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  • Thanks for the previous planning advise! My boys are 9 and 2 1/2. Do I have to book times for the nursery or the Oceaneers club ahead of time? Any other tips on planning with these two kiddos would be greatly appreciated! THANKS AGAIN!
  • - Asked by Anna from North Carolina on 2/27/2014
  • Hi again, Anna! Welcome back! One of the great things about the Oceaneer Club and Lab on the Disney ships is that there is no need to pre-book or reserve specific times for the kids to play there, and it's all included in the cost of your cruise!

    As you complete your online check-in (75 days prior to departure for first time guests), you'll have the chance to register your 9-year old for the clubs. Once he's registered, he'll pick up a Mickey Band at the port and he'll be all set. You simply drop him off at the club where they'll scan his band as he's checked in and you check him back out. It's really easy! Then take a look at your Personal Navigator each day. This listing of the events and activities all around the ship will be your go-to-guide for when your son might want to stop into the club for his favorite activities and events. It also lists the Family Events, shows, character greetings, adult activities and more for the whole ship! Keep in handy!

    Your younger son will be playing in the nursery when you head out for adult time, and the nursery does carry an hourly fee and requires reservations. I suggest you choose a few times as you begin your online check-in. Be sure to note the cancellation policy, but you can certainly change those times once onboard if necessary, as well as add additional times if space allows. If he's almost three and is fully potty-trained, you may check with the counselors at the Club and Lab, as they'll normally allow an almost three-year old, fully potty trained little guy to play there too. Counselors in the Club and Lab don't help in the bathrooms, so the potty training is really the key point there. Even if he's not, you're welcome to bring him to the Club and Lab during Open House hours each day when parents stay and play with their kids (of any age) in those spaces! It's such fun!

    I'm about out of space, Anna, but feel free to stop back with any other questions as you continue to plan! I'm happy to help!
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