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  • On Jan 10, 2015
    Deanna from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Booked for a 5-night Disney Magic sailing in May 2015. Thinking of flying in a day early and staying at a Disney hotel. How does that work with transfers? Any suggestions on which hotel? One with a cool pool or restaurant. Not visiting any parks. Thanks!

    Ahoy, Deanna!

    Planning a pre-cruise night is a must for me. It really does get you and your whole family well-rested before embarkation day. That means -- you'll have a pumped up family the following morning, ready to hop and skip over to the port to get onboard.

    I love staying at Disney's Yacht Club Resort or the BoardWalk Inn for a 1 night stay before we set sail the following day. The pool is awesome and my kids love dining at the Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, just so that they can devour the best desserts. Try the Kitchen Sink if you guys love ice cream. Yum! They have a great selection for entrees too, and just in case you decide to eat something else - there's a number of restaurants within walking distance.

    Ground Transfers are easiest when booked through Disney Cruise Line. It includes luggage handling, and you'll get a reminder letter in the evening to let you know that your check-in luggage will be picked up by bell services in the morning (ours usually gets picked up at 8am). You'll need to have a day bag with your travel documents and any other essentials, since you won't see your check-in luggage at your stateroom until later than afternoon. There will be a meeting location at your hotel lobby and you will board the motor coach that will whisk you away to Port Canaveral!

    I hope this helps, Deanna. Let us know if you have additional questions or need additional recommendations on hotels or restaurants for your pre-cruise stay.

    Happy planning!
    ~ Dolly
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Meet the Panelist: Dolly, California

I'm a full-time working mom anchored by an active family who shares the passion for travel, food and music! Our 2 teens have grown up sailing on the Disney Cruise Line and sharing the magic with other working families brings us so much pride and Pixie Dust! Learn More About Dolly

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