• On Dec 12, 2016
    Deanna from SC 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.

    Is a deposit required for things bought on board, and if so how much do they ask for?

    Ahoy, Deanna!

    It is wonderful to hEAR from you again. This question couldn't have come at a better time because I just completed my online check-in for my next Disney Cruise. During this process, which occurs 75 days prior to departure for first time cruisers, you'll submit a credit card number that will be connected to your "Key to the World" card and used to make all your on board purchases (the ship is essentially cash-free). Some examples of purchases made on board are port adventures, spa/salon treatments, adult-dining experiences, souvenirs, specialty/alcoholic beverages, pictures and mixology seminars. And all plans you make online during the check-in process will not be charged until your cruise. Your credit card can be charged during your sailing if your folio balance goes over the set amount by the cruise line (2-5 days-$300, 6-9 days-$500, 10+ days-$700). If you stay under these limits or use gift cards or cash to pay off your balance as you go, your credit card will not be charged until your sailing is over. I find that purchasing a Disney Gift Card at my local grocery store each week is a great way to budget for our on board expenses. 

    I hope my answer gives you a better idea of how spending works on a Disney Cruise vacation. Please write back if you have any additional questions. We are always happy to help. 

    Have a magical day!

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Meet the Panelist: Nancy, Georgia

Ahoy there!I'm excited to help you plan a magical voyage filled with pixie dust onboard one of the magnificent Disney cruise ships. As a mom of two,I love planning a Disney cruise and can't wait for you to experience all that DCL has to offer. Learn More About Nancy

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