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pandanasbearz
04-11-2012, 02:55 PM
So I heard recently that if you just turned 18 and in high school or the summer between college. You are no longer allowed access to the vibe.

Can anyone confirm this as I will be cruising this summer, having just turned 18 in June (Still in high school), would really love to get in the Vibe :confused:

PrincessShmoo
04-11-2012, 02:59 PM
So I heard recently that if you just turned 18 and in high school or the summer between college. You are no longer allowed access to the vibe.

Can anyone confirm this as I will be cruising this summer, having just turned 18 in June (Still in high school), would really love to get in the Vibe :confused:

The Vibe is ages 14-17, inclusive. Once you are 18 you may join the 18-21 group. They meet at 10:00 pm the first night of the cruise (with a CM present) to decide what they would like to do during the cruise.

This enforcement of the printed ages was begun in Dec 2011.

:cutie:

Mommb
04-11-2012, 03:00 PM
A few months age Disney Cruise began enforcing firmly the policy of not allowing Vibe access to anyone 18 or older. It does not matter if you are still in high school -- if you are 18 or older, you can visit the adult areas, and can go to "18-20" age-group gatherings, but you cannot get into Vibe.

Sorry!

TDC Nala
04-11-2012, 03:23 PM
Eighteen year olds are no longer allowed in the teen club at all, whether they are still in high school or not. Reports are that this age limit is now strictly enforced.

Zandy595
04-11-2012, 03:29 PM
I thought I read somewhere that something inappropriate happened between an 18 year old male and a younger teen girl and that's when DCL decided to be very strict about not letting any 18 years olds in Vibe.

I could be wrong though. Has anyone else heard anything like that?

TDC Nala
04-11-2012, 03:33 PM
I thought I read somewhere that something inappropriate happened between an 18 year old male and a younger teen girl and that's when DCL decided to be very strict about not letting any 18 years olds in Vibe.

I could be wrong though. Has anyone else heard anything like that?

If it's the situation that was reported here, the male was 23, not 18, and he was designated a staff member of a special needs cruising group and apparently had special needs himself, and the parents of a teen girl alleged that this young man engaged in inappropriate behavior regarding their daughter. But there is no indication that this incident was the reason for the new enforcement of the teen club's age restriction.

Zandy595
04-11-2012, 03:36 PM
If it's the situation that was reported here, the male was 23, not 18, and he was designated a staff member of a special needs cruising group and apparently had special needs himself, and the parents of a teen girl alleged that this young man engaged in inappropriate behavior regarding their daughter. But there is no indication that this incident was the reason for the new enforcement of the teen club's age restriction.OK, that might have been it then.

pandanasbearz
04-11-2012, 03:48 PM
Oh well, guess I can't get in then :(.
What kind of things do you get to do in the college group, since we don't really have anywhere located to ourselves?

PS. Thanks for the replie :D

Cmbar
04-11-2012, 04:01 PM
How is this determined? Do they kids have to show id or something? I have a son 15 and Daughter 13. I thought the 13 yr old could go with her brother? Are they strict about the lower end of the age range?

Thank you!

PrincessShmoo
04-11-2012, 04:26 PM
Oh well, guess I can't get in then :(.
What kind of things do you get to do in the college group, since we don't really have anywhere located to ourselves?

PS. Thanks for the replie :D

When DS18 was in the group, there were about 9 or 10 in the group. He was the youngest, most of the others were 20 and one 21.

The general plan each night was the group would meet at 10:00 pm in Diversions (this was on the Wonder) and then they would attend as group the adult comedy show in Wavebands. Afterwards, sometimes, they remained in Wavebands for whatever the nightly entertainment was. Sometimes they went to the movie, or just went up on deck and played foosball or ping pong.

They also had lunch and breakfast meets, which they set up that first night. They would participate in some of the family events that were happening (the only one that comes to mind right now was one where they carved a race car out of potatoes and carrots and raced them). Mostly during the day they would meet up and hang out. Sometimes the CM working with the group would go into Vibe and get a game or two out for them to play in Diversions. She could also set up wii games for them in Diversions.


The group is a good or as bad as you want it to be. But that first meeting is important to get things started.

:cutie:

PrincessShmoo
04-11-2012, 04:29 PM
How is this determined? Do they kids have to show id or something? I have a son 15 and Daughter 13. I thought the 13 yr old could go with her brother? Are they strict about the lower end of the age range?

Thank you!

The upper limit is strictly enforced, no one over 17 allowed. At the lower end, I'm not sure. I think the crossover age between Edge and Vibe is 14. They can choose one or the other, but are not able to go back and forth. I would think 13 would need to use Edge.

I think for Vibe, they are issued a special card (similar to the KTTW card) that they use for ID to be in there.

:cutie:

got2travel
04-11-2012, 04:30 PM
How is this determined? Do they kids have to show id or something? I have a son 15 and Daughter 13. I thought the 13 yr old could go with her brother? Are they strict about the lower end of the age range?

Thank you!


On the new ships, the Vibe is locked and the teens are issued a special KTTW that allows them access.

TDC Nala
04-11-2012, 05:14 PM
I think they might allow a 14 year old to crossover between Vibe and Edge but probably not a 13 year old. All I am sure about is, no more 18 year olds.

kcashner
04-11-2012, 05:21 PM
Oh well, guess I can't get in then :(.
What kind of things do you get to do in the college group, since we don't really have anywhere located to ourselves?

PS. Thanks for the replie :D

The 18-21 group will have a session each night at 10 as well as a couple lunches. If you go on the first night and let the CM know that you want activities scheduled, they will do more; if no one shows up then the group is a total dud.

Yes, they are strict. No "adults" other than CMs can be in the Vibe,

The answer to a 13 year old is that it seems to vary these days. Realize that the tween group was created primarily because parents objected to 13s being with the older teens. The 14-17s really don't want younger kids there! I'd suggest that you consider starting the kids in their age appropriate groups with "together time" at family venues (there are some really fun family activities!). If that doesn't work, then ask if she can move.

Florida Dreamin'
04-11-2012, 06:04 PM
Yes, they are strict. No "adults" other than CMs can be in the Vibe,

To clarify, this is true except for the designated Open House times which are generally early in the afternoon.

~ FD. :)

Mickeyhugger
04-11-2012, 07:32 PM
Oh well, guess I can't get in then :(.
What kind of things do you get to do in the college group, since we don't really have anywhere located to ourselves?

PS. Thanks for the replie :D

Hi!

What cruise are you sailing? You can probably also meet up with others your age on the cruise meets threads.

I'm feel for you, as this summer will be the last time our daughter will be able to do the teen clubs. It may comfort you to know that there are a LOT who are in the same situation. You might meet a few on your cruise.:hug:

shmoogrrrl
04-12-2012, 12:53 PM
Can I hijack the thread for a second? I get that they don't want adults hanging out at the kids club, and I understand that the kids at Edge have a coded KTTW card to get up there. Is that correct?

Here is my question. If you are the parent of a child in the Edge, is your card also coded to get up there? What happens if you need to get to your little darling for whatever reason? Do they have a desk or something that you can stop at for them to go get your child? What if you just want to be Paranoid Mom (not that I am admitting that I am Paranoid Mom, of course :cool1: :cool1: :scared1: :scared1: :cool1: :cool1: ) and want to peek on your little angel to make sure that she is alright?

I am sure that Disney has it set up, I just wonder how. :)

Zandy595
04-12-2012, 02:10 PM
Can I hijack the thread for a second? I get that they don't want adults hanging out at the kids club, and I understand that the kids at Edge have a coded KTTW card to get up there. Is that correct?

Here is my question. If you are the parent of a child in the Edge, is your card also coded to get up there? What happens if you need to get to your little darling for whatever reason? Do they have a desk or something that you can stop at for them to go get your child? What if you just want to be Paranoid Mom (not that I am admitting that I am Paranoid Mom, of course :cool1: :cool1: :scared1: :scared1: :cool1: :cool1: ) and want to peek on your little angel to make sure that she is alright?

I am sure that Disney has it set up, I just wonder how. :)I don't know about the Edge, but teens that go to Vibe have special KTTW cards to get in. I'm sure kid's in the Edge or Vibe would be mortified if mommy was checking up on them in their club. If you need to get a hold of them you can call any of the kid's club's.

shmoogrrrl
04-12-2012, 03:17 PM
I don't know about the Edge, but teens that go to Vibe have special KTTW cards to get in. I'm sure kid's in the Edge or Vibe would be mortified if mommy was checking up on them in their club. If you need to get a hold of them you can call any of the kid's club's.

Well, I think that my daughter wouldn't be too upset if I checked up on her, but I wouldn't actually do it all the time. I was more so thinking about a situation where we were going to go swimming, and wanted to see if she wanted to come with us. I know that with the kids club, I can just go to the desk and they will get my son for me, or let us go get him. I was just wondering what the procedure was for Edge. If I just have to call the club and they will put her on the phone, that works for me. :)

I probably shouldn't ask in a thread about VIBE, but admittedly I wasn't thinking. :)

lostatdisney
04-12-2012, 04:16 PM
I understand why DCL made the change, but it is a shame that high schoolers who are eighteen are no longer allowed in the Vibe. There is a big, big difference between an eighteen-year-old who's still living at home and going to high school and a twenty-one-year old. I do understand, but I would be nervous about it as a parent. This is a tricky age for cruising DCL.

gigi1313
04-12-2012, 05:41 PM
Well, I think that my daughter wouldn't be too upset if I checked up on her, but I wouldn't actually do it all the time. I was more so thinking about a situation where we were going to go swimming, and wanted to see if she wanted to come with us. I know that with the kids club, I can just go to the desk and they will get my son for me, or let us go get him. I was just wondering what the procedure was for Edge. If I just have to call the club and they will put her on the phone, that works for me. :)

I probably shouldn't ask in a thread about VIBE, but admittedly I wasn't thinking. :)

How about just being sure that you tween has a wave phone, then you can be in as much contact as the two of you choose...

mstinson14
04-12-2012, 05:57 PM
I was on the dream over new years and as I was approaching the entrance to the vibe, there was a father standing lost at the entrance (he couldn't get in, because he didn't have the coding on the card) and I let him in. There is a phone that will call in to the vibe right outside the second door, but not the first door. If there ever is a reason that you need to get inside, you can enter through the wheelchair entrance on deck 4 and use the phone for access into the vibe or stand at the main entrance and wait for a teen to wander up there and let you in.

Princess Row
04-12-2012, 08:13 PM
So they obviously check your age for VIBE due to the card......do they check your age for teh college meet? I am 17 and going to college....and will be cruising and still 17. The others I am cruising with are 17 turning 18 on the cruise and the other two are already 18....so I would prefer to go to the college group hang out. If they bump kids up or down in all the other groups why should we be restricted? I do understand if you are 20 not being allowed to drink, and those sort of age issues but this issue seems so small.....

LuAnimal
04-12-2012, 08:55 PM
So they obviously check your age for VIBE due to the card......do they check your age for teh college meet? I am 17 and going to college....and will be cruising and still 17. The others I am cruising with are 17 turning 18 on the cruise and the other two are already 18....so I would prefer to go to the college group hang out. If they bump kids up or down in all the other groups why should we be restricted? I do understand if you are 20 not being allowed to drink, and those sort of age issues but this issue seems so small.....

Everyone needs to remember that the entry age for Vibe is 14 and they are still in Middle School. I would love to see a group hangout for the 17 to 20 year olds, I think that would be an excellent suggestion.

I think The Edge would be better suited for 11- 14.

lbgraves
04-12-2012, 09:08 PM
I was on the dream over new years and as I was approaching the entrance to the vibe, there was a father standing lost at the entrance (he couldn't get in, because he didn't have the coding on the card) and I let him in.

I really hope that kids don't just let anyone into the club area like this. There is no way to know if someone is being truthful and there is a reason they don't want adults in that area due to previous issues.

So they obviously check your age for VIBE due to the card......do they check your age for teh college meet? I am 17 and going to college....and will be cruising and still 17. The others I am cruising with are 17 turning 18 on the cruise and the other two are already 18....so I would prefer to go to the college group hang out. If they bump kids up or down in all the other groups why should we be restricted? I do understand if you are 20 not being allowed to drink, and those sort of age issues but this issue seems so small.....

The problem for you with this is that since you are 17, you won't be able to hang out with the college group if they go to adult only areas like the nightclubs, where they do check your KTTW card to make sure you are 18. You also cannot go to Palo or the quiet cove pool area, also adult only areas.

lbgraves
04-12-2012, 09:12 PM
I think The Edge would be better suited for 11- 14.

That is the age range noted on the navigators for the Fantasy's MV. The Edge was 11-14 and the Vibe was 14-17.

PrincessShmoo
04-12-2012, 09:12 PM
So they obviously check your age for VIBE due to the card......do they check your age for teh college meet? I am 17 and going to college....and will be cruising and still 17. The others I am cruising with are 17 turning 18 on the cruise and the other two are already 18....so I would prefer to go to the college group hang out. If they bump kids up or down in all the other groups why should we be restricted? I do understand if you are 20 not being allowed to drink, and those sort of age issues but this issue seems so small.....

Since some of the events/areas that the 18-21 group frequents are in the adult only areas, you wouldn't be allowed to be there with them. I would think they have a pretty good idea of how many cruisers there are in that age group and the CM at the first meeting would be able to determine who belongs and who doesn't.

:cutie:

mstinson14
04-12-2012, 11:01 PM
I really hope that kids don't just let anyone into the club area like this. There is no way to know if someone is being truthful and there is a reason they don't want adults in that area due to previous issues.

I understand that, but as soon as an adult enters the area, everyone in the room turns to look at them and there is ALWAYS a counselor at the entrance that confronts their needs. Also, you would hope that the teens in the vibe would know what is right and what is wrong concerning the adult(s) present.

WDWJonasGirl
04-12-2012, 11:56 PM
I do not like this :sad2: Thank goodness I'll be 17 when I go this time. My BFF will have just turned 18 in May (two days after me) and she doesn't know anything about this.

natt
04-13-2012, 12:41 AM
Just want to say that as a mature parent, I feel your pain! We did a 4day last summer '11 with our then Mid16y/o.. she LOVED the club!! And knew when getting off that cruise, she would never be allowed in that situation again. In the meanwhile, DH and I have booked our 30th annv cruise in March of '13 ( the year DD graduates). It wasn't to be mean, it's DH's spring break at the college he teaches at... But we also had no intention of pulling out of school for a 7day cruise on the second half of her Senior year.

I do agree that it is a very difficult bridge to be "an adult" but to have no where you can hang with adults in the same crossover stage... Seems pretty obivious to me as a parent at this stage.. guess DCL didn't take this scenario into consideration.. would be nice if there were an "under21 adult" section to the night area!!

TDC Nala
04-13-2012, 08:46 AM
So they obviously check your age for VIBE due to the card......do they check your age for teh college meet? I am 17 and going to college....and will be cruising and still 17. The others I am cruising with are 17 turning 18 on the cruise and the other two are already 18....so I would prefer to go to the college group hang out. If they bump kids up or down in all the other groups why should we be restricted? I do understand if you are 20 not being allowed to drink, and those sort of age issues but this issue seems so small.....

If you are 17 you will not be allowed in the adult areas. You can meet with them if they are not meeting in an adult area, but if they go to the nightclub you can't go with them. If they are 18 they will not be allowed in the teen club. Not sure what you can do with this group other than find your own things to do.

lmhall2000
04-13-2012, 08:50 AM
So they obviously check your age for VIBE due to the card......do they check your age for teh college meet? I am 17 and going to college....and will be cruising and still 17. The others I am cruising with are 17 turning 18 on the cruise and the other two are already 18....so I would prefer to go to the college group hang out. If they bump kids up or down in all the other groups why should we be restricted? I do understand if you are 20 not being allowed to drink, and those sort of age issues but this issue seems so small.....

My niece was 17 (turning 18 in June) on our March cruise last year...they let her do the college stuff with no problem...it's much more laid back..they had a wonderful group (only about 8 or so) and the crew leader was awesome! They all still keep in touch with each other...I think you would prefer that group as well! :)

Princess Row
04-13-2012, 11:01 AM
My niece was 17 (turning 18 in June) on our March cruise last year...they let her do the college stuff with no problem...it's much more laid back..they had a wonderful group (only about 8 or so) and the crew leader was awesome! They all still keep in touch with each other...I think you would prefer that group as well! :)

Thank you so much. This is a cruise we planned to all hang out together, and I will be with dbf so we would prefer that I just go into the college section too. I would prefer it! Thanks for the info!

Zandy595
04-13-2012, 05:16 PM
My niece was 17 (turning 18 in June) on our March cruise last year...they let her do the college stuff with no problem...it's much more laid back..they had a wonderful group (only about 8 or so) and the crew leader was awesome! They all still keep in touch with each other...I think you would prefer that group as well! :)They let her in the bars and adult pool because she was with the college group?

lmhall2000
04-13-2012, 06:06 PM
They let her in the bars and adult pool because she was with the college group?

The college group decides what to do each night, we were on the Wonder for the Mexican Riviera, I do remember them going into Diversions and other areas...they never went swimming bc they only met at night, or they would meet up for lunch. Not sure how it would work for adult bars on Fantasy or Dream...the drinking age is still 21? So, not sure if even 18 year olds would want to go there or if they could. The college group just hangs out, plays games, tour the ship....

DMMarla07860
04-13-2012, 06:41 PM
The college group decides what to do each night, we were on the Wonder for the Mexican Riviera, I do remember them going into Diversions and other areas...they never went swimming bc they only met at night, or they would meet up for lunch. Not sure how it would work for adult bars on Fantasy or Dream...the drinking age is still 21? So, not sure if even 18 year olds would want to go there or if they could. The college group just hangs out, plays games, tour the ship....

18 year olds can go in the bars at night, just can't drink, but like you said, the college group usually just hangs out, plays games, and at least on my cruises we would walk around aimlessly around the ship at night