When we booked our first cruise aboard the Disney Magic, a more seasoned traveler told us to expect to not see our kids. “Not see our kids?” I questioned. “Oh, they will want to stay at the kids’ clubs as much as they can!.” I was skeptical and my first thought was that our kids really like being with us and we really like being with them, how could they possibly want to stay away from us. After the second day, I had to admit…my friend was right!
Disney Cruise Line has been voted best in the business for families and children for a reason. Just as you have unbeatable magic and entertainment in the theme parks, the cruise ships are bursting with magical moments for your children. Two of those special, just for them spaces are the Oceaneer Club and Lab. These two clubs are geared toward children ages 3-12 years old and are completely secure locations. One of our biggest concerns was the safety of our children. Disney has our children’s safety in mind as well.
Prior to boarding your cruise, you will register your children either online at home or at the port. The registration process includes creating a secure password that people picking up will need to provide. Anyone registered to pick up the child(ren) will also have their picture on file. Your child will receive a band that is almost identical to the MagicBands at Walt Disney World. They will wear this band until the end of your cruise. If you choose for your child to keep the band as a souvenir, you will be charged $12.00. When you drop off your child, the staff will scan their bands and then the gates will unlock and the children will be allowed into the club. The first thing all children do after checking in is wash their hands. Disney is very aware of how germs spread and make a fantastic effort to keep those germs at bay. The wonderful thing about the band is that it allows the staff to know where your child is at all times. When you pick your child up (once you give your Key to the World card, password, and pass the picture test), the staff will give you your child’s exact location. You will then be allowed in the club to pick up your child.
In my next article I will give highlights about what happens in the amazing clubs!
Sarah Garner was born, raised, and continues to live in Central Illinois, which is a very long way from the Mouse’s home in Florida. A former public school teacher, turned homeschool Mom, she enjoys reading, quilting, and cooking (but really only has time for the last one). She has been to Walt Disney World 18 times, Disneyland one time, and her family recently took their second Disney Cruise. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for 12 years and they have a 8 year old son and a 6 year old daughter.