on cruises in warmer climates! Also be sure that you take advantage of the it's a small world nursery. This space is available only for the littlest cruisers ages three years and younger, and is a whimsical space where wonderful Cast Members will care for your little one while you explore the ship - perhaps even the adults-only areas! Please note that you do need to make a reservation at the it's a small world nursery, and that there is an additional cost for this area.

    Once you are onboard the ship, I suggest that you check the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App for activities. This will be updated daily to have the most recent and up-to-date listing of activities. 

    In terms of Port Adventures in Alaska, you are correct that many are for older guests; however, there are many that are available for all ages. I went to the Port Adventures in Alaska webpage and searched the page for "ages 0 to 2," which returned over 80 possibilities! This is for all Alaskan ports; you might want to narrow down your ports to the ones at which you will be stopping. One Port Adventure that my family did that does accept children as young as yours is the White Pass Scenic Railway in Skagway. This is a positively beautiful train ride, and especially if your little one likes trains, it could be a good option.

    I hope that these thoughts give you a good start to planning some activities with your little one, Janice. Please feel free to sail on back if you have any further questions!

    ~ Mona Leigh
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I am a wife and mother who works in children's technology design and research. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your Disney vacation!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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