Was just assigned room 5534 on the Disney Dream. Was hoping for a room on a higher deck, towards the back of the ship (away from kids clubs). What are my chances to being able to change staterooms when I check in at the port on embarkation day?
Slim to none - especially not without being charged for it. Some cruiselines apparently allow you to call and fuss about your guarantee assignment and change. Disney is not one of those. When you book guarantee status you are saying you’re ok with them putting you anywhere on the ship in your booked category or above.
How noisy is it being that close to the Oceaneer’s Club & Vibe? Is there more noise, running up & down the halls, etc. on Deck 5?
I didn’t find it any noisier when I was stuck in 5044 (which is closer to the stairs) than any other cabin. If I remember correctly, the entrance to Vibe is not off of the hall. And Oceanear’s is at the other end of the ship.
Bottom line is no matter where you are, there are people who are going to allow (and sadly even encourage) their kids to run down the hall. Just like it is impossible to say what a “quiet” room is at a resort because you could have a super quiet party in there one day and a screaming child in there the next, it will vary from cruise to cruise.
But I did not find it any noisier than anywhere else on the ship.