Win a Stay In Disney Cinderella Castle Suite!

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Who wants to win a stay in the Disney Cinderella Castle Suite? Money cannot buy a stay in the Disney Castle Cinderella Suite but once in a while a stay is given as a prize. The Suite is inside Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom and it is only the very very lucky few who have ever been able to go inside.

This Disney Cinderella Suite sweepstakes is a little different for a giveaway. It’s a fantastic idea. Give Kids the World Village is the sponsor of the Cinderella Suite giveaway. It is a nonprofit organization which fulfills the wishes of critically-ill children and their families.

How it works is simple. If you give a donation, you are entered to win. The larger the amount of the donation, the more entries you get. So, for example if you donate $25 you get 250 entries, for $50 you get $500.

The lucky winner gets to spend the night in the Disney Cinderella Castle Suite! The winner and 5 guests will receive return flights to Orlando, breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table, and 2 Day Walt Disney World Park passes.

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There is only a short time to enter this Disney Cinderella Suite sweepstakes as it closes on October 13, 2017 at 11:59pm PST

It is open to anyone aged 13 and over with the exception that the winner must not be a resident of Belgium, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Malta, North Korea, Singapore, Sudan, Syria, or Thailand

Here are the Official Rules of the Cinderella Suite Sweepstakes

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We all know what the outside of the iconic Cinderella Castle looks like. However, few have ever seen what is looks like inside. To take a peek inside this amazing Cinderella Castle suite that money can’t buy visit our page at Cinderella Castle Suite

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FREE Disney Vacation Planning DVD for 2017

If you are dreaming of a vacation to Walt Disney World or Disneyland in your future we have a great tip for you. Get your hands on a FREE copy of the Disney Parks Vacation Planning DVD. You can pick whether you want the Disney World or the Disneyland version and they are both up to date and new for 2017.

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We know that there are a lot of things to learn when you are planning your Disney vacation. We have been visiting the Disney parks for more than 25 years now and there are still things to learn. We get the Disney Planning DVD every year because it is a lot of fun to watch with the whole family so that we can look forward even more to our visits.

The best thing about it? The Disney Vacation Planning DVD is completely free! You can get your copy by clicking on the picture link below.

It is unusual to get anything in life for free and you may be thinking there is a catch, but there really isn’t! Disney does a wonderful job of presenting the excitement of a visit to the Disney parks on the DVD. The only disadvantage is that when you are watching it we know you will be just as hooked as we are and not be able to wait for your next Disney World or Disneyland vacation.

Disney also does a nice job of personalizing the DVD for you – it will be addressed to your family. We know this isn’t a difficult thing for them to do, and it’s great marketing, but we love it anyway.

You Free Disney DVD usually arrives pretty quickly in the mail. It is useful for anyone thinking of planning a trip to the Disney parks. If you have never visited before it will give you a fabulous overview of the Disney parks. If you are a regular visitor it is a very fun thing to have. If you are wondering whether to book a trip it will probably convince you to!

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Disney Castaway Cay – The Ultimate Guide

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Are you wanting to know more about Disney Castaway Cay? One of the highlights of a Disney cruise is a trip to their own private island Castaway Cay. Here we want to share with you some of the secrets of Castaway Cay island.

We will give you all the Disney cruise tips and hacks that you need to make your day on Disney’s Castaway Cay a memorable one. You will also learn about the less than perfect history of the Castaway Cay island – long before Disney arrived.

Here is our complete Disney Castaway Cay tips and review which will help you get the most from your experience.

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Disney was one of the first cruise lines to offer their guests a private island to explore. Of course Disney wanted to be the very best and they made sure that the island had the perfect location in the Bahamas and offered an amazing experience for their guests.

Disney’s Castaway Cay private island is 1,000 acres in area. However, most of this is not developed. Disney cruise lines has made a 55 acre paradise in the Bahamas for their cruise guests.

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If you want to learn more about some of the itineraries which have a port stop in Disney’s Castaway Cay you can read our guides at:

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It is fun to know a little of the rather dubious past history of Castaway Cay. Disney cruise lines leased the island in June 1998. This was to coincide with the launch of the first cruise ship, the Disney Magic. This 1,000 acre island in the Bahamas was not always used for family friendly activities! Disney Castaway Cay has an interesting history!

Legend has it that pirates used the island to hide and wait for passing ships to ambush. There is some evidence that this is actually true as there were some treasures found on the island from a ship which sank in 1733. Fortunately, the only pirate who you will encounter on Castaway Cay now is Captain Jack Sparrow.

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Before it was renamed Castaway Cay it was called Gorda Cay. The island was used in the last century by farmers who lived on the neighboring islands. An entrepreneur, Alvin Tucker, bought part of the island in the 1960s. He built a runway to improve access to the island.

However, the fact that it was a great place to grow things and had a very useful airstrip built in the 1960s, meant that it was discovered by drug smugglers. When Alvin Tucker heard about this he tried to stop it but failed. It is rumored that even the local police were supporting the operation. Tucker sold his interest in the island to a private company which later was revealed to be backed by drug smuggler Frank Barber.

Frank Barber thought it would be a great idea to use the island for tourism as well as running his drug operation there! However, in 1983 his reign came to an end when the police raided the island and found $100 million worth of cocaine.

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Getting Off The Ship at Disney’s Castaway Cay

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It is an incredible experience to watch the approach to Castaway Cay. You will arrive early in the morning. If you have a verandah stateroom it is a great idea to get a room service breakfast that day. You can then enjoy a leisurely breakfast whilst you watch Castaway Cay get closer and closer.

If you do not have a verandah then you should head on up to the buffet to get some breakfast. You can still watch your arrival at Castaway Cay from the buffet whilst you get a bite to eat.

Our tip is to start the day early at Castaway Cay. You only have a limited time there and the best way to get the maximum benefit from it is to start out early.

It is very easy to get off the ship and on to Castaway Cay. Disney thought of pretty much everything when they were creating their private island. Tender boats are a pain, and so Disney made sure that their ships could dock directly on the island.

Many cruisers get off the ship early at Castaway Cay. However, because the process is so easy you won’t experience those awful lines to disembark which other cruise lines have.

Remember to take your Key to the World Card with you. This is your way to get on and off the ship, and also for any purchases that you want to make on the island.

There isn’t really much else that you actually need to bring with you when you get off the ship. We always advise hats and sun screen though. You probably want to bring something to take photos with too. You can pick up a water proof camera for a reasonably low price these days.

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When you exit the ship one of the first things that you will see is a stack of towels. You can pick up one of these to use for the day – no need to bring towels off the ship.

Always remember to take waterproof sunscreen with you. They do sell it on the island, but of course it is highly priced. Take some with you!

Another Disney cruise tip which people with young children need to know is that you do not have to bring a stroller off the ship. Disney has everything covered for you. There is free stroller rental right off the ship. Kids usually think it’s fun to have a different stroller. Take advantage of this free Disney cruise perk which includes strollers, wagons and even jogging strollers.

You will pass the Disney Castaway Cay Post Office on your right. This is a great place to send a postcard as it will be stamped with the Castaway Cay post mark. It will take some time to reach it’s destination but it is a cool thing to do!

The first decision of the day that you will face is whether to take the Castaway Cay Tram or not. We suggest that you do not take it on the way out to the beaches. It really isn’t that long of a walk and you may find that it is quicker than taking the trams at the beginning of the day. We usually don’t take it on the way out, but take it on the way back.

Walking to the beaches has the advantage that you tend to get to the beach earlier than most people, who are still stuck waiting for a tram. You can also get more of a sense of the island and see some of the Disney details along the trail.

If you are thinking of sailing on a cruise on the Disney Cruise we always suggest contacting a Disney Authorized Travel Agent. We recommend Destinations in Florida – Get a Quote Now!. Their services are free and you may even get a discount!

Which Disney Castaway Cay Beach Should We Choose?

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Another great thing about Disney Castaway Cay is that there is more than one beach to choose from.

The closest beach to the ship is Castaway Cay Family Beach. As you would expect, this is the most popular beach on the island. The Castaway Cay Family Beach is set out in a number of different areas. It covers the most space on the island. There are different places that you can aim to settle for the day.

Human nature being what it is, most people don’t want to venture far from the Disney ship. Therefore the rule seems to be that the further you get from the ship, the less populated the beach is. It’s kind of like the principle of how you can search for ever for a parking space close to the store, but if you are prepared to walk for 2 minutes there will be plenty of space.

As the day progresses the beach gets more crowded. The Disney Wonder and Magic have many less guests than the Disney Dream and Fantasy, so you will have less people on the island if you are on the classic ships.

We don’t think that Castaway Cay ever seems that crowded, but it isn’t empty either. If you want to get your preferred spot on the Castaway Cay Family Beach you need to be one of the first batch of guests off the ship.

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People also leave early in the afternoon. Another tip is to go for the last couple of hours on Castaway Cay when everyone else is heading back to the ship. Guests, and we admit this includes us, tend to go back to the ship earlier than is really necessary.

Maybe it’s the mostly irrational fear that you will be waving goodbye to the ship and stranded on this island of paradise! Whatever it is, people tend to start leaving the island around 2 hours before the departure time. If you want to take advantage of this, leave your beach time until the end of the day.

Disney probably won’t thank us for this insight, but they aren’t going to leave you behind. We have seen guests left behind in other ports. However, do you you really think Disney isn’t going to make sure you are off their own private island? Don’t take advantage of this and inconvenience other guests and the Captain by being late. Be cool about it. However, you can leave the island 15 minutes before the scheduled departure and still be fine.

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If you are child free you will definitely want to head to Serenity Bay Castaway Cay. This is the adults only beach. If you want a fabulous, perfect, pretty much empty beach you will find it on Serenity Bay Castaway Cay. If lying on the beach and going for a swim in the perfectly clear and calm ocean is your thing then this is paradise.

Sitting on a beach is definitely not our thing – anywhere else in the world except Serenity Bay. However, here Disney has created the perfect beach paradise which even people like me can actually relax on for more than 15 minutes!

You can leave the kids in Scuttle’s Cove if you want to catch some time on Serenity Bay. We say it is worth it, even if it is just for a couple of hours out of the day. There is also Teen Hideout for those over 13 who probably don’t want to spend the whole day with you anyway!

Castaway Cay Cabanas

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One of the most sought after commodities on Disney’s private island are the Castaway Cay Cabanas. If your budget can stretch to a Castaway Cay Cabana you will be very happy in your very own private paradise. However, you have to be very lucky to get one

There are 21 Castaway Cay Cabanas and they generally all sell out as soon as booking opens. What this means is that usually you have to be a Disney cruise concierge guest to even have a chance of booking one. The concierge guests have priority booking of 120 days out from the cruise and they are usually gone on day one of the booking window.

Most of the Cabanas are on the Family Beach, but there are some available on Serenity Bay. The Serenity Bay cabanas are slightly easier to book – most people go on a Disney cruise with their children.

So why are the Disney Castaway Cay Cabanas so popular? They offer your own haven of shade and comfort on the island. They are wooden cabana structures which have the front open to one of the Castaway Cay beaches. They also give the lucky few who book them some extra things such as free rafts, tubes and snorkel gear. There are more things which we will detail later.

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If you book a Castaway Cay Cabana you will receive a note with special instructions in your stateroom. Here you will get a wrist band so you can be identified as having snagged that elusive Cabana reservation. Once you get off the ship you will go to the Disney Castaway Cay Cabana Check In. Once you have checked in a helpful Cast Member will take you by golf cart to your very own cabana.

The Cast Member will give you a tour of your Castaway Cay cabana and make sure that you know about all of the perks and amenities. If you want anything then a Cast Member can easily be called with the push button in the cabana. They will even come back and transport you anywhere you want to go with the golf cart at any time during your stay.

The furnishings inside and outside the cabana are of very high quality. There is a fabulous porch with comfortable furniture on the deck outside. It is an amazing experience to sit outside on the deck – there is a ceiling fan in case you get too warm. You will probably find that you spend a lot of your time outside there on the deck close to the sand.

Another great perk of the Castaway Cay Cabanas is that you get your very own hammock.

Guests who experience the Disney Castaway Cay Cabanas usually feel as though they are worth the cost.

What extra perks do you get with the Castaway Cay Cabana? You will have use of your own refrigerator which is stocked with hand towels, bottled water and soda. There is a safe, which is great for peace of mind if you are carrying cameras and phones. There is also a power socket so you can charge these.

There will be basic snacks in your cabanas such as fruit, bags of chips and granola bars. You are even provided with sun screen, sand toys and magazines.

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We really can’t stress the importance of sun screen on Disney Castaway Cay. We are really vigilant with it, but have experienced sun burn. Not a great thing to return to the Disney ship with.

Although there are snacks in the cabanas you will have to make your way to the barbecue for lunch. The advantage of course is that you can eat it in your own private space if you want to.

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There is a fresh water shower and a changing curtain for privacy. You can also have music in your cabana. If you have a young children you can request a Pack N Play.

The one thing that you don’t get with your Castaway Cay Cabana is a bathroom. You still have to walk to the bathrooms and depending upon where your cabana is located, this can be a bit of a trek.

As you can imagine all of this comes at a price. How much do the Castaway Cay Cabanas cost? The Family Beach Cabana is $549 and accommodates up to 6 guests, the Grand Family Beach Cabana is $899 and will accommodate up to 10 people. The Serenity Bay Beach Cabana is $399 and will accommodate 4 guests.

You can add extra guests to each Castaway Cay Cabana for an extra fee. If you want more than 6 in the Family Beach Cabana there are charged at $50 per person up to 10 guests. The Grand Family Beach Cabana can add up to 6 guests for an additional $50 per person up to 16 guests. If you want to have more than 4 guests in the Serenity Bay Cabana they are also $50 per person up to a maximum of 10 guests.

A Castaway Cay Cabana is the most difficult thing to actually book on a Disney cruise as there is such limited availability. There are only 21 cabanas and demand far exceeds supply. You really have to at least be a Platinum Castaway Cay Club member or Concierge Guest to even have a chance of getting one of these. However, we have rarely heard of guests getting a last minute reservation when someone cancels.

Our Disney cruise tip is to go to Guest Services when you board the ship and ask to be put on the waiting list. Nothing ventured nothing gained. You may get very very lucky and get a last minute cancellation of a Castaway Cay Cabana.

Disney Castaway Cay Activities

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You can spend the whole day on Disney’s Castaway Cay simply relaxing on the beach, but there are also many activities on the island to keep you occupied. Some of the activities are free such as Pelican Cove on the Family Beach. This is a 2,400 square foot floating platform which has slides and water canons. It is a lot of fun for the kids. However, you do have to swim out to it though so they have to be comfortable out in the water. There is one open and one enclosed water slide.

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Disney’s Pelican Cove is a very popular feature of the family beach. If you want to avoid the crowds make sure that you get there early or stay late. The part of the beach which is closest to Pelican Cove is always the busiest.

Spring a Leak is also a lot of fun, particularly for smaller children. It is a 2,400 square foot water splash area. It has lots of water fountains and sprinklers for the kids to play in.

There are some paid activities and excursions on Castaway Cay as well. There are a variety of Disney Castaway Cay excursions to choose from. You really can enjoy Castaway Cay without spending any additional money at all. However there are some activities for an extra cost which may interest you and your family.

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Some of the least expensive and good value extras are the equipment rentals on Castaway Cay. You need to head to Marge’s Barges and Sea Charter Dock on the Family Beach for rentals.

We always rent a Float or a Tube to enjoy the ocean on Disney’s Castaway Cay. They are $10 for the day. Bicycle rentals are also a great idea. Castaway Cay has a great bike trail and you will get to see parts of the island that you usually wouldn’t. These are $10 by the hour.

It is good value to get a day package which gives you snorkel equipment rental and an inner tube for the day, as well as bike rental for an hour. The price of this is $40 so this offers good value if you think you will take advantage of all of these things.

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Snorkeling is a very popular activity. There is a special area on the Family Beach for snorkeling. Of course Disney puts its very own special magic on this activity and you will find some unusual items in the water. You can rent snorkeling equipment for $29 for adults, $14 for children for whole day. This is a great introduction to snorkeling.

You can have a lot of fun with the boat rentals too. These are priced at $14 for a 2 person paddle boat and $18 for a 4 person paddle boat for 30 minutes. A Hobie Kat is $27 and a Sea Cycle is $24. You can also rent a 1 person sea kayak for $14 and a 2 person for $18. All prices are for 30 minutes. They are rented from the Family Beach.

Take our advice and make sure you wear hats and use a lot of sun screen. It’s hot out there and you can get burned quickly – we know from experience!

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One of the most popular of all of the Castaway Cay excursions is the Castaway Ray’s Stingray Adventure. If you want to get up close and personal and learn something about these creatures, this very popular adventure is for you. The current price is $52 for adults and $41 for children under 10. Your kids have to be at least 5 years old to participate. Most people review this experience very highly. It is limited in numbers each day so it is advisable to book the excursion as soon as you can.

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One of the most expensive of the Castaway Cay excursions is the Parasailing Experience. This is available for anyone aged over 8 and the experience costs $104. The actual above ground experience lasts less than 10 minutes, but is one of those things that you will never forget. If you are a thrill seeker this is as good as it gets on Castaway Cay.

There are a number of other port adventures that you can enjoy at Castaway Cay. We actually view Castaway Cay as an amazing experience in itself and rarely spend much on port adventures apart apart from renting the inner tubes and bikes. We prefer to save our money for other ports of call.

Disney Castaway Cay 5K Run

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If you want to burn off some of those extra calories you will be eating on the ship you might want to enter the now very poplar Disney Castaway Cay 5K Run. This is a great way to start the day on Disney’s private island. Everything is very relaxed and this is an amazing place to run your first 5K. It is free to enter. You will be rewarded at the finish line with a Disney Castaway Cay 5K medal.

You need to register for the 5K at the ships Guest Services. You will then be given a ticket with a time and place to meet on the ship for the morning of your day at Castaway Cay. The usual time is around 8.15 and you will all disembark the ship as a group with the Cast Member who is dealing with the Castaway Cay 5K that day.

You have to be at least 10 to take part in the Disney Castaway Cay 5K. This is very much a family event and not one is really taking any notice of how fast or slow you are! If you have kids under 10 you can drop them off at Scuttle’s Cove so that they can be taken care of whilst you run the 5K.

You will need to decide if you are going to go back to the ship to get a shower and get changed after the run. This is up to you – if you go back to the ship you will of course not have as much time on Castaway Cay. If you decide that you won’t go back to the ship you can take your swimwear and change of clothes in a back pack and leave them in the free lockers provided.

The route is flat, but of course it can get pretty hot, even that early in the morning. Make sure that you drink plenty of water along the way. Many participants take the chance to take a lot of photos along the way and just enjoy the experience rather than try and get the best time.

When you have finished you will get a Disney Castaway Cay 5K medal. If you want you can also buy one of the shirts.

Disney Castaway Cay Dining

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You will never go short of food on a Disney cruise and Castaway Cay is no exception. The food is fine and functional. It is not gourmet and it isn’t as good as that offered on the ship. However, as a beach food venue it is fine.

If you want better quality food you should go back onto the ship and we have done this sometimes. You will have an almost empty buffet experience on the ship because most people are out there enjoying Castaway Cay. It is pretty quick to get back on to the ship and off again, but time on the island is at a premium.

The food on Castaway Cay is fine, not fabulous. If you can just accept it for what it is and enjoy it. Time on Castaway Cay is valuable so we advise eating here even if we admit we are a bit negative about the food quality.

There a three barbecue locations on Disney’s Castaway Cay. Cookies One is located closest to the ship on the Family Beach and tends to be less busy that Cookies Two which is further in but also on the Family Beach. They both serve the same menu. It is typical barbecue fare and you certainly won’t go hungry.

There is also a Serenity Bay BBQ. If you can possibly eat here we recommend it. The Serenity Bay Beach is the least crowded of all the areas on Castaway Cay so that is an obvious advantage. They also sometimes serve dishes that aren’t on the Family Beach.

You do need to be aware that the buffet is not open all of the time that you are on Castaway Cay. It typically opens late morning and will close by 2 pm. We actually think this is something which Disney should probably address as not everyone likes to eat on that schedule. However, just as long as you are aware of the opening times you can plan accordingly.

All of the Castaway Cay BBW venues serve the same menu (although you may get lucky at Serenity Bay). There is a selection of salads and fruit as you first enter the buffet area. You will also usually find Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Ribeye Steaks, Rotisserie Chicken, Cajun Mahi Mahi and BBQ Pork Ribs.

If you are vegan or have other special dietary needs it is best if you ask your servers about this when you are on the ship. They will make sure that you are catered for and will tell you which particular venue to go to.

You will also find the usual BBQ favorites such as corn on the cob, fries and fresh fruit. There are also bags of Lays Chips available which for some reason seems to absolutely delight the kids!

Dessert is limited, but you are in the sun on the beach so really it’s not the place to crave sugar! If you do there are some good chocolate chip cookies to enjoy. There is a also self service ice cream station located next to the serve yourself soda bar.

Disney Castaway Cay Bars

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You can enjoy as many drinks of soda as you want on Castaway Cay as there are drinks stations at each of the three BBQ venues on the island. Just as on the cruise ship, all the soda is free. If you want to enjoy a more adult drink on the island of course there are plenty of places you can purchase these too.

There are four bars on Disney’s Castaway Cay. The very best is of course located on Serenity Bay – the Castaway Air Bar. If you really want to enjoy a cocktail on Castaway Cay the general option is that the Konk Kooler is the one to go for. This is a mix of Rum, Passion Fruit, Pina Colada and Passion Fruit which will make your time on Castaway Cay all the more memorable. The Deep Blue Sea is also a favorite and includes Bacardi Rum, Blue Curacao, and Sweet Lemon Mix.

The other bars on Castaway Cay also serve the same menu. The Sand Bar and Conched Out Bar are both close to the Family Beach. The closest bar to the ship is the Head’s Up Bar which is near to the Castaway Ray Stingray Adventure. Prices for all the bars are pretty reasonable. You can enjoy a cocktail for less than $6 here.

The bars are not the only place where you can enjoy a premium drink. We particularly like the Summertime Freeze Frozen Drink venue. As everyone knows, Disney’s Frozen gets everywhere. It is obvious that Olaf is a perfect fit to permanently live on Castaway Cay. Close to the Family Beach on Castaway Cay you can find some great smoothies. Of course they cost extra, but we think you should indulge at least once when you are here.

The names of the drinks are pure genius and include Worth Melting For, Sven’s Carrot Delight, and Frozen Heart. The prices here are what we think is a reasonable $5.95 or $11.95 in an Olaf Sipper. That souvenir is going to be something you actually use back home so why not treat the kids?

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We think of Disney’s Castaway Cay as a place to enjoy with all of the family and so we have always stayed together. However, we secretly admit (well maybe it’s not a secret now) to wanting to go to Serenity Bay for an hour or two! If you want to do that and have children there are Disney kids clubs available on Castaway Cay.

You can check your kids into a supervised program, just as you can on the ship. For your peace of mind the children have plenty to do, but they are definitely not taken anywhere near the water.

If you have older kids they may not want to spend the day with you anyway! There is a Teen Beach on Castaway Cay. There is also a Castaway Cay activity which is exclusively for teens which they may really enjoy. This includes a kayaking adventure, cycling, snorkeling as well as a tour of Disney’s private island. This may be a great way for your teens to spend time with their friends and for you to actually get some alone time in paradise!

Disney Castaway Cay Shopping

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The shopping on Castaway Cay is surprisingly limited. There really isn’t that much to see, but there are some small shops to browse on the island. She Sells Sea Shells and everything else and Buy the Sea Shore sell Castaway Cay merchandise which can make a nice souvenir. You can also pick up items that you may have forgotten to bring such as sun screen and sand toys. Cultural Illusions sells Bahamian craft items, but doesn’t have a great selection.

Should I Stay on the Ship at Castaway Cay?

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We admit that we are big fans of staying on the ship in port stops that we really are not interested in anymore. Nassau immediately springs to mind! It is a great opportunity to experience a Disney ship without many other guests if you stay on the ship whilst you are in a port that you do not want to experience. However, we really think, and so do the majority of Disney cruise guests, that Castaway Cay is the highlight of most Disney cruises. To stay on the ship is not an option that we really recommend. There is paradise right out there so we recommend taking the opportunity to experience it.

Having said that, if you do want to stay on the ship it is one of the best times to experience the Aquaduck. You will have pretty much no wait time and can experience it again and again.

The food is also much better on the ship that on the Disney island. Again, we really don’t suggest losing any time on Castaway Cay. However, we do acknowledge that the food is so much better on the ship. For us, this is not a reason to go back to lunch. You can experience fabulous dining for the other meals on your cruise. Castaway Cay isn’t about the food (which really is fine, but we know isn’t fabulous).

Really what we are saying is that Disney’s private island is not somewhere that you are every going to spend much time. Even if you go on lots of Disney cruises you have limited time there. We say, make the most of it. We think that Disney’s Castaway Cay is about as close to paradise as we are going to get!

Getting Back Onto the Ship At Castaway Cay

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A lot of people go back to the ship earlier than they really need to. We are not sure why – it really isn’t going to be that Disney leaves you behind. Most people start to head back to the ship around 2 hours prior to the time that the ship is due to leave the island.

We are not advocating arriving back late and causing thousands of people and of course the ship’s crew, the inconvenience of leaving late. That is just not cool. What we are saying is don’t leave a huge window to get back to the ship. Enjoy the experience for as long as you possibly can.

A trip to Disney Castaway Cay really is one of those experiences which you will remember for a lifetime. Then you will want to work out how you can do it all again soon!

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Top 10 Indulgent Things to do on a Disney Cruise

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Sailing on a Disney cruise is a great way to take some time for yourself and recharge your batteries. Modern life is full of stresses so what better way than to escape and lose yourself in a Disney cruise?

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One of our Disney cruise tips is to make sure that you spend some time really enjoying some things which will make you feel truly pampered and special.

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What are the most indulgent things that you can do on a Disney cruise? Here is our guide to our favorite things to do to make you feel relaxed and pampered.

Some things do cost extra, but most are included in the basic cost of your cruise. So treat yourself and indulge on a Disney cruise!

Get a Pass for The Rainforest Room

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Strictly for the grown ups, this is one that you don’t want to miss if you want some rest and relaxation. All of the Disney cruise ships have a Rainforest Room in the Spa. The ones on the Disney Fantasy and the Dream are extra special, but the Rainforest Room on the Wonder and the Magic are still worth the splurge.

So what is the Rainforest Room? It is a very special and exclusive area of the Disney cruise spa. On all the Disney cruise ships it offers hot stone beds, showers, saunas and hot steam rooms. A perfect place just to chill out and relax.

The Disney Fantasy and the Dream have one very special addition. Hot tubs which overlook the ocean. The Rainforest Room is located right at the back of the ship. It has huge windows overlooking the ocean. You can sit back in the hot tubs and just contemplate the view.

You can book a Day Pass for the spa. This is only available before you board the ship via your online Gifts purchases. Not the easiest way to purchase as you have to fax your request. The cost for the Rainforest on all of the Disney ships is $16 for a day pass per person per day. You can purchase as many as you want.

The best way to enjoy the Rainforest is to get a length of cruise pass. These are limited to a certain number on each cruise. Disney does not let you know how many they sell, but it is limited. We recommend that if you want a length of cruise pass you go to the spa on the first day that you board the ship.

You can purchase a single or a couples pass. Here are the prices for the Disney Rainforest Room.

Single Pass:

3-Day Singles Pass – $69
4-Day Singles Pass – $101
7-Day Singles Pass – $ 144

Couples Pass:

3-Day Couples Pass – $102
4-Day Couples Pass – $144
7-Day Couples Pass – $ 193

As you will see, the couples pass is much cheaper than buying two singles. You do have to buy a Rainforest Pass for the length of the cruise. If you are on a 7 day cruise, you can’t just buy the 4 day pass.

Some time in the Rainforest Room is also available with many of the spa treatments. Check at the desk as to whether your treatment is included. If it is, make sure that you enjoy the maximum time you can here. It is more than worth it.

Watch The Sunset

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How often do we really take the time to enjoy the moment? The Disney cruise is an amazing opportunity to sit back and enjoy something which happens every day, but which most of us miss all the time. The sunset. It costs nothing to just take some time and find a great place on the ship to enjoy watching the sun go down. Sometimes the best things in life are free and this is one of them.

One of the best places to enjoy the sunset is your verandah stateroom. Sipping on a cocktail sitting in your own private space really is one of the best ways to experience the sunset. However, not everyone has a verandah and there are plenty of other places on the Disney ship to enjoy the experience. Go up on the pool deck to the back of the ship and just enjoy the view. Or walk around the Promenade Deck and watch the sun go down. There are so many places to enjoy this very special experience.

Be Like a Kid Again

In the words of Walt Disney, “Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional.” A Disney cruise really is a great chance to take a step back from the stresses of modern life and recapture your childhood – even if it is only for a while.

This is going to mean different things to all of us. Want to meet a Princess, learn to draw Mickey, dance in the corridors or eat a huge dessert. If you want to ride the Disney AquaDuck ten times in a row, go ahead!

Step out of your adult comfort zone and remember what it was like not to have a care in the world. It may sound cliché, but Disney cruise fans know it is possible!

Enjoy Room Service

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We sailed on a number of Disney cruises before I truly got the incredible benefits of room service. Not sure why, but maybe we were used to the usual hotel experience where it costs a fortune and usually serves bad food.

The good news on the Disney cruise? Room service is free! You can order breakfast in bed if you want. Or have a snack in the middle of the day. There really isn’t anything like just calling Disney cruise room service and enjoying the food in your room.

One of the best experiences we have ever had is ordering room service breakfast on the Disney Wonder and enjoying it on our balcony sailing through the Panama Canal. Not something any of us will ever forget.

Remember that there are certain things which are not included on the Disney Cruise Room Service Menu, but which are available. The ever popular Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bar is always available from Room Service.

Ask for the Cake of the Day which is on the menu, but the secret items are Dessert of the Day and Pie of the Day. We know that there is more than enough food on the Disney cruise, but you have to order Room Service at least once!

Indulge at Remy

We know. You have already paid for everything you can possibly eat on a Disney cruise. It’s all good. The buffet and the rotational dining restaurants are fabulous and you are not going to go hungry. But you really should still go to Remy.

Remy is the premier adults only dining restaurant on the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream. It is some of the best food you will ever experience. Anywhere. It is an extra charge and it is pricey. However, if you want to really enjoy gourmet dining at it’s best you cannot go wrong with Remy. It’s a fraction of the price that you would pay on land for a similar experience.

There are a number of different experiences which you can enjoy at Remy. We prefer the Remy Champagne Brunch which is offered at $60 per person with an additional $30 each for the champagne pairing.

On land there is no way we would pay such a price for a brunch or even dinner, but Remy is truly exceptional. You have to experience it at least once in a lifetime!

If you want to enjoy the ultimate Disney cruise experience, the Remy Dinner has to be it. At $95 per person it is not cheap, but it will most likely surpass any dining experience you have ever had for that price. You could skip the wine pairing which adds another $105 per person.

Yes, Remy is a considerable extra cost. However, we think it is worth it.

Book a Meal at Palo

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All of the Disney cruise ships have a Palo restaurant. It could be considered as the slightly lesser substitute for Remy, but we really do not think that this is very fair. Palo is an excellent restaurant and it offers a really good value. Great food and a very reasonable extra charge on Disney cruises.

We are huge fans of the Palo Brunch. We enjoy the rotational dining restaurants so much that it is sometimes difficult to make the choice to skip a restaurant in the evening and commit to something that we are going to have to pay extra for. We really think that the Palo Brunch is the way to go.

Palo Brunch is available on all of the Disney Cruise Ships for $30. The Palo dinner is the same cost, but we still prefer the Palo Brunch. Probably the biggest reason for this is because we don’t like missing the rotational dining for the Palo dinner.

We admit that we kind of think why spend extra money for Palo dinner when we like the rotational dining so much? We would rather save the money for other indulgences.

See in our Disney Palo Brunch Review why we think this is the perfect Disney cruise indulgence.

Serenity Bay on Disney’s Castaway Cay is Paradise

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Disney cruise lines does things differently to other cruise lines. Some others may have a private island, but only Disney has the perfect paradise island of Castaway Cay.

A visit to Castaway Cay is always a highlight of a Disney cruise. If you get the chance and you are sailing without kids (or they are in the kids clubs) you really should go to the adult only beach, Serenity Bay.

This private paradise is strictly for the over 18s only. Whilst the Family Beach is a lot of fun on Castaway Cay, the place to really relax and get some quiet time is Serenity Bay.

Want to know more about Disney’s private island – here is our Complete Guide To Castaway Cay.

Relax in Cove Cafe

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Cove Cafe, or the Outlook Cafe on the Disney Wonder, is a great place just to spend some indulgent time doing nothing in particular. Enjoy a specialty coffee or a cocktail. Have a great conversation or read a book. Simply spend some time doing not very much at all.

It is often the moments when we just sit back and have nothing in particular to do, that are the most memorable on the Disney cruise. Take some time for yourself.

Get Ready for the Amazing Shows on Disney Cruises

If there is one thing that Disney knows how to do, it is put on a show. On all of the Disney cruise ships you will find Broadway quality shows.

You would pay hundreds of dollars on dry land to go and see shows of such a high standard, but on a Disney cruise you can indulge as much as you want.

Lounge Around the Quiet Cove Pool

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The Quiet Cove pool offers a quiet haven away from the kids. You can take a dip in the pool or just take in some sun and relax on the pool loungers. It is a great place to meet new friends, enjoy some solitude, or just take a dip in the pool.

On the Disney Fantasy another great area of the adults only space is Satellite Falls. This is an unusual circular water feature with a cascading fountain. It is just a wading pool, but it is great to put your feet in the water and cool off. It is very rarely crowded so you will get some time to yourself.

What Disney cruise tips do you have? We would love to hear from you. Just leave us a comment below.

107 Disney Cruise Tips and Hacks You Have to Know Before You Sail

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Want the biggest and best collection of Disney Cruise tips and hacks ever? After spending months at sea on Disney cruises we wanted to provide the most comprehensive list of Disney cruise tips to our readers.

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Disney Cruise Tips

We started out thinking we would aim for 101 Disney cruise tips and secrets. However, that just wasn’t quite enough. So here is our collection of 107 Disney cruise tips to save you time and money so that you can have the very best experience at sea!

Booking Your Disney Cruise

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1. Can You Save Money on a Disney Cruise?

There are ways to save on your Disney cruise. Whether you are sailing to Alaska, cruising the Caribbean and the Bahamas, or choosing an exotic European vacation, there are always ways to save.

Booking early is usually the way to go. Whilst there are some last minute bargains, these are rare. Disney is a very popular cruise line and some sailings sell out within days.

2. Pick You Sailing Carefully

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Some sailings are more expensive than others. The usual rules of economics works here. The more demand the higher the price. Usually the repositioning cruises offer the best per night price for a Disney cruise. The Transatlantic sailngs on the Disney Magic are usually one of the best values. The most expensive are the Holiday cruises as you would expect.

3. Disney Visa Has Perks

If you check in with your Disney Visa card you will be entitled to certain discounts. Currently this will give you 10% off select Disney cruise merchandise when you spend $50, 10% off a digital photo package, 20% on certain spa treatments on port days and 10% off a Castaway Cay Getaway Package

We have written a guide for you with all the Disney cruise tips you need so that you get the very best deal.

How to Save Money on a Disney Cruise

4. Two Staterooms May Be A Better Deal Than One

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If you have a party of 5 you really need to consider if one stateroom or two will be the better deal. Disney is one of the very few cruise lines which has staterooms which accommodate up to 5 guests. However, these staterooms are very popular and tend to be pricey. You should consider if 2 staterooms would be the better deal.

5.Book A Disney Cruise Onboard

This is one of the best Disney cruise tips to save money. It will work once you are sailing on your first and any future Disney cruises. The best deal is to book when you are onboard. You will recieve a 10% discount on current brochure prices as well as an on board credit of up to $200. Don’t know which Disney cruise you want to sail on next? You can book what is called a place holder cruise and decide at a later date which one you want to sail on.

6. Look Out For Special Disney Cruise Sailings

Love that galaxy Far Far Away? You will want to check out the Disney Star Wars Cruise. Other themed cruises include Marvel Days at Sea and of course the Halloween, Christmas and New Year Cruises.

7. It’s All Included

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Once you are onboard everything is included. Your accommodation, food and entertainment are all included in the price that you have paid to sail. Yes, you can pay extra for things on board, but you don’t have to.

8. Gratuities Demystified

The only thing that will be added is gratuities for your dining servers and stateroom host. Service onboard a Disney cruise is excellent. Guests do get confused about the level of gratuities and how to pay. but it’s really very easy. Here is a Guide to Tipping on a Disney Cruise to help you know what to expect.

Check In For Your Disney Cruise Online

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9. Use Your Cruise Personalizer

Once you have completed your online check in you will have access to booking on board events and cruise excursions on the Cruise Personalizer. The time that you can check in depends upon whether you have cruised with Disney before, and if so, what level of Castaway Club member you are. This can be anything between 75 and 120 days before you cruise.

Platinum members and Concierge guests get priority so you may find that some things are booked before you get the chance. A classic illustration of this is the cabanas on Castaway Cay. There are limited numbers and are usually snagged by Concierge and Platinum guests at one minute past midnight on the day online check in opens for them.

10. Grab Your Port Arrival Time

When you check in online you will be asked what time you will arrive at the port. The most popular times are earlier in the morning – so these times go quickly. If you want an early time make sure you check in as soon as you can.

The port will be busiest in the morning. Port Canaveral does not have that much seating and there really isn’t much to do. You will check in at the desk and get a boarding number. These are handed out according to your online port arrival time. So if you have a 3pm port arrival time, but check in early on the day, you will be in for a wait at the cruise port.

11. Book Tickets Online for Character Greetings

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Most character greetings are just announced every day in your Personal Navigator and you get in line to see your favorites. However, certain characters are so popular that they only appear at ticketed events. You guessed it. Anna and Elsa are the hottest tickets in town. If you want to see the Frozen favorites your best chance is to get tickets online in the Cruise Personalizer.

If you don’t get them online go straight to Guest Services when you board to see if there are any still available.

12. Book Special Dining Online

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If you want to book one of the adult dining experiences you can book one experience in each restaurant online. If you book for the first night at Remy or Palo you can now also book a second night online. Remy in particular gets booked up so always try and book in advance.

If there is nothing available, you can still try and book as soon as you get on your cruise. The Navigator will tell you where the restaurant Cast Members are there to help you make a reservation.

Wine tastings and other specialty events are now offered online as well. Make sure that you log into your Disney Cruise Personalizer as soon as you can so that you can book the events that you want.

Remember though that there are usually spaces still available on the ship. So visit Guest Services as soon as you get on board.

13. Sign Up The Young Ones for The Kids Clubs

See that long line at the cruise port over in the corner? That is for the grown ups who did not sign up their children online for the kids clubs. You can save a lot of time waiting in line if you just fill out the simple form online. Then you can skip the lines and go straight to the place where they will be given their wrist bands.

14. Book Port Adventures in Advance

You will be visiting some amazing ports so you will want to think about which Disney Port Adventures you want to book. Your online Cruise Personalizer has details of them all. You can book before you sail.

We always suggest that you book excursions via Disney. You can book independently and you will probably save money. However, if you book with Disney you can be sure that they have the Disney seal of approval. Most importantly if you are late back from a Disney Port Adventure the ship will wait for you. If you go independently you could be waving goodbye to your floating home from the dock. We have seen it happen. Don’t let it be you.

Disney Cruise Packing Tips

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15. Disney Cruise Packing 101

One of the great things about a cruise is that you are not restricted to how much luggage that you can take on board. If you are driving to the cruise port this makes things easy. Take as much as you want! However, if you are arriving by plane you will still have to navigate their increasingly ungenerous baggage allowances.

Here is our guide – Really Useful Things to Pack for a Disney Cruise

16. Pack a Carry On

Your luggage will arrive in your stateroom some time in the afternoon and early evening. If there is anything that you need as soon as you board, make sure that you have packed it in a carry on bag.

Essential items to include are your swim suits. This is one of the times when the pools will be the least crowded. It is also a great time to experience the Aqua Duck if you are on the Disney Fantasy or Dream.

17. Prepare For the Unexpected

No one wants to talk about this subject, but here we go. Sea sickness. It happens. The Disney cruise ships are very stable, but sometimes you may not find it possible to get your sea legs. We have sailed in very challenging seas, but never encountered a problem. However, just in case you will find out guide How Not To Get Sick on a Disney Cruise useful.

18. Tell Your Credit Card Company Your Plans

Unfortunately credit card fraud is very common these days. So your credit card company will pick up on any unusual activity. They can and often will stop your card if they detect anything strange. My card was cancelled when I tried to charge $10 in Grand Cayman! Fortunately I had a back up card.

For more details check out Things Not To Forget on Your Disney Cruise

19. Arriving at the Port

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20. Arrive the Day Before Your Cruise

Sometimes flights are delayed. We strongly recommend that if you possibly can, make sure you arrive at least within easy driving distance to the port the day before. Don’t leave things to chance and be stressed about making it on time to your cruise.

Nothing could be worse than not making it on time and watching the ship sail away into the sunset without you. We have seen it happen. Don’t let it be you.

21. Get a Call from Mickey or Minnie

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This is another great feature of your Cruise Personalizer. You can schedule a call from Mickey or Minnie! You can schedule the date, time and choose if you want Minnie or Mickey. It’s another way Disney cruise lines makes things that bit extra special.

22. Download the Disney Cruise Navigator App

You can do this any time you want, but make sure you do it before you get on board. On the cruise ship it shows you what is happening every day. Before you cruise it gives you a count down of how many more days, hours and minutes there are before you board!

The Navigator App also lets you send texts free of charge to members of your stateroom and anyone else who authorizes you to do this. This is so much better than the Wave Phones you get in each stateroom. Make sure that all family members get the App before they board.

23. There May Be an Upgrade

Want to upgrade your cruise stateroom? You can always ask at check in if there are any upgrades available. Sometimes, but not always, you can get an upgrade at a reduced cost. It always pays to ask just in case! You can then decide if the upgrade you are offered is worth the extra cost. Never rely on an upgrade though – they are increasingly unlikely as the Disney cruise ships are so popular and are often fully booked.

24. It’s A Key To The World

When you check in you will be given your stateroom key which is your Key To The World Card. This allows you to charge all expenses to your room key. You can limit the charging privileges of others in your stateroom – you don’t have to give your 8 year old the power to buy what he wants in the store!

Boarding the Disney Ship

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Finally the time has come to get on the Disney ship. All that anticipation and preparation. Now the day has arrived!

25. Wait For Your Boarding Number

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When you check in at the terminal you will be given a card with a boarding number for your party. Don’t ever think that you can.

26. Stop for A Photo

There are always photographers stationed along the gangway to take your embarkation photo. Stop if you want or pass it by if you really can’t wait the extra few minutes to board! WE recommend you are not camera shy. There are many photo opportunities on the ship, but the embarkation photo is one of our favorites.

27. Give Them Your Name

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When you board the Disney Ship you will be asked for your family name. Make sure that you give it to them as you have a special surprise welcome!

28. Go To Guest Services

If you need to book any specially ticketed events, such as the Anna and Elsa Meet and Greet or the character breakfast, head straight to Guest Services. You may still be able to pick up tickets.

29. Start Eating!

The food offerings start as soon as you board. You can head on up to the pool deck to experience the buffet. If you want a slightly less crowded space one of the restaurants will also offer a buffet selection. It won’t be as huge a choice as the pool deck, but less people head here so you may get a more relaxing start to the cruise.

30. Don’t Skip The Drill

The safety drill is usually scheduled for 4pm on the day that you depart. There will be announcements over the public address system and on your stateroom television. You will be told what to do. It only takes up a short amount of time and is a vital exercise for everyone on the ship.

If you miss the safety drill you will have to attend another. There is no escaping this essential exercise!

31. Put Your Phone in Airplane Mode

One of the most expensive mistakes that you can make on any cruise is not checking your cell phone coverage. You can end up with a very hefty bill if you use your cell phone on board. This applies to calls, text and data.

You could just put your phone in your room safe and not connect. However, if you want to use the Navigator App we suggest that you simply put your phone onto airplane mode.

32. Take Advantage of Free Wi-Fi

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If you use your own cell phone provider data provision you will be paying a fortune. Disney cruises has it’s own Connect@Sea service. This offers Internet packages where you pay for the amount of data that you use.

At the moment if you sign up on the first day you can get the first 50 MB for free. If you are just occasionally using the internet this may be enough. If not there are a number of different packages for you to use.

33. Enjoy the Sail Away Party

Disney knows how to put on a show and the Sail Away Party is no exception. Head on out to the pool deck for a very high energy party. You can also watch the port disappear into the distance by going up onto the deck above the pool deck. Or if you have a balcony stateroom why not enjoy the Drink of the Day in your own private haven?

34. Take a Tour of the Spa

This is a great opportunity to see the Rainforest and the Spa treatment rooms to plan what you would like to do in the spa. There is always a free to enter raffle on the first day. You may as well enter as you may win a free spa treatment or a discount.

Disney Cruise Staterooms

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35. Not All Disney Cruise Staterooms are Created Equal

Disney cruise lines has some of the largest and the best staterooms in the industry. Your choices range from an inside stateroom right up to the magnificent Walt Disney Suite. Your choice mostly depends upon your budget, but even within the same category, there are some staterooms which are a better choice than others.

Read our Disney Cruise Staterooms to Avoid to help you decide.

36. Disney Cruise Staterooms Have Split Bathrooms

Another unique thing about Disney cruises is the “split bathroom” concept. This is ideal for families. What does it mean? There are 2 bathroom spaces in most of the Disney cruise staterooms. One has the toilet and a sink. The other has the bath, shower and another sink. Each has plenty of storage space.

The split bathroom idea cuts down waiting time in the morning when everyone is trying to get ready for breakfast!

37. Disney Stateroom Door Decoration is Encouraged

Walk along the corridors of your Disney cruise ship and you will see some spectacular door decorations. Your imagination is the only limit to just how creative you can get.

Doors and walls in your Disney cruise stateroom are magnetic. Decorations are available to buy, or get creative and make your own! Just make sure that you do not cause any damage to the stateroom – use magnets, not tape. You don’t want a nasty shock on your final account if you are fined for damaging the wall!

38. There is Plenty of Storage

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Disney cruise staterooms are very well designed. There is plenty of storage space for all your clothes and travel gear. We always unpack as soon as we arrive so that we have everything to hand. An invaluable packing item are these Packing Cubes make everything really easy. You can keep items together – no more searching for socks or swimming stuff. Keep them all organized and you can then just transfer them to a draw in your stateroom.

All the Disney ships now have beds which provide enough space to store your suitcases underneath. You can unpack and forget about them for the rest of the cruise.

39. Yes You Can Do Laundry

No one really wants to do laundry on vacation, but sometimes it just becomes a necessity. There are several self service laundries on all of the Disney ships. We always take our own laundry pods of detergent, but it is available on board.

40. Interactive Television Choices

Of course all Disney cruise staterooms have a television. However, if you are sailing on the Disney Fantasy or the Dream you will have a much bigger choice of what to watch in your stateroom than if you sail on the Wonder or the Magic. The newer ships of the Fantasy and the Dream have on demand television. You have a huge choice of Disney movies and television to watch on demand. So if you really want to watch “Peter Pan”, “Toy Story” and “Mary Poppins” in your stateroom you can.

The stage shows from the Walt Disney Theatre are also shown on the television and repeated, so if you miss a show you can watch it in your stateroom.

41. Save a Hotel Key

It is a good idea to hang on to that old hotel room key. The reason? To make the lights work in the stateroom you have to put a credit card sized card in the slow by the door. You are supposed to use your Key To The World for this. However, we prefer not to as you are more likely to forget to take it with you and get locked out of your room.

Disney Cruise Food and Dining

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42.Disney Invented Rotational Dining

Disney cruise lines are known for their innovative ideas. One of the very best is the concept of Rotational Dining. What is this? One each Disney cruise ship there are 3 main dining restaurants. All have their own very unique theme. Each night you will visit a different restaurant.

When you rotate between restaurants your servers will come with you! This has the wonderful advantage that your servers get to know you. The Disney cruise servers are amazing. They will get to know your likes and dislikes. They will even cut up your child’s food for them! Nothing is too much trouble for them.

For more information on how this works you can see our Disney Cruise Rotational Dining Guide

43. Can’t Decide What To Choose on the Menu?

Overwhelmed by the great choices on the Disney cruise restaurant menus? No problem. You can order a couple of options and no one will mind. If you want the salmon and the steak go ahead. Two desserts? Go for it. Just be aware that your waistline may not forgive you for it!

44. Want Something Not on the Menu?

Your Disney servers want you to have the best experience possible and will do everything they can to accommodate you. If you enjoyed a particular dish one evening make sure that they know. If you give them at least 24 hours notice they may be able to get it for you again. Just be considerate. They will make it happen if they can. So if you want that same entree or dessert every night just let them know.

45. Don’t Skip Animator’s Palate

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Each ship has three rotational dining restaurants. They are all a little different from each other, apart from Animator’s Palate which is on all of the Disney ships. Your first night in Animator’s Palate has a very special show for you. Be sure not to miss it.

46. The Drinks are Free – Sort Of

Well not all of the drinks are free, but you could sail on the whole Disney cruise without spending anything extra on beverages. You just have to know which are free.

There is free soda from the dispensers on the pool deck which is available 24/7. Soda, regular coffee, tea, iced tea and milk is available for free in the dining rooms. Your waiters will learn your preferences and bring it for to your table to have it waiting for you for dinner.

Of course, there are many tempting drinks which are not free. All alcoholic beverages and cocktails are charged for.

You may be tempted by the drink of the day. There is always an alcoholic and a non alcoholic drink of the day available at a reduced price.

47. Sometimes There Are Free Cocktails

Yes you read it right. On the formal evening of the Captain’s Dinner there is a welcome reception with wait staff offering cocktails and wine. The Ship’s Officers including the Captain will be there to greet you.

If you attend a Disney Vacation Club sales presentation they usually give away free cocktails. The presentation is fun and there is no sales pressure. You may be tempted though, so do your calculations carefully before you sign up!

48. Have a Celebration?

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Always tell your servers if you have a celebration such as a birthday or anniversary. They will arrange something special for you.

49. Endless Ice Cream

Self service ice cream is available for free on the pool decks of every Disney ship. Why not make your own float with the free soda and ice cream?

50. Didn’t Finish That Bottle of Wine?

If you want to enjoy wine at dinner, but don’t think you can finish the bottle, Disney has a solution. Your server will save your wine for you and the next day it will be waiting at your table for you.

51. Breakfast and Lunch is Not Just A Buffet

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Every Disney ship has an amazing breakfast and lunch buffet served up on the pool deck. However, what some people don’t realize is that there is a sit down breakfast and lunch served in one of the restaurants every day.

52. Special Dietary Needs? No Problem

Disney cruise lines is incredible at catering to any special dietary need you may have. We have sailed with family members who need vegetarian,vegan and gluten free diets. Just tell your waiters or mention your dietary needs at the buffet or specialty restaurants. You can also register this in your Cruise Personalizer before you board. Disney cruise lines will do everything they can to help you. The chefs are more than willing to create special meals for you.

53. Breakfast is with Character

If you are sailing on a Disney cruise which is 7 nights or longer, you will have the opportunity to have a character breakfast. This is included with the cost of your cruise. As anyone who has been to Disney World or Disneyland will know, this is a huge benefit! Character breakfasts usually cost $40 and up per person on land. On your Disney cruise it is included in the cost of your fare.

You do have to plan ahead for the Disney cruise character breakfast. You need a ticket and places are limited. You need to log in to your Cruise Personalizer as soon as you can, to book tickets. There may be some available from Guest Services – go as soon as you board the ship. They are limited and you do not want to be disappointed.

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54.Room Service is Free

Room service on a Disney cruise is free. Just remember to tip the crew member who delivers your food. Make sure that you have some $1 bills handy. However, if you forget, no problem. You can add a tip to the receipt that you will have to sign. It will be a zero balance as the food is free, but there is room to add a tip for your server.

55.Not Everything is on the Room Service Menu

There are some items which are not on the menu, but which are available from room service.

One of the most popular items which is not shown on the menu is the Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bar. Cake of the Day is on the menu, but the secret items are Dessert of the Day and Pie of the Day. Obviously these change every day, so we have a tradition of making sure we order these on sea days.

56. Breakfast in Bed is On The House

Breakfast in bed can seem like an extravagant indulgence. However, on a Disney cruise you can indulge as many times as you like. It is all part of the service. Just fill out your breakfast selections on the card in your stateroom and put it on your door prior to 3 am the night before. Then wake up to your breakfast choices delivered to your room.

The best way to enjoy breakfast is on your verandah. One of the best times we ever had on a Disney cruise was sitting on our verandah eating breakfast whilst going through the Panama Canal locks.

57. Milk and Cookies in the Evening

Yes,we know that you will probably have consumed more food than you want to admit by the evening. However, there really is nothing quite like ordering milk and cookies before bedtime.

58.Order Coffee at Night

No we are not suggesting that you get your caffeine fix just before bed time. However, if you order a carafe of coffee just before you go to bed at night it will still be warm enough in the morning for you to enjoy. This means you won’t have to be disturbed by room service early in the morning, but you will be able to stumble out of bed and have your first cup of coffee when you wake up.

59. Disney Cruise for Kids

A Disney cruise is for all ages. You just know that the kids are going to have a blast with all of the features on board for them.

60. It’s A Small World Nursery

Disney cruise lines is one of only a few cruise lines which offers a babysitting service for the under 3s. Starting a aged 6 months and going all the way up to the age of 3 the It’s a Small World Nursery will care for the youngest cruisers on the ship. There is an additional charge and you do have to book in advance. You can do this online in the Cruise Personalizer. The charge is $9 per hour for your first child and $8 per hour for the second and any additional children. in your family.

61.The Oceaneer’s Club and Lab is Paradise for Kids

Your kids probably won’t want to leave the kids clubs. The Oceaneer’s Club and Lab is for children aged 3 to 12. Who wouldn’t want to meet Spiderman or pilot the Millennium Falcon? There are lots of organized activities or they can just play with their new friends.

62. The Edge is the Place to be for Tweens

The 11 to 14 year old set can often be the most difficult to please. Fortunately on a Disney cruise they have The Edge. If you have an 11 year old they have the choice of either being in The Edge or the Oceaneer’s Club.

63. Vibe is the Place Teens Want to Be

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Wondering what your teens are going to do on the Disney cruise ships? The answer is spend a whole lot of time in Vibe. Particularly if you are sailing on the Disney Dream or the Disney Fantasy. The newer shops have a fabulous outdoor area for the teens which includes hot tubs and a sun deck.

64. Chill Spa is Open for Teens

Most spas are for the over 18s only. However Disney has recognized that sometimes the teens want to be pampered in the spa. Check out the Chill Spa which is exclusively for the 13 to 18 year old set.

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65.Ride the AquaDuck

One of the best features of the Disney Fantasy and the Dream is the AquaDuck. A water coaster at sea!This is a lot of fun for all the family, but of course the wait times can be long. To get your best chance of riding with almost no lines go on embarkation day or wait until night time. Most people are either watching the show or eating dinner in the evening so the lines are short.

66.The Pools are Fun

All of the Disney ships have two pools on the family pool deck. The first is a toddler pool and the second is the family pool. Don’t expect to get any real swimming done in these pools! The family pool is small and on sea days tends to be crowded.

67. Relax on a Pool Lounger

There are plenty of pool loungers around the pools and up on deck. Be considerate of others and do not reserve a lounger by putting a towel or your belongings on it. Just not cool.

68. Towels are Provided

There is no need to bring your own pool towels on board or take towels from your stateroom. There are plenty of pool towels up on deck.

69. Catch a Movie on Funnel Vision

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One of the best features of the Disney cruise pool deck is Funnel Vision. Disney movies are played all day and evening. It’s fun to splash around in the pool and watch a Disney movie. At night relax on a pool lounger and snag one of the blankets and watch a Disney movie.

Disney Cruise for Adults

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Many people think that a Disney cruise is centered around the kids, but really this is just not true. Sure there is plenty going on for the younger members of the group, but there are so many things for the adults to enjoy too.

70. Disney Dining for Grown Ups

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Disney has some of the best dining at sea. All of the ships have dining which caters to the over 18s only.

Every Disney ship has Palo, which is an Italian themed restaurant. Disney’s Palo offers dinner every night of the cruise and brunch on select days. We think that the very best value is brunch. With a charge of just $30 you can eat your way through a huge selection of buffet and hot entree items.

Remy is available on Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream. Widely recognized as one of the best culinary experiences at sea, Remy is named after the lead character in the Pixar movie Ratatouille.

Dinner is available very night. The Champagne Brunch and the Dessert Experience are offered on select days. Yes it is pricey at $95 per person for dinner ($200 if you want the wine pairing), but it will be one of the best meals you have ever had.

71. Indulge at the Spa

If you want to experience the ultimate in relaxation you can book a Disney spa treatment. There are lots of options offered including treatments for couples. You can book ahead of your sailing to get the best reservation times. Appointments do book up, so if you have something specific in mind, book online before you sail.

72. The Rainforest is Pure Luxury

Every Disney Ship has a Rainforest Room in the spa. This is truly the place to be if you want to indulge in some luxurious down time and relaxation.

The Disney Dream and the Fantasy have the very best Rainforest rooms on the Disney ships. The each have two steam rooms, a dry sauna and scented showers with multiple different programs. A fabulous feature is the heated hot stone loungers with views of the ocean. You can even relax in one of the two hot tubs which overlook the ocean.

The Disney Wonder and the Magic also have the Rainforest Room, but it is not quite so luxurious. They have saunas, steam rooms, heated loungers and showers. It’s a nice space but not as great as on the larger ships.

You can purchase a Day Pass for the Rainforest Room or a length of cruise pass. Time in the Rainforest Room is also included in any spa treatment.

73. Adult Only Pools on Disney Cruises

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There is plenty of space reserved for the over 18s only on the Disney ships. This includes adult pools and hot tubs. On the Disney Dream and Fantasy there is a huge sun deck reserved just for adults.

74. Bars and Lounges on the Disney Ships

There are plenty of options of places to enjoy a drink or two on all of the Disney ships. One of our favorites is the Ooh La La bar on the Disney Fantasy. Guests can choose from an extensive champagne menu. The French boudoir decor is completely over the top, but it’s a lot of fun.

75. Disney Cruise Lines Alcohol Policy

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Disney cruise lines has a very generous policy about how much of your own beer and wine you can bring on board. Many cruise lines do not let you bring anything at all. However, on a Disney cruise you can bring up to 2 bottles of wine or 6 bottle of beer per adult.

You can drink the wine in you stateroom and there is no charge. However, if you want to enjoy the wine you brought in the restaurant there will be a $25 corkage charge.

76. Disney Cruise Wine Packages Can Save You Money

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If you enjoy drinking wine on a Disney cruise the Wine Package may be the thing for you. The Wine Package allows you to pre purchase either a Classic or a Premium Package. You choose the number of days from 3 to 7 nights. Each night you can pick a bottle from the Classic or Premium Wine list.

Prices start at $95 for a 3 night package. The more nights you have, the cheaper the per bottle price works out to be.

If you don’t finish the bottle that evening it will be stored for you and you can drink it later.

You can see more details at Disney Cruise Wine Package

77. Pick Up A Coffee Card

You can get free drip coffee on the pool deck or in the restaurants. However, it isn’t the best coffee you have ever tasted. If you enjoy a decent cup of specialty coffee you can pay extra for your drink of choice.

Ask for a coffee card. Each time you buy a drink you will get a stamp. When you have 5 stamps your 6th drink will be free.

It used to be that you could save these and use on your next cruise. However, now the card states that they are not to be used on a future cruise. Time will tell whether or not the servers still allow it, but don’t bet on this trick still working. Use your free coffee entitlement before your current cruise ends.

78. The Cove Cafe is a Must

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One of our favorite areas on the Disney cruise is the Cove Cafe. It is a great place to sit and read a book and enjoy a coffee or something a little stronger. There is a small selection of books and magazines,but bring your own as the selection really is small.

Cove Cafe is a very tempting place to pick up some snacks. Check out the croissants in the morning. We challenge you to resist the selection of cakes and desserts in the display cabinet. It is all included so you can indulge!

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79. Check Your Navigator Often

The Navigator is where you will find out what’s happening on board the ship every day. There is a paper version which will be delivered to your stateroom every day. If you lose it you can pick one up at Guest Services. Or you can use the Disney Navigator App on your phone. Remember to download it before you get onboard.

80. The Disney Cruise Shows are Amazing

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This really can’t be overstated. You will be amazed at just how good the shows are on the Disney cruise. They are Broadway quality and you should definitely make time to see as many shows as you can. There are two performances every evening. You can see the early one if you have late seating and the late one if you are dining at 5.45 pm.

81. Take Your Seats Early

All shows are performed in the Walt Disney Theatre. There really isn’t a bad seat in the house, but there are some which are better than others. We like to be about five or six rows back in the middle. However, if you do not arrive early the front level of seats are likely to be gone. We prefer anything in the middle over the ones at the sides, even if it is quite far back.

Saving seats for others is really bad form. Don’t do it. Please.

82. Each Disney Ship Has Different Shows

Each ship has a different selection of shows, although there is some overlap with certain shows being staged on more than one of the Disney cruise ships. The Disney Wonder has “Frozen”, the Fantasy has “Aladdin” and the Disney Dream has “Tangled”. Starting in November 2017 the Dream will stage “Beauty and the Beast”.

On the nights where the big stage productions are not scheduled there will usually be another entertainer such as a magician or a juggler. Many of these entertainers have been performing with Disney cruise lines for many years and they are generally very good.

83. There May Be A Show For The Adults

Not everything is family friendly! Often there is a late night version of one of the entertainers acts such as a comedian or a magician. Treat yourself and let the kids go to the kids clubs while you enjoy a night out.

84. Go to the Movies!

Bueana Vista Theatre is the place to be to catch a movie. The Disney cruise movie theatres show new releases and classic movies.

85. Skip The Popcorn

Outside the Walt Disney Theatre and the Bueana Vista Theatre you will be tempted by the smell of popcorn and the lure of specialty drinks. Move away! These items are not included. If you want to take a drink into the show with you stop on the pool deck to get your drinks for free. You can even bring some snacks in with you if you want – that is if you aren’t already full from the buffet!

86. There is Something for Everyone

Every day there are lots of events scheduled. Want to learn how to draw Mickey Mouse, make that dessert you just enjoyed in the restaurants or enjoy a wine tasting event? Most things on board are included, but you will have to pay extra for wine tasting events.

87. The Art of the Theme Tour is Not to be Missed

This adults only tour of the ship is well worth joining. It is free and will take you on a tour whilst showing you some of the design secrets of the Disney ships. There is so much attention to detail on the Disney ships and it is nice to hear some of the behind the scenes stories.

Castaway Cay

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One of the highlights of a Disney Caribbean or Bahamian cruise is a port stop at Castaway Cay. Disney cruise line has it’s own fabulous private island in the Bahamas. Here are some Disney cruise tips to make the most of your visit to Castaway Cay.

88. Send a Special Post Card

Castaway Cay has it’s own post office. If you want to send a card with a very special stamp just stop at the post office. It is on your left just after you get off the ship.

89. There are Trams to Get You Around Castaway Cay

You can easily walk to the beaches, but there are plenty of trams to get you there if you want to save your energy. We usually walk to the beach if it isn’t too hot, but we always take the tram back.

90. Pick Your Perfect Beach

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The most popular beach is the Family Beach on Castaway Cay. However, there is a beach reserved solely for the over 18s. Make your way to Serenity Bay if you want some peace and quiet.

91. No Need to Get Back on the Ship to Eat

There is plenty of food on Castaway Cay. While it isn’t the finest food you will eat on your Disney cruise, the barbecue is perfectly fine. There is something about eating good barbecue food on the beach that makes it so much fun.

However, make sure that you have eaten breakfast. The barbecues only open for lunch.

92. Special Dietary Needs on Castaway Cay

If you have special dietary requirements make sure that you let your waiters know on the ship. They will make sure that it is waiting for you at the barbecue.

93. Join in the Castaway Cay 5K Run

A very popular event on Castway Cay is the 5K run. There is free of charge and age 10 and up can take part. You have to sign up on the ship. It’s a great way to start the day – you won’t need to feel guilty about lounging around on the beach for the rest of the day!

94. Try Something New

You can spend the day on one of the beaches, or you can try one of the Castaway Cay Port Adventures. These range from snorkeling to parasailing, kayaking to getting up close and personal with a sting ray. You can bok these ahead of time on your Cruise Personalizer, or when you get on the ship.

95. The Quest for a Castaway Cay Cabana

One of the most difficult reservations to get on a Disney cruise is a Castaway Cay Cabana. Even though prices start at $399 this is one of the most sought after things on a Disney cruise. You can book them in your Cruise Personalizer, but as there are only 21 cabanas available, they sell out in minutes.

You really need to either be a Concierge guest or a Platinum Castaway Cay member to be in with a chance. You can try your luck when you board the ship by putting your name on the wait list. You could get very lucky and someone may cancel. It happens, but just don’t bet on it!

96. Take Your Time

People tend to get back on the ship in the early afternoon. Whilst we always recommend getting back on board in good time, you can wait until shortly before all aboard time on Castaway Cay. This gives you maimum time on the island.

97. Be Safe

It is important always to wear sunscreen. Sun burn is never a good thing and it can ruin your vacation. The combination of sun sea and the perfect island can sometimes make you forget to keep reapplying sun screen. Just be careful.

We have written a Complete Guide to Castaway Cay where you will find lots more tips and ideas.

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Meet The Characters

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A Disney cruise is a great place to get to meet a huge variety of Disney characters. Here are some tips help you get the most out of the experience.

98. Check Your Navigator

There are lots of character appearances every day. The schedule will be posted in your Navigator every day. You can plan who you want to meet.

99. The Character Attendant is Your Friend

All Disney characters have an attendant to keep them organized and safe. If you have any questions always ask the attendant. They can help with questions like when the next appearance will be and what costume the character will be wearing. They will also take pictures for you with your own camera.

100. Arrive Early

We think that it is much easier to meet characters on a Disney cruise than it is at the parks. However, you should still be prepared for a wait. The characters often spend more time with guests than they would in the parks.

Usually if you arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled appearance you will be towards the front half of the line.

101. Bring An Autograph Book

Make sure that you bring something for the characters to sign. We have heard recently that Marvel characters will not sign anything which has been signed by a Disney or Pixar character, so you may need to bring separate books if you are swapping universes!

102. Look Around You

Often the best character sightings are ones that you don’t expect. We remember seeing Chip and Dale up on deck during the Panama Canal cruise. Or sometimes you see characters in the hallways walking to the meet and greet.

103. Meeting the Princesses

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You can never guarantee which Princesses will be on board , but they will definitely be available for meet and greet. Usually you will see Tiana, Cinderella and Belle. However, don’t guarantee to your 4 year old they will see a specific Princess as they may not be onboard.

There is always a Disney Princess ticketed event. You can sign up in your Cruise Personalizer or at Guest Services. Tickets are limited and go quickly. This is not an essential event as you will see them at other times.

104. Anna and Elsa are Different

Anna and Elsa are rather more difficult to find. The only way to see them is to get tickets for the meet and greet. You will not see them out and about on the ship.

105. Tea With A Disney Princess

The best way to have time with the Princesses is by booking the Disney Cruise Royal Court Royal Tea. This amazing opportunity to meet the Disney Princesses includes plenty of time to meet your favorites whilst enjoying a traditional High Tea.

You will have to book ahead and be prepared to blow the budget. This experience is designed for those aged 3 to 12 and costs $210 per child and $69 per adult. The children will walk away with some nice gifts and some great memories – but obviously the cost takes some thinking about.

106. This Doesn’t Work Anymore

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you might read online that if you take a shirt or picture frame and some markers to Guest Services it will magically be returned to your stateroom having been signed by the character. Unfortunately it seems as though too many people got to know about this Disney cruise tip, so they had to stop doing it.

107. Characters on Castaway Cay

Some of the characters make it out onto Castaway Cay (although you will never see a Princess on the island). One of the coolest characters is Captain Jack Sparrow who will often make an appearance out on Serenity Bay.

Do you have any Disney cruise tips that you want to share. We are cruising again soon and will be adding to this list of Disney cruise tips!

Really Useful Things to Pack for a Disney Cruise

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Are you wondering what essential items you need to pack for your Disney Cruise? This easy to follow guide of Disney cruise packing essentials will make planning for your trip super easy.

Here are some things that you will find really useful for your Disney cruise.

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Disney Cruise Packing Tip 1

Packing Cubes

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If there is one packing tip that I can pass on to Disney cruisers this really is it! I think it revolutionized our packing and just made things much easier. This is a must have item if you want to make your Disney cruise packing so much easier.

At home, it makes packing simple. You can assign each packing cube to a certain category. This means you know that you have enough socks, shirts, swimwear or whatever. Then when you get to your stateroom you can just unpack direct into a drawer or cupboard. No more searching for lost socks.

This set it also nice as it comes with a laundry bag.

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Charger For Multiple Devices

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How many things are you taking that need charging? Just think how many USB chargers you will probably need – all at the same time. Disney cruise line staterooms are very well designed, but they definitely do not have enough wall sockets. You are going to be fighting over who gets to charge their phone first.

Disney cruises does not allow extension cord or surge protectors on board. Check here for a complete list of prohibited items.

Fortunately there is a solution which doesn’t take up much room in your suitcase. We bought one of these USB chargers which means you can charge lots of devices at the same time.

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Sea Bands

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Disney cruise ships are modern and have all the latest cruise technology to keep the movement of the ship to a minimum. However, there is a small chance that you will experience sea sickness. I have sailed in storms and very close to hurricanes and no one in our family has ever felt sea sick. However, just to be on the safe side we do pack sea bands and Dramamine.

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Reviewers report that these sea bands really do work. If you want to follow the more traditional route then pack Dramamine Motion Sickness Relief – Check Current Prices

Disney Cruise Tip 4

Sunscreen

This is an essential item. You can buy sunscreen on board a Disney ship, but you will pay a premium for it. Never underestimate how quickly you or your kids can get sunburn. It really isn’t worth taking the risk.

It’s a good idea to pack it in your carry on bag so that you have it as soon as you get on the Disney ship. Pack it in a zip lock bag just in case it leaks.

Here are some Great Sunscreens to choose from.

Disney Cruise Tip 5

Jelly Fish and Sting Pain Relief

It isn’t that likely to happen, but if it does you will really wish you had brought this. Jelly fish are lurking in the clear blue seas of the Bahamas and the Caribbean. The pain of a jelly fish sting is overwhelming.

Fortunately jelly fish are rare. Being stung by one is extremely unlikely. However, we always like to be prepared and we pack Sting Zapper Gel Wipe Away Jellyfish Wasp Bed Bugs Ants Mites Mosquito First Aid.

It is essential to have in your excursion bag as it will provide instant relief for jellyfish and bug bites. You probably will never need it. However, if you do, you will be forever thankful that you packed this! It doesn’t take up that much space in your bag.

Disney Cruise Tip 6

Reusable Water Bottle

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One of the many great things about a Disney cruise is the free soda which is available 24/7. Go to the pool deck to get your refill any tie of day or night. There are cups available, but it is a good idea to bring your own reusable water bottle.

There are lot of Disney Themed Water Bottles or we like this one with a combined water spray. Great for keeping you cool on deck!

I really like this O2COOL Mist ‘N Sip 20 Oz Hydration Bottle

Disney Cruise Tip 7

Binoculars

Binoculars are a great thing to take with you on a Disney cruise, particularly if you are fortunate enough to have a balcony stateroom. They are essential to have on a Disney Alaska Cruise. However, on many of the other Disney cruises you will see dolphins and whales. They are nice to have when you are coming into port as well.

Good binoculars do not have to be expensive.

Disney Cruise Tip 8

Aloe Vera Gel

Even if you think that you have been careful with the sunscreen, sometimes you still get burned. Aloe Vera Gel helps a lot. This very versatile stand by can also be used as a moisturizer or a conditioner for your hair.

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Disney Cruise Tip 8

A Bottle of Wine – Or Two

Disney cruise lines has a very relaxed policy about wine and beer that you can take on board. Many cruise lines do not let you take any on board with you. However, Disney cruise lines will allow each adult over the age of 21 can take up to 2 bottles of wine or 6 bottles on beer on board.

You will not be charged if you drink this in your stateroom. If you want to have it i any of the Disney cruise restaurants you will be charged a corkage fee of $25 per bottle.

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Disney Cruises – Can You Really Take Alcohol on Board?

Disney Cruise Tip 9

Wrinkle Release Spray

Clothes crease in your suitcase. No cruise line allows you to have an iron in your room – it’s a fire risk. You can use the iron in one of the self service laundry room. However, who really wants to have to iron on vacation?

Just pack some Downy Wrinkle Release Spray and you can deal with most creases without any effort.

These Travel Size Sprays are a great thing to take on any vacation.

Disney Cruise Tip 10

Travel Laundry Detergent and Dryer Sheets

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You really don’t want to have to do laundry on a Disney cruise. However, sometimes you need to. There are self service laundries on board all of the Disney ships.

We always prefer to take our own laundry detergent such as Tide Pods Free and Gentle Detergent to save costs and also to save on the chances of being allergic to the cruise washing powder. Laundry pods are great to take with you as they are easy to pack and do not take up much room in your suitcase.

These Travelon Laundry Soap Sheets, 50-Count are a great idea as they take up almost no space and are good for quick washes in the stateroom sink.

Which items do you think are the most useful to take on a Disney cruise?

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Win a Disney Dream Cruise

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Who wants to win a Disney Dream Cruise? One lucky Grand Prize winner and 3 additional guests will win a 4 night cruise to the Bahamas on the Disney Dream. The prize includes flights to Orlando and ground transfers to Port Canaveral. The Disney cruise prize includes all accommodation, meals and entertainment on board the Disney Dream.

It is easy to enter, but you do have to be a member of the Disney Family Movie Rewards program. This is free to join.

Must be at least 13 years old to enter. See official rules for details about entry requirements. Must be a member of Disney Family Movie rewards, free to join. One entry per person per day. Expires 8/7/17.

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You are limited to one entry per person per day. All entrants must be at least 13 years old to enter. Better hurry as the Disney Cruise Sweepstakes ends at midnight on 8/7/17.

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All Disney Dream cruises make a port stop on Disney’s private island of Castaway Cay. Click on the link below to see how you can make the most of your day there!

Good luck everyone!

Top 10 Walt Disney Quotes To Inspire You

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Here are our Top 10 favorite Walt Disney Quotes to inspire you every day. Which one is your favorite?

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1. Stop Procrastinating

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2. Keep Going And Your Dreams Will Come True

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3 Big Things Can Happen From Small Beginnings

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4. Stay Hungry. Stay Curious

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5. Always Look Forward

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6. Keep Going Even When Others Think You Will Fail

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7. Failure Can Make You Stronger

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8. Family Always Comes First

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9. Always Keep That Childlike Quality No Matter What Your Age

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10. Always Pursue Your Dreams If You Believe In them

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What is your favorite Walt Disney auote?