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Before my first Disney cruise, I worried the room would be so cramped and not be able to accommodate all our belongings, let alone be comfortable. Boy, was I wrong! Use these tips to organize your Disney Cruise stateroom and enjoy all the small details Disney delivers.
1. Unpack everything
Don’t live out of your suitcase. Disney provides plenty of space for all your stuff.
Two storage closets were in our cabin. Hang any long pants or dresses in the long cubby while storing shirts, blouses and kids clothes in the wider cubby.
Ask for more hangers if you need them. I counted 26 total hangers in our closets – way more than the 3 of us needed. But, if you do, your stateroom host/hostess will be happy to get them for you.
In addition, the bottom of the wider closet has shelving for all your shoes and flip flops.
2. Use packing cubes
I color code our packing cubes so we know which ones have our own clothes. Instead of unpacking them completely, I just toss them in the dresser drawers.
There is ample storage space in the dresser. Besides the bottom pull out drawers, there are 2 cabinets with shelves overhead.
Keep extra sunscreen, bug spray or tumblers on the shelves with front bars to prevent them from falling out.
Each of the two nightstands has an additional drawer if you need more room.
In addition, the table in front of the sofa provides a little nook of storage when you remove the top.
3. Bring extra magnets
While the Disney cabin has 3 strong hooks attached to the wall, bring extra to keep things out of the way.
I used our extra hooks to keep our lanyards and hoodies on while the Disney hooks held more for items such as our backpacks, purses or day bags. This really helps to organize your Disney cruise stateroom by keeping things off the floor and giving it a neater appearance.
4. Use the desk for hair appliances
It was ingenious of Disney to tell you where to style your hair. The stateroom is equipped with a high voltage plug labeled expressly for the blowdryer (Disney provides one in the desk drawer).
Furthermore, there is a mat laying on the dresser telling you to keep your flat iron/curling iron here.
This made sense because there just isn’t enough room in the bathrooms to keep all this stuff. Just store your brush and hair products in the first drawer along with the blowdryer.
5. Bring a portable hamper
This is a dollar store item I have taken on several vacations. It’s a pop up hamper, so it requires little luggage room.
Keep any soiled items in here that you will definitely not be wearing again. Then, at the end of your cruise, gather everything in here into specific packing cubes so you don’t intermingle it with anything that could be clean (yes, I overpacked and didn’t wear several items).
6. Hang toiletries in the bathroom
Again, Disney’s unique split-bathroom concept allows you to have 2 toiletry areas. One bathroom, with the sink and toilet, has 2 hooks on the wall allowing you to hang any bags.
Plus, it has shelving around the sink for toothbrushes, toothpaste and rinses. Or use it to unpack your toiletry bag. There was plenty of room.
Since there are 2 bathrooms, the shelf space is doubled. In addition, the shower provides its own shelving for razors and shaving cream.
Disney supplies you with large bottles of its famous H2O brand of shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion. However, these are not to take home. The hosts refill them so they are continually full.
7. Store luggage under the bed
Surprisingly, we fit our 3 large suitcases under the bed with no problem. Here, they are out of the way not to be seen until you need them again.
The under-bed space is quite deep as well, not like your bed at home (well, at least not mine). Don’t worry if you have a large suitcase – it should fit.
Organize your Disney Cruise stateroom
With staterooms that are 50% larger than other cruise lines, Disney goes out of the way to make use out of every available space.
Take 30 minutes to unpack your bags (I think we did ours after dinner the first night but before the show) and not think about it again.
What do you think? Have you been on a Disney cruise? What other storage secrets have you learned? Let me know in the comments!
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