We are always ready for a Disney Adventure and were beyond excited when Disney invited us to experience a Disney Cruise on their Dream Boat for Halloween on the High Seas! The idea of a family adventure that included cruising, Disney and a tropical vacation in one sounded amazing ! We packed up our favorite Disney gear in no time and was ready to go.
We flew into Orlando and stayed our first night at Disney Yacht Club. We had the most amazing steak dinner at the resort and the kids loved exploring the property. The Sandy Pool was their favorite feature.
In the morning we were shuttled by Disney Cruiseline to Port Canaveral. Our ship, The Disney Dream, was the grandest of them all with the most adorable little Mickey hanging from the back of the ship. Checking into the ship was super easy and we were right onboard! We prepared for the afternoon by wearing our bathing suits onto the boat so we could go right to the pool and not have to worry about waiting for our bags.
Our kids couldn’t wait to hit the famous waterslide onboard, The AquaDuck. There wasn’t anyone in line when we got there so the kids and I went 4 times! This 2 seater float waterslide was truly a blast. After the AquaDuck the kids were off jumping in the Mickey Pools, sliding down the Mickey Hand Waterslide and splashing in Nemo’s Splashpad! There was also hot tubs, a small upper deck family pool and a whole pool area for adults only. The kids even got their hair braided poolside! They could have stayed there all day but we were able to convince them that the kids club was worth checking out!
The kids club was truly a Disney Dream. There was something there for every little kid. From the Nursery area for children until 3 to the Oceaners Club for kids 3-11 to Edge and Vibe for the preteens and Teens, Disney thought of everything. There was Star Wars fun, Pixie Hollow magic, art, science, Toy Story and movies ! My girls loved playing the video games and having dance parties with the different characters that popped by for fun! The kids club thought of everything. They even come get your kids after dinner (if you have the late seating) and take them to the club so you can enjoy the end of your meal without restless kids. Check out my Disney Cruise Story Highlights on IG for a full tour of the kids club!
Besides the Kids Club and crazy cool Pools there was so much more to do onboard the Disney Dream. We saw World Class, award winning entertainment each night in the Walt Disney Theater. Our favorite show was Beauty and The Beast which is exclusively on the Disney Dream. After the shows there was always live entertainment and characters having fun in the ships atrium and activities above deck like Pirates Night or the Halloween Bash. On of our favorite family activities onboard was the DLounge, from Trivia to family games to Karaoke, we loved it all. There was even a movie theater onboard playing first run movies. We definitely went for the popcorn!
One of Penna’s favorite things to do on the Disney Dream was track down her favorite characters! Mickey, Minnie and Goofy were around every corner and meet and greets with the Princesses were available. Mia was beyond excited to run into her favorite character Stitch!
Of course, Disney did not disappoint when it came to everyone’s favorite part of a cruise… The Food! From poolside food options like Flo’s for burgers, chicken and pizza to Cabanas Buffet you could never go hungry. Family Dinner options kept you moving night to night to Disney themed fun restaurants. We got to check out Animators Palate, and Enchanted Gardens. We also got to check out the adults only restaurant Palo, known for their famous Northern Italian Cuisine. Onboard there is also an exclusive adults only french restaurant, Remy, that seats only 50 people. They even have a 25,000$ bottle of wine available from the Ratatouille movie.
If there wasn’t already enough to do onboard the ship also docked at Nassau and Castaway Cay. The kids had so much fun onboard that we decided to only get off on Disney’s private Island Castaway Cay. We hit the family beach and the kids spent their day floating in the ocean and snorkeling with their Dad. There is also awesome waterslides to play on there. Ian and I even got to sneak away to Serenity Bay, the adults only side of the island when the kids went to Scuttles Cove, the island kids club.
I truly don’t think there is any other type of vacation that can give us the ocean, the islands and Disney all in one. The most amazing part is that Disney Cruise Line found a way to give us so much alone time while making us feel like we were on the perfect family vacation making memories to last a lifetime.