Disney Cruise Line and Its Ports of Call LIVE! Guidebook

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Activities for Families

Activities for Families

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When Walt Disney was asked why he created Disneyland, he replied, “I felt that there should be something built where the parents and the children could have fun together.” And that’s exactly what Disney does for cruising. Family activities outnumber all other activities onboard, helping families have a great time when they’re together. By “family” we mean groups of all ages, including all-adult families! Here’s a list of what you can expect:

Deck Parties—Celebrate with music and dancing on deck 9/11 midship (see page 207).

Stage Shows—Disney puts on a different stage show each night of your cruise, and all shows are designed to please both adults and kids. See page 209 for more information.

Movies—Most of the movies playing in the Buena Vista Theatre and at the big outdoor screen over the Goofy/Donald Pool are rated G or PG, making them ideal for families. Special matinées may be held in the huge Walt Disney Theatre, too! See page 208 for movie details.

D Lounge on the Disney Magic

D Lounge—This “family nightclub” (deck 4 midship) is a working TV studio. The club hosts family dance parties, family karaoke, theme parties, and game shows like Mickey Mania (Disney trivia) and A Pirate’s Life For Me (see page 193). Game shows are oriented toward families with young children, and generally contestant teams include both a parent and a child. Note that in the late evening, D Lounge may be reserved for teens only.

Cabaret Shows—Shows for all ages may be held in the adult night club in the early evening. See page 204 for details.

Promenade Lounge/Vista Café—We think of these as the “family” lounges—where families can relax together here in the afternoon and early evening. Watch for many family-friendly events, hosted in the Promenade Lounge. Located on deck 3 aft/4 mid.

Oceaneer Club/Lab—At special times, families can explore these areas together.

Swimming—Families can swim together in the Goofy/Donald Pool (deck 9/11 midship), where pool games are also occasionally held. See page 206 for more on the pools. Ride tandem on AquaDuck on the Dream Class ships.

Games—Board games, shuffleboard, Ping-Pong, mini-golf (Dream Class), and basketball. Sport tournaments are held on the sports deck (10 forward/13 aft).

Pin Trading—Trading cloisonné pins is a very popular activity for kids and adults alike! Attend one of the trading sessions in the Atrium Lobby or trade casually with other cruisers and crew members. See page 217.

Character Meet & Greets—Plenty of opportunities for kids (or kids-at-heart) to get autographs and for parents to get photos. See page 567 for more information.

“Port Adventures”—Most of Disney’s shore excursions are great for families with kids ages 12 and up, and a good number of these work for families with kids ages six and up. Quite a few are open to all ages, as well. See chapter 6 (starting on page 221 for all the details).

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