There are plenty of attractions for adults and kids to enjoy together and on their own on a Disney Cruise Line vacation. However, it also becomes quickly apparent (pun intended) that the older generations wish they were young again to play in the kids-only spaces, and kids are no doubt curious about those adults-only areas as well.
So, what if Disney embraced the story of its own Freaky Friday (Affiliate Link – See Disclosure Policy in Footer for More Info) film – where a mother and daughter mysteriously switch bodies and are afforded fresh perspectives on each other’s lives – and offered a swap hour (or longer) onboard when adults are allowed to play in the children’s areas and vice versa? Mind you, this is not the actual policy of the Disney Cruise Line. But just what if?
To be sure, Disney does offer occasional open house hours for the youth facilities that allow adults to peek inside the fun zones, and infrequently parents are invited to learn how to make flubber – the titular play goo from another of Disney’s film franchises. But what about a full program switch on Friday evenings? (The seagulls in the header image above exclaim, “Mine! Mine! Mine!”)
Imagine taking the parents from Europa – the adult’s area onboard the Disney Fantasy – and gathering them all around the Magic Playfloor – a massive interactive video screen at one’s feet in the kid’s Oceaneer Club – for an evening of gaming and dancing. Alternatively, picture the children enjoying “mocktails” in O’Gill’s – an Irish-themed bar on the Disney Fantasy and now also the Disney Magic – for a Goofy’s Sports trivia night, with “the goof” present as emcee no less.
O’Gill’s Pub on Disney Magic
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Let the adults be recruited for Toy Story Boot Camp led by Corporal Green, effective drill sergeant of the green army men, or challenge them to design Piston Cup-winning race Cars. All the while, the kids could play gender wars games of princesses versus pirates in the Evolution dance club onboard the Disney Dream or rock out with Crush from Finding Nemo in the new Fathoms nightclub, inspired by the ocean itself on the Disney Magic.
Play Floor in Oceaneer Club on Disney Fantasy
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The irresistible possibilities are endless, but it may never happen. Part of what makes the kids facilities on Disney Cruise Line ships so great is how well secured they are with complete dining areas and bathrooms housed entirely within, but it’s still fun to consider. If nothing else, perhaps this dream could at least come true for the adults. Kids-at-heart can hope.
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