Family Time on Disney Cruise Line

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Many times we ask ourselves, What can we do as family on Disney Cruise Line?  Today we will explore those options and more!  Disney Cruise Line has been making memories that last a lifetime for years! Not only have they mastered family time, they have created the unique ambiance of doing so!

A brief look into what families can do aboard a Disney Ship, will show you this cruise line does have that “certain something” you are looking for!


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Deck Parties!

Let the cruise festivities begin! On Embarkation Day, start your vacation with a splash at the Sail-Away Celebration—a high-energy dance party where you can mingle with family, friends, crew members and some favorite Disney Characters.  These Deck Parties are the highlight of any Disney Cruise Line Vacation!  They really get the energy sailing!  🙂

Disney Cruise Live Show

Live Shows!

Disney has live shows on their cruises.  These are not just any show!  They are Broadway caliber in style and offer something for the whole family!  These shows are only found on Disney Cruise Line!

Pirate Night!

Available on select Disney cruises, Pirate Night invites landlubbers to embrace the pirate life with a thrilling celebration at sea! The excitement begins with a pirate-themed dinner and continues with a buccaneer bash—starring some favorite Disney characters—and a spectacular fireworks display.  It also gives families a chance to dress up and create an evening of memories!

Family Lounge & Entertainment Centers!

D Lounge, a family lounge and nightclub located on Deck 4, Midship on the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy, is a fun entertainment area where parents and children are invited to dance, sing, play games and enjoy live entertainment together.

Studio Sea, a family entertainment center located on Deck 4, Midship on the Disney Wonder, is a television studio-themed hotspot where parents and children are invited to sing, dance, play games and enjoy live entertainment together.


Disney Pools!

Disney Cruise Line offers magically themed, freshwater pools for kids, families and adults on their entire fleet of ships.  Each ship offers an array for every age group as well as families.  Be sure to check out all the additional options at Disney Cruise Line Pools!

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Disney Cruise Line offers Buena Vista Theater.  It is a digitally sound, 3D movie theater.  Here families can catch some of the latest movies!  Movies under the stars is also another way to embrace family time! Families can enjoy movies on deck!

Goofy Sport Deck

Goofy’s Sports Deck!

On select ships, Goofy’s Sports Deck is an all ages, open-air activity center located on Deck 13, Aft. Featuring a miniature golf course, virtual sports simulators and a basketball court, it’s the perfect place for kids, teens and adults to partake in active recreational fun while onboard—and to enjoy the spectacular seaside views from high atop the ship.

There are endless family activities aboard a Disney Cruise Line.  To top it all off Disney Cruise Line has a tropical oasis waiting for families!  Although this is last on our list today, it is one of the best places to spend family time.  It is an unimaginable family playground!

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Castaway Cay!

No!  It is not on your ship, but it is designed just for your family!  Disney’s exclusive private island, Castaway Cay, is reserved exclusively for Guests on Disney Cruise Line Bahamian and Caribbean cruise vacations, Castaway Cay is Disney’s private port-of-call paradise. On this island, enjoy tropical leisure activities, such as snorkeling, boating, swimming and sunbathing.

Castaway Cay visitors find an island completely outfitted for premium family leisure. Ample amenities include open-air BBQ dining locations, 2 shops featuring Castaway Cay gifts and souvenirs, and convenient tram transportation (now with additional paths) around the island. Also enjoy:

  • Swimming, kayaking, water sports and more at the various teens-only, adults-only and all-ages areas
  • Open-air massages with an ocean view, a yoga class and a bar at the secluded, adults-only beach, Serenity Bay
  • Port Adventures for everyone in the family, including stingray interactions, glass-bottom boat tours, parasailing and fishing
  • Free childcare at Scuttle’s Cove, an expansive child’s area supervised by Disney counselors
  • Disney Character Greetings, including a Dance Party with Lilo and Stitch

These many activities help to make your Disney Cruise Line vacation memorable.  There are so many things to do and see and Disney offers every way to do these with your family!  Every option is available at your fingertips!  You can also look into a variety of ways to spend time with your family at Disney World Theme Parks before embarking on your Disney Cruise Line Journey.  The possibilities are endless!

My name is Jen and I am a writer for Chip and Company.  I am also an Independent Consultant with World of Magic Travel, the preferred agency of Chip and the Disney Addicts.  Email me at to book your next “MAGICAL” vacation!




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