Tips For Travelling With A Baby On Disney Cruise Line.


Cruising with a baby or toddler is a magical experience, its also a wonderful way to get a little parent chill time as you can book your baby into the It’s A Small World Nursery. Incredibly this is not a service all cruise lines have check out The Best Cruises For Babies to see what other cruise lines offer. With this in mind we have done all the research for you and wanted to share what its like Travelling With A Baby On Disney Cruise Line. So grab a cuppa and enjoy dreaming of your next Disney Cruise.

Travelling With A Baby on a cruise

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Travelling With A Baby On Disney Cruise Line.

Do Disney Offer Free Baby Places?

Disney Cruise line offer an excellent baby discount, especially when you consider the facilities and service Disney Cruise Line provide for babies. Expect to pay on average the quarter or third of the full adult price.

What Age Does My Baby Have To Be To Cruise With Disney?

Your baby must be at least 6 months old on the day of sailing for most itineraries. However for Transatlantic and Panama Canal itineraries due to more days at sea the minimum age is 1 year old on the day of sailing.

Travelling With A Baby On Disney Cruise Line.

What Services Are Available When Travelling With A Baby On Disney Cruise Line?

What Baby Facilities Are Available In Your Cabin?

The following complimentary stateroom items are available upon request.

  • Diaper disposal units
  • Bottle warmers
  • Bottle sterilisers
  • Playpens
  • Formula (ready to feed)
  • Baby food
  • To help with cabin space portable cribs are available, which your stateroom host or hostess can set up and take down for you each day.

Can You Buy Nappies And Formula In The Store On A Disney Cruise?

Baby supplies such as diapers, training pants, rash cream, infant formula (ready to feed), bottles, pacifiers, baby food, baby shampoo, baby lotion and baby powder are all available to buy onboard.

DCL for families

What About Dining In The Restaurants?

High chairs are available at all of the restaurants onboard, thus taking the stress out of dinner time.

Also the main dining rooms and room service can prepare fresh pureed vegetables upon request. Of Course Disney Cruise Line also sells formula (ready to feed) and baby food in the ship store.

However guests may also bring their own baby food and formula onboard the ship as carry-on items. Food must be pre-packaged, unopened and not require food preparation from the kitchen . 

Getting Around A With A Baby On A Disney Cruise.

Complimentary strollers are available to borrow at Guest Services. However there are on a first come first serve basis. If you take you own stroller check out our stroller guide, in our experience its always better to take your own.

In addition to this at Castaway Cay in the Bahamas, complimentary wagons are available for navigating the island’s sandy beaches. ( Seriously? Disney have thought of everything)

Can Babies Use The Pool On Disney Cruise Ships?

For non potty trained babies? The following ships offer splash zones. (Babies are not permitted to use the main pool. And must wear training pants in the splash zones.)

  • The Disney Dream: Nemo’s Reef.
  • Disney Wonder: Dory’s Reef
  • On the Disney Magic: Nephews’ Splash Zone
  • Disney Fantasy: Nemo’s Reef and AquaLab

Baby splash areas are shaded from the sun and have a safe soft wet-deck surface.

Be aware swim diapers are not permitted in any hot tubs, spas or any Disney Cruise Line pools or waterslides.

Are There Life Vests Available For Use In The Pools?

Yes, complimentary swimming vests are available on the pool decks onboard all Disney ships. These are for the use of potty trained toddlers to wear in the pool.

Nemo's Reef Splash Pool with infants in diapers

Do Disney Cruise Line Offer A Nursery For Babies?

Yes, it’s A Small World Nursery is available onboard all Disney Cruise Ships. This is popular service that can be booked in advance. However if you are flexible the Small World Nursery can also be booked on a first come first service daily.

It’s advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment, especially if you have an anniversary meal or special occasion planned.

How Far In Advance Can I Book The Nursery?

  • 120 days ahead for Concierge and Platinum Castaway Club Guests
  • 105 days ahead for Gold Castaway Club Guests
  • 90 days ahead for Silver Castaway Club Guests
  • 75 days ahead for all other Guests

What Is The Rate In The Nursery ?

The rates for Its A Small World Nursery are $4.50 per half hour for the first child and $4.00 per half hour for any additional children in your family. Please not the minimum reservation time is an hour.

What are the best cruises for babies, which cruise pools can babies use, which cruise lines offer free or discounted baby places and which cruise ships have day care.

Will We Get The Opportunity To Meet Disney Characters On Our Cruise?

Yes, there are character around the ship all the time, in shows, parties and special events. However you can also book character meet-and greets on select sailings.

Additionally Disney Junior Character Breakfasts and the Disney VIP Character Breakfasts are available to book.

You can reserve tickets for these special Character experiences online before you board your ship. Once your cruise is paid in full you are able to reserve within your advance booking window.

When Can I Book Special Character Meets and Greets?

  • First-Time Guests, 75 days prior to sailing
  • Silver Castaway Club Member, 90 days prior to sailing
  • Gold Castaway Club Member, 105 days prior to sailing
  • Concierge Guests and Platinum Castaway Club Member,  120 days prior to sailing.

Additionally check with guest services on the first day of your cruise as a limited number of tickets may also be available.

Extra Tips For That Extra Sprinkle Of Disney Magic!

To add Disney magic you can request character bed sheets for your children from your room host/hostess.

Decorate your stateroom door with Disney Characters – and also have fun checking out everyone else’s. See our post here with free downloadable printable door magnets.

Book Mickey wake up calls or character calls and get Mickey or his pals to give your little ones a wake up call every morning.

If you are traveling on Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy the inside staterooms have Magical Portholes that show real time views of the outside on an LCD screen with Disney characters floating by on the screen every few minutes. That is way more magical for little ones than a real view!

Are Children’s Drinks Free On A Disney Cruise?

There is no charge for soft drinks at the Beverage Station on Deck 9 of the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder, so this is a great place to fill juice cups.

Also check out our top Disney Tips from seasoned Disney Cruise Fans for more tips and more about the kids clubs for 3-12 years on Disney Cruise Line.

What you need to know taking a baby on a Disney Cruise


  • Sarah Christie

    Sarah also writes for Mini Travellers Family Travel Blog and Extraordinary Chaos Craft and Lifestyle Blog. Both are award-winning blogs with a travel and family focus. She is married and has two boys, aged 18 and 22, who all love cruising as a family. Nothing is better than waking up every day in a new port with new and exciting things to explore. She aims to share how cruising as a family with young adults is the perfect choice for family travel. Her boys are sporty and love the activities, sports and dining options cruising offers. Sarah has worked with brands such as Walt Disney World, Mark Warner, Ikos Resort, Center Parcs, Laura Ashley, Belling and Next.

1 thought on “Tips For Travelling With A Baby On Disney Cruise Line.”

  1. This is great. Thanks! We are planning to stay on a cruise ship next January. I love cruises.


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