10 Disney Cruise Line Myths Your Must Ignore


What is a Disney Cruise really like? Even though Disney is consistently rated as one of the very best cruise lines out there, unfortunately, there is still confusion about what the Disney cruise experience really is like.

Disney Cruise Line Myths

10 DIsney cruise myths you need to ignore

Even some diehard Disney Park fans think that are cruise is not for them. Is this really true? Here we will debunk some of the myths about Disney cruise lines and separate the fact from the fiction.

A Disney Cruise is Just For Kids


Disney cruise line is one of the most family-friendly cruise options available. Most definitely there will be a lot of kids onboard your Disney cruise.

The only exception to this is likely to be the longer cruises such as the Panama Canal and Transatlantic Disney Cruises. Those Disney repositioning cruises tend to have relatively few children on board.

However, most of the time you will be sailing with a large number of children onboard a Disney cruise.


This doesn’t mean that Disney cruises only cater for families with children or that adults sailing on their own should avoid a Disney cruise. We think that Disney Cruise Lines are a great option for adults sailing without children.

Why? Disney cruise lines do a great job of having areas for kids, families, and adults only. On each of the Disney ships, there is a very large area that is devoted to adults only.


Adults can relax by the pool, have a drink at the bar, get a massage or relax in the Rainforest Room. You can enjoy all the entertainment on the ship, including the events which are reserved for adults only.

On each of the Disney cruise ships, there are restaurants that are reserved for adults only.


All of the ships have Palo, a wonderfully themed Italian restaurant that offers Brunch on Sea Days and dinner every evening. There is an additional charge of $40 per person, but this is very reasonable considering the quality of the food and the experience.

On the Disney Dream and the Fantasy, you can also dine in Remy. This adult-only French restaurant is acknowledged to be one of the finest dining experiences at sea.


We have sailed many times on Disney ships both with and without the kids. Each is a different experience. But we definitely think that Disney Cruise Lines are the best for keeping everyone happy. No matter what their age.

My Stateroom Will Be Too Small


First-time cruisers are often worried that their stateroom will be small and that they won’t have much room. However, Disney has some of the largest staterooms in its class.

They are incredibly well designed so that even if you are in the lowest priced staterooms on the ship, you will not feel cramped.

The Disney Wonder and Magic are the original, Classic ships. They were followed by the Disney Dream and the Fantasy. The newer Dream Class ships are larger than the Classics, but the stateroom design remains remarkably similar.


The smallest of the Disney cruise staterooms is the Standard Interior which gives you 184 square feet of space. This is the only category of Disney Cruise Stateroom which does not have the “split bathroom”.

The Split Bathroom is an idea that is unique to Disney. Most staterooms have a room with a toilet and a sink, and another room with the bath/shower and sink. This split bathroom design means that one person can get ready while the other is using the shower. This is particularly helpful for families with children.

Disney dream verandah stateroom bathroom

The split bathroom design helps to give more of a sense of space in the Disney cruise staterooms.

Whilst the smallest staterooms are 184 square feet space, the next step up, the Deluxe Interior Stateroom which does have the split bath, has 214 square feet.

So that you can get an idea of exactly what a Standard Inside Stateroom is like on the Disney Wonder and Magic, I have made this video for you:

You may prefer to at least have a window to the outside world. If you sail on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream you will have a virtual porthole in an Inside Stateroom. The virtual porthole is a unique feature for Disney cruises.

The virtual porthole has a video feed that shows you what is happening outside the ship. If you watch carefully you may even see Mickey and his friends.

Virtual portholes are not available on the Classic Ships, the Disney Wonder and the Disney Magic. I would guess that all the interior staterooms on the new Disney Wish will have virtual portholes.

Many guests love the inside staterooms on the Disney ships, however, others would prefer to have a window to the outside world. The outside staterooms are the same design as the Deluxe Inside staterooms, but they have one large or two small portholes.


The most popular staterooms are of course the Verandah staterooms. There really is nothing like having your own balcony space.

For the ultimate in luxury, every Disney ship has Concierge staterooms.


Not only will you have the option of Verandah staterooms, but you can also choose a one-bedroom or two-bedroom suite. For the ultimate in luxury, each Disney ship has a Walt Disney Suite and a Roy Disney Suite.



Concierge guests have access to a special lounge and sun deck. There are also many other perks including Priority Boarding, special Embarkation Lunch, daily evening complimentary drinks in the lounge and priority access to reservations such as Castaway Cay Cabanas, Frozen Meet and Greet and Character Breakfasts.


A Disney Cruise Costs Too Much


It is certainly right to say that a Disney cruise is not a bargain basement experience. Therefore you would expect to pay a reasonable price for a high-quality vacation experience. However, a Disney cruise may well cost less than you imagine.

You do need to remember that whilst many other types of vacation have hidden costs or ones that you can’t really calculate accurately, a Disney cruise has a lot included in the basic price.


Once you have paid for your Disney cruise you know that many costs are already taken care of. The basic price includes all accommodation, food, kids clubs for the over 3-year-olds, soft drinks and entertainment. Here you can see What is Included in a Disney Cruise.

Of course, there are some items that are extra.  Gratuities are at your discretion, but there is an expected amount for your Servers and your Stateroom Steward. These can be adjusted up or even down if you prefer.

Here is an article about How Much to Tip on a Disney Cruise.

There are many things which you can spend extra money on with a Disney cruise, but you do not have to. In theory, you could just pay the basic price and gratuities without paying anything additionally.


However, in reality you will probably be tempted by such things as port excursions, spa treatments or a Rainforest Pass, alcoholic beverages and photos. You may even want to get some gifts from the onboard stores. The point is though that you don’t have to.

I Will Get Sea Sick


No one really wants to talk about this, but it is true that for a small minority of people seasickness is, unfortunately, an issue. However, for most, it really isn’t something that you will have to deal with.

The Disney ships are modern, large and equipped with state of the art stabilizers. Most of the time you won’t even know that you are sailing on a cruise ship as you will not feel any movement.

I have sailed through storms and skirted around hurricanes and always felt fine.


However, if you are sailing for the first time, or know that you are prone to seasickness there are things that you can do to minimize the effects.

Wristbands for motion sickness are a simple, but very effective solution. These Sea-Band Adult Wristbands are a very inexpensive solution as well. They are drug-free and you can use them over and over again.

Motion sickness patches work for many people in preventing seasickness. There are many motion sickness patches available over the counter so that you don’t need a prescription.

One of the most popular and affordable is this Motion Sickness Patch. This is a 100% natural product and it is reported as being very effective by most users.

If you want to learn even more about this you can read my Guide to Staying Healthy on a Disney Cruise.


I Am Going to Gain 10 Pounds


The food on a Disney cruise is excellent. And there is certainly plenty of it. As soon as you board your Disney ship you will be tempted by a huge buffet lunch at Cabanas.

On each Disney ship, there are three individually themed main restaurants. Disney has a unique concept of rotational dining. This means that you will dine in each of the three restaurants at least once, and will “rotate” around them with your Servers.


All of the restaurants are a lot of fun, with each having their own very tempting menus. Also, if you want to order more than one entree, appetizer and desert you are positively encouraged to do so. The calories add up quickly!

There are endless food choices. Breakfast and Lunch are also served in one of the restaurants each day. Or you can opt to eat at the buffet.

You can also choose from a number of options on the pool deck. Soft serve ice cream available 24 hours a day anyone? Freshly cooked pizza?


As you can see, food is everywhere, and it is very tempting. However, it is possible to enjoy a Disney cruise and not bring excess weight back with you as an unwanted souvenir!

Think about what you are doing. Easier said than done I know, but do you really need that second chocolate souffle, your third plate of buffet food or yet another slice of pizza.

You can very quickly consume a whole lot of calories, but just because you can doesn’t mean to say that you have to. The fabulous Disney Server will offer you another beignet in Tiana’s Place, but that doesn’t mean that you have to accept!


Just think about what you are doing. There are plenty of low-calorie healthy options available – you just have to step up and choose them! No, I am not suggesting that you eat fruit all week – just do things in moderation.

Also, don’t forget that there are plenty of ways to burn off some calories on a Disney cruise. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Simple, but it will help.

Every Disney ship has a well-equipped gym – start your morning there and that extra portion of your favorite food won’t have as much effect! At the very least you can get rid of some of the guilt!

Enjoy a stroll around the Promenade Deck on Deck 4. It’s a wonderful way to relax and get some exercise at the same time.

I Have to Get Dressed Up



A lot of people have the wrong idea about how you need to dress on a Disney cruise. Really it is entirely up to you how you dress.

Of all the cruise lines that I have sailed with, Disney is one of the ones where there really isn’t any expectation. You do whatever you want to do.

There are formal nights and semi-formal nights on Disney cruises. This means that some people really do get into their finest evening wear. Others are still wearing Goofy t-shirts and Minnie Ears.


However, if you love to dress up then a Disney cruise ship is also the ideal place for you. Most sailings have a Pirate Night. This is an evening where you will have a special priate themed menu, a spectacular pirate show and fireworks. If you still have an appetitie then there is even a Pirate Buffet late at night.

If you want to dress up in your finest Pirate Gear then go ahead. If you don’t, then that’s also fine.


You really don’t need an excuse to wear a costume on a Disney cruise, but if you want to celebrate in style you should think about sailing on one of the Halloween on the High Seas itineraries. You can dress up as your favorite Disney character or even have your whole family in themed costumes.  Or you can wear jeans and a shirt. Totally your choice.

The one place where there is a dress code is in the adult-only restaurants.


For Palo the guidelines are:

  • Men: dress pants or slacks and collared shirt; jacket is optional
  • Women: dress, skirt or pants with a blouse
  • Jeans may be worn if in good condition (no holes)


On the Disney Dream and Fantasy if you dine at Remy for dinner the guidelines are:

  • Men: A jacket is required, with dress pants/slacks and shoes. Ties are optional. No jeans, shorts, sandals, flip-flops or tennis shoes.
  • Ladies: Cocktail dress, evening dress, pantsuit or skirt/blouse are required. No jeans, shorts, capri pants, sandals, flip-flops or tennis shoes.

For Brunch at Remy the dress code is slightly different:

  • Men: Dress pants and a shirt are required for men. A jacket is optional. No jeans, shorts, capri pants, sandals, flip-flops or tennis shoes.
  • Women: A dress or pantsuit is required. No jeans, shorts, capri pants, sandals, flip-flops or tennis shoes.

Disney cruise lines are very relaxed about what people are wearing. Dress up or dress in Mickey Ears. It’s your choice.


I Will Be Overwhelmed By The Disney Theme





I think it is fair to say that if you actively dislike Disney (are there such people)? you really shouldn’t choose a Disney cruise.

However, if you are open to seeing Mickey Mouse in the corridor once in a while and don’t mind it if Tiana stops by your table at dinner, you will be fine on a Disney cruise.


What really surprises some Disney cynics when they sail on their first Disney cruise is just how incredibly subtle the Disney theme is. The Disney ships are beautifully designed and the theme is tastefully done.

The Disney theming is most certainly there. However, it is not overwhelming. The Disney ships are beautifully designed.

If you look at the picture above of the atrium on the Disney Fantasy you will see just how beautiful the ship is.

Yes, there is a statue of Minnie Mouse, the pumpkins are in the classic Hidden Mickey shape, and the detailing around the border and ironwork show Disney characters. However, the details are beautifully incorporated into the opulent design.


Of course, there are places on the Disney ships where the theme is very obvious. In the Kids Clubs for example, or Tiana’s Place restaurant. However, there are many places where you have to really look for the detail.


I Will Have to Share a Table


For some people, dinner is a time to socialize and meet new people. For others, this is their worst nightmare.

Disney does dining a little differently to most other cruise lines, but if you want to be seated just with your family and friends, they will do everything they can to accommodate that request.


If you decide that you want a private table for dinner you should call Disney Cruise Lines to request one, or you should ask your Travel Agent to do this for you.

Here is more about How To Request a Private Table on a Disney Cruise.

If you do want to sit with other people you can ask for that too. Disney usually does a great job of putting people together who have things in common. For example, if you are a single parent you will most likely be seated with other single parents and their kids.

Before you dismiss the idea of eating with others just think about it for a while. I have made some great friends on board Disney cruises and being seated at dinner with others is a great chance to meet people.

I Think I Might Feel Trapped


Until you have sailed on one of the Disney ships you probably won’t have a sense of just how large they are and how many different things that you can do to keep yourself entertained.

The Classic ships are the Disney Wonder and the Disney Magic. These were the original ships in the Disney fleet. 11 public decks, can accommodate 2,400 passengers in 875 staterooms and have a crew of approximately 950.

The Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy are larger than the Classic ships. They are each 1,120 feet long and 138 feet wide. They have 1250 passenger staterooms. 

As you will see, these ships are not the huge giants of the ocean like the 5,000 passenger mega-ships out there. But they are large enough to make sure you have plenty of places to be and lots of options for keeping you entertained.

Or you can easily find a quiet space just to be by yourself.


Also, it isn’t just about being on the Disney ship. There are plenty of fabulous ports to explore. Even though there is so much to do and see on your Disney ship, you will probably want to explore at least one of the ports that you visit.


One of the most popular ports is Disney’s private island Castaway Cay. If you imagine the perfect paradise island, you are probably imagining something pretty close to the reality of Disney’s Castaway Cay. It is quite simply, Paradise.

Disney cruise lines sail to many different places including Alaska. The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful and a Disney Alaska cruise is on many a bucket list.  If you want to see all of the places that Disney sails you can see the 2020 itineraries here.

You really will not feel trapped on a Disney cruise. There is so much to do onboard and so many exciting ports of call to explore you will be booking your second cruise before you know it!


Mickey Mouse Will Be Everywhere


One of the appealing things about a Disney cruise is the opportunity to meet the characters. Each day a selection of characters will appear in the atrium of your Disney ship.

It is much easier to meet the characters on a Disney ship than it is in one of the Disney Parks. The lines tend to be much shorter. The characters always seem to have more time with each guest. Another advantage is that the lines are all in air-conditioned comfort, and you don’t have to stand out in the sun as you do in the Disney Parks.


One of the things that is particularly great about a Disney cruise is that you sometimes just meet a Disney character in one of the corridors on their way to or from a meet and greet. Whilst in the parks they usually walk briskly away, sometimes om the cruise ships they do have time to stop and talk. Somehow that makes it even more magical.

The amazing Disney cruise stage shows are also another great way to see the characters. One of my favorite shows is The Goldern Mickeys which is a celebration of many of the most popular of the Disney characters. It is amazing to see them all up there on stage.

Another favorite is Disney’s Frozen a Musical Spectacular. This is performed on the Disney Wonder and more recently on the Disney Fantasy.


I know sometimes you may feel that you have heard Let It Go one too many times, but you really have to watch this show if you get the chance. It is breathtakingly good. If you saw a show of that caliber on land you would be paying many hundreds of dollars for a seat. Here it is included with your Disney cruise fare.

So there plenty of chances to meet the Disney characters and see them perform. However, if you really aren’t interested that is fine too. If you have no interest in getting up close with Minnie or talking to Belle about her dubious taste in men, you really don’t have to. It is optional.

Will you be sailing on a Disney cruise? Tell me in the comments below.


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Disney Palo Brunch On The Disney Wonder


Are you wondering if the Disney Palo Brunch on the Disney Wonder is worth the money?

This adult-only Palo dining experience is available on all sea days on the Disney cruises. Is the extra cost worth it for the Disney Palo Brunch?



Disney Cruise Palo Brunch

The Palo Brunch is offered on all the Disney cruise ships and we have done this many times on the Disney Wonder. Palo is the only restaurant on the Disney Wonder and Disney Magic which is for over 18s only.

Disney Palo Brunch

The Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream also have Remy as a choice of adult-only restaurant. In many ways, I actually prefer Palo on the Disney Wonder.

However, this is just a personal choice of restaurant design. Palo on Disney Wonder and Disney Magic is smaller than on the Dream and Fantasy.

The food is great at Palo no matter which of the Disney ships that you sail on. The standard of service is also excellent at Palo on all the Disney ships.

Disney Wonder Palo Reservations


The Palo Brunch is only offered on days at sea on cruises of 3 nights or longer. The times of the Palo Brunch are from 10 am until 2 pm.

Usually, we try to eat around 10.30 am so that we can combine breakfast and lunch as we know how much food we will eat for brunch!

It is possible to book your Palo reservation prior to sailing. You should do this online if you want to ensure that you get the reservation time that you want.

Disney Wonder Palo

A lot of people get very upset that they can’t get their Disney Palo reservations online. However, you can book Palo once you get onboard.

Palo only releases a limited number of reservations to be booked online. So don’t worry if you do not have a Palo reservation prior to boarding the ship.


However, you really do need to make your Palo reservation as soon as you board the ship. You will see on the Navigators that you have received at the port, where the Palo team will be for you to make your reservations.

On the Disney Wonder, this is often in the Promenade Lounge.

Disney Wonder Palo Cost


The price of the Palo Brunch is $40 per person. It doesn’t seem like so long ago that it was $10 per person, but really we think that even at the current price it is well worth it.

The $40 does not include gratuity. People often ask how much you should tip at Palo. As always, the amount of any gratuity on a Disney cruise is a personal decision. The service is exceptional so you may want to leave at least 20%.

Disney Wonder Palo


The cuisine and interior design of Palo is Northern Italian. Take some time before you even get into the restaurant to look at the area outside.


There are some beautiful display cabinets close to the elevators. Even the restrooms deserve a visit even if it’s just to look at the decor!

There is a fabulous view out of the windows and the dining room is very light and airy. The window tables are the best so be sure to ask your server if you can be seated there. It can get pretty warm if you are seated by the window, but there are solar blinds which help cool it down.

Disney Palo Restaurant

Disney’s Palo does have a dress code of cruise casual. Over the years the dress code has become more relaxed in Palo. Gone are the days when you would be sent back to your stateroom to change if you were wearing jeans!

You can now wear jeans at Palo provided they do not have holes! However, tank tops, swimsuits, swimsuit cover-ups, shorts, hats, cut-offs, torn clothing, t-shirts with offensive language and/or graphics, flip-flops or tennis shoes are not permitted at Palo.

The atmosphere in Palo is best described as elegant but relaxed. On the Disney Wonder and Magic, it has an open kitchen and several tables filled with amazing food.


When you arrive for your Palo Brunch you will be seated and introduced to your server. The servers are very knowledgable. Always ask them if you have any questions. In particular, tell your server if you have any dietary requirements.

As with everywhere on a Disney ship dining at Palo with a special dietary requirement is a breeze. There are always alternatives.

I have dined in Palo selecting only things that are gluten-free and there is plenty of selection. The chef will talk with you about your gluten-free options. The difficult thing about that is seeing all of the fabulous desserts most of which are not gluten-free.


You will be served with a complimentary glass of Prosecco or a Mimosa. If you want any additional alcoholic beverages these are charged separately.

I always find myself wondering just where to start at the buffet as there is so much choice. Your server will take you on a tour of the Palo buffet and introduce you to all the wonderful choices.

Everything is clearly labeled and your server will always be happy to help if you have any questions.


If you are a seafood lover you are going to enjoy Palo.

Palo Brunch

All the seafood items are on one table so if you have an allergy you can avoid it without a problem. This table includes Crab Legs, Smoked Salmon and an incredible Smoked Salmon Mousse. You can even sample the Caviar.


Another table is laid out with a lot of different breads and cheeses.


The Danish and Breakfast pastries are very tempting too.

The table opposite the seafood is filled with lots of tempting things. I enjoy the Grilled Marinated Vegetables from this selection and the Mozzarella and Tomato Salad.

Palo Main Course

There is a huge selection of pastries as well. Really the only difficult choice is where to start!


The desserts are amazing. They are in small portions so you really do have an excuse to try out as many as you want.

Disney Wonder Palo Brunch Menu

Palo Brunch Entree

The sample entrees are all laid out in front of the kitchen so that you can see what is available. Usually, I prefer the Palo buffet selections but you can order as many of the entrees as you want to.


The usual choices include Pizza, Pancakes, Tilapia, Eggs Benedict, Eggs Julia, and Chicken Parmesan.


Usually, by the point I am thinking about ordering an entree I am pretty much full on the buffet. However, I tend to order something. Yes, just because I can!

Palo Brunch Dessert

Just as you think you really can’t eat anymore it is time to start looking at the dessert selections. And of course, I always find room even though you think I probably shouldn’t. There definitely is too much to tempt you here!


It is very difficult to choose a favorite dessert – so just try as many as you want…

Is Palo Brunch Worth the Cost?

A Palo Brunch is one of my favorite experiences on a Disney cruise. It is a wonderful time to just relax and spend some time enjoying some great food, and some exclusively adult company.


Most of the time I want to be with my children on a Disney cruise but just once in a while, it is nice to talk with the grown-ups.

Have you enjoyed a Palo Brunch onboard a Disney cruise? What do you like about it?

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10 Things You Should Never Do On A Disney Cruise


10 Things You Should Never Do On A Disney Cruise


What are the things you really should not do on a Disney Cruise? The more you know before you sail on your Disney cruise, the better the experience you will have.

Here is our guide which shows you what you absolutely must not do on a Disney Cruise!


Choose the Wrong Disney Cruise Stateroom


Your choice of Disney cruise stateroom is important. That is why it is essential that you do a little research before you book a Disney cruise stateroom.

There is a wide range of different staterooms available on each Disney cruise. The choice starts at a Standard Inside stateroom and goes right up to a Walt Disney Suite.

Disney Cabin for 5

Your budget is really going to determine which category of stateroom that you choose on a Disney cruise. The least expensive staterooms are usually the Inside Staterooms.

Here is our Complete Guide To Disney Wonder and Magic Staterooms

However, if you stretch your budget just a little bit you may be able to upgrade to an Oceanview stateroom. This will give you a view out onto the outside world.


For some cruisers, the price difference is definitely worth it. For others, they would prefer to save their dollars and are very happy with the Inside stateroom choice.

Is it worth the Disney cruise stateroom upgrade to a balcony? Many think that it is. Particularly on a Disney Alaskan cruise.

Spending the extra money on a balcony stateroom could be a wise move if you think that you will spend a lot of time out there. However, many guests find that there is so much to do on the Disney ships that it really doesn’t matter which stateroom you choose.

If you want to have a balcony stateroom on your Disney cruise, but don’t mind the location you should consider a white wall balcony.

Most of the verandahs on the Disney ships are clear. This means that you can see through them as they are plexiglass. There are some staterooms with balconies that have a solid white wall.

These white wall verandahs are usually priced the lowest of all the balconies on the ship. If you are prepared to compromise on the view this can be a great option.


The white wall means that you cannot see much of the ocean when you are seated. However, it is still a balcony stateroom and it will usually save you some money over the other categories of balcony stateroom.

I have sailed many times in a Disney Cruise white wall balcony stateroom and been very happy with my choice.

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Be Too Late For Your Disney Cruise Ship


The last thing that you want to risk is missing the boat. Literally. After all those months of planning and saving, you want to make sure that you get to your Disney ship on time.

It may seem like a good idea to book an early morning flight arrival on the day your Disney cruise leaves port. You will probably make it to your Disney ship on time. However, there is a risk that you won’t. Flight delays happen so it is always wise to leave as much time as you can.

The best solution is to arrive at the port or at least stay close by the night before. Many of the Disney cruises sail from Port Canaveral. This is within easy reach of Walt Disney World so many guests visit the parks prior to their cruise.


This doesn’t just apply to when you first board your Disney cruise. You will probably want to get off the ship during your cruise to go on an excursion or have a look around the port.

There will be many reminders when you are in the port of the all aboard time. This is the very latest that you can get back to the ship. Take that time very seriously.

Do not risk being late. If you are late you risk being left behind in port. We have seen it happen. Literally seen people waving from the port unable to board. Don’t let that be you.


All cruise ships have to leave the port at a certain time. Whilst the captain is not going to want to have to leave you in the port he will have no choice.

This is why I always recommend booking Disney cruise excursions. I know that you can save money by booking an independent excursion. However, if you book through Disney you are assured that they will get you back to the ship on time. For many people, the peace of mind that gives is worth the extra cost.

Forget Those Essential Items To Pack For Your Disney Cruise


There are some things that can really make a difference to your Disney cruise that you should not forget to pack! Planning a cruise is a lot of fun. Packing not so much. It really does make sense to be organized and make sure that you have the essential items with you.

Always think carefully about what you want to pack for your Disney cruise carry on bag. Remember that your checked bag may not arrive until the evening of your first day on your cruise.


Make sure you put all essential items in a carry on bag. This includes your cruise documents and passport of course. Also if you have any essential medications they should always be in your carry on.


You might also like to put your swimwear in your carry on. The pools are at their quietest when you first board your Disney ship. It can also be a great time to ride the AquaDuck if you are on the Disney Dream or Disney Fantasy.

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Get Sick


No one really wants to think about this, but sometimes sickness happens on a Disney cruise. A big mistake is not being aware or prepared for the fact that this may happen. A bit of planning goes a long way in helping to prevent being sick on a cruise.

How To Avoid Being Sick On A Cruise

Disney has some of the healthiest ships at sea. However, there are still things that you can do to minimize your chances of being sick. Hand washing is incredibly important. This is why there are sinks outside the buffet.


Make sure that you wash your hands thoroughly before eating and after using the restroom. It amazes me how many people skip this. Germs spread easily, but simple hand washing goes a long way to stop this.

At every rotational dining restaurant, you will see a Crew Member giving out the hand wipes. Make sure you use them!


In every Disney cruise bathroom, there is a disposable hand towel and trash can by the door. Use the hand towel to open the door so that your hand is not touching the surface of the door. Once you get into this habit it becomes something you do automatically.

I always take some Hand Sanitizer with me on the ship. I also like this Dr. Bronner’s Organic Version.

These Handi-Pack Disinfecting Wipes are easy to pack in your cruise luggage. You can use them to wipe over surfaces in your Disney cruise stateroom. Your Disney cruise steward takes great care of your stateroom, but I always like to take my own wipes as well.

Another concern is seasickness. Disney ships are extremely stable and most of the time you don’t feel any movement at all. However, sometimes seasickness happens.

The good news is that there are things you can do about it. A lot of people swear by Sea-band Wristband . I always make sure I pack Dramamine Motion Sickness Relief just in case.

Hopefully, you will be having a lot of sunny weather on your Disney cruise. Always make sure that you wear Sun Screen and keep reapplying it.

Be An Idiot


You really don’t want to be that person. The one who doesn’t think about how your behavior is affecting other people. You know who you are!

Who am I talking about? The people who put their belongings down on a sun lounger and then disappear for hours. Or the ones who “reserve” lots of seats in the middle of the theatre for friends who arrive at the last moment.

And those parents who let their children run along the corridor screaming loudly in the early hours.

Let’s also talk about those people who skip the line in the buffet. Of course, the buffet is designed so that there isn’t a traditional line. However, don’t be one of those people who shove others out of the way or leans over them to get to the dish of the day.

Just don’t be that person.


Bad behavior on Disney cruises is rare. In general, you will meet some fabulous people and can even meet life long friends. Just always be considerate of other people and don’t be the sun lounger idiot!

Not Take Time To Understand the Beverage Policy on Your Disney Cruise


If you want to drink wine or beer on a Disney cruise you can save yourself a considerable amount of money if you understand their beverage policy. Most cruise lines will not allow you to take any alcohol on board. Disney Cruise Lines is different.

Unlike many other cruise lines, Disney does not offer a Drinks Package.

I know many people like this as an option, but having sailed on other cruise lines and seeing just how much people can drink to excess I really hope this is never introduced on Disney cruises.

I  don’t think it will be. Drinks are very reasonably priced on Disney cruises and of course, there is free soda 24 hours a day.

However, Disney Cruise Line has a very generous policy allowing guests to take up to two bottles of wine or a six-pack of beer on board per person.


Disney Cruise Line Guests 21 years and older may bring a maximum of 2 bottles of unopened wine or champagne or 6 beers on board at the beginning of the voyage and at each port-of-call. The wine has to be no larger than 750ml and the beers no more than 12 ounces.

You can enjoy the wine or beer you bring on board in your stateroom. If you want to drink it in one of the restaurants or any public there is a $25 corkage charge.

You must put any wine or beer that you bring in your carry on luggage. Do not put it in your checked baggage. Not only is there the potential for a huge mess if the bottle breaks, but security will also find it and hold it until the end of the cruise.

You want your bottles to be safe in your carry on. I use this 2-Bottle Neoprene Wine Bottle Tote.

Not Taking Advantage of Disney Cruise Dining


There are so many amazing dining experiences on a Disney cruise you really should take advantage of as much as you possibly can. The Rotational Dining System is unique and definitely something to be enjoyed to the max.

On each of the Disney cruise ships, there are three main dining restaurants. Each day you will dine in a different restaurant. What is unique about the experience is that your servers will go with you.

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Disney Rotational Dining means you get the best of everything. You eat in different restaurants and also have the advantage that your servers get to know you and your family.

All Disney cruise restaurants are unique and brilliantly themed. Enjoy an evening of music at Tiana’s Place, unique entertainment and decor at Animator’s Palate, understated elegance at Enchanted Garden.


Remember that your servers want you to have the best experience. If you want two entrees and can’t decide which dessert to have, just order more than one. You can deal with the diet later!

Your Disney Cruise servers will cut up your child’s food, give them Mickey-shaped ketchup designs, and remember your name on your next cruise. They are exceptional. We always look forward to seeing our favorite servers.


Cabanas buffet is a great place to enjoy lots of different tastes. However, always remember that one of the rotational dining restaurants will be open for breakfast and lunch. Make sure that you try this at least once on your Disney cruise.

Many Disney cruise first-timers don’t realize that when they board the ship there is the option of a sit-down restaurant lunch as well as the buffet. It can be a more relaxing start to your vacation than the rather crowded Cabanas buffet on the first day.

One of the best experiences onboard a Disney cruise is dining in one of the adult-only restaurants. They do have an additional charge but for the standard of food and service, it is a great value.


Disney’s Palo is available on all of the cruise ships and offers Brunch on sea days and Dinner every day. Remy is only available on Disney Fantasy and Dream.

Remy is truly an exceptional dining experience. Read more about these options at Disney Dream Dining. The adult-only dining is something you have to experience at least once. And then you will want to do it again.

Skip The Entertainment


Disney cruise lines do many things very very well. One area where they go more than above and beyond is in their Broadway-style entertainment. Make sure you take the time to watch the shows.

There is a combination of Disney Broadway type shows and Variety Acts. Some of the variety acts can be a bit hit and miss, but make sure that you see the Disney cruise favorites.

If you are on the Disney Wonder you will not want to miss Frozen. On the Disney Fantasy, you have to see Aladdin. These are all shows that if you took your family to see them in the theater it would cost you hundreds of dollars so don’t miss out!

Don’t forget the Buena Vista Theater which shows current and classic Disney movies. Now Marvel is part of the Disney stable there are now even more amazing movies to watch for free.

We all know that going to the movies can be expensive if you take the family. So enjoy this chance to see some great movies onboard for free! If you are really lucky you will get to see a Disney movie premiere at midnight as soon as it is released.


Character Greetings are also a huge part of the entertainment offered. Every day you will get the chance to meet and greet lots of different Disney characters. Yes, there are lines, but they are nothing compared to those in the Disney parks.

If you want to get up close and personal with your favorite a Disney cruise really is the best place to do that.

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If your favorite characters are Anna and Elsa be aware that they are so popular you need tickets to see them. Make sure you book ahead of your cruise on your Disney Cruise Personalizer as even though the tickets are free they are limited.

Ignore Safety Warnings


Sailing on a cruise is one of the safest forms of travel. However, there are some essential safety rules that you have to follow.

I know that the safety drill is not where you want to be. However, always attend the muster drill and give it your full attention. It doesn’t last long and it gives you vital safety information.

Never think that you can skip the muster drill. Your Key To The World Card is scanned. If you do not attend you will be contacted by a Crew Member and have to attend another drill.


The muster drill only takes up a short amount of your time. Often these days it is held in a restaurant or bar! You can sit down comfortably whilst listening to the safety instructions.

Never throw anything over the side of the ship. Nothing. No exceptions. One of the worst things of course, and yes we have seen it done, is to throw a cigarette over the side. This is a huge fire risk and extremely dangerous.


There are only certain areas where smoking is allowed on a Disney ship. Stick to those areas and dispose of your cigarette ends in the receptacle provided.

Always act responsibly. You may want to read our guide 7 Things Not To Do In Your Disney Stateroom.

Ignore Money Saving Strategies


A Disney cruise is worth every penny. However, it is wise to educate yourself so that you can see the areas that you can save money. This includes both before you book and whilst you are on the ship.

The biggest mistake that many Disney cruise first-timers make is not realizing how the Placeholder booking works. To get the benefit of this future Disney Cruise discount deal you have to be on board.


How does the Placeholder work? You can see complete details here but this is broadly how it works. If you book a future cruise whilst you are onboard a Disney ship you receive a 10% discount and a reduced deposit. Unfortunately, the onboard credit is no longer offered.

There are of course certain terms and conditions which apply to Disney Cruise Placeholder bookings. You can’t use it for a Concierge stateroom to get a discount, but you can get the onboard credit.

There are certain block out dates and certain cruises are excluded from the Placeholder discount.

However, if you are sailing on a Disney cruise and want to book another, make sure you stop by the Future Cruise Desk to get complete details and make a Disney Placeholder reservation.

There are many other ways you can save money on a Disney cruise. Here is our article packed full of ideas on How To Save Money.


Top 10 Disney Magic Kingdom Rides For Toddlers

Top 10 Disney Magic Kingdom Rides for Toddlers

Which are the best Disney Magic Kingdom rides for toddlers? Visiting the most magical place on earth is great fun with kids of all ages but it is always best to be prepared so that you can know which rides everyone is likely to enjoy the most. So here is my top 10 guide to the best rides at Magic Kingdom for toddlers.

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The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Most young children love Winnie the Pooh so this almost 4-minute ride will keep most of them happy. This indoor ride is very upbeat and is based on the story Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day. Children will see all of their favorites, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, Owl, and Rabbit in very bright colors.

One of the best parts of the ride is the Winnie the Pooh dream sequence. This is one that all the family will love and is likely to be a favorite with very young children in particular. This is, of course, a popular ride.

A Fast Pass is available (the machine is located close to Mickey’s Philarmagic). The standby line now has some interactive features to keep you entertained whilst waiting in line.

Prince Charming Regal Carousel

Sometimes the simplest designs are the most captivating and this is certainly true of the classic carousel now named Prince Charming Regal Carousel. The ride was built almost 100 years ago it was purchased in 1967 for Walt Disney World.

This attraction was for many years called Cinderella’s Golden Carousel but was renamed in 2010. It is one of the most popular Disney Magic Kingdom rides for toddlers

Try and steer your toddler towards one of the inside horses. They move much slower than the ones on the outside. You can stand with your toddler if you feel that they are not balanced enough or confident enough to ride by themselves.

Although the Carousel is quite slow to load the wait is not usually less than 30 minutes.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Your toddler is likely to say that Dumbo is his favorite ride in the world. This cute flying elephant is a wonderful ride for toddlers. 16 flying Dumbos spin around slowly on this 90-second ride. A Disney classic.

There is only one problem with Dumbo. The lines. As this ride only takes 32 riders at a time and is very slow to load the line moves at a snail’s pace.

Fortunately, New Fantasyland introduced a second Dumbo Ride in 2012 so this has helped reduce the time in line. The Dumbo Ride is a whole lot of fun for all ages, but if you have a toddler is it definitely one of those “must-do” rides.

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin

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The Magic Carpets of Aladdin is based on exactly the same ride design as Dumbo. It does have one very big advantage over the Dumbo ride though. Less time in line.

The theme is different of course – you board a flying carpet and not a cute elephant – but the basic idea is just the same and your toddler will most likely love it. Riders can control the height of the carpet so as to avoid (or not) the light spray of water.

Like many of the other rides in the Magic Kingdom, it is a good idea to experience it both in the day and at night. It gives a very different feeling to it.

One thing which we have particularly enjoyed is riding The Magic Carpets during the fireworks show. It is a very different way to experience the fireworks.

It’s A Small World

The ‘happiest cruise that ever sailed’ is sure to be a favorite with your toddler. This 11-minute ride is one of the best known of all the Disney rides, and not just because once you have experienced it you will never be able to get that song out of your head!

It’s A Small World is one of the original Magic Kingdom rides. It is one of the best rides at  Magic Kingdom for toddlers.

Guests board a boat for this 11-minute ride past cute animatronic figures representing many countries around the world. The younger ones will also enjoy the additions of Disney movie favorites including Nemo and Ariel The Little Mermaid.

It’s a Small World is also a great place to head in the middle of the day if your toddler (or you) need a nap. It is inside so a great place to get out of the sun for a while.

Peter Pan’s Flight

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Another very popular ride in Fantasyland which your toddler will enjoy. Guests board 2 seat pirate ships to be taken on a ride over the streets of London.

The ride was designed for Disneyland in 1964 and is truly one of the classic Disney dark rides. Guests ride through scenes from Peter Pan and although the ride technology is far from sophisticated in this day and age, this is part of its appeal.

Unfortunately, Peter Pan’s Flight line rivals that of Dumbo. You should aim to either arrive early and ride this first or pick up a Fast Pass.

The line for Peter Pan is not magical when you have been standing in it for 60 minutes with a toddler! There are Fast Passes available and this is one of those rides where we recommend you make use of it – particularly if you have a toddler with you.

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As with many toddler-friendly rides this one is located in Fantasyland. This is a very entertaining show for all ages but toddlers will mostly love the characters, the music, and the funny effects.

Guests are seated in a 450 capacity theater to watch the 3D show. The story is that Mickey is late for a concert but Donald Duck tries to step in and help. Lots of Disney movies are referenced so there is sure to be something that your toddler recognizes.

Usually, the line for this is not over 30 minutes. Often you will get a surprise Fast Pass for this with your Winnie The Pooh Fast Pass.

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Young children love Toy Story so this will be a lot of the appeal of this ride for them. Guests board a 2 person vehicle and shoot at targets to get points.

Your toddler is most likely not going to be able to reach the ‘laser gun’ very well so that part of the ride is not going to work well but usually they just love the activity and the colors. And of course, Buzz Lightyear appears along the way.

The Enchanted Tiki Room

The Enchanted Tiki Room is an original Disneyland attraction and you can certainly say that it is showing it’s age. As an adult, you probably want to experience it once just to see why everyone is saying it is outdated!

But for a toddler, it can be a favorite Magic Kingdom attraction. Young children will enjoy the upbeat songs and all the moving animatronic figures.

For the grown-ups, it may just be a chance to sit down for 9 minutes and rest their feet! It can be a welcome break from the heat of the park and it’s another great place for a nap!

Mad Tea Party

Toddlers love this spinning teacup ride. Bright colors and an Alice in Wonderland theme will catch the attention of the little ones.

Guests spin around in teacups which they can spin faster and faster if they want to. Your 2 year old probably won’t be able to make a difference to the speed but your 5 year old certainly will want to make it go faster.

There is plenty to keep your toddler very happy in a visit to the Magic Kingdom. There are certain rides that they can’t go on of course but that does not mean that the older children and grown-ups can’t go on these attractions.

Where there is a height requirement there is always a Child Swap option. This means that all the family can stand in line and then one waits with the child whilst the other rides, and then the nonriding guest swaps and rides the attraction.

This is available at Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain.

Do you agree with the rides chosen for the top 10 Disney Magic Kingdom Rides for Toddlers? If you have your own suggestions and tips for visiting the Magic Kingdom with toddlers then leave me a comment below.

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Disney Cruise Photo Package


Are you wondering whether a Disney Cruise Photo Package is worth it? You may want to capture the magic of your vacation with a Disney Cruise Photo Package, but a lot of people get confused about how it all works.

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Here is our complete guide to all the options of the Disney Cruise Photo Package to help you decide if it is worth it. Learn some things along the way which will help you make the most out of your Disney Cruise Photo Package.

Disney Cruise Photographers


Even in the Disney cruise port terminal, you will have your first chance to have a picture for your Disney cruise photo package. Mickey and Minnie Mouse will be there for you while you are waiting to board.

When you board a Disney cruise the first thing you do is hand your Key To The World Card to be swiped to show you have entered the ship.

The second thing you will do is encounter your first Disney Cruise Photographer! They are stationed at a strategic position right before you get on your Disney ship.

I have to confess I am not the most enthusiastic person about stopping for that embarkation photo. However, it is often the very best one we have taken for all the cruise.

Disney cruise lines outsource their photography to Shutters. I kind of wish they wouldn’t because they are just not quite as magical as the Disney cruise line crew members sometimes. However, I have to say they mostly do a great job.

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They are everywhere on the ship. Every character greeting you go to you will find a photographer. You can always use your own camera. However, there will also be a professional on hand.

They also set up lots of photo backgrounds around the ship. You can even have your photo take with the captain on certain sailings! You can see which backgrounds they are setting up so you can choose which one you like.

The lines for photography on formal night on a Disney cruise are always the longest. If you want a formal night photo be aware that you may be standing in line for quite a while.

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How Do You Find Your Disney Cruise Photos?

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Disney cruise lines make it very easy for you to see your photos. On every ship on Deck 4, there is a Shutters photo area. There you will find digital kiosks where you can view your photos.

All you need to do is swipe your Key To The World and all the photos which are in their system will be displayed.

How do they know who you are? They have a digital facial recognition system which in theory puts all of your photos in your account so that you can view them on the kiosk.

I say in theory because it doesn’t always work. If you think that photos are missing the Shutters staff can help you find them. Just inquire at the desk.

Another way to make sure that your photos definitely make it into your account is to hand the photographer your Key To The World Card. This then links the photos with your account.

All of your Disney cruise photos used to be printed out. This is not the case anymore. They have gone fully digital and your photos are all available to view on the Shutters kiosk. This is located on Deck 4 of all of the Disney ships.

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Are The Disney Cruise Photos Any Good?

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Photos are of course an amazing way to capture the memories of your Disney Cruise. My house is filled with photos from past cruises. The photographers are generally good. Not outstanding.

However, given that they are working quickly and often with very large parties, they do a good job. They have the advantage over you in that they have worked out the lighting and the best angles.

You really should have as many photos taken as you can just so you can see which ones you like.

Having said that I am not a big fan of the backgrounds that Shutters use sometimes. The borders around the photos are often just not my taste.

Unfortunately, you do not have the option to choose to remove or change the borders. I am not sure why in the age of digital ease but you get what you are given with the borders.

I am sure that one day soon that will change but at the moment there is no option to choose a different one.

It’s great also that you actually get a complete family or group photo. I know that there are such things as selfie sticks but nothing beats a great photo of the whole family having fun on a Disney cruise. If Minnie Mouse is with you then that’s even better!

How Do You Buy Disney Cruise Photos?

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There are a number of ways that you can buy Disney cruise photos. If you know you are going to want a Disney cruise photo package then the best way is to purchase it online before you sail on your cruise.

You can do this up to 48 hours before you sail. See below for prices and the Shutters website.

You can also buy a package or individual photo at any time that the Shutters desk is open. Just like anything on a Disney cruise, the amount will be charged automatically to your onboard stateroom account.

What you absolutely must do is to purchase the photos that you want whilst you are still onboard your Disney cruise. Once you have left the ship it is too late. There is no going back to reorder!

My advice is to choose whatever photos you want prior to the last evening on the ship. If you try and buy on the last evening of your cruise you are going to be with crowds of people and wait in a long line. Just really try and avoid it. That is not how you want to spend the last evening on your cruise.

Disney Cruise Photo Package For More Than One Stateroom

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This is where people get very confused. However, it’s simple if you break it down!

Often families or groups stay in more than one stateroom on a Disney cruise They want to know how to make the Disney cruise photo package work most economically for them.

The general rule is that it is one package per stateroom. Say you have one stateroom with your kids and the grandparents have a separate stateroom. This is a pretty common set up on a Disney cruise. However, you can’t combine a Disney Cruise Photo Package with two staterooms (with certain exceptions I will explain below).

Say for your embarkation photo you have a group photo with all the family. Parents, kids, and grandparents. Just the parents get the package. The picture will show up in the parents and the grandparent’s account on the Shutters kiosk.

The facial recognition or the swiping of the Key To The World will make sure they know who you are. However, if the parents have bought a package they can get it for their account. The grandparents can’t.

If the grandparents decide to get a photo just the two of them it will not be on the account if just the parents bought it for their stateroom. Remember. It’s about the stateroom, not the group.

However, if the grandparents decide to get a photo with the kids, that photo will be included on the parent’s stateroom account.


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It’s all about who is in the photo. The package is exclusive to the stateroom but just so long as someone from that stateroom is in the picture and you have bought a package, it will be available as part of what you bought.

There is an exception. A lot of families travel with parents in one stateroom and kids in another. Just so long as there is one person over 18 in each stateroom this is allowed. The exception for kids being in another stateroom is for any “children” aged under 21. This is a great exception if you are traveling with older offspring as well!

If you have 2 or more staterooms and your children aged 17 or under are in a stateroom they will be included in the package. That’s easy.

How does this work? Let’s say Dad is in one room with the 5-year-old and Mom is in the other stateroom with the 12-year-old. If Mom or Dad had a Disney cruise photo package linked to their stateroom, pictures from both staterooms would be included.

To make sure this works you do have to visit Shutters on the first day of your Disney cruise. They can explain what the position is.

There is another way to get a discount if your family is traveling in 2 staterooms. The first stateroom can buy the Disney cruise photo package online.Then once you get onboard the second stateroom family can buy the package at a 50% discount.

However, this isn’t quite as good as it sounds. This is 50% of the onboard price. Therefore you do not get 50% off the online discounted rate. You get 50% off the higher price onboard. It is still a discount. Just perhaps not as great as it seems at first.

How Much Do Disney Cruise Photo Packages Cost?

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If you want to buy individual prints on your Disney cruise these are the prices:

Photo Print 8 X 10 $20.95

Photo Print 6 X 8 $14.95

Any 6 prints or digital $99.95

Any 10 prints or digital $149.95

Any 15 prints or digital $199.95

Any 20 prints or digital $249.95

If you decide you want to buy the digital image package and not the prints you will be given a CD. This CD will then show you reasonable size proofs of all of the photos you had taken.

You can then choose which photos you want and choose the number of images you have paid for. You can then unlock the full resolution images and print them as you wish.

You can also buy a length of sailing Disney Cruise Photo Package. This can be a good value if you are planning on taking a lot of photos. This will give you all the photos that you have taken on your cruise

If you think you are going to buy a number of photos it will bring the cost per photo down if you buy a package. To get these prices you have to purchase in advance via OurCruisePhotos

2 Night Sailing $194.95

3 Night Sailing $194.95

4 Night Sailing $194.95

5 Night Sailing $211.95

7 Night Sailing $295.95

14 Night Sailing $339.95

Prices onboard the ship will be higher:

2 Night Sailing $199.95

4 Night Sailing $229.95

5 Night Sailing $249.95

7 Night Sailing $349.95

14 Night Sailing $399.95

You will get your photos on the last night of the cruise or the final morning before you disembark. Note that these prices are for all your photos on USB. They will not be printed out for you. You will have printing costs on top of this when you get home.

Disney Cruise Photo Book

Another great option is the Disney Cruise Photo Book. The price if you buy it online at Our Cruise Photos is $139.95. There is also a Shipping Charge of $10 for the Continental United States, Alaska & Hawaii. All other countries are $15.

You can add up to 34 photos in your Disney Cruise Photo Book. This is a really good way to make sure that you get a good selection of your Disney cruise photos to keep.

It’s a lot of fun putting together your Disney Cruise Photo Book. You can do this at the Shutters kiosk.

It’s easy to change photos in and out of your Disney Cruise Photo Album and arrange them on the page as you want to. Don’t leave this until the last moment.

The Shutters area on the Disney ships is very crowded on the last evening. Don’t leave it that late.

I suggest that you keep looking at your photos every day so you know what is there and start arranging them in the Disney Cruise Photo Book. You do not want to be leaving all of this to the last evening of the cruise.

Shutters will be crammed full of people on the final evening and you may feel pressured to get it done. It’s a lot easier to do it a bit at a time. You can always rearrange things if you get photos that you prefer.

I actually think that the Photo Book is a reasonable option as you do get to have a lot of printed memories for a reasonable price. However, if you prefer to put your pictures on display this is obviously not the best option as they are all in a book.

How To Get The Most Out of Your Disney Cruise Photo Package

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A Disney Cruise Photo Package is pricey. There is no denying that. Some people think it is an amazing value. Others think it is a huge expense. Only you can decide which view is your view.

However, if you do decide to get the Disney Cruise Photo Package there are ways to make it more valuable. How? By getting more photos taken. It is one thing to pay $349.95 for 10 photos on a disk but quite another if you get 100 photos!

How can you maximize the number of photos in your Disney Cruise Package? There are so many photo ops you really can go all out and maximize it.

We have heard of guests having 800 photos on a 14-night cruise. Not sure if you would actually get a chance to sleep if you were having your photo taken that many times. However, it definitely is possible.

The secret is planning. You know that every day on the cruise there will be photographers out setting up backgrounds. These are on Deck 3 of all the ships. Go and take a walk before the first seating of dinner and see what your options are. Arrive early so you minimize the time spent in line.

Sometimes the photographers will be in your rotational dining room. They always suggest what pictures they take. For instance, they may say a photo of you as a couple, as a family and then separate photos of the children.

Ask for what you want. If you want extra ones tell them. It is not going to take much extra time, but it will mean that you get more photos in your account.

Disney photographers are even found on Disney Castaway Cay. You may be floating along in your inner tube in the ocean and see a photographer approach. Go and seek them out.

If you want a family photo then set one up. Photo of you and your significant other? Ask for one. The photographers want to sell as many photographs as possible so they are happy to oblige.

In my experience, a lot of people ignore them on Castaway Cay. So go for it. You may get a great Castaway Cay picture for your Disney Cruise Photo Package.

Character greetings are often the best chance you have to get a really great photo for your Disney Cruise Package. Every day the character greetings are posted in the printed Navigators you get in your stateroom every evening.

If you want to be even more organized and plan further in advance use the Disney Cruise Navigator App so that you can see where the characters will be more than one day in advance.

Mickey and Minnie appear most often in lots of different costumes. I love the Golden Mickeys costumes for Mickey and Minnie.

However, if you want to have your photograph taken with one of the more minor characters, say Peter Pan or Captain Hook this takes a little more planning as they don’t appear as often.

If you have your heart set on a photo with Captain Jack Sparrow he appears on Castaway Cay as well as on Pirate Night. You do need to plan ahead to seek out the Disney characters which appear less often.

It is so much easier to get a picture with a Disney character on a cruise than at the Disney parks. You can wait for less time. In air-conditioned comfort. Make the most of it and get as many photos as you can. Then the value of the Disney Cruise Photo Package really kicks in.

Will you be buying a Disney cruise photo package? Let me know in the comments below.

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Which is the Best Disney Cruise Ship?


If you are thinking of sailing on a Disney cruise you may be asking which is the best Disney cruise ship?

There are four Disney cruise ships at sea right now – with another three being built.

However, is one Disney cruise ship better than the others?

Which Is The Best Disney Cruise Ship?

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First, let’s take a look at the different Disney cruise ships.

The Classic Disney Cruise Ships


The Disney Magic was the first ship to be launched in 1998. The Magic’s sister ship, the Disney Wonder was launched a year later in 1999.

The two “classic Disney ships” are basically the same design. The Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder are the smallest cruise ships in the fleet.

The Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder are 984 feet long. That’s pretty small in the cruise ship world these days. They have 875 staterooms and at full capacity can have 2,400 passengers. There are 950 crew members.

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The Disney Dream Class Ships


The newest Disney cruise ships are 40% larger than the Disney classic ships. The Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy are 1,147 feet long. They can carry a maximum of 4,000 passengers at full capacity and have 1458 crew members.

These are known as the Disney Dream Class Ships.

To put this in perspective it is often quoted that these ships are longer (or taller) than the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

The Disney Dream was launched in 2011 and the Disney Fantasy followed in 2012.


There are 3 more Disney ships on the horizon which are due to be launched in 2021, 2022 and 2023. There are very few details available at this time. All we really know is that they will be bigger than the Disney Dream and the Fantasy.

The Disney Fantasy-class ships are 130,000 gross tons and the new ships will be 140,000. However, we do know that the new Disney ships will only have the same amount of staterooms at 1,250 as the Fantasy and Dream.

We would guess that the majority will be balcony staterooms on the new Disney cruise ships. It’s a pretty good bet that the new Disney ships will have the virtual portholes in the inside staterooms as well. Another highly likely feature of the new Disney cruise ships is that there will be an expanded concierge class.

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Disney Triton Class Ships

Disney is in the process of expanding its fleet from 4 ships to 7 ships by 2023.

At the moment, very little is known about the new Disney cruise ships except for rumors and speculation. The one thing that we do know is that right now the name being used for the project is “Triton Class”.

The first ship will arrive late 2021, the second in 2022 and the final one in 2023.

This is a very exciting time for Disney cruise lines. Not only will there soon be 3 new ships, but there will also be a brand new Disney private island location.

Will the new ships be the best Disney cruise ships? Anything which we say now will of course just be speculation. However, we are sure that the new Disney cruise ships will be amazing!

If you want to know more about the new Disney cruise ships we have all the information you need here.

What is the Difference Between the Classic and the Newer Disney Dream Ships?


The really obvious answer to this is their size. There is a lot of difference.

If you want a smaller Disney cruise ship which is easier to get around and also to get to know, you will be happier on the classic ships.

If you want more facilities and don’t mind the fact that there are more people, the newer Disney ships are the best.

However, it really isn’t that simple. There are many other things to consider when you ask yourself which is the best Disney cruise ship.

What is Basically the Same About All of the Disney Ships?


Before going into what is different about each of the Disney cruise ships, let’s think about what really is the same.

The level of service is exceptional on all of the Disney ships. It is always very difficult to explain just how above and beyond most of the Disney crew go to give exceptional service to their guests.

You have to experience the Disney difference to believe it. I have witnessed this first hand so many times. The Cast Members go the extra mile and welcome you like family.

Most recently I was on the Disney Wonder and was in Triton’s, one of the main rotational dining restaurants, having lunch.

I heard a shout of pure joy as a server recognized a family from a previous cruise. She ran over and greeted that family as if they were long-lost cousins.

That’s the Disney difference that you just can’t explain unless you see it. That kind of experience is genuine and is what Disney is all about.


There are other things that are just the same on all of the Disney ships. The large staterooms, most of which have the split bath. The excellent children’s programs. The adult spaces. The Disney rotational dining. Broadway-quality entertainment.

However, there are very distinct differences between each ship. Which Disney cruise ship that you think is the best for you and your family, will depend on other factors.

If you have children of a certain age you will want to look at our Best Disney Cruise Ship for Toddlers Guide. 

Let’s think about the things which are going to influence your choice of Disney cruise ship. When you are deciding which is the best Disney cruise ship you are going to look at a number of factors.

Disney Cruise Ship Itinerary


This really is going to be a big deciding factor when you look at which Disney cruise ship is the best for your vacation.

All of the Disney cruise ships sail very distinct itineraries from different home cruise ports.

If you want to sail the Caribbean on a Disney cruise ship you will find that the most convenient itineraries are on the Disney Fantasy. She sails mostly 7 night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries – all out of Port Canaveral Florida.

However, if you want a 3 or 4 night sailing on a Disney cruise then the Disney Dream is going to be your best choice. The Disney Dream sails mostly 3 and 4-night itineraries to The Bahamas from Port Canaveral Florida.

The Disney Dream can be an excellent first Disney cruise. The prices are obviously going to be lower than a full 7 night on the Disney Fantasy.

Disney's Private Island Castaway Cay

Disney’s Private Island Castaway Cay

The Disney Dream also has a big advantage that all sailings will make a port stop a Disney’s private island Castaway Cay. For many Disney cruisers, the day at Castaway Cay is the highlight of their vacation. Here you can get a complete guide to Disney’s Castaway Cay.

Both the Disney Wonder and the Disney Magic have more varied itineraries than the larger Disney ships. This might be the decider for you when you are thinking about which is the best Disney cruise ship. Itinerary may be the most important thing.

The Disney Wonder sails from Port Canaveral, Galveston, San Diego, and Vancouver. If you are looking for a more diverse itinerary then you really should consider the Disney Wonder.

One of the most spectacular of the Disney Wonder itineraries are the cruises to Alaska. Here you can browse the Disney Cruises to Alaska.

The Disney Wonder also sails through the Panama Canal twice a year. If we had to pick our very favorite Disney cruise it would be the Panama Canal cruises. Each cruise is for at least 14 nights, so is ideal for people who have more time to spare on a vacation.

There is nothing quite like the sight of the Disney Wonder sailing through the Panama Canal. The 14-night break gives you so much time to relax.

These cruises also tend to include extra features such as chances to look behind the scenes at the galley and the theater. There are usually not so many children on these cruises either.


The Disney Wonder now sails from San Diego on cruises to the Mexican Riviera. They range from 2,3,4,5 and 7-night cruises so there really is something for everyone. If you are based on the West Coast these Disney San Diego cruises are a great idea.

The Disney Wonder will sail from New Orleans for the first time in 2020.

The Disney Magic also has a number of different itineraries. You are sure to be able to find a Disney Magic sailing that suits you. In the summer months the Disney Magic sails in Europe. These cruises vary from Southern European cruises from Barcelona to Northern European cruises as well as cruises around the British Isles from Dover England.

The Disney Magic has a Transatlantic sailing twice a year. This cruise offers great value for money for people with some flexibility and time to spend on this longer cruise.

The Disney Magic also has some sailings from New York and Miami. This is perfect for cruisers for whom Port Canaveral is not their first choice. Most of these cruises also have a port stop in Castaway Cay.

Disney Cruise Theme Sailings


Disney Cruise lines also offer a number of differently themed sailings.

One of the most popular is the Star Wars Days at Sea. If you are a Star Wars fan you really should think about booking one of the Star Wars special cruises.

For more details about what to expect you can see our guide here.

The Disney Magic has Marvel Days at Sea on select dates.

If Star Wars or Marvel is not your thing then you may want to enjoy one of the seasonal cruises such as the Halloween on the High Seas Cruises or a Very Merrytime Cruise.

Other Differences on The Disney Cruise Ships

Which is the best Disney cruise ship is always going to depend on so many factors which only you can answer. However, there are some other things which may help you make up your mind about which Disney cruise is best for you and your family.

Each Disney ships has different entertainment. All of the Disney cruise ships have amazing nighttime entertainment. However, all have different shows.

If your Disney Princess is a particular fan of Princess Anna and Queen Elsa then you may want to pick the Disney Wonder.

All the cruise ships will have personal appearances by the Anna and Elsa, but only Disney Wonder and Disney Fantasy (from Fall 2019) has Frozen, A Musical Spectacular.

The Disney Wonder also has Tiana’s restaurant.


If your favorite movie is Tangled then you may want to consider the Disney Magic. They are the only ship to have Tangled the Musical on board. The Disney Magic is also the only ship to have Rapunzel’s Royal Table restaurant.

If I had to choose a ship that has the best entertainment I would always say the Disney Wonder as it has Frozen and The Golden Mickeys.

I do also enjoy Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular on the Disney Fantasy. However, for me, the Disney Wonder wins on the stage show entertainment right now.


If you want to ride the AqauDuck then you have to sail on the newest ships of the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy. The classic Disney Wonder and Magic really do not have anything to compare with this.

The Disney Magic has the AquaDunk but this is not really a comparison. The Disney Wonder had a fabulous re-imagination recently but if you want an AquaDuck equivalent you just don’t get it here.

If the finest dining at sea is important to you then you need to choose the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream as they are the only ships to have Remy. This is one of the finest dining experiences at sea.

Palo is on all of the ships and is our preference, but if you want to experience what many think is the best of the best then you have to sail on one of the larger ships.

If you are thinking of booking Disney Cruise Concierge we would also say that the better choices are the newer ships of the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy.

The classic Disney Wonder and Magic ships have been re-imagined to accommodate a new concierge lounge. However, the Fantasy and Dream were purpose-built with concierge guests in mind. The Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream have a fabulous outside pool deck.

All the ships have the concierge lounge now but we think that the very best are on the Disney Dream and Fantasy. The only benefit of the Wonder and the Magic is that there are fewer concierge staterooms so it seems to be more of an exclusive benefit. You will get more individual attention, but it is pretty amazing on all the ships.

If you want an inside stateroom with the Virtual Porthole you do have to sail on the Disney Dream or the Fantasy.

Apparently, it was too much of a technological difficulty to refit the Magic and Wonder with the virtual portholes. We think they are a nice touch, but this really should be a minor reason to sail on the newer ships.

Which is the Best Disney Cruise Ship?


As you will see the answer to the question about which is the best Disney cruise ship really is going to vary according to what you and your family want.

We love all the Disney cruise ships, but if we had to decide we would say the Disney Wonder.

Is this because the Disney Wonder was our first Disney cruise and we have spent more time sailing on her than any other ships? Possibly. But you have to decide what is best for your family. All of the Disney cruise ships offer an amazing experience which really doesn’t have any comparison.

Our advice? Look at the itinerary first and then choose the ship. Whichever of the Disney ships you choose you will have an amazing time. There really isn’t an answer as to which is the best Disney cruise ship. They are all amazing.

Whichever you sail on you will probably think is the best Disney cruise ship!

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