Disney Cruise Guests Can Not Hide Ducks on the Ship

Disney Cruising Ducks

A popular activity on cruise ships is hiding ducks for other guests to find. Many children and adults enjoy hunting for the ducks while cruising. 

For the last month, there has been a rumour that Disney Cruise Lines will ban the practice on their ships. DCL has taken a step in that direction with a recent post on their Plan Disney website.

“Are we allowed to hide ducks on the ships? Security on our recent Disney cruise were removing them and told us to stop but I can’t find this written anywhere.”

Ahoy, Shirley! Thank you for sailing to planDisney with your question. Welcome! 

I’ve been hearing rumblings that guests are being discouraged from hiding ducks onboard Disney Cruise ships, so I called the friendly agents at Disney Cruise Line to ask if they had an official policy that I could share with you. I was advised that guests cannot hide things, such as rubber ducks in staterooms or public areas on the ship. 

I know that this is a popular thing to do for many cruisers onboard, but it sounds like it’s being discouraged and as you said, Crew Members are removing any ducks they spot around the ship. I’ve got kids in my household with eyes that are trained for the ducks onboard so I guess it’s time I inform them to not re-hide any ducks that they might find! 

It sounds like now we both have our ducks in a row for future cruises! If you have additional questions, please return to planDisney and ask. My panelist pals and I can help you when you vacation with Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, and Disney Vacation Club. We even have a fun planDisney podcast you can check out between your Disney trips to feel close to that Disney magic. 

Have a wonderful New Year!


Are we allowed to hide ducks on the ships? Se… | planDisney (go.com)

This matches with what a Disney CM reported on Disboards in December.

  • A Guest may bring rubber ducks onboard. However, pool toys (e.g., rubber ducks) cannot be used in the pools.

    Note: Guests cannot hide things, such as rubber ducks, in staterooms or public areas.

Plastic Ducks are not currently on the list of prohibited items, but I would not buy any ducks to hide for an upcoming cruise. If you already have a stash of ducks for your next cruise, you could drop them in fish extenders or give them directly to kids or adults on your cruise.

DCL has made a few controversial decisions recently. The age change in the kids’ club and Castaway Club expiration if you don’t cruise or book within five years. Are you sailing soon? Make sure you join your cruise group and sign up for our newsletter to get the latest information.

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