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Old 06-23-2014, 10:22 PM   #16
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The strictest enforcement is the within 30 days rule when the Edge numbers are too high for a particular cruise. It's good to let the kids know what could happen so they don't have their hearts set on it and get disappointed onboard. Sometimes they do allow all 10 yos into the Edge, again depending on how many in each age group for the cruise.
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Old 06-23-2014, 10:23 PM   #17
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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.
We never went to the lab, just the club. Maybe that was the problem.we will try the lab more.
He also had his older 10 yr old brother saying it wasn't cool so I'm sure that didn't help!!
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Old 06-23-2014, 10:25 PM   #18
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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. Enjoy your cruise!
Thank you , that really helps! I really didn't realize they were 2 separate things! Hopefully that will be better then, is that where they make a volcano ? I remember seeing that.
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Old 06-23-2014, 11:14 PM   #19
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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.
Super helpful. I don't really think I want him to be able to check himself out yet so maybe it's good that he can't go to edge.
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Old 06-23-2014, 11:17 PM   #20
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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.
My ds is a more mature and very smart 9 yr. old so this could be the problem too. Oh well worst case he doesn't go to any kids clubs. I'm fine with that I was just hoping for one dinner without kids
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Our 8-year-old hated the club/lab as well. It didn't help that it was the beginning of open houses on the Dream (they had started dong that the week we went on). She would get pushed to one side or the other and it was crazy and chaotic! When she was on a computer a little one would wonder up and start moving the mouse, she didn't want to be mean, so she did nothing, but it frustrated her! When the CMs did activities, it was over run with kids, too many to actually do the activity.

She will be 3 weeks shy of her 11th birthday when we go on our cruise and she will start middle school before she turns 11. We will ask about the Edge, but will encourage her to try the Club once. If she hates it, at least we are in Port most of the cruise!

Sometimes I think Disney should consider grade as well. My oldest DD is born in April and she has kids a full year older and 9 months younger than her in the same grade. What grade you are in can make a big difference on what you are ready for!

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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.
Yes. Exactly! Same here.
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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.

Enjoy your cruise!
There are very different activities in the Lab and Club. Our daughter (just 10, and last cruise was just 8) really didn't care for the Lab at all (either time). She loves the club! I think the computer issues PP already stated about other kids playing with the mouse may be the type of thing she encountered. Playing in the club she felt more comfortable - and yet - she successfully navigated the Edge this time very nicely. It isn't necessarily a matter of maturity - just different activities.

Probably best to let them try each and decide what they like.
And I also agree with another PP that you should prepare your under-11 year old(s) so they know they may or may not be allowed in the Edge, if that's what they're hoping for. You really won't know until you get there.
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