• On Apr 28, 2017
    Chantal from ON Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Can you book your shore excursions and meet and greets first before online check in? Wonderings as were going on the Dream and were hearing conflicting info on being able to get shore excursions or those coveted meet and greet tickets.

    Welcome aboard, Chantal! The Disney Dream has so much magic in store for your family from the moment you set foot in the atrium lobby as the Cast Members announce your family name and applaud your arrival!

    Fun extras like Port Adventures and certain Character Greetings can be booked during your online check-in. What may be confusing is that some guests can begin this before others, based on their Castaway Club levels. Let me tell you a bit more about how it works. Once a guest has cruised with Disney, they then become a Castaway Club member for any future cruises. The levels go up the more a guest cruises: Silver, Gold, Platinum. Platinum cruisers begin online check-in (and booking those extras) 120 prior to sailing. Gold members begin at 105 days, and Silver at 90 days prior. First time cruisers begin their online check-in 75 days prior to sailing, which is when you'll be beginning, I'm assuming. Some of those really popular activities may fill up quickly, so I recommend that you log on as soon as that 75 day mark arrives.

    Now, if you find that you aren't able to get tickets prior to sailing for the Princess Gathering or Frozen Meet and Greet, don't worry! There are so many Meet and Greet opportunities all day and night on the ship, and none of these others require advanced tickets. If your kids have their hearts set on the ticketed events though, keep checking back online before you sail, as guests do change their plans, and tickets may come available again. Also, check in with Guest Services once onboard.

    I hope that helps as you continue planning, Chantal! Stop back again with any other questions you might have. We're happy to help!
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Meet the Panelist: Marcy, Ohio

Welcome aboard! I'm the mom of two tween/teen Castaway Clubbers who would live on any of the Disney ships if they could. I would love to help your family discover the magic that awaits you on the open seas with Disney Cruise Line. Learn More About Marcy

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