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Disney Magic - Kid's Programs

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It's a Small World Nursery on the Disney Magic

It's a Small World Nursery on the Disney Magic

Disney Magic (c) Linda Garrison
Andy's Room at Disney's Oceaneer Club

Andy's Room at Disney's Oceaneer Club

Disney Magic (c) Linda Garrison
Marvel's Avenger Academy in Disney's Oceaneer Club

Marvel's Avenger Academy in Disney's Oceaneer Club

Disney Magic (c) Linda Garrison

A Disney Cruise Line vacation gives families many ways to play together and separately. Although families can enjoy time together, it's also good for kids (and their parents) to have time alone or with others in their age group. For kids, the Disney Cruise ships offer non-stop fun most of the day and into the evening at different locations for 5 age groups.

The youth programs and activities on the Disney Magic listed below are very similar to those found on the other Disney cruise ships.

More information and photos of the Disney Magic Youth Clubs.
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It's a Small World Nursery
The nursery is for children ages 6 months to 3 years. (On some longer sailings, children must be 1 year old or older.)

Available at an additional charge, It's a Small World Nursery lets adults take part in grown-up adventures on and off the ship while their children are cared for by trained Disney counselors. Operating hours may vary while in port, so guests should check the Personal Navigator—the Disney Cruise Line daily newsletter detailing all there is to see and do—once onboard.

It's a Small World Nursery is made up of 3 distinct areas:

  • An acclimation zone, designed to help youngsters adjust to the nursery
  • A main play area with a soft surface floor surrounded by colorful, kid-sized tables and chairs for toddlers to enjoy crafts, books and games, plus a 3-dimensional façade of the "it's a small world" Disney attraction filled with hidden, interactive delights
  • A separate room for naps that is quiet and peaceful

Activities
Activities at It's a Small World Nursery are unscheduled and vary depending on the mood of each child. Counselors lead programs like movie time, story time and craft projects.

Reservations
It's a Small World Nursery is available at an additional charge and must be reserved in advance. If you've already booked your Disney cruise, simply log in and retrieve your reservation to find out when you can begin making reservations in My Cruise Activities.

You can also make a reservation during the open house on Embarkation Day on a first-come, first-served basis. Because space is extremely limited, be sure to book your child's nursery stay early.

Prices for It's A Small World Nursery
It's A Small World Nursery is available at an additional charge. (2013 prices)

  • $9.00 per hour for first child
  • $8.00 per hour for second child in the same family

Cancellations may be made without penalty up to 4 hours in advance of reservation.

What to Bring
Families should bring baby food, formula, milk and bottles; Disney's trained counselors will be more than happy to feed your child. Additionally, parents should include diapers or pull-ups, diaper wipes, extra clothing and a baby blanket or pacifier, if applicable, when dropping off their child.

Children with Special Needs
Children ages 3 months to 3 years with special needs are welcome at It's a Small World Nursery. Disney Cruises cannot provide one-on-one care, but if parents let the nursery counselors know in advance, they will accommodate the best they can.
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Disney's Oceaneer Club
Disney's Oceaneer Club is a multi-themed, children's activity center. Open from approximately 9:00 a.m. to midnight daily, Disney's Oceaneer Club is for children 3 to 12 years of age to learn, play and interact with others while grown-ups are off on their own adventures.

The central Library is the main gathering place and a gateway to four themed "storybook worlds" within Disney's Oceaneer Club, including:

  • Andy's Room — The world of Disney•Pixar's Toy Story comes to life in this colorful space. Children feel toy-sized, because everything around them is built large scale. Throughout this space, kids can play with characters from the animated film, including Hamm the piggy bank and Mr. Potato Head. Andy's Room also features a charming 2-story structure modeled after Andy's bed, with a delightful Slinky Dog slide.
  • MARVEL's Avengers Academy — Young crime fighters are invited to swoop into this top-secret command post of S.H.I.E.L.D., where earth's mightiest Super Heroes, The Avengers, train and prepare for special missions. The Academy is home to the legendary equipment of some of the favorite Avengers—including Thor's hammer, Captain America's shield and Iron Man's armor—plus computer games, arts and crafts, and surprise Super Hero visits.
  • Mickey Mouse Club — Inside a room splashed with Mickey's signature colors of red, yellow and black, kids can create crafts and play games on Mickey Mouse ear-shaped tables. The club also features Goofy Gears, a wacky, large-scale wall game that kids will surely enjoy.
  • Pixie Hollow — Inspired by the series of Disney Fairies animated films, this fun interactive space transports children to the magical world inhabited by Tinker Bell and her fairy friends. Tinker Bell's teapot home serves as a costume closet for dress-up play and children can enjoy crafts, computers and storytelling sessions while sitting on acorn- and mushroom-shaped stools.

Children have the ability to move back and forth between Disney's Oceaneer Club and Disney's Oceaneer Lab. A secure, kid's only hallway connects the 2 youth venues, so children can move freely and experience activities between both spaces.

Activities at Disney's Oceaneer Club
Children are invited to partake in a wide range of themed activities available at Disney's Oceaneer Club. While some are recommended for certain age ranges, participation is based on a child's interest level and maturity—not age. As a result of this, siblings and friends ages 3 to 12 can play together without restriction.

An endless supply of toys and games, an open seating area for fine arts, and ongoing Disney movies screening on a 103-inch plasma screen make Disney's Oceaneer Club even more magical. Mats for naps are also available.

The Personal Navigator—Disney Cruise Line's daily newsletter--details all there is to see and do while onboard with activity dates and times.

Open House
Open House is an opportunity for everybody to participate in a variety of exciting activities at Disney's Oceaneer Club and Disney's Oceaneer Lab. Guests 13 years of age and older are not allowed into youth clubs, except during these set times. Please check the Personal Navigator while onboard for the Open House schedule.

Dining
Children are invited to enjoy lunch and dinner at Disney's Oceaneer Club, which can be especially convenient for parents looking for some alone time at Palo. For those not wishing to dine with us, activities will be available during meal times.

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, guests should let their server know upon arrival.

Children with Special Needs
Children ages 3 to 12 with special needs are welcome at Disney's Oceaneer Club. Disney Cruises cannot provide one-on-one care, but if parents let the nursery counselors know in advance, they will accommodate the best they can.

Registration and Check-In
Parents can register their child for Disney's Oceaneer Club (and Disney's Oceaneer Lab) at the terminal or once onboard the ship. They can also pre-register online.

When boarding the ship on Embarkation Day, both children and parents must check in at the terminal or at the front desk at Disney's Oceaneer Club (or Disney's Oceaneer Lab) on Deck 5, Midship. During this confirmation process, parents will fill out final paperwork and children will receive a wristband indicating that they belong to the youth clubs aboard the ship.

When registering, parents are invited to tour the facility, meet the counselors and learn more about the many activities offered.
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Disney Magic Oceaneer Lab
Disney's Oceaneer Lab aboard the Disney Magic is a pirate-themed, children's activity center located on Deck 5, Midship. Open from approximately 9:00 a.m. to midnight daily, Disney's Oceaneer Lab is the perfect place for children 3 to 12 years of age to create, play and explore while the adults are off on their own adventures.

Design
Disney's Oceaneer Lab is designed with delightful amenities to keep children entertained and engaged, including:

  • A 103-inch plasma screen that screens Disney movies
  • A stage in the main hall, where kids can hear stories of great expeditions and star in their own plays
  • A pirate workshop where kids can concoct crazy experiments, stretch their culinary skills and participate in other hands-on activities.

Branching off Disney's Oceaneer Lab's main room are several fun-filled play spaces:

  • Captain's Workshop — With computers, themed tables and maps, and original buccaneer-styled artwork, this large play area is where food is served and fun-filled activities take place throughout the day.
  • Animator's Studio — Designed as a working animation studio, this room is the place for children to create original, hand-drawn art or learn how to sketch their favorite Disney characters. With the help of a youth counselor, kids can even design and bring to life computer-animated characters.
  • Craft Studio — Children seeking a more tactile artistic experience can escape from technology to this creative studio and create hands-on arts and crafts projects.
  • Navigation Game Station — This pirate-chest-themed computer station invites young rapscallions to play a Pirates of the Caribbean multiplayer game. Navigator Simulators even let young buccaneers steer a ship through the mysterious waters of the Caribbean!

Parents should note that children have the ability to move back and forth between Disney's Oceaneer Club and Disney's Oceaneer Lab. A secure, kid's only hallway connects the 2 youth venues, so children can move freely and experience activities between both spaces.

Activities at Disney's Oceaneer Lab
Children are invited to partake in a wide range of charming activities at Disney's Oceaneer Lab. While some activities are recommended for certain ages, participation is based on a child's interest level and maturity—not age. As a result of this, siblings and friends ages 3 to12 can play together without restriction.

The Personal Navigator—Disney Cruise Line's daily newsletter---details all there is to see and do onboard with activity dates and times.

Open House

Open House is an opportunity for everybody in the family to participate in a variety of exciting activities at Disney's Oceaneer Club and Disney's Oceaneer Lab. Guests 13 years of age and older are not allowed into youth clubs, except during these set times. The Personal Navigator has the Open House schedule.

Dining
Children are invited to enjoy lunch and dinner at Disney's Oceaneer Lab, which can be especially helpful for parents looking for some private time at Palo. For those not wishing to dine with the Oceaneer Lab, activities will be offered during meal times.

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 the youth clubs, while adults can enjoy their dinner at a more leisurely pace. To participate, parents should let their server know upon arrival.

Children with Special Needs
Children ages 3 to 12 with special needs are welcome at Disney's Oceaneer Lab. Disney Cruises cannot provide one-on-one care, but if parents let the nursery counselors know in advance, they will accommodate the best they can.

Registration and Check-In
You can register your child for Disney's Oceaneer Lab (and Disney's Oceaneer Club) at the terminal or once onboard the ship. You can also pre-register online.

When boarding the ship on Embarkation Day, both children and parents must check in at the terminal or at the front desk at Disney's Oceaneer Lab (or Disney's Oceaneer Club) on Deck 5, Midship. During this confirmation process, parents will fill out final paperwork and children will receive a wristband indicating that they belong to the youth clubs aboard the ship.

When registering, parents are invited to tour the facility, meet the counselors and learn more about the many activities offered.

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