We just did our first Disney cruise on the Wonder last month, booked it only 3 weeks before. We wanted to try it to see if it is worth the $ and if we would want to take our grandchildren. We had to take late dining which we adjusted accordingly. We enjoyed our table mates from NC, Missouri and Pasadena, all older and without children also.
To begin with, we found out it was Kids Cruise Free week :eek: so there were over 1100 children!! For the most part, the cruise was nice but for the money and living in California I would suggest families take their children to Disneyland for a couple days, see the characters, take the little girls to see the princesses then go on a nice cruise with casinos, adult TV and lots of children activities AND adult activities. We were usually the only couple to show up at any advertised Trivia or adult games. The Piano Man could play a mean piano but couldn't sing. The TV offered only Disney movies over and over, PG teen shows or Michael Jackson's This Is It, again shown over and over.
We observed the parents in line after line for each character every day trying to control their child(ren) who didn't want to wait in line.
The good things were the GREAT shows, changing dining rooms but keeping the same waitstaff and discovering the lunch served in one of the MDR instead of going up to the busy, messy, loud buffet.
Any day on a cruise is better than a day at work so we can't complain. We did enjoy our balcony and I did read 3 books. Probably won't take grandchildren on Disney. JMHO
Teresa and Larry
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