Set sail with your family on the Disney Wonder and see everyone's vacation wishes come true.
One of the most intriguing parts about a cruise is seeing something new outside your window everyday. And sharing it with someone you love? Even better. Keep an eye out for the Italian coast, the glaciers of Alaska, the Ruins of Mexico, the Castles of Russia and locks of the Panama Canal.
Shoshana Lewin Fischer is the Play Editor for Spoonful.com and lives in Southern California with her Disneyphile family.
Onboard the Disney ships, your children 3-12 will make friends from around the world at Flounder's Reef or "it's a small World" nursery, the Oceaneers Club or Lab, or at Edge. Together they'll bond over making Flubber, becoming pirates with Captain Hook and steering the ship on a simulator. The only problem you'll have? Getting the kids to leave each night.
You know when you can get your teenager to laugh, you've done something right. Teens on a Disney cruise have their own urban coffee bar to hang out in 24 hours a day. At Vibe (which comes with its own outdoor sundeck on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy), passengers 13-17 can play Rock Band, dance to their music, surf the Web and watch movies, and enjoy complimentary soda. Then hit Castaway Cay chill on a beach for teens only. No parents? No problem.
When you walk into Animator's Palate on the Disney Wonder, it looks like something is missing: The color. But enjoy dinner with your family and have faith in the pixie dust — a little imagination can make anything happen. Other nights, enjoy colorful Carribean-themed or latin-infused fare, or a royal feast fit for a prince or princess. One night you can even sneak away for a grownups-only meal at Palo.
Disney isn't Disney without a little character. Or, in the case of a Disney cruise ... a lot of characters. They have meet and greets every day in the atrium; they dance at the deck parties, play in the youth clubs, hug at the character breakfasts and sing at the Broadway-style shows onboard. So no matter if your favorite is Donald, Stitch or Cinderella, you'll find them onboard everday. There's even a hotline to call so you can make sure your kids don't miss anyone.
At the end of the night, cozy up with your family in staterooms designed to not feel like a broom closet. Beds for the kids pull down from the ceiling and the couch converts into a bed, too. Almost all of the cabins come with split bath, so everyone can get ready at the same time. As for ocean views, most of the staterooms have them via rather large portholes or verandah.
Playtime is even better when there's a pool — and the three on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder are as different as can be. For kids, there's a waterslide at the Mickey Pool (shaped like everyone's favorite mouse); for adults, there's peace and serenity at the grownups-only Quiet Cove pool; and the whole family can swim and watch a movie on the Funnel Vision Television above the Goofy Pool. Not to mention the buffet, salads, pizza, hot dogs, coffee and burgers available all over the deck.
Music is everywhere on a Disney cruise. There are dance clubs, sports pubs, piano bars, lounges and more. Adults can dance the night away Wavebands; enjoy watching (and playing) games at Diversions; or taking in a quiet, romantic moment at the Cadillac Lounge . Or grab the kids and head to Studio Sea, a nightclub made for families.
Things that you'd never thought could happen on vacation will happen here. Like swashbucklers who take over the ship during the Pirates in the Caribbean Deck Party. You'll absolutely want your camera when your kids see who shows up to save the day. The evening starts with a treasure of a dinner and ends with fireworks — the only ones allowed at sea.
A beautiful, private island where you can snorkel, swim or just rest in a hammock? Paradise is found on almost every cruise at Castaway Cay. Take a family bike ride, paddle boat around the real Flying Dutchman, and make friends at Castaway Ray's Stingray Adventure. The kids program extends to the island so the "big kids" can head to the adult-only Serenity Bay (a beach that fits its name perfectly). Lunch is served at three restaurants so there's no need to return to the ship. Relax — you're on vacation.
Magic Comes Aboard
Magic for the Kids
Magic for the Teens
Magic of Meals
Magic of Characters
Magic at the Pool
Magic for Grownups
Magic of Castaway Cay
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