Are there any Disney cruises geared for Adults? – Tami from Arizona
Tami, this is a great question. Though Disney Cruise Line is the only cruise line I’ve sailed on, I have friends who love to cruise and assure me that adult-only cruises are a great way to relax at sea. While Disney doesn’t actually have any sailings that are adult only, they have something that I think is even better; adult-only decks and recreation areas. We sailed on the Wonder in 2010 with childless friends and I was highly skeptical that there would be ANYWHERE on a Disney boat that was truly rugrat-free, but I was incredibly surprised. Not only was there an adult-only pool and hot tub area that was quiet and calm, there was also an entire deck full of night clubs and lounges, a coffee house, and a spa that were off-limits to the ankle biters. And when Disney says no kids, they mean it. I have never had such a good time and for me, it was awesome to know that I could bring my son if I wanted to some day and he could have just as much fun in the kid areas, leaving me free in adultopia. And if all that isn’t enough, there’s also an adult-only, completely incredible beach at Castaway Cay, totally separated from the family beach with servers ready to bring you large, fantastic adult-only beverages. In my mind, Disney Cruise Line is truly the best of both worlds.
My family and I are going to Disney for the first time and we want to save money. Do we really need to stay on property? – Toni from South Carolina
Toni, this question gets asked a lot and in my mind there’s only one answer; if you want to get the absolute most value out of your Disney trip, especially your first Disney trip, you’ll stay on property. Why am I talking about value instead of straight dollar figures? Ultimately, you might spend more money staying on property than if you rent a house or stay at a non-Disney hotel or resort, but you’re going to waste precious time, energy, and patience. Disney resorts are set up to make it as easy as possible to spend more time (and let’s face it – money) in the parks. While that works out well for them, it also provides a host of benefits to you. Disney Resort guests don’t have to drive to the parks and wait in line at the gates only to pay to park and wait in line for a tram or ferry, wait in line at the ticketing gates, and then wait in line for rides. Resort guests have access to Disney transportation, Extra Magic Hours (early park opening and late park closing), and soon will have access to special pre-scheduled Fastpass+ reservations. Resort guests can also book dining reservations 180 days prior to their trip. Being a resort guest makes it easy to take a tired kid (or adult for that matter) back to the room for a nap or a swim or to grab a quick meal that will satisfy everyone in the family. Quite simply, Disney Resort guests have access to services and privileges that make it so much easier to focus your attention on experiencing the magic at Disney rather than the difficulty of navigating it without assistance.
Thanks to Toni and Tami for this week’s questions. Got questions of your own? Fill out the form below and I’ll be glad to answer them!