Family dining
  • On Jan 26, 2018
    Kalin from ON Asked

    We are booking a cruise for March 2019 and we have two young kids. We are allowed to book our dinning time 75 days out. What happens if all of the 5:45 dinner times are booked? I can't make my children eat dinner at 8:15?

    Ahoy, Kalin!

    My family has been sailing with Disney Cruise Line since my kids were little, and we've tried both Main and Second Seating for dinner. There are definitely advantages to both!

    For dinner each evening, guests can choose from Main Seating (5:45pm) or Second Seating (8:15pm). Guests with Main Seating will enjoy an early meal, followed by the evening's entertainment, while those with Second Seating will see the show first, followed by dinner. If you'd like to swap dining times, you can call Disney Cruise Line at (800) 951-3532 to request to do so. If you're not able to make the change before your sail date, you'll have the opportunity to request a change once you board the ship. When you check in at the port, you'll receive a Personal Navigator newsletter, which will have information about when and where to go to change any dining assignments or reservations. They're very good about trying to accommodate dining requests, so I hope you're able to get the seating time you prefer!

    We found a way to make the late seating work when our kids were little! With late seating, we'd let the kids order snacks from Room Service (complimentary, 24 hours a day), or grab a bite by the pool in the late afternoon. Then we'd rest in the room (maybe even take a quick nap!) before heading to the evening's Broadway-style show in the Walt Disney Theatre.

    My kids LOVE the Youth Clubs, so we took advantage of the Dine and Play option at dinner (available only during second seating - simply ask your servers). With Dine and Play, young cruisers have their meals expedited and served first. As the children are finishing their meals, Youth Counselors from the clubs come by the dining rooms to escort the little ones to the Oceaneer Club, for ages 3-12. Then the grownups can dine at a relaxed pace, knowing that their kids are off to enjoy friends, fun, and Disney-themed activities with the attentive counselors.

    I hope this helps with your planning! - Diane W.
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Alabama

"Dream It! Plan It! Do It!" – that's my motto! If you've always dreamed of a magical visit to Walt Disney World Resort, or sailing away with Captain Mickey on a Disney Cruise, I'd love to help you plan and make the most of your vacation. My favorite getaway is a Land and Sea adventure - from Cinderella Castle to sand castles! Learn More About Diane

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