Too much to do and too little time to do it! As if the meals weren’t enough, there is plenty to do onboard a Disney Cruise. If you’re like us, you’ll find that there is more to do than there is time in the day. They offer so many different options you’ll have a seriously difficult time deciding what to eliminate. Our favorite part of the day was right before bed when the itinerary for the next day would be placed in our stateroom. Your Personal Navigator (the name for the Disney itinerary on every ship) is like opening a Christmas present every night as you open it up and see what’s happening. What big evening show is coming? What movies are playing in the theater? What special opportunities are happening during the day? Everything you want to find out is within this guide.
Every night there is a featured show in The Walt Disney Theater (all ships have a Walt Disney Theater) where you might find a magic act, a comedian, a first-run movie, or one of the stage shows the Disney Cruise Line produces exclusively for their ships. Some shows are even exclusive to certain cruises. You can only see Aladdin and Disney Wishes for example on the Disney Fantasy. Only the Disney Magic has Tangled: The Musical and Twice Charmed. Only the Disney Wonder is showing the production of Toy Story: The Musical. And only on the Disney Dream can you find Villains Tonight. Each one features Disney characters and songs done in heart-warming ways for the whole family. My favorite had to be Disney’s Believe which you can find on both the Dream and the Fantasy. I love the father-daughter connection in this inspiring musical about family, hope, and imagination.
But you don’t have to wait until night time to have fun on a Disney Cruise. They have cooking demonstrations (where you get to sample the food), tours of the ship, photo ops galore, trivia contests for adults and for the whole family, games on different decks, high tea with your favorite princesses, pirate night party, pin trading with the crew, swimming in one of the many pools, bingo where you can win big money (Bingo Jen with her Australian accent was my fav), art projects, arcade games, and souvenir shopping! They also have movies during the day, sometimes in both The Walt Disney Theater and the Buena Vista Theater. And that doesn’t include all the fun the kids have in their own private spaces!
The Oceaneer’s Club and Oceaneer’s Lab are chock full of activities for the kids aged 3-12. They can participate in groups and make new friends or do activities on their own. And with all the supervision involved, you know your kids are safe. With the high-tech fun they’ll have, they won’t want to leave. In the tween lounge, Edge, tweens 11-14 have their own space to have fun and meet others their age. The atmosphere is different than the kids’ areas but with plenty of supervision still. And then there is Vibe, a space for teens with no parents allowed (but again with that classic Disney supervision). You can feel safe knowing your kids are being well looked after and your kids can have fun and make friends while getting to enjoy things on their own. Our kids have loved the Disney cruises because of their amazing programs.
On the Disney Fantasy and Dream you have two additional opportunities that are simply amazing – the AquaDuck and Midship Detective Agency. The AquaDuck is a water coaster (that’s right water coaster) that zooms out over the edge of the ship and travels in a large loop around the deck. It is simply an amazing water ride for both kids and adults (kids have to be at least 42″ tall and 54″ to ride alone). Midship Detective Agency is a scavenger hunt mystery that takes you all over the ship where you can interact with different “pictures” that come alive with the use of your badge and sophisticated technological wonder. You’ll seriously be amazed at this fun game for the whole family (designed for kids age 9 and up).
Believe it or not, this is just a sampling of the fun you’ll have on board. Each of these different features could be written up in different blog posts all on their own, but hopefully this will give you an idea of the breadth and depth of opportunities onboard the ships of the Disney Cruise Line. So what are you waiting for? When are you going to go?
- If you’re curious about the cruise in general, read about it by following this link.
- Want to know more about the rotational dining experience? A quick overview is provided on our blog!
- What can you do on an excursion? Too much to tell you about, but we can give you a slice of what it’s like.