Walking on The Beach
  • On Mar 31, 2022
    Larry from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I am going on the Disney Wish out of Cape Canaveral July 29-August 1. I have a flight out of Orlando at 9:00 PM on the 1st. Will Disney provide transportation to a Walt Disney World Resort where I could spend the day at EPCOT? Will they hold my luggage?

    Ahoy there, Larry! Welcome aboard planDisney! I know I'm as excited as Timon and Pumbaa unearthing grubs to see the Disney Wish set sail this Summer, and I'm thrilled that you will be joining the crew for your 3-night Bahamian Itinerary! There's still so much to learn about the newest ship in the fleet, but while we wait, I'm glad to see you've been planning ahead! 

    I definitely know the struggle of flight times not aligning perfectly with the end of a cruise - the only thing worse than a late flight that you have to wait around for is missing a flight that was before Disney Cruise Line's recommended departure time!

    Unfortunately, Larry, Disney Cruise Line only provides Ground Transportation to the Walt Disney World Resort as part of a hotel stay after a cruise, and only guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel can use Bell Services to store luggage. But don't despair! Luckily, I have a few planDrew-approved ways that you can still make your day as magical as you were hoping - or at least close to as magical! 

    My first suggestion, if you haven't already, is to be sure to book Ground Transportation to and from Orlando International Airport through Disney Cruise Line. This way, you can be sure you'll get to and from the ship to the airport on official transportation that can accommodate adjustments to your flight schedule.

    Second, I'd be sure to use Express Walk Off during debarkation day! This allows you to keep your luggage with you on the final morning of your sailing, and leave as soon as the ship is cleared by customs. This also means - since you'll have your bags - that you won't have to find them in the baggage area after the cruise! Once you clear customs, you'll be able to board the bus back to the airport - hopefully one of the first ones!

    Once you return to the airport, you've got a choice: there are several luggage services at the airport that could potentially hold your luggage, but be sure to check their hours of operation! Then it's a quick rideshare, taxi, or magic carpet ride to Walt Disney World Resort and a magical day at EPCOT! However, if you didn't want to use a service to hold your luggage, there's one other option that's a bit off the beaten path, but I've seen it work - assuming that you packed light for your 3-night itinerary.

    If you make your way to the International Gateway entrance at EPCOT! There, you'll find the elusive "Jumbo Lockers" that are only available there and at Magic Kingdom Park! As long as your luggage is less than 17" x 22" x 26", you should have no issues, just note that lockers are first-come, first served! And speaking of first come first served, don't forget to make a Disney Park Pass reservation for EPCOT for August 1st - all the good advice in the world can't overcome a park at capacity!

    No matter which way you decide to go, Larry, I hope that at least gives you a starting point while you consider the options for your luggage and ! Just a bit more planning that should lighten your load after your Disney Cruise Line vacation! Thank you for your question, and if any others bubble to the surface as you continue your plans, please drop me another line! 

    Until then, may your anchor be tight and your compass true! 

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Meet the Panelist: Andrew, Missouri

Anchors aweigh! I’m Andrew - but you can call me PLANdrew! I’m a Disney husband and dad who’s been sailing with Disney Cruise Line since I was 15 years old. My family and I have embarked on incredible itineraries around the world, making magical memories on each exciting adventure. So, if “the line where the sky meets the sea calls you," I’m here to be your guide! As Maui would say, “You’re Welcome!” Learn More About Andrew

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