Is a Disney Cruise for Teenagers? Disney Cruise Lines are made for the entire family, even the notoriously difficult to please teen cruiser!
There are plenty of things for teenagers to do while sailing on a Disney cruise ship.
This guide is written by my son who is now 19 and has spent months on a Disney cruise as a teen.
What is on a Disney Cruise For Teenagers?
Here are some of the best things to do on the Disney ship if you are a teen.
Disney Cruise Sports Deck
On the Disney Magic and Wonder, they have table-tennis, foosball, as well as a basketball court, so lots to do!
The Disney Dream and Fantasy also have a mini-golf course.
The best times to go are late at night, dinner-time, or in port. If you go late at night, most likely they’ll be no one there.
This is a great place for sports lovers or anyone who is looking to get a little bit of exercise. Usually, I go there to balance out eating 6 lava cakes at the buffet!
Disney Cruise Buena Vista Theater
One of the best places on all of the Disney ships is the Buena Vista Theater – a movie theater at sea! A Disney Cruise for teenagers is not complete without a trip to the movies.
You can watch some of your favorite Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars movies here – even some that are still in theaters.
You can also watch new releases the day they come out. They’ll premier at midnight, so you’ll be among the first to see the new movie.
As Disney now seems to own pretty much every franchise and movie studio, this happens pretty frequently these days.
I’ve gone to premiers like this many times with movies such as everybody’s favorite “Pirates” movie – “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” – as well as the critically acclaimed and box-office smash “John Carter.” Just kidding.
One of the best experiences was watching the premiere of Avengers Endgame. Not only did I get to see the movie as soon as it came out, but I shared the experience with a lot of friends and movie fans. This becomes like a kind of bonding, shared experience.
The Vibe on a Disney Cruise
The Vibe is the Teen’s club on a Disney Cruise which is located in the ship’s funnel. Here you can do activities, play video-games or board games, as well as meet other teens on the ship.
They offer a wide range of activities, such as video-game contests, improv classes, dodgeball, gaga ball, drawing classes. Sometimes there are events where you can meet some of the performers in the shows.
It’s a great way to meet people. I have met some amazing people from all over the world on Disney cruises who I still keep in touch with regularly.
I’d highly recommend coming here on the first day as soon as The Vibe is open. Friendships tend to form quickly and it can be difficult to break into already established groups if you leave it a couple of days to check it out.
Disney Cruise Silent Disco
Silent discos are something you should experience at least once in your life, and fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities to take part in one on any of the Disney Cruise Ships.
They offer 3 different channels for you to dance to: “Top 40” (modern songs), “Best of the 80s and 90s,” and then “DJ’s Choice.”
You can either go to the family silent disco or the teen exclusive one if you don’t want to be humiliated standing next to your parents doing the final dance from “Dirty Dancing” to an excruciatingly accurate degree – even nailing the lift…
Instead of all that, you can go to the teen dance, where you’ll feel amazing because your “sick” dance moves are getting all the girls’ attention. This works until some competition dancer named Jeff starts doing flips and popping-and-locking, and suddenly nobody cares that you’re doing the macarena. I never liked Jeff…
In all seriousness, it’s a lot of fun and a great activity for teens.
Disney Cruise Trivia
Pretty much every day they’ll have at least one trivia. Some of them are general trivia, but the large majority of them are Disney related.
The Disney ones might be about Pixar, Marvel, or music from the Disney movies, depending on what days of the year you’re on the ship and which ship you’re on.
The Disney ones are great if you’re a huge Disney fan. Although, it can be somewhat discouraging when you think you’re the biggest Disney fan, so will have no problem winning the trivia.
Then at the last minute a family of four strolls in, each with a Disney t-shirt, Disney pair of pants, Disney pair of shoes, Disney World cap, Mickey Mouse pair of socks. You name it, they are wearing every bit of Disney merch you can think of.
Then there’s you – drinking your complimentary decaf coffee with soy milk from Deck 9, where the only piece of Disney merchandise you’re wearing is a pair of Baby Yoda briefs, realizing that the odds aren’t so much in your favor.
Seriously though, it’s always fun challenging yourself to a bit of trivia and trying to see how high of a score you can get.
If you want to check just what an expert you are you can try our Disney Cruise Ultimate Trivia
Goofy Pool on a Disney Cruise
The Goofy Pool is a lot of fun – just so long as you don’t experience it when it is wall to wall 6-year-olds in there. It can get very busy, so you do need to pick your time wisely.
The best time to go to the Goofy Pool would be late at night, during dinner time, or when you’re at port. That way it’s not as busy.
One of the best aspects of this pool is Funnel Vision, which is a massive screen that’s attached to the funnel where you can watch some of your favorite Disney or Marvel films while you relax in the pool.
Swimming isn’t usually an option due to the volume of people you would have to swim around, but the Goofy Pool is still a whole lot of fun.
Disney Cruise AquaDuck
The Disney AquaDuck is one of the best features of a Disney Cruise. This is exclusive to the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream – although I bet it will be part of the new Disney cruise ships too.
The AquaDuck is a Disney original – a water coaster at sea. It is a whole lot of fun and is a definite must-do on a Disney cruise for all ages, particularly teens.
As you can imagine, the AquaDuck can get pretty busy. You can spend 45 minutes to an hour at busy times.
The solution? Don’t go at busy times. So when you get on board, make sure you are either wearing your swimming trunks or that you have them in carry on luggage. You can then go straight to the AquaDuck as soon as you get on board.
Other less busy times tend to be during dinner second seating, and on port days. The busiest times are days at sea from late morning until around 5 pm.
Make sure that you ride the Disney Cruise AquaDuck at least once. Try also to ride at night for a whole different point of view.
Disney’s Castaway Cay For Teens
What is even better than spending time on a Disney Cruise? Spending time on a Disney cruise private island!
Disney’s Castaway Cay is an amazing place, no matter what age you are. For teens is a great chance to spend some time on an amazing private island with your family and friends.
There are lots of activities on Castaway Cay to choose from. You can snorkel, paraglide, kayak, meet the stingrays, rent a bike. There are so many things to do you won’t know where to start!
It is great just relaxing on the beach and swimming in the ocean. One of my favorite things to do it to rent a tube and laze around in the water for a while. Just remember that sunscreen
If you enjoy water slides you will love Pelican Plunge. Just get out there are soon as you can – the lines can get long around midday. You do need to be a decent swimmer to get out there, but it is a lot of fun to go on a waterside that dumps you out into the ocean.
I have been lucky enough to spend a long time on Disney cruises as a teen. Really it is an ideal vacation for my brother and me.
Plenty of things to do and a lot of time both with and without the adults! If you are thinking of booking a Disney cruise and you have teens go ahead! Just be aware that you will be hooked it will be the first of many!
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Alison Meacham is the founder of EverythingMouse Disney Blog. For over 15 years she has shared her love of Disney Parks, Disney Cruises and Universal Orlando. In over 30 years of Disney Travel she has spent countless months in Disney Parks and has sailed on over 45 cruises. A British native and now a United States resident she splits her time between California, Florida and the UK. And spends a serious amount of time sailing the seven seas. She helps over 200,000 people per month follow their Disney travel dreams.