It’s no surprise that the Disney Cruise Line offers a number of things for kids to do, but what about teens and tweens? Can they have fun as well? My family has been on five Disney Cruises together, and it seems that the kids find more and more fun things to do the older that they get. Teens will love some of the fantastic activities offered on board the Disney Cruise Line. If you are considering a Disney Cruise with teens and tweens, here are just some of the fun things that they can do. If I’m missing your kids’ favorite, leave a comment!
I am a former member of the Disney Parks Moms Panel and have traveled on the Disney Cruise Line a few times as part of a press trip or Disney Social Media Moms. We’ve also done cruises at full price. All opinions are my own.
Disney Cruise with Teens and Tweens
Movies and Shows
Did you know that the Disney Cruise Line ships offer free, first-run shows on board? My kids have seen Coco, Black Panther, and more, at no cost, right on board. The popular movies typically have a few showing times throughout the cruise, so you can find a time to watch whichever one you want.
There are also several Broadway-style shows on each cruise ship. On the Disney Dream, for instance, you can see the Golden Mickey’s, Disney’s Believe, and the brand-new show, Beauty and the Beast(which you absolutely have to see). My musical-theater loving daughter always enjoys watching the shows, after she has seen them before. The shows are offered twice each night, so you can see it regardless of your dining time. Admission is included as part of your cruise.
Just when you think your kids have outgrown the kids’ clubs, they are old enough for the tween and teen clubs. The Disney Cruise Line offers two – Edge, for guests ages 11-14, and Vibe, for teens ages 14-17. Teens and tweens are able to check themselves in and out of the clubs giving them a good sense of autonomy. Offering a number of activities catering specifically to this age group, Edge and Vibe are fun spaces with a dance floor, video games, movie, and karaoke. On some ships, there’s even a teen spa and a special pool just for those at Vibe. You may even find that your kids want to go right to the club from dinner. I’ve seen families at dinner where the kids can’t eat fast enough because they can’t wait to go right back to the teen clubs.
The Disney Cruise Line offers several pools, as well as the AquaDuck water coaster (on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy). My kids always love hanging out at the pool, and they usually make a few friends while they are there. We like to go earlier in the day, before things get busy. You’ll also find Funnel Vision by the pool – a huge screen showing movies and shows throughout the day. The Personal Navigator and the Disney Cruise Line app list movie times.
Midship Detective Agency
Most appropriate for younger tweens, the Midship Detective Agency is a fun game available on the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy. Kids sign up for the game through a kiosk on board, then chase around clues using interactive monitors located throughout the ship. When my kids were really little, we’d travel around the ship with them. Now that they are older, it’s something they can do on their own. During our cruise last year, our kids chased around clues while we had brunch at Palo.
There are no casinos on board any of the Disney Cruise Line ship, but there is bingo! Kids can’t actually win bingo, but they can play as long as there is an adult available to claim any winnings. Bingo on the Disney Cruise Line isn’t your parent’s bingo – there’s lots of Disney magic, fun giveaways, and great prizes. We always try to play at least once, because it’s so fun. Just keep in mind that you will have to pay extra to play. Arrive early during the pre-sales so you’ll be ready to play as soon as it starts.
You can even play sports on board the Disney Cruise Line. Things like mini golf, shuffleboard, ping pong, and basketball are offered. There are even sports simulators that you can book in advance (definitely book whenever your Castaway Club booking window opens – they are very popular!). The sports deck can get a bit windy, so take advantage of it when the ship is docked and when there is no wind.
Castaway Cay Fun
If your cruise itinerary includes a stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, there are tons of things that your teens or tweens will enjoy. They can start their day with the Castaway Cay 5K, a fun run around the island. There’s also the Teen Hideout (for kids aged 14-17), as well as teen-only port adventures. My kids prefer hanging out at the family beach, and you can choose to rent a float, raft, and/or snorkeling equipment for the day.
Have you been on the Disney Cruise Line with teens and teens? What have they enjoyed the most?