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  • On Feb 18, 2024
    Jennie from VA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Have a cruise booked out of port Canaveral. We are coming in early for our cruise. We have already purchased ground transfer. Is it possible to rent a car for the days before our cruise leaves then use the ground transport to take us to the port and back?

    Ahoy there, Jennie, and welcome aboard planDisney. I love this idea of a Disney Land and Sea vacation where you enjoy the turf part of your adventure first and then relax during the surf. Renting a car before your cruise gives you the best opportunity to visit Walt Disney World Resort and the surrounding area.

    Yes, you may rent a car before your Disney Cruise Line voyage and then take Ground Transfer directly to the port after the land portion and to the airport after the sea portion. You will need to build in time to return the rental car either to the Orlando International Airport or the Car Care Center located on Disney property if the car rental company has a location there before your Ground Transfer pickup time. You may also consider canceling your Ground Transfer and driving directly to Port Canaveral and dropping your rental car off nearby. Just make sure the rental car company has a location near Port Canaveral. 

    I find the most convenient and cost-effective method is to drive ourselves to the car rental location near the port and take the complimentary shuttle to the cruise terminal. This saves us the $45.00 USD (subject to change) ground transfer fee on embarkation day per person for Guests 3 years and older. If you are going to use this route then you will need to cancel your ground transportation at least eight days before your vacation commencement. A Land and Sea Vacation Package with a Disney Resorts Collection hotel before the cruise will require you to cancel the ground transfer eight days before the hotel check-in date. To get back to the airport you could rent a car for one day or have Disney Cruise Line arrange a ground transfer (currently a separate $45.00). Ground Transfer via Disney will be a current total of $90.00 USD per person.

    Jennie, I hope this information helps you get ship shape for the most spectacular vacation this November. Please feel free to write me back directly with any follow-up questions or for other Disney vacation planning tips.

    Enjoy making many Magical Memories on the High Seas.
    ~Jason
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Meet the Panelist: Jason, Georgia

I am a father and orthodontist who loves the hidden treasures found on Disney vacations. For over a decade, my wife and I have raised our two sons on Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, and Disney Theme Parks on both coasts. From large group and multigeneration family vacations to adult trips and couples getaways, I am excited to share my years of pixie-dust-covered experiences with you while planning your Disney vacation. Let the lifelong magical memories ... begin! Learn More About Jason

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