Why You Should Consider the Late Seating on Your Next Disney Cruise

IMG_3844-1The Disney Dream at Castaway Cay

Disney Cruise Line trips are one of the ultimate family vacations.

The ships themselves are some of the most well designed and aesthetically pleasing vessels in the entire cruise line industry. The mix of available activities is perfect, and meets both the needs and interests of children and adults.

The food is fantastic.

And, they travel to amazing destinations.

There are tons of tips out there on how to make the most of Disney Cruises. Check out the Disney Tourist Blog’s recent 10 tips. But, there’s one tip that really is one of our favorites for those families cruising with younger children:

Choose the late dinner seating!

After you book your cruise, you’ll have the opportunity to request either the first or the second seating for dinner. Although we tend to be early evening eaters, we always choose the late seating.


Dine and Play!

Under the Dine and Play program children 3 – 12 can be served meals before the adults at the late seating. Around the time the kids finish eating, Disney youth counselors will come by your table and whisk the kids off to the Oceaneer Club for an evening of fun and games, leaving the adults to finish eating in relative calm.

DDR-130412-Pirate_Resi_6x8-4454914-590A little tired after a long day, but enjoying Dine and Play just the same!

In Disney’s own words:

For families partaking in the second dinner seating, parents can opt to have their children take part in Dine and Play. In this program, children receive their meals earlier and are then escorted by counselors to youth clubs, while adults can enjoy their dinner at a more leisurely pace. To participate, please let your server know upon your arrival.

Don’t forget to sign the kids up for the kids’ clubs ASAP, as it will make your embarkation day a little less complicated. You can, of course, do it on the ship, but you can also sign them up online or at the port.

Drop us a line to find out how!

And never forget to:

Relax…you CAN get there from here!