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  • On Feb 11, 2010
    Kim 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.

    We are booked for a cruise on September 9, 2010 returning on September 12, 2010. We are booked, independently, not through Disney, on a flight out of Orlando at 11 a.m. Will we have enough time to get to the airport for our flight? Thanks.

    Hi Kim,

    Welcome to the Moms Panel!  I absolutely love cruising in September, the rates simply can't be beat!

    The ship is typically cleared by U.S. Customs at approximately 7:30 a.m., and guests are able to disembark the ship at any time after the all-clear announcement. 

    For my first few cruises, I followed the guidelines and found that they do build in a generous time-buffer with the recommended flight departure times.  I would find myself at the airport simply wishing I had booked the earlier flight.  So I now book flights a bit earlier (but no earlier than 11:00 a.m.) and find this to be a very reasonable time table (even with all the bathroom breaks and snack stops for our family of five).

    So based on my experience, I think you will have plenty of time to make that 11 a.m. flight, I simply suggest disembarking the ship at your earliest opportunity.

    Hope this helps, have a wonderful voyage!
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Meet the Panelist: Karen, New Hampshire

Ahoy matey!  My name is Karen and if there is such a person as the all-American Disney Mom, I'm it. I am a proud card-carrying member of Disney Cruise Line's Castaway Club and I would love to help you plan your Disney Cruise Line vacation! Learn More About Karen

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