Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Jun 1, 2009
    Kris from NE 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.

    I am a single Mom to a 4 year old planning DCL next year with him. I am considering the 5-night cruise. Any hints for a first time cruise (time of year, length of cruise, etc.) helpful. Also, do we both need passports or will birth certificates do?

    I would definitely recommend at least a 4 night cruise, so the five night cruise would be a great getaway.  In 2010, try one of the five night “double dip” cruises where the Disney ship visits Castaway Cay twice! There are sailing dates offered in May, June, July and August for this special itinerary. I would recommend the May 30 voyage as it is before the hurricane season gets under way. Travel during the summer months can often be more expensive as well.

    A Passport will give you peace of mind. As of 2007, a passport is required for flying into the United States. If there would be a need for you to fly home from a port, a valid U.S. passport would be essential.

    continue to change, therefore please visit the U.S. Department of State’s website for the latest news at

    For first time cruisers, I would recommend ordering the free DVD planning kit. The Disney Cruise offers a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, Tennessee

I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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