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  • On May 18, 2023
    Charles from IL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    best way to book pre/post cruise WDW stay?

    Hiya Charles!

    Welcome to planDisney! I love that you came to us with this question and that I was the one who is here to assist you! I just had a chance to figure this out recently for myself and I found it was not too difficult as one would think. 

    I don't know what cruise line you are going to be experiencing before or after your stay at Walt Disney World Resort but the process to book a stay is just like any other Walt Disney World Resort booking.

    Walt Disney World offers a Land and Sea Vacation where you can set up all at once your whole trip with a stay at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel and an adventure on a Disney Cruise Line ship. However, if you are like me and decided to add a Resort stay after you already booked your Disney Cruise Line journey you can do one of three options: book your Resort stay directly online through the main site, call to book with Walt Disney World Reservation specialists, or contact the Travel Agent you used to book your cruise-if one was used. You can also add on Disney Ground Transportation which is a cost-per-person experience that can be arranged for any destination between a Walt Disney World Resort, the nearest cruise port, and Orlando International Airport (MCO). Important to note is that this transportation is just for Disney Cruise Line guests. 

    If you are going on a non-Disney Cruise Line cruise and just wanted to squeeze in some Walt Disney World magic as well you can also do one of the same three options as I mentioned above to book your Resort stay. However, your transportation will have to be arranged separately such as through a private car service or rideshare. 

    My family decided to book a stay at a Walt Disney World Resort after our Disney Cruise Line vacation to extend the magic a bit more. We are planning on just hailing a rideshare to make the approximately hour-long journey from Port Canaveral to the Resorts. We wanted the flexibility to make a stop at a grocery store. Evaluate what fits your family and finances and I'm sure you will find your best Resort stay and transport options. 

    I don't know if you heard about the 4-day, 4-Park Magic Ticket that is being offered this summer but it is one of the best deals I have seen in a very long time. Since you are probably looking for a shorter stay before or after your cruise this may be a great ticket option. They will go on sale in a few days on May 23, 2023. I would also check out the Special Offers, Deals & Discounts page to see what else is there. 

    I hope this helps and that you have a magical vacation. I'm incredibly excited for you! If you have any questions feel free to let me know!

    Happy Planning!


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