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tritter72 06-04-2013 12:36 AM

Oceaneer Lab for a 12 year old on the Dream
My family will be going on its first Disney Cruise in August--4-night Bahamian. Tonight, I was able sign up for excursions and dining, as well as complete on-line problems at all thanks to the great tips and advice I've found here!

The only area where I ran into trouble was registering my kids for the kids' clubs. I have two boys, ages 8 and 12. They would both like to attend the Oceaneer Lab; the 12 year old is not particularly mature for his age and still enjoys hanging around with the 8 year old. When I went to register them, I was able to do so only for the 8 year old. The 12 year old's name doesn't show up, and the pop-up box says the club is for children ages 3-10. The DCL website, however, lists the Oceaneer Lab on the Dream as being for ages 3-12. So, what gives? Is the registration form right, or is the website right? Does anyone have experience with an 11 or 12 year old attending the Lab on the Dream? Thanks in advance for any information!

Tinknalli 06-04-2013 06:37 AM

You will not be able to register him online and will need to do it in the terminal or once on board. My DD will be 12 for our April cruise and wants to go to the lab because she loves it and it is her last chance before she ages out.

lanejudy 06-04-2013 09:02 AM

You can only register them online for kids up to age 10, but the 11-12 yr olds will be allowed at the Club/Lab as well. You'll just need to register them in person at the terminal or onboard during Open House. Because 11-12 are also allowed at Edge, which doesn't require registration, the online system defaults to that. Easy to change once you are there.

Enjoy your cruise!

mayesq 06-04-2013 09:24 AM

Which cruise are you going on? I'm also a first tim cruiser going in August and my boys are the same ages. I was wondering the same exact thing.

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tritter72 06-04-2013 10:50 AM

Thanks so much for the responses. My 12 year old will be relieved. :)

tritter72 06-04-2013 10:51 AM


Originally Posted by mayesq (Post 48587362)
Which cruise are you going on?

We sail on August 18!

mayesq 06-04-2013 11:02 AM

We leave August 11.

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lady9 06-04-2013 01:09 PM

Be prepared to be a bit emphatic about registering your 12 year old in the Lab. Last year I tried to register my 11 year old DD in the lab at the terminal and the CM "suggested" I allow her to try Edge before registering her. I went along with it although my DD clearly wanted to be in the Lab. Later that evening, we went to the Lab to register her, and it was again "suggested" she try Edge's meet and greet before coming to the Lab. At that point my DD (who is tall for her age) asked the CM, "Why doesn't anyone want me in the Lab?" The CM did feel bad and asked her to come in. She politely declined because she felt unwanted. I wish I had been a bit more forceful in the terminal and insisted on registering her then so we could have avoided the other "rejection". In the end it worked out, she did go to Edge and met 2 sweet 11 year old girls which she hung out with the rest of the cruise.

tritter72 06-04-2013 03:09 PM


Originally Posted by lady9 (Post 48589536)
Be prepared to be a bit emphatic about registering your 12 year old in the Lab.

Thanks for the tip--I'll keep that in mind! My 12 year old is actually small for his age...only 4 inches taller than his 4 years younger brother. Maybe that will help. :)

amybethchristiansen 06-04-2013 05:23 PM

Will an 11 year old be allowed to bounce between the Edge and the Lab or does he need to pick one or the other?

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