A couple of us from Traveling Dad had the privilege of attending #DisneySMMC this past month. This year the Social Media Moms Celebration added a special component – a sea portion of the conference! We had the chance to embark on a three day cruise (why every child should take a cruise) on the newly refurbished Disney Wonder. How did my 4 year old daughter and I enjoy the cruise? A TON! Here are eight pictures to give you a taste of what Disney Cruise Line and the Disney Wonder have to offer.
Have a blast at the Sail Away Party
Nobody quite does fun for kids like Disney and the Disney Cruise sail away party is no exception. It’s a huge dance party for the kids (and adults!) that culminates in your favorite characters coming out to officially kick off the cruise. This shot comes from early on as the party begins warming up.
Enjoy great food wherever you go
Obviously, if you take a cruise, you’re going to eat a lot of food. It’s inevitable. So before the cruise I hoped that all the calories I would be ingesting would be worth it! The Disney Wonder didn’t disappoint, especially these beignets from Tiana’s Place!
Enjoy great entertainment with your food
What makes Disney Cruise Line special? The big and little things that touch everything you do. Case in point: the amazing entertainment at Tiana’s Place (live music) and Animator’s Palate, two of the full service dinner restaurants. I don’t want to spoil it, but any fan of Disney films will truly geek out at Animator Palate’s show: I loved every minute of it!
Your kids will love the Oceaneer’s Club
My daughter notoriously fears, well, just about everything right now. Like most four year olds, she still retains a bit of separation anxiety. But after the Oceaneer’s Club (3-12 year olds) open house the first day, my daughter happily visited the next day on her own. And why not, with coloring, a playground, games, activities, surprise character visits, meals – a kid could happily spend the whole day at the Oceaneer’s Club!
There’s nearly endless entertainment on the ship
Disney Cruise line ships offer plenty to do on the ship and the Disney Wonder delivers. Whether it be the kid or adult pools, first run Disney movies (super useful for parents who can’t get to the theaters anymore), the adult only bars, or simply lounging around on deck, there’s a lot of fun to be had. The best, however, are Disney’s Broadway style themed shows, including a show based on Frozen. Top notch.
Disney’s Castaway Cay is an island paradise
Like most Disney Cruise line Caribbean itineraries, on our trip the Disney Wonder took a stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. That place is wonderful. There was plenty of beach for everyone, a quiet adults only beach, and I even got my mom on a bike for the first time in 20 years. I hear that some itineraries “double dip” at Castaway Cay – those are hot tickets!
Enjoy a Pirate Party and fireworks at sea
Someone told me before I left that I should let my daughter stay up way past her bedtime at least one night. Of course we chose to stay up for the pirate party! The official dress code for dinner that night was “pirate” themed. We then headed on over to that night’s show (Disney Dreams) before taking part in the pirate party at 10 PM! The festivities weren’t over until 10:30, but they were worth it. You can’t top Mickey coming out to defeat Captain Hook and fireworks at sea!
Quiet moments spent with family
My favorite parts of a trip are those quiet moments you get to enjoy with your traveling companions. Whether walking the decks with my dad, sharing an ice cream with my daughter, or just sitting down for an uneventful meal, the moments I may never remember are the moments that make the trip special. I guess that’s true of any vacation, but the it’s tough to top the view from the Disney Wonder!
I didn’t even get to the character meets, all the things to do on the island, the adult only sections, or even details on the fun pools! Truly something for everyone. Have you ever sailed on the Disney Wonder or Disney Cruise Lines? What do you enjoy and what did I miss?