• On Oct 5, 2017
    Karen from NC 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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    My son will be 10 when we go on our first cruise next year (August). I'm wondering which of the kids clubs will be best for him. He's mature for his age and I don't know that the club for the younger kids will really peak his interests.

    Welcome aboard, Karen! Congratulations on your very first sailing with Disney Cruise Line! Your son sounds a lot like my daughter about this time last year. She had been sailing with our family and Disney for many years, and adored everything about the Youth Clubs. Up to that point, she had been in the Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab, the two clubs for kids ages three to 12. But, she is very mature and independent for her age, and when we were about to head out to sea with Disney last year, she was hoping to try out Edge, the tween club for ages 11 to 14, for the first time, but she was only ten and a half. The good news is that the counselors in Edge are happy to allow a mature 10 year-old to join in on the activities and events, with the parents' signed permission. We stopped by Edge during Open House hours that first day onboard, and chatted with the counselors about this. My daughter was so excited to have some extra freedom and independence on that sailing and quickly made new friends with whom she hung out all cruise long!

    Please know that kids in Edge do not need to be checked in and out by parents as they do in the Oceaneer Club and Lab, so your son could leave Edge on his own at any point. You know him best, so you'll want to discuss with him your rules for this. Our daughter knows that she can't leave unless she texts us through the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App (which I highly recommend you all download before arriving at port), to let us know exactly where she's going and with whom. Be sure you register him for the Club and Lab too because there is so much awesome stuff going on there all day and night and I wouldn't want him to miss out on the fun there!

    Have fun planning, Karen, and stop back with more questions as you continue to count down to the big sail date!
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Meet the Panelist: Marcy, Ohio

Welcome aboard! I'm the mom of two tween/teen Castaway Clubbers who would live on any of the Disney ships if they could. I would love to help your family discover the magic that awaits you on the open seas with Disney Cruise Line. Learn More About Marcy

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