• On Sep 11, 2018
    Justine from CA 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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    Hello! We will be going to Disneyland and will take the Amtrak from Anaheim to San Diego for our first Disney cruise. Our check in time is 1:30 pm, should we take the train that arrives at 1pm or should we arrive earlier at 11:30am and wait for two hours?

    Hi Justine!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Oh my gosh, I'm so excited to hEAR that you're planning for your very first Disney Cruise Line adventure! My first Disney Cruise set sail from California, too! We visited Disneyland Resort prior to our high-seas voyage. I have a feeling you'll fall in love with cruising and that this will be the first of many adventures with Captain Mickey at the helm.

    You asked a wonderful question! In my opinion, since your Port Arrival Time is scheduled for 1:30 PM, I would take the train that arrives at 1:00 PM rather than the one that gets you to the Cruise Terminal two hours prior. If Guests arrive too far in advance of their Port Arrival Time, Disney Cruise Line may request that they wait to enter the Cruise Terminal until their designated Port Arrival Time.

    My family loves to start our Disney Cruises with a delicious lunch buffet at Cabanas! Before you know it, you'll be dancing on deck during the Sail-Away Celebration with Captain Mickey and his friends as the ship gets ready to set sail! If you haven't done so already, take a peek at the Packing List for Disney Cruises. This is a great list to reference as you begin packing your treasure chests!

    If you have any other questions before your inaugural voyage, please come back and visit us again! We're here to help make the planning process smooth sailing!

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Meet the Panelist: Beth, Illinois

Let's talk about the WONDER and MAGIC of your FANTASY DREAM vacation aboard the Disney Cruise Line! I'm a proud stay-at-home mom to my little buccaneer with special needs and, along with my husband, a lover of everything Disney! We've had so many unforgettable memories and adventures while sailing on Disney Cruise Line. I can't wait to help you navigate through any questions you may have while planning your family's adventures at sea! Learn More About Beth

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