Disney Cruises have been sailing from port to port and delighting those of all ages since 1995 – and I do mean those of ALL ages. Cruises aren’t just for adults, there is a ton for the kids to do on a Disney Cruise – they even cater to those hard to please toddlers, too! If you’re uncertain how it will be to tote your little ones on a cruise, fear not! Disney makes it easy, safe and fun for all – read on for our Top Tips for Disney Cruising with Toddlers:
-Use What’s Included: onboard all Disney Cruise Ships you’ll find diaper disposal pails, bottle sterilizers & Warner’s, cribs, playpen, high chairs & strollers available for use during your voyage (for free!). Oh – and if your ship is headed for Disney Cruise Line’s private island – Castaway Cay – you’ll have no trouble navigating your little ones and their fear with the provided beach wagons. I recommend you reserve all of the items you’ll need ahead of time to ensure availability for you and your little one
Pro Tip: While strollers are available onboard, there aren’t a ton of them – so you might want to bring your own – something small and foldable is easiest, personally I love This One – but your standard $20 umbrella stroller will work fine, too!
-Enjoy Play Time: Check the onboard Navigator for special activities for little ones like Toddler Time (a scheduled playtime for littles and parents), Open House at the Oceaneer Club (the youth club/center onboard the ship), and for those water-loving little ones be sure to check out the “water playground” which is sure to thrill the little ones (and their parents, too!)
-Pre-Reserve Nursery Time: Each Disney Cruise Line ship has a nursery onboard with trained caregivers offering toys, books, games, videos & crafts for infant to age 3. A separate area in the back is reserved for nap time, and they provide you with a cell phone so the nursery can contact you anytime – giving you a truly “worry-free” experience – as your little ones are in good hands! With long hours and low hourly rates – you will want to be sure you reserve nursery time well before you set sail – so you can enjoy some adult time on your cruise too!
-Mealtime Made Easy: Dining with toddlers can be challenging at times – luckily Disney Cruise Line understands this and is there to help. You can request fresh puréed vegetables and meat through the main dining room or room service for babies, and the servers will cut the kids meal food into small pieces for your little ones too. And high chairs are available around the ship as well, just ask a Crew Member for assistance – they are happy to do what they can to take the stress out of mealtime with little ones
-Don’t Panic Over Forgotten Items: When packing for a family trip there is a LOT to consider especially if you’ve got a toddler in tow – but fear not if you forget something, as Disney’s got you covered! Diapers & Pull-Ups, formula & bottles, baby food, pacifiers, lotion & baby shampoo – they stock it all in their onboard merchandise shops, so you can rest easy knowing you won’t be stranded at sea without the essentials!
Toddlers can be a tricky lot – life is hard when you want to be independent but can’t talk much and basically always need a nap, but rest assured – Disney is well versed in the life of toddlers and their parents, and hopefully you can use these tips to help you feel at ease about bringing the whole family on a Disney Cruise for your next vacation!
And if your Disney Cruise goes SO WELL with the little ones that you’re thinking of heading to Walt Disney World with the family on your next trip, be sure you check out our Top Toddler Entertainment at WDW, too!