After several Disney cruises with my family, I’ve fallen in love with this cruise line. If you’re thinking about a cruise vacation with your kids, check out 10 reasons why to you should cruise on the Disney Dream.
If you’re heading on a Disney cruise in the near future, here’s a list of items you should make room for in your suitcase.
I am a bit obsessive about packing and create multiple lists for everyone in my family – beach gear, bed time, toiletries, clothes for cold weather/hot weather etc.
So after sailing on the Disney Dream and on the Disney Wonder, I have a better idea of what to bring and what to leave at home.
1. Water Bottles
If you are travelling with young children pack their water bottles.
There aren’t any lids at the beverage stations so to avoid accidents, use your children’s water bottles instead of the paper cups. We love CamelBak bottles and Contigo water bottles because of their spill-resistant designs.
If they get thirsty at night, no problem! Their water bottle is in the room and you don’t have to trek to Deck 11 to get something to drink.
2. Items to Get Autographed
As of August 7, 2015 the Mickey Mail Autograph Request Service (as described below) will no longer be offered on Disney cruise ships. Guests looking to get their favourite characters’ autographs can do so during character meets – either on a piece of paper, notepad, photo mat or autograph book.
Each stateroom is allowed 2 items to be autographed. Items and markers off in a Ziploc bag can be dropped off at Guest Services the day you board and they return everything to you the day before you disembark. Since we had 2 staterooms, we got them to sign 2 photo mats and 2 pillow cases. Less things to bring to character meets and if you happen to miss meeting up with one, it’s ok. You still have their autograph! Also it’s a relatively cheap souvenir.
3. 2 Swimsuits Per Person
I would recommend bringing two per person because it takes more than one night for it to be completely dry if you are hanging it in your cabin. Unless of course you are OK with putting on a wet swimsuit. Life jackets are available at no cost at the pools as well as at Castaway Cay (Disney’s private island in the Bahamas) for little ones so you don’t need to bring any from home.
4. Swimsuit Cover-up
This is the one thing I wish I had brought for the entire family – adults and kids.
I actually didn’t own one prior to the cruise (now I do because I found one one sale so I’m ready for my next beach vacation!).
It’s so much easier to spend all day on the pool deck or disembarking on Castaway Cay with a swim suit and a cover-up instead of t-shirt, shorts and a swimsuit. Less things to deal with!
If you can swing it, 2 cover-ups per person would be my recommendation – you don’t have to wait for it to dry to use it again.
5. A Lightweight Easy to Clean Day Bag
You will want a light bag to use on board and while you’re off the ship in ports.
Something big enough to fit all of your family’s necessities and one that is easy to clean (if you are going to the beach or using it at the pool deck).
Our youngest is still in diapers so we used our Georgi Baby Cargo Stroller Bag as our day bag (full review here). It holds two bottles, a change pad and has enough pockets to store extra diapers, a change of clothes for two kids as well as space for our camera.
6. Night Light
7. Trading Pins
If you collect trading pins (read more about Disney Pin Trading), make sure you bring them on your Disney Cruise. Pins are available for purchase on board and pin books available in all of the gift shops.
Most crew members were wearing pins on our Disney Dream cruise and Miss L had a blast hunting down all the Snow White pins (her favourite character) – only found two in five days!