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This review will give you some extra tips and insight into the amazing cruising experience you get with Disney Cruise Line. This post includes pictures and information from Days 2 and 3 of our Double Dip itinerary aboard the Disney Fantasy.
If you would like to start at the beginning of my trip report, you can find Day 1 at the link below. It includes pre-cruise planning information, embarkation day tips, and first day ship activities.
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The Disney Fantasy at Castaway Cay
On the morning of our second day aboard the Disney Fantasy, my husband, 3 year old, and I woke up to a really pretty view of Castaway Cay. I had signed up my husband for the 5k at Guest Services on our first afternoon on board.
**Update- You can now reserve your spot in the Castaway Cay 5k right on the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App!
Castaway Cay 5k
While my husband headed to meet up with the runners in the Disney Theater at 8:00, my three year old and I went up to Cabanas for breakfast. We had tickets for the Frozen Meet and Greet and the Princess Gathering this morning.
**Note that you no longer receive tickets for these events in your stateroom. Instead, a cast member at the meet and greet will check your name off a list when you arrive at your scheduled time.
Once we finished our scheduled character meet and greets, I let my toddler play in the Oceaneer Club since it was having an open house. We killed time in there until my husband was back from the Castaway Cay 5k. After he returned and we had all changed for the beach, we put our daughter in the stroller and headed onto the island.
Once we strolled off the ship, the three of us walked to the first family beach area and grabbed a couple chairs. There is a tram that comes around to pick you up if you don’t want to walk. We enjoyed our stroll, though, so we didn’t use the provided transportation.
It was probably close to 10:30 at this time, and the beach was nearly empty. Our server told us at dinner that night that the adult only beach had been packed that day. This was another example of how our cruise experience onboard the Disney Fantasy was a little different since we seemed to have less kids on board.
The beach was perfect for us and our toddler loved playing in the sand and calm water. My husband and I pulled chairs up to the water while she played with the beach toys we had brought. The water was warm and crystal clear.
**Packing Tip– The sand had some shells and rocks in it, so you may want to pack water shoes.
After a couple hours on the beach, we strolled over to the lunch buffet where we enjoyed the BBQ style food.
After lunch we strolled around the island to look around. At one point we walked passed Olaf on his way to a meet and greet. He gave our toddler a high five as he passed by, and she still talks about that to this day!
Cruising with a Toddler
We have traveled regularly with our 3 year old; but, this Disney Cruise was definitely the most relaxing trip we have had with our toddler. She ended up falling asleep in her stroller on Castaway Cay, so we decided to head back to the ship.
Deck 4 has the most comfortable lounge chairs with such pretty views of the island. It’s also really quiet on that deck, so I parked the stroller beside a couple of chairs.
My husband went in to one of the open cafes and brought back dessert and drinks for us. We relaxed and enjoyed the pleasant atmosphere while our three year old slept away in the stroller.
Should you bring a stroller on the cruise?
The ship is stroller friendly, but we preferred to take the stairs instead of the elevators. It was easier for us to leave the stroller in the room while at breakfast. If you read part 1 of my trip report, you may remember that I borrowed this stroller from Guest Services after we boarded the cruise.
The ship provided a City Mini stroller, which worked perfectly because it was easy to push through the hallways. I had debated bringing a compact umbrella stroller from home, but ours didn’t recline.
The Disney Fantasy ship’s stroller laid back enough for our toddler to nap, which was a huge plus. This is the same stroller that I rent at Disney World because it is super easy to collapse and can be carried with one hand. I eventually ended up just buying it because we loved it so much.
This is the City Mini Baby Jogger we have. (Amazon Affiliate Link)
If you don’t want to bring your own, the ship will provide a complimentary one for you. You just pick it up and return it to Guest Services.
After nap time, we headed back to the stateroom to shower and get ready for dinner. Our main dining room on the second night was Royal Court. We really enjoyed all the dining spaces and liked the food and atmosphere in each one.
Since it was Pirate Night, we headed up to the pool deck after dinner to watch the pirate show.
We watched it from Deck 12 where we could look down at the stage. Our daughter danced and sang through the whole production. When the pirate show finished up, we headed down to grab popcorn before entering the theater to watch Aladdin.
The Broadway style shows on the Disney Cruise were really entertaining for all of us. Our toddler did get scared of the cave and villain early on during Aladdin, so we ended up leaving without watching the whole production. It seemed like it was going to be a really cute show though!
I had read that you can watch the shows on the TV in your stateroom, but we never did end up catching it.
There were always musicians playing popular songs in the atrium at night. We ended up spending some time there instead of watching Aladdin.
Then Chip and Dale came out and were exceptionally energetic and funny. We were one of the only families around at the time. The two chipmunks spent a lot of time dancing and being silly with the kids in the atrium. Once our toddler tired herself out from dancing, we went back to the stateroom to get ready for bed.
It’s always fun to see what kind of towel animal your stateroom host leaves you!
On Day 3, our daughter slept in until close to 8:30 which was a really nice surprise! We took our time getting beach ready and then walked up to Cabanas for breakfast. After eating we had to go back down to the room to get the stroller before heading to the island.
We walked back to the same area of beach where we had been the day before. There were a lot more people around on this day though. We played in the sand and the water for a couple hours. Then, we loaded up our things to head back to the ship for lunch.
Since it was our last time to enjoy the pools, we decided to eat at the buffet onboard and swim before nap time.
Because so many people were still on the island, the pool deck was nearly empty! I wanted to ride the Aquaduck so I stood in line for about twenty minutes or so for that.
Since the minimum height requirement is 42 inches, my toddler stayed at Mickey’s Pool with my husband. There is a smaller water slide too, but I think the age requirement was 4 on that.
Later that afternoon, we went back to the room to put our three year old down for a nap. While she slept, I started packing so that we would be able to set out our luggage that night for a crew member to collect. Once nap time was over, we all cleaned up for dinner. Then, we headed out to meet a few characters.
Restaurants and Shows
Dinner this last night was at Animator’s Palate, and it was definitely our favorite dining experience. The show with Crush from Finding Nemo was really cute and kept all of our attention.
After dinner we strolled around the jogging track on Deck 4. Then we headed to watch the last show of our trip, Disney’s Believe, in the theater.
We made it all the way through the show tonight, and we all really enjoyed it! After the show we wandered around the ship one last time. These interactive pictures hanging on the walls were really entertaining.
Our three year old would touch them over and over to make them come to life. I think these may be part of the Mid-ship Detective Agency game on the Disney Fantasy.
We didn’t get a chance to do the game on our cruise, but it is definitely on our list for next time! Once we got back to our room, we finished packing. Then, we put our bags outside our room for Disney to collect later that night.
Debarkation Day on the Disney Fantasy
Our final morning on the ship was not a standard final cruise day morning. We had learned the night before that the ship was having engine problems. Because of this, we were going to be returning to Port Canaveral later than expected. We ended up having to change our 12:30 flights because we were not going to make them on time with our postponed arrival.
The positive side to this unplanned morning was that we were able to sleep in and take our time eating breakfast that last morning of our vacation. Disney was also great about keeping everyone entertained. Characters hosted meet and greets all over the ship.
Once we were able to disembark, we walked off the ship to find our luggage. The previous night, our room host had left Donald Duck luggage tags for us to attach to our bags. Once we were back inside the Port Canaveral cruise terminal, we easily found our luggage in the Donald Duck section.
We rolled our bags out to the Disney Cruise Line ground transportation area, boarded the waiting shuttle bus, and were on our way to the Orlando airport.
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