I have sailed on Disney three times. While I really like Disney, it is a total different cruise from all others. To begin with everything is Disney. The whole ship is decorated with Disney. You will see Mickey's hands above the elevator for the floor indicator. Little Mickey heads decorating your cabin all over. Mickey heads in the wall paper of the main show lounge. etc. The main production shows are Disney themes. Ie. one year when I went they had a production show "Hercules" and another "Dreams". They were great shows that entertained the kids but yet have adult humor. There are no casinos on the ship. There are adult areas on the ship and on their private island they have a family beach, and the adults beach. Dining was good. There are three restaurants that you rotate every night. Your service crew rotates with you. One restaurant is the fancy formal, the other a Caribbean theme (think Tiki), the other is Animators Palate, where the walls are black and white drawings of different Disney movies. As the meal progresses the walls color in. The movies shown onboard are all Disney movies. I travel during nonpeak times and yet there were about 600 kids on each of my cruises. I feel Disney does a really good job on keeping the kids occupied. I loved my Disney cruises, but for your first cruise you might want to stick with one of the major lines. Yes, Disney is more expensive. They have a unique product and they know people will pay. Look what they charge for a one day park pass now!