Having not done a non-Disney holiday in the last twelve years, at this point it’s hard to imagine doing so. For us, it is simply a magical world that we all love being a part of. Here are just a few of the reasons why:
I would downright lying if I didn’t admit straight away, that for us the magic comes from character interactions. There is much more chance to play, get to know and just generally enjoy the company of characters than there is in the park. What’s more because there are a smaller number of guests onboard, by the end of the cruise they really do feel like friends. They get to know all the children (and adults) personally, and watching those interactions grow truly is the greatest pleasure there can be.
Nowhere on Earth will you find staff as incredible as Disney staff. These men and women truly will go to the ends of the earth to ensure your holiday is as magical as possible, and over the years we have certainly had more than our fair share of magical moments. Expect to literally be liberally sprinkled in pixie dust on a regular basis, your restaurant servers to anticipate what you want before you do, and your room to be tidied to perfection. But more than that expect to feel genuinely cared about by staff who love Disney just as much (if not even more) than you do.
Disney’s own island really is a site to behold. If you have the opportunity to book a cruise that stops there I can’t recommend you do so enough. It truly is paradise of earth, and the photographs I’ve taken there over the years have been some of my favourite. After all, there is literally nowhere else on the world that you can sit and build sandcastles with the Mouse himself. Stunning scenery, gorgeous weather, characters in abundance and quite literally surrounded by magic. If Island based holidays were possible, I think we would be definitely booking one.
Bibbity Bobbity Boo
If you have a princess, or indeed a prince in your family (or just someone who would love to be one), there is nothing quite like having the full Bibbity Boo Experience on formal night. When the Bear was smaller, watching her walk around the ship in her princess dress, wearing a crown and covered with sparkles was something that quite literally brought me to tears. I can still remember the look of utter awe on her face when ‘her’ Fairy Godmother pronounced her a princess. Now, the Bear is too old I still love watching the younger children walk around sprinkled with magic and hope.
The Kids Clubs
My children are not typically fond of kids clubs of any kind, the one exception to that rule is those onboard the Disney ships. The reason is simple – the experiences within them are truly magical. After all, where else on earth would you get a sleepover with Goofy, Princess lessons with Cinderella or play hide and seek with Peter Pan. Those clubs are definitely the place where zLaura learnt to first have fun, without us by her side, and for that we will be forever grateful for the many magical experiences created in those walls.