Mom And Son Nemos Reef
  • On Apr 15, 2014
    Denise from NY 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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    1st seating-boys not ones to sit long-i heard they can eat and go to kids drop off center-how does that work? Dress for boys kahkis and polo shirts? Meals served at kids center if they dont' want to sit in dining room?

    Ahoy, Denise!

    Welcome back to the Moms Panel and thank you for cruising in with a new question. Sounds like your boys will be frequent to full day participants at the Youth Clubs for your upcoming cruise. There's never a dull moment on the Disney Cruise, for young cruisers, and that's a big chunk of the value that is quite noticeable for families like yours and mine.

    If you've got first seating for dinner, you can always let your dining team know to serve the kids first. They will make sure that their dinners arrive from the kitchen quickly, so that they can eat first and leave the adults to enjoy the rest of their dinner. Depending on the ages of your boys, they may be able to check themselves in (self check-in) at the Youth Clubs right after dinner. My kids seem to already know their way around the ship and we sometimes opt for this arrangement, especially if they know that there is a special activity going on that evening at the Oceaneer Club/Lab. If they are much younger, then a quick 5-minute drop off may be your best bet.

    On a side note, during the late dinner seating, the Youth Counselors offer Play and Dine. This allows the kids to eat dinner first, and a Youth Counselor comes to the restaurants to pick up the little kids and bring them to the Youth Clubs for the rest of the evening. Another option would be to have your boys enjoy their meals right at the Clubs with their other friends. Though, I'm sure you might miss seeing them at dinner - it's just another option. No matter what - they will surely not go hungry, since there are always dining options that they can enjoy 24 hours a day while on your cruise. 

    Dinner attire for boys can be khakis and polo shirts. That will look nice - just in case they decide to take photos with one of the many characters that they'll see on board every evening.

    Wishing you and your family a magical voyage, Denise!
    ~ Dolly
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Meet the Panelist: Dolly, California

I'm a full-time working mom anchored by an active family who shares the passion for travel, food and music! Our 2 teens have grown up sailing on the Disney Cruise Line and sharing the magic with other working families brings us so much pride and Pixie Dust! Learn More About Dolly

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