Mom And Daughter Hammock
  • On Sep 28, 2018
    Meghan from MA Asked

    We are planning a first Disney Cruise when my daughters will be 11 & 9. They are both shy, but I think they could enjoy the Oceaneer Club/Lab if they gave it a shot. Any tips for making them more comfortable?

    Hi Meghan!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel and thank you so much for stopping by with your question about your upcoming Disney Cruise Line vacation.  I am so excited that your family is in the middle of planning your FIRST (of hopefully many!) Disney Cruises!

    My young boys love the Oceaneer Club and Lab, but it hasn’t always been that way.  It took some time for them to get used to the idea of being in there, but once they did – well, now I can’t ever get them to leave!!  In order to reduce some hesitation, I would suggest talking it up with them as your cruise approaches –  casually discuss that there are scheduled activities they may want to participate in, but also the opportunity for free play and doing their own thing.  There are art supplies, books, games, puzzles, movies…and so much more!  They also have scheduled activities such as “Everyone Can Cook”, organized games and scavenger hunts.  Also, on embarkation day (and throughout your time onboard), there are scheduled Open House times where you can visit the Youth Clubs with your girls!  Check your Personal Navigator or the Navigator app for the scheduled Open House hours and then during that time, try to find a Youth Counselor and introduce them to your girls. The Counselors are incredible and will help ease them into finding an activity that they will enjoy!

    Additionally, since both are over 8 years old, they can check themselves in and out of the clubs.  So, if you grant permission for them to do so, then maybe they will feel a little more comfortable if they know they can leave if they choose to.

    Wishing you and your family a magical and memorable adventure at sea!

    Happy Sailing!
    Stephanie
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Meet the Panelist: Stephanie, Texas

Hello from Texas!  I am a stay-at-home mom to two young boys and a Disney Cruise Line addict!  In my circle of friends and family I am the one that people reach out to for information on Disney vacations.  My family loves seeing the world aboard Disney's amazing ships and I look forward to helping you plan your own magical Disney Cruise Line vacation!   Learn More About Stephanie

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