What Should I Pack for My Disney Cruise?

So, you’ve booked your cruise and now you are likely thinking, “What in the world do I pack? What do I need on-board?”

Throw out the traditional packing list of swimsuits and towels (well, do bring a suit BUT they have complimentary towels all around)! Here is what you should bring to make the most of a magical cruising experience with Disney.

1. Pirate costumes or gear are a must for moms, dads, and kids. On every Disney Cruise, there is a Pirates In the Caribbean deck party. There are games, music, dancing, Mickey Mouse swooping in to save the day from Captain Hook and Jack Sparrow. Plus, at the end, there are spectacular fireworks over the ocean. Disney is the only cruise line to do fireworks at sea – just one more thing that sets them apart!
2. Singles. Back an envelope of dollar bills to tip your room service waiter. While the room service food, including the fabulous Mickey Ice Cream Bars, is free, you want to tip the server. You may also want to tip the porters who will help you with your bags as you arrive at the Port.  
3. A plain pillowcase & Sharpies. Have your kids pick out their favorite color markers, put them in a freezer baggie with a plain pillowcase and bring it with you to meet those characters (YES!  They’re on-board, too).  It is a fun & inexpensive souvenir that will last for a lifetime! Not a pillowcase fan?  No worries! You can bring just about anything for the characters to sign.  We most recently brought a photo mat that held a beautiful  family photo from our visit to Castaway Cay.  
4. Movie candy. Disney shows first run films and some of their classics. On my most recent sailing Inside Out premiered along with showings of Tomorrowland and The Avengers.  Hey, when you own the movies you can show them whenever and wherever!  
5. Reusable cups or mugs. Soda, water, tea & coffee are available on the top deck free of charge but the cups provided are small. Bring along one of your Disney resort mugs or a double walled tumbler so you can have an ice cold drink by the pool or while watching a movie in the on board theater.
6. Highlighters in different colors. Each night, you will find a Personal Navigator in your stateroom detailing the next days’ activities. Have each member of your family highlight their must-do in a different color.  That way you won’t miss a thing!
7. Formal wear for longer cruises. While Disney doesn’t require people to dress up, it sure is fun! Take advantage of the free photographers who can take awesome family photos. You can purchase pictures from Shutters (the on board photography service) but you are not obligated. 
8. A picture of your kids. Once your kids see the amazing kids clubs, you aren’t likely to see them much on your cruise. There are clubs for kids, tweens,  teens and even a nursery for the under 3 crowd. With so many activities for the kids, you can enjoy some quiet time by the adult pool or in the entertainment district. Book a meal at the adults only Palo on all four ships or at Remy on the Dream & Fantasy. Read a book without interruption. Take a nap or hit the amazing spa or fitness center on board.
9. Your sense of adventure.  The Disney Cruise Line offers itineraries to the Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska & Europe. Take in the local culture or try something new like Salsa dancing in Cozumel or whale watching in Alaska.
10. A calendar. You can save a lot of money by booking your next cruise while on board. Once you experience the Disney magic at sea, you won’t be able to wait to do it again!

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