7 things your family should know before your first Disney cruise

Plan to arrive early

Those flying into the port city should arrive the day before and stay locally. Avoiding the worry of flying in on embarkation day or missing it due to delays is worth it.

The navigator app is your best friend

Downloading the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app before sailing is essential. Your room key is your "Key to the World," but this app is your globe map. It has ship deck maps and more.

Be sure to make use of open house hours

Disney Cruises' integrated kid's club discount sets them apart from other cruise lines. Don't worry if your child is afraid to go alone!

Make time for alone time

Get some alone time! Check out the Oceaneer Club and Lab's schedule and sign them up for activities they'll love remember you're on vacation!

Embrace the fun

Let Disney enchant you. Photo with the characters, adorn your stateroom door (helps youngsters identify their rooms), and dress up for special nights.

Order your family pictures before you disembark

Disney cruises are known for their character interactions and picture chances with an official Disney photographer, exactly like at the parks!

You won't be able to do it all

We all know that vacation FOMO is real, and Disney cruises are no different. So much is going on the ship that it might be overwhelming.