Children on Board - how many?

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  1. mbrocker

    mbrocker Mouseketeer

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    We will be sailing out of Galveston on 4/26. I figure it's after most SB weeks but before school lets out for the year.

    I have a 5 & 3 YO.

    I've never done a Disney cruise before -- how crazy will the Kids Clubs be at the point? Should I expect mass chaos?
     
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  3. lbgraves

    lbgraves Little Cinderella's Mommy

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    In early December it has been announced at the kid show that there were 1200 kids ages 3-12 onboard. That didn't include the teens. Never really felt crowded to us, the ship is usually full. There are just a lot of kids. We always cruised during school dates until DS hit 7th grade.
     
  4. neg58

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    When we cruised in Nov. not during a school holiday, there were a lot of younger kids (babies through about age 10), but not many of the older school aged kids. When we cruised at Christmas there were a LOT of kids.

    I think you'll find a good number of 3 and 5 year olds. They only allow so many so that every child on board can go to the club for that age group.

    Nancy
     
  5. kcashner

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    DCL controls the number of kids on board within any age group. They have a maximum that they will book. That means that they are ready to handle the number that is on board.

    We've been on cruises with under 400 kids and over 1500....and it all works.
     
  6. tvguy

    tvguy Question anything the facts don't support.

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    I think SB is less of an issue on Disney since it seems Disney cruisers are much more inclined to take their children out of school for a vacation.
     
  7. Paigeanne

    Paigeanne Earning My Ears

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    We just got off the Magic. 2600 guest, 1183 were kids. We stood in line for an hour to check them in the 1st morning at sea, but it got MUCH better after that 1st time.
     
  8. Beckers419

    Beckers419 Earning My Ears

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    We'll be on that cruise, DH, myself, and my 4 year old son.
     
  9. mbrocker

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    Wow. Just..wow. I'm just amazed at how Disney can run 40%+ children and yet every one of them that goes to the children's program seems to have a great time! I mean... how do they handle that kind of volume? Looking at the photos, the club&lab just don't seem THAT big.
     
  10. mbrocker

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    Hi! Amazing how fast it's coming up isn't it? It seems forever away. BUT I know I'll blink and we'll be on our way!
     
  11. itdoesntsmell

    itdoesntsmell Earning My Ears

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    cruisedeckplans.com/DP/Main-archive/decks.php?ship=Disney+Magic

    Look at deck 5 and compared to the Atrium, the spaces are huge! lol!
     
  12. mbrocker

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    Yes, they are big spaces. But we're talking the potential of 40% of passengers PLUS the support staff to care for said passengers on 1/2 of 1 deck at the same exact time. I can see the potential for serious crowding.

    No one does crowds like Disney. But the logistics to me are just mind boggling.
     
  13. itdoesntsmell

    itdoesntsmell Earning My Ears

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    OK.

    It doesn't work and is crazy and not enough CM's to cope with the amount of kids in the club and lab.

    It's why DCL has such a poor rating for youth entertainment.

    Please read a little more on the boards about where and what the kids do before you form a judgement about how safe or inclusive the activities are!!!

    I think you will be really surprised and happy about them!
     
  14. PrincessShmoo

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    I don't think mbrocker is being judgemental. I think he/she was marveling at the fact that DCL can do it.
     
  15. lbgraves

    lbgraves Little Cinderella's Mommy

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    Not all of the kids are between the ages of 3 - 12. There are alots of tweens & teens, along with toddlers who use different spaces.

    After 74 days of experience with having kids in the clubs, from ages 3 & 5 in the beginning to 12 & 14 now, we have been extremely happy with what has been provided. When they were younger and I observed some activities, they were very organized and the kids loved them. The kids can't wait to go back to the Edge next month.
     
  16. mbrocker

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    THIS. :cool1:

    No, I am amazed. As I said before, never heard a bad word about the kids clubs .. yet there are like, a gazillion children on board.

    I've been to WDW and DL when there are wall to wall people just walking down main street.. yet, they seem to keep everything chugging along. I just think they have some really great minds working constantly on crowd control and attraction logistics.

    Thanks to everyone who replied. Really really looking forward to our Magic cruise. :)
     

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