My family loves traveling on the Disney Cruise Line – for many reasons. One main reason is the number of kids’ activities on board. There is so much for the kids to see and do, which means the whole family can have fun. In fact, I even get some alone time to relax in the spa, or sit in the adult area with a good book. Here are some of the kid things to do on the Disney Cruise Line. These are specific to the Disney Fantasy, although many of these activities are available on all four ships.
Yes, other cruise lines have kids’ clubs, but the Disney Cruise Line clubs have so many fantastic activities for kids. From character encounters to dance parties, there are so many different options that kids can explore. There are several different clubs, depending on your child’s age, making the clubs appropriate for kids of all ages (yes, even teens!).
My children love watching shows, and the Disney Cruise Line shows are fabulous for kids. Each big show is family-friendly, and is offered twice in the evening – once for the early dinner group and once for the late dinner group.
Each night after the show, we typically head to one of the many lounge areas for the family-friendly game shows. My kids always love both watching the shows (and participating, if chosen). Another fun activity is bingo. Kids can play, but an adult needs to be there to claim any earnings.
The Disney Cruise Line offers first-run Disney movies aboard the ships. Although we don’t typically like to use our vacation time watching movies, it was a great option during a rainy day on our most recent cruise. You can also catch classic Disney and Pixar movies on Funnel Vision, the giant TV screen located on the pool deck.
Fireworks and Deck Parties
Our favorite night on board the Fantasy is Pirate Night, the highlight of which is the buccaneer blast – a full fireworks show at sea. There are other deck parties throughout the cruise, including the fun sail away party.
Pools, Aquaduck, and Splash Areas
Don’t forget your bathing suits. The cruise ships offer several pools (including some adult-only pools), as well as jacuzzis and splash areas. On the dream-class ships, you can enjoy rides on the Aquaduck – a water coaster at sea!
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
The popular Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique from Walt Disney World is now offered at sea on the Disney Fantasy. Little girls can be transformed into a princess at the boutique, and on pirate night, it switches into a Pirates League for pirate makeovers.
Midship Detective Agency
Solve a mystery by finding clues throughout midship with the Midship Detective Agency. Kids can register, and then receive a card to use to unveil clues in paintings on the ship. My kids did this multiple times on our latest cruise, and I got lots of exercise following them up and down the different decks.
You might be at sea, but you can still get your exercise on the sports deck. There are basketball hoops, foosball, miniature golf, ping pong, and sports simulation games.
Of course, you’ll find the most popular Disney characters on board the ship. Although my kids are a little old for characters, they still eagerly line up for their favorites.
There are so many other fun things for families aboard the ships – and don’t forget about the fabulous activities you can do at each port.
What’s is your kids’ favorite things to do on board the Disney Cruise Line?
I am a Disney Parks Moms Panelist. All opinions are my own.