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  • On Feb 19, 2014
    Laura from MB 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.

    When coming back to WDW from Port Canaveral following a cruise, around what time would it be expected that we would arrive at the resort if we "dock" at 730 AM?

    Welcome back, Laura!

    When your ship arrives back at Port Canaveral after a magical sailing, it must be cleared for disembarkation before guests can begin heading ashore. Normally, by 7:30 a.m., the first guests can begin leaving. The guests that head off first are those who are doing express check out, which means that they are carrying all of their own luggage off of the ship. Most guests take advantage of allowing Disney Cruise Line to get their bags off the ship, by leaving the bags tagged and ready in the hall the night before disembarkation. If you do this, you won't head off right at 7:30, but by 8:00 you can begin to leave with just your carry-on bags.

    If you've had main dining for dinner, you'll be assigned a 6:45 a.m. breakfast in one of the main dining restaurants. Those with the late dinner will be assigned about 8:00 a.m. for breakfast that last morning. However, you're welcome to head to Cabanas to grab a quick bite at your own time if you'd prefer. Once you head off the ship, you'll collect your luggage in the port terminal and go to meet your Disney Cruise Line ground transfer. If you haven't already, be sure to book well before you set sail. Once that motorcoach is full, it'll head to the resorts, stopping at up to three. It's tough to say exactly what time you can expect to arrive at your resort, but if you leave the ship at 8:00, spend 1/2 hour to 45 minutes getting your luggage and getting to the bus, by 9:00 you could be on your way. The drive is 45 minutes to an hour, but you'll need to add in time for stops at a couple of resorts, unless you're lucky enough to be the first stop! So, by 11:00 it's safe to say you could be at your resort if you head off the ship first thing in the morning. Of course so many factors could effect this, but if you're concerned with making Advanced Dining Reservations at Walt Disney World, I'd lean toward a later lunch reservation just to be sure.

    I hope those details help, Laura! Happy planning! 
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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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