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Liv’n the Dream: Why I enjoy Cruis’n on the Disney Dream with a Toddler

If you’re like me, the thought of taking a two year-old on a cruise probably makes you a little anxious. I wish I had the actual images to post of the looks I got when telling friends and even family that we were taking our toddler on a 5-Day Disney Cruise to the Bahamas. Well, I’m here to tell you we all survived and Disney completely exceeded all my expectations.

Disclaimer: I am not associated with Disney Cruise Line or any travel agencies. I did not receive compensation for this post. These views are my own.

If you’re like me, the thought of taking a two-year-old on a cruise probably makes you a little anxious. I wish I had the actual images to post of the looks I got when telling friends and even family that we were taking our toddler on a 5-Day Disney Cruise to the Bahamas. Well, I’m here to tell you we all survived and Disney completely exceeded all my expectations.

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Growing up as a little girl, I had a love for all things Disney Princesses—but didn’t actually experience a Disney theme park until I was in my early twenties while dating my husband. I’m a born and raised Texas girl, so as stereotypical as it may sound, our family summer vacations were spent at horse shows, not Disney theme parks. However, I married a Florida guy who is a self professed Disney nerd. How could he not be when he spent his childhood weekends growing up at Disney World? Over the years, my husband and his family (now referred to as YaYa and Grandaddy) have introduced me to this magical Disney World that I never knew I was missing! So, when YaYa and Grandaddy surprised my husband with a Disney Cruise for his 40th Birthday present, I was all in. We ended up planning our vacation the week of our 5th year wedding anniversary and our son’s 2nd birthday.

After spending 5-Days on the Disney Dream Cruise Ship, this is what I want all parents to know:

Childcare Options

Traveling with Grandparents is awesome—but if you don’t have that option, Disney has childcare for all ages and the people who work there are amazing! This really is the best of both worlds for parents because if you want a break, you can get one. I was also impressed with the Diaper Genies and Pack N’ Plays provided by Disney for rooms occupied by families with small kids.

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Our son with his YaYa and Grandaddy in Nassau, Bahamas.

Entertainment

There really is something for everyone on the boat. Splash pads for babies and toddlers who aren’t potty trained yet, adult only pools, casual kid friendly restaurants, fine dining and bars, a full-service spa, broadway style shows, a movie theatre, water slides and water coasters and my personal favorite, Castaway Cay—a Disney owned island in the Bahamas. You literally step off the ship into paradise.

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Disney characters were available for meet and greets.

Food & Drinks

The food and drinks are delicious. My favorite was the Dole pineapple whip smoothie (can be made with or without rum).

The breakfast buffets and lunches have options for everyone. Appetizers, a main course and desert are served in the restaurants every evening. If you happen to want to try every item listed on the menu they will serve you all of it!

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Lunchtime fun!

Wait Staff & Customer Service

The part of our trip that we all can’t stop talking about are the Disney cast members and the kindness they showed our family. These people are truly the best of the best! I love that you have the same waiters each night and housekeeping staff each day. You really get to know them and look forward to seeing them. I was so impressed with how they interacted with our son and helped us make it through dinners with our active toddler. If anyone from Disney Cruise Line reads this, be sure to give Cho and Kemal a raise! Our son is still talking about them and how much he loves “Mickey’s boat.”

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Celebrating the birthday boy with a Mickey cake!

Safety

I felt very safe and comfortable on our cruise and at our travel destinations. There were several safety precautions and procedures that Disney enforces to keep your family safe while cruising. These procedures were very efficient and didn’t affect our travel experience in a negative way.

Overall, I give Disney Cruise Line a 5-Star Rating! This trip allowed our family to have a relaxing vacation with our toddler in tow. We made memories that we will cherish forever. I’m honestly not sure who enjoyed this trip more, the adults or the kiddo! I would highly recommend this experience to parents who are considering a Disney Cruise as a family vacation.

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