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Old 06-23-2014, 03:11 PM   #1
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Age to go into clubs

We went on our first cruise last year and loved it do much we are going again! DD 6 loved the kids club but my sons did not. They will be 9 and 11 for this cruise , do you think they will let my 9 year old go into edge? I hope so because the little kids club is way too young for him.
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We went on our first cruise last year and loved it do much we are going again! DD 6 loved the kids club but my sons did not. They will be 9 and 11 for this cruise , do you think they will let my 9 year old go into edge? I hope so because the little kids club is way too young for him.
Lab/Club ages are 3-12
Edge ages are 11-14
Vibe ages are 14-17

If there's availability in the clubs, they may allow younger ones to move up, but usually if they are within 3-6 months shy and it's up to the CMs discretion.

That said, a 9 yr old is too young for Edge.

Also, you need to be aware that Edge and Vibe have an open door policy. Kids can come and go as they please. And many of the activities they participate happen all over the ship and unsupervised.

There is no moving down.
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Old 06-23-2014, 04:10 PM   #3
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3-6 month wiggle room?

We are having the opposite issue. My kids LOVED the Kid's Club and Lab! They have NO urge to go to the EDGE. Literally, NONE. Whatsoever.

DD will turn 13, 6 weeks BEFORE our next cruise, and has short term memory loss and severe anxiety. DS will turn 11, 3 weeks AFTER the cruise. I don't want them to have in/out priveleges. They would not have them at home, why would I want them to have it on a ship, kwim?

Anyone know if that 3-6 months wiggle room goes both directions, or does it have to be younger moving up? I want them together, but am hoping they can be together in the Club/Lab.
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Old 06-23-2014, 04:27 PM   #4
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We are having the opposite issue. My kids LOVED the Kid's Club and Lab! They have NO urge to go to the EDGE. Literally, NONE. Whatsoever.

DD will turn 13, 6 weeks BEFORE our next cruise, and has short term memory loss and severe anxiety. DS will turn 11, 3 weeks AFTER the cruise. I don't want them to have in/out priveleges. They would not have them at home, why would I want them to have it on a ship, kwim?

Anyone know if that 3-6 months wiggle room goes both directions, or does it have to be younger moving up? I want them together, but am hoping they can be together in the Club/Lab.
I believe the "wiggle room" only applies to moving up a level. I've not read of anyone allowed in a club that they are too old for since DCL tightened their policies about this.

In your case the 10 year old (almost 11) would only be in Oceaneer's Club/Lab, while the (just turned) 13 year old would only be in Edge. Now, it's possible, since your 10 year old will be within the 30 day window that's typically applied to moving up, that they could both be in Edge, but not Oceaneer's.
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We are having the opposite issue. My kids LOVED the Kid's Club and Lab! They have NO urge to go to the EDGE. Literally, NONE. Whatsoever.

DD will turn 13, 6 weeks BEFORE our next cruise, and has short term memory loss and severe anxiety. DS will turn 11, 3 weeks AFTER the cruise. I don't want them to have in/out priveleges. They would not have them at home, why would I want them to have it on a ship, kwim?

Anyone know if that 3-6 months wiggle room goes both directions, or does it have to be younger moving up? I want them together, but am hoping they can be together in the Club/Lab.
Unfortunately, you're out of luck. They won't allow your DD to move down, she has aged out of the Lab. They may allow your DS to move up, if there's room, especially if you let them know about your DD's anxiety, but you won't be able to remove in/out priviledges. You can tell your kids that they need to call you when they're ready to leave, or you can have pre-arranged times to pick them up, but the staff won't enforce something for you.
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We are having the opposite issue. My kids LOVED the Kid's Club and Lab! They have NO urge to go to the EDGE. Literally, NONE. Whatsoever.

DD will turn 13, 6 weeks BEFORE our next cruise, and has short term memory loss and severe anxiety. DS will turn 11, 3 weeks AFTER the cruise. I don't want them to have in/out priveleges. They would not have them at home, why would I want them to have it on a ship, kwim?

Anyone know if that 3-6 months wiggle room goes both directions, or does it have to be younger moving up? I want them together, but am hoping they can be together in the Club/Lab.
There's definitely no moving down. This is frequently requested by parents of special needs kids that might be intellectually younger than their age.

There is however daily open house periods where anyone can go, including parents. In the case of club/lab, only one is open at a time, and all kids would be moved during this time to the other one to maintain a secure environment.
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They require parents to accompany kids who go to the open house times if the kids are under 11.

A 9 yo will not be allowed in Edge during regular programming and the 13 yo cannot be in the lab outside of open house hours.
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Old 06-23-2014, 05:17 PM   #8
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Ages 3-12 is way to far apart! It should be 3-6 and then 7-10 or something... Oh well I will have him try it again but I think it's just too young for him.
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Ages 3-12 is way to far apart! It should be 3-6 and then 7-10 or something... Oh well I will have him try it again but I think it's just too young for him.
It wasn't always like that. Once upon a time Oceaneer's Club was ages 3-7, while Oceaneer's Lab was ages 8-12.

There were enough comments/complaints along the line of "but I want my kids to be able to be together in the club", that DCL merged the two.

Can't please everyone, it seems.
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the little kids club is way too young for him
Where has he been playing, that he considers it to be a little kid's club and is too young for him?

My son, 8 on his first and 9 on his second Disney cruise, had an absolute blast in, mainly, the Lab. Some videogames, lots of dancing, taking part in the activities like "everyone can cook" and "super sloppy science"....a great time was had by him.

We made sure to go over the events in the Navigator and figure out what events he wanted to do, when he wanted to go, etc, so he could maximize his fun.
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Ages 3-12 is way to far apart! It should be 3-6 and then 7-10 or something... Oh well I will have him try it again but I think it's just too young for him.
You might want to make sure you are dropping your son off at the LAB, rather than with your youngest at the Club. On eht Dream and Fantasy both spaces are connected and kids can go back-and-forth at will; on the Magic and Wonder I believe they have to ask for a CM to escort them to the "other" space. While both are open to ages 3-12, the rooms and programming in the Lab is geared towards the older set (8-12) while the rooms and programming in the Club are geared at the younger kids (3-7). If he only went into the Club area, he may well have thought it young. As PP suggests, look at the Navigator with him and try to pick out some activities he'd enjoy.

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The open house times require all the kids to be in one space or the other for secured programing. Just check the navigator to make sure that the lab is going to be available when your child goes.
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For whatever it's worth -
We were on the Wonder June 9-16. DD is 10 (birthday is in March).

During 1st day open house we walked her down to the Edge because, as we explained to her, we wanted her to SEE it (she resisted, BTW), so she would know what to expect on future cruises.

Entering the room we are greeted by CMs, and when we explain we're just looking, they ask DD "how old are you?" She tells them, and they pull out the registration, saying to DH and I "We have a LOT of 10 year olds on this cruise. We can sign her up - no problem. Then she can go between the Club, Lab and Edge." And did.

We set rules.
- She had to have a wave phone.
- She had to call us every time she left and returned to any location.
- She had to be with someone in the hallways (she had a couple of other girls she befriended, or we would get her and walk her around). For us, it worked.

I have read many posts in many threads over a period of time about how kids have to be within x# days of their birthday to be an "exception". I think it is more truthful to say it really varies based on the number of kids in each age group. On our trip, I really think the CMs were just trying to do crowd control and spread the 10 year olds around available club spaces.
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Where has he been playing, that he considers it to be a little kid's club and is too young for him?

My son, 8 on his first and 9 on his second Disney cruise, had an absolute blast in, mainly, the Lab. Some videogames, lots of dancing, taking part in the activities like "everyone can cook" and "super sloppy science"....a great time was had by him.

We made sure to go over the events in the Navigator and figure out what events he wanted to do, when he wanted to go, etc, so he could maximize his fun.
I think, even with the lab activities specifically geared for this group, it is just too young for some 8-9 year olds. DD was 8 on our first cruise and didn't care for any of the lab activities, including those you listed. She said they were too "dumbed down" for her and that the clubs were just too chaotic with all the little kids with poor manners allowed complete free reign.
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For whatever it's worth -
We were on the Wonder June 9-16. DD is 10 (birthday is in March).

During 1st day open house we walked her down to the Edge because, as we explained to her, we wanted her to SEE it (she resisted, BTW), so she would know what to expect on future cruises.

Entering the room we are greeted by CMs, and when we explain we're just looking, they ask DD "how old are you?" She tells them, and they pull out the registration, saying to DH and I "We have a LOT of 10 year olds on this cruise. We can sign her up - no problem. Then she can go between the Club, Lab and Edge." And did.

We set rules.
- She had to have a wave phone.
- She had to call us every time she left and returned to any location.
- She had to be with someone in the hallways (she had a couple of other girls she befriended, or we would get her and walk her around). For us, it worked.

I have read many posts in many threads over a period of time about how kids have to be within x# days of their birthday to be an "exception". I think it is more truthful to say it really varies based on the number of kids in each age group. On our trip, I really think the CMs were just trying to do crowd control and spread the 10 year olds around available club spaces.
We had the same experience on our last cruise. We cruised in February and DD will not be 11 until October. She was already on the list for Edge when we went by to check on her being allowed in. There were never more than 25 or so kids in the edge when we went by, but many times the clubs seemed to be overflowing with easily 100+ kids.
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