Mom And Son Water Slide
  • On Jul 24, 2011
    Linda from NJ 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 4 yr old who cruised before recently got a fear of flying. I'm thinking a lot now. Including how he would like a cruise ship. I want to sail the magic for the 8 day bahama cruise. How can I make him excited to go on the ship? My parents r coming 2.

    Hi, Linda!

    Dealing with children's various fears throughout the years can be taxing on Mom -- especially when you're talking about something that should be a happy occasion like a family vacation.  I think you're wise to plan a Disney cruise especially since this one sails from a port driving distance from your home. You can show your son the world without worrying about planes.

    The benefit you have is that if you book your cruise now, the 8-night Bahamas Cruise on the Disney Magic won't sail out of New York City until May.  That should give you enough time to "test the waters" by taking a large boat or ferry ride a few times to see how he does. Plus, when my youngest child was that little, he argued with his siblings about our ship even being a ship at all -- he said it was a hotel that went to islands!

    I suggest going to the Planning Center on -- take a look at the online brochure and order the FREE planning DVD.  Watch the video podcasts and peruse the site. Once you've booked your vacation, schedule a character call, and maybe you can send him a special surprise in the mail from to announce his amazing vacation.

    I hope this helps, and please let me know if you have more questions.  You know where to find me! Have a wonderful day and a magical vacation.

    Bon voyage,

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