When traveling with kids under 3 on Disney Cruise Line, there are some tips to keep in mind.
All Disney cruise ships have a nursery on board for their littlest sailors who aren’t part of the children’s programming- ages 3 months to 36 months. On the Disney Magic and Wonder, they have Flounder’s Reef Nursery (Deck 5, aft) and on the Disney Dream and soon-to-be Fantasy, there is It’s A Small World Nursery (Deck 5, midship).
About the Nurseries
Flounder’s Reef Nursery includes:
- Baby swings
- Baby walkers
- Quiet area, complete with cribs
- A television
- A DVD player
It’s A Small World nursery is divided into zones and has many of the same inclusions as the other ships’ nursery. The facility consists of 3 distinct areas:
- An acclimation zone, designed to help youngsters adjust to the nursery
- A main play area, with a 3-dimensional façade of the small world attraction that’s filled with interactive features and hidden delights
- A separate room for naps that is quiet and peaceful
When to make reservations
You or your travel agent will need to schedule times in advance for your time away from baby.
- 120 days in advance for Concierge and Platinum Castaway Club Guests
- 105 days in advance for Gold Castaway Club Guests
- 90 days in advance for Silver Castaway Club Guests
- 75 days in advance for First-Time Cruisers
You are charged by the hour- $6 per hour for the first child and $5 per hour for each child after that. They do ask that you bring diapers, food and other baby items that the Cast Members will need to take care of your child.
Cancellations may be made without penalty up to 4 hours in advance of reservation.
Baby Care items
With airline baggage fees these days, it’s best to travel light, but a baby can take up a whole suitcase by themselves! Disney Cruise Line has partnered with BabiesTravelLite so you can pre-order diapers, wipes, baby food, formula and other needs you may have on board. You can also pre-order for your Resort stay before or after your cruise.
Other items you might need:
— Diaper Genie units, cribs and playpens are available complimentary upon request from the stateroom host/hostess for use during the cruise.
— Bottle warmers, bottle sterilizers and strollers are available complimentary at Guest Services for use during the cruise.
When booking, make sure you or your agent does this at least a month in advance to have everything delivered on time.
All of these amenities and services are provided to make cruising with your infant or toddler as stress-free as possible!
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