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Disney Cruise Line in a Jiffy: What Are Towel Animals?

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Every night of your sailing on Disney Cruise Line, your stateroom host will leave you two little gifts in your stateroom: bedtime chocolates (one per person) and a towel animal. Towel animals are broadly what they sound like, animals fashioned from towels, but you’ll often find that your “towel animal” is formed from a blanket and sometimes the “animal” is really an object rather than a creature. In addition to towels and blankets, your stateroom attendant may also incorporate small stickers, the packaged chocolates, or even your sunglasses to be something like eyes or claws. Below are some examples of common towel animals.

Pre-pandemic, you might have found a towel animal in your Walt Disney World hotel room, but I haven’t encountered one on land in years. The good news is that towel animals are alive and well at sea. Its great fun to return to your room each evening and see your surprise new roommate. And it’s even more fun to try and speculate what the towel creation is supposed to be.

Towel animals have become so popular that DCL actually created two plush toys that look like towel animals (a monkey and an elephant), available for purchase.

Plush towel-like toys in Disney Dream gift shop.

If you’d like to know how to make towel animals yourself, take a look at your Personal Navigator app schedule. DCL sometimes offers towel-folding classes that result in animals. But be aware that, as my family found out, actually making towel animals is harder than it looks.

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Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel (now PlanDisney), a regular contributor to TouringPlans.com, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obsession - Broadway theater.

2 thoughts on “Disney Cruise Line in a Jiffy: What Are Towel Animals?

  • On my January 2023 cruise, there were a whole bunch of different towel animals by the pool. Not so in 2024, but I think it was because the weather was bad. As for chocolates, I sailed solo and got two chocolates. I guess they don’t want to leave only one.

  • I haven’t seen swans, elephants and the like in years, but we did get a set of towels folded into a Mickey head last week at Port Orleans Riverside.


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