#1 Castaway Cay Hidden Gem
On Castaway Cay, when you’ve had enough time in the sun, head over to “In Da Shade” to enjoy some family friendly games in a nice shaded area at no extra charge to you. They have basketball, ping pong, etc. There is also “spring a leak” for some fresh water fun for the little ones, an interactive splash pad area that is tucked away (check the map).
#2 Drinking On Board Tips
On Disney Cruise Line, you can bring 2 bottles of wine or 6 beers per guest over 21 in your carry on. I love to ask my stateroom host to bring me a wine glass and I pour a glass of wine before dinner and carry it right into the dining room with me. For your first Drink of the Day, pay a little extra for the souvenir glass. For the rest of the cruise, each time you get a Drink of the Day and give them the souvenir glass to use you will get an extra few ounces in each drink. For the beer drinkers, invest in a 22 oz souvenir beer mug once on board for $16.95 and the rest of the cruise, you will can have it refilled for the price of a 16 oz. Don’t be shy to ask the bartenders on board, and at Castaway for daily drink specials. They run them quite often and they aren’t advertised. Daily drink specials are typically buy 1 get 1 offers.
#3 Hair Braiding Gem:
If someone in your family wants their hair braided, don’t pay the high cost off of the ship. There are two ladies who set up poolside daily, and they only charge $2.00 per braid. You must make a reservation, so look for them early on the cruise and sign up for a time to return and get this done.
#4 First Thing Once On Board Tip:
Your stateroom isn’t ready until 1:30pm but don’t let that stop you from having fun! Put your swimsuit on under your clothes and as soon as you get on board, head up to Cabanas for an amazing lunch and then head out to the pool and try out the Aqua Duck or Aqua Dunk (ship depending) with little to no line.
#5 Dining Tip:
Don’t be shy to order more in the Main Dining Room. If they serve something you love (like the pursettes at Animators – YUM), you can order more than one. Not sure what to order for a main course? Order two entrees! There is no extra charge to order more and your server won’t “shame you” if you do : ) If the pursettes are being served in another dining room that night and you are at Royal Court, but you want them again; ask for it, your server can get them for you regardless of it’s on your menu that night or not.
#6 Toiletry Freebie:
Disney Cruise line has the BEST shampoo, conditioner and lotion, it is WONDERFUL! You can ask your stateroom host to refill these daily. Use some during the cruise and put some in your suitcase to take home. I love doing this so when you return home and are in post cruise depression you can use the shampoo and transport your mind to being back on board.
#7 Pool Side Tip:
On an at Sea Day, to get a pool chair, get up early and stake out your spot to have a clear view of Funnel Vision and a nice spot to relax, swim, sunbathe and enjoy! On the Dream and the Fantasy there is a family pool behind the funnel vision by the adults area that is rarely used, go there if the main deck is full.
#8 Kids Dining Tip:
If you have a reservation for Palo or Remy, the kids Oceanear lab/club serves lunch and dinner so the kids can eat in there and continue having fun while you dine. If you have late seating, you can have your server bring the kids food first and then the Cast members from the kids club will come to the main dining room for “dine and play” and pick the kids up and take them to the kids clubs to play while you finish your meal.
#9 Communication on Board Gem:
Be sure everyone in your family downloads the Disney Cruise line Navigator app. We find this MUCH easier to communicate on with one another than using the wave phones (plus if anyone loses a wave phone you are charged). The nice thing about messaging for the kids is if they meet friends on board, you are given a number within the app that they can exchange with friends and message one another individually or in group chats (my teenage daughter loved this and made some amazing friends on board).
#10 Movie Theater Tip:
The movie theaters on board allow you to enjoy movies all throughout the day. They have a concession stand with items available for an additional cost. No need to pay extra, just run up to the pool deck and grab a bite to eat, bag of chips and fill up a to go drink cup and bring it into the theater with you, food and drinks are allowed : )
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