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  • On Jan 31, 2023
    Kevin from Wales Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Will I be able to book Royal Gathering on the Disney cruise line navigator app before I start the online check-in or does online check-in need to be completed first?

    Ahoy Kevin,  

    Thanks for sailing back to bring another great Disney Cruise Line planning question our way, we love to help you understand what to expect once onboard. I’m happy to help you have the best chance in reserving this exciting activity for your upcoming cruise.

    The Royal Gathering is a special character greeting where you have the opportunity to meet several royal friends at once! This unique Disney experience is quite popular so you’re smart to ask the best method in booking. While this is listed under Cruise Activities, it becomes available for everyone 30 days before you set sail (same timing as Online Check-In). You do not have to complete the Online Check-In process first Kevin – in fact, I suggest you make a royal beeline for this activity right at the stroke of midnight EST for the best opportunity to reserve this event if it’s a priority for your family. You can then proceed to the Online Check-In process once you have secured a Royal Gathering time.

    While you can book this activity on either the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app or the website, I tend to be ready on my computer for these exciting reservation windows. I also have my phone nearby, logged into the app, as a back-up plan should either device decide to not cooperate in the exciting moments to secure an activity.

    Here are the steps:  

    • (Computer) Log into the Disney Cruise Line website, and navigate to Already Booked and click on My Reservations in the top right corner of the home page


    • (Mobile Device) Log into the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App and then click My Plans

    • Click on My Reservations and select the desired cruise, if you have more than one reservation.
    • Scroll down and you will see a section labeled Cruise Activities.
    • If you are in your booking window, click Book Now.
    • Each day of the cruise will be displayed. Click on Add Activities to the right of the day you wish to book for.
    • The Royal Gathering is under Onboard Fun and will also list the date you may begin reserving this activity (aligned with your cruise’s Online Check-In date) if not yet available.

    If you aren't able to reserve this experience in advance, some reservation times will also be available on embarkation day. I encourage you to visit Guest Services in person or check the app as soon as you are on the ship and switch to “onboard mode” for the best chance to secure a time, as it remains very popular and limited.

    Please know the exact royal friends in attendance may vary per sailing, but I know you’re going to have a magical visit and some very special photos and memories from the Royal Gathering.  

    Wishing you a magical cruise,

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Meet the Panelist: Amy, Virginia

Hi friends! I'm Amy, a lifelong Disney dreamer from horse-and-wine country, Virginia. My family of three is BIG on fun and treasures every adventure together. We've been making memories at the Walt Disney World Resort and aboard Disney Cruise Line since my son was a toddler; we love our family traditions balanced with "what's new" each visit. I have a passion for Disney details, a love of digital tools, and an eye for practical planning. I can't wait to help you make the MOST of your magical vacation! Learn More About Amy

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