activities on board; Grandma and Girl
  • On Jan 31, 2024
    Amy from MA 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, Will more slots on the Goofy sports Deck open up for my cruise? They were all booked in under 10 minutes of the reservations opening online.

    Howdy! How ya' doin', Amy? If you are booking onboard activities, you are getting so close to saying "goodbye" to your pals at the port and sailing off to the wild blue yonder.

    Your question is a toughy. I wish I had some magical advice about getting a reservation. The virtual sports simulators on Goofy's Sports Deck are incredibly popular and book quickly. In my experience, I have not seen more times added. I have been in cruise-specific Facebook groups where people have announced they are planning to cancel theirs and offer to coordinate with someone who wants the time. If you have not found a Facebook group for your cruise, I suggest searching Facebook with your ship name and cruise dates to find one to join. People shift plans all the way up to that three-day window. You can also stalk the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App. I have managed to grab an onboard activity that had sold out previously. It takes commitment and a bit of Pixie Dust. The other suggestion is just to check with the Cast Members in the simulator during the cruise. 

    My kids love the simulator, but we have also had so much fun playing shuffleboard. I know, it's old school. But here's what many people don't realize: you can also be very lucky and have a character happen upon your game. It's not guaranteed, of course. But on our last cruise on Disney's Fantasy, Pluto stopped by, and he may have helped some pucks end up in the 10 spot. On another cruise, Goofy walked by and gave us the "Aw Shucks!" wave and took a few shots. He must play often because he bested us, even shooting backward. 

    I know you are disappointed, but there are so many possibilities for magic on your cruise. I find the best part of the simulators is the air conditioning (no slight to the games; they are super fun!) but they are a welcome break in the heat of the day. One suggestion, if you cannot get a reservation, is to take a similar break in the day: head to your stateroom; turn on Mickey cartoons;  and order chocolate chip cookies and Mickey's Premium Ice Cream Bars from Room Service. (If I remember correctly, the ice cream bars were not on the menu, but they did bring us some. So even if you don't see them, ask.) Room service is included in your cruise fare and I think it is an often-overlooked luxury.

    I'll be wishing upon a star for you! My booking window for my upcoming cruise is this week. So if you are on board right before me, I would say "Save some cookies and ice cream bars for me," but there are plenty for all of us to enjoy! 

    A-hyuck! and Ahoy!
    Jana










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Hi, everyone! I’m Jana, a Disney-loving wife and mom from Atlanta. My boys (my husband and sons) are the greatest joys in my life. We have so many magical memories from our vacations at Walt Disney World Resort and aboard Disney Cruise Line. I welcome the chance to share my knowledge and advice in helping you plan your visit to the Most Magical Place on Earth. Learn More About Jana

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