Suzanne, in my opinion there isn't a better cruise line for families with children! We were on the Wonder several years ago - though w/o children ourselves, we traveled with a friend who brought her 2 children, both of whom are big Mickey fans. Read my review on cruisereviews.com, or send me a private email for my website address, where I posted a review with pictures. The food was quite good, the restaurants are a real joy, and entertainment the best quality we have ever seen on a cruise (of course family-friendly, with Disney themes). The private island is second to none.
Yes, there is indeed alcohol onboard, so hubby can be happy.
We have sailed both the Wonder (01) and Magic (04) and do not remember anything different in the themes? The only thing I remember differnt between the ships were for one of the resturants, there was a differnt name.
We traveled the Wonder with our then 4 and on his second Disney cruise,(Magic) he was 6 1/2. For Suzie23 there is plenty of booze as that is a large source of revenue for the cruise line. There is no casino. (that also explains why the cost is so high on the disney ships) Not that it matters to us as we work to hard for our income and pay enough for the cruises we avoid the casinos. there are some nice late evening adult shows that are a great deal of fun and unlike the other cruise lines, the kids clubs are free as of the last time we sailed the magic. (others start charging after 10pm) This allow you to enjoy all the shows. I would strongly suggest the early seating as, most the adults only on the ship try to get the late seating. In addition, the kids will not want to miss the activities that are going on in the clubs at the time of the late seating. I don't know if the policy has changed but in Jan, 04 when we were on the Disney Magic, soft drinks were free during dinner. This is important as it makes no sense to get the soda cards for during the day. there is an abundance of juices, ice tea and lemonade that is always available. Your waiters will rotate with you between the resturants. Also, Palo's is my favorite specialty resturant on any of the cruise lines. Try and get to it. I enjoyed Cataway Cay. It is my second favorite private Island. Holland America's Half Moon Key is my personal choice. I do think disney's Island Buffet is better. My absolute favorite thing about the disney cruise was they have the best and I do mean the very best disembarkation procedure. You eat breakfast, and walk right off the ship. The place where you pick up your luggage is set up as the deck plans and your just go to your deck row and cabin number and there is your luggage. BTW the sailing we went on in Jan, 04 included the cast from the show "according to Jim" we watched them film the 2 episode show and Jim performed for the people up poolside for the sailaway from Cozumel. I would like to add one more thought, all cruises I have been on are great family experiences. My son has grown love Club Hal (Holland America) and the Adventure Ocean club on RCCL. He will actually tell you he liked it better than Disney as there were so many kids on Disney, all children in the club will wear a name tag. In the other clubs the people all know your name. Most other sailings have had anywhere from 3 to 4 hundred kids whereas the disney ship had 1200. Whew! I hope I covered it as much as possible. Have a great time!
You will not be disappointed!! Disney is great. The beauty of this cruise, is the ability to cater to both children and adults equally!!! We have cruised Disney 12 times. Castaway Cay is superb, my favorite stop out of all the ports they offer. Be sure to eat at Palo one evening. I recommed the nite they do the Junkanoo festival, Palo is the adult only restaraunt. There is a $10.00 per person surcharge to dine, but it is well worth it. The junkanoo dinner is my least favorite. Have a great Disney Vacation, Tinkerbell will be sure to sprinkle your days with pixie dust!!!