Set Sail on a Magical Adventure: Tips for Taking a Disney Cruise with Kids

Whether you’re a seasoned cruiser or a first-timer, a Disney Cruise is the perfect opportunity to enjoy family-friendly fun and adventure on the high seas. And if you’re already looking beyond the horizons, you’ll be thrilled to hear that Disney Cruise Line has just announced new sailings for 2024. With an incredible range of activities, dining options, and entertainment, Disney Cruise Line has the best cruises for kids to explore some of the world’s most stunning destinations and spend quality time with family. So, grab your sun hat (or Minnie ears), and let’s set sail for an adventure you won’t forget!

1. A Disney Cruise is fun for the whole family

Before you anchor aweigh, sit down with your kids and look at the itinerary together. Let them choose some of the activities they’re most excited about and make a plan to prioritize those things. Have multiple kids? Here’s a quick packing tip: use packing tubes for each child, so all you have to do is pull the cube out of your luggage and place directly in the cabin drawers!

2. Argh you ready?

One of the most anticipated events on a Disney Cruise is Pirate Night, of course! Everyone on board dresses up in their best pirate gear and enjoys a deck party with music, games, and fireworks. So don’t forget to pack pirate outfits for the family or else you might have to walk the plank!  Forgot your pirate gear? not to worry! Disney will leave pirate bandanas in your stateroom the day of the big party.

3. Hit the (kids’) clubs

Disney Cruises have amazing kids’ clubs for every age group, filled with games, crafts, and activities to keep the little ones entertained while parents enjoy some adult time. Don’t worry, there are also clubs for the cool kids so your teenagers won’t miss out with video games, scavenger hunts and more!

P.S. Make sure to sign up your kids in advance and encourage them to participate in the activities.

6. Say hi to Mickey! 

One of the biggest draws of a Disney Cruise is the opportunity to meet some of the beloved characters from the Disney universe. Keep an eye on the daily schedule and plan to attend the character meet and greets throughout the day. But don’t worry, the characters are always walking around the ship. We ran into Chip and Dale first thing while on the way to our room and even played treasure hunt with Goofy on the deck! So much fun!

7. It’s showtime!

Disney Cruise Line offers Broadway-level productions featuring popular Disney characters and other exciting entertainment like magicians and comedians. Make sure to catch at least a few shows during your cruise. Each ship has different Broadway shows to enjoy! We loved watching The Golden Mickeys, Frozen and the award-winning Disney Dreams-An Enchanted Classic aboard the Disney Wonder.

8. More to explore

If you’re stopping at a port of call, consider booking a shore excursion through Disney Cruise Line. From snorkeling to zip-lining, there’s fun to be found for the whole family. Port adventures are always coordinated with the ship’s arrival, so you never have to worry about missing out on the fun.

9. Food galore

Disney Cruises are known for its dining experiences, with a unique rotational dining system where guests can visit three main dining rooms throughout their voyage, each with its own theme. From character breakfasts to upscale adult-only dining, there is something for everyone.  Don’t forget about the endless ice cream, drinks and pizza on the pool deck;)

P.S. Animator’s Palate is a must-visit restaurant to watch your favorite Disney characters come to life on screens around the room!

10. Have fun!

Above all, remember that a Disney Cruise is meant to be a fun and exciting vacation for the whole family. Embrace the true magic of Disney and enjoy every moment with your loved ones.

As you plan your family’s magical Disney Cruise vacation, keep in mind that these popular trips tend to fill up quickly. Don’t wait too long to start planning your dream voyage! If you want a sneak peek of what to expect, head to our Instagram to see Days 1-4 aboard the Disney Wonder. From character meet and greets to thrilling shore excursions, there’s something for everyone on a Disney Cruise. So why wait? Contact us to get started booking today!