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  • On Apr 21, 2022
    Charlene from MA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What would be the earliest we should book our flight out of MCO after ship docks at Port Canaveral?

    Ahoy there, Charlene! Welcome aboard the decks here at planDisney! Looks like you've got plans for an incredible summer vacation this August! Nothing - and I do mean nothing - says summer like being aboard one of the Disney Cruise Line ships, coasting along in the wide open ocean, basking in the magic all around the vessel! 

    OK, I'm officially jealous and will have to go check my Disney Cruise Line Navigator app for how many days are left on our countdown! 

    Bravo for thinking about the end of your cruise - that gets the "planDrew-approved" seal of...well...approval! While planning the end of your vacation is arguably the worst part, having to say "See Ya' Real Soon" to your home on the high seas just means it's only a matter of time until you're back aboard for your next Disney Cruise Line vacation! And if you placed a placeholder reservation while aboard, you know you'll be returning within two years! 

    When it comes to the earliest flight suggested to get you from Orlando International Airport back home, Disney Cruise Line recommends a flight no earlier than 11:25 a.m. Now in my experience, I've occasionally able to make an earlier flight work, however everything has to work practically perfect in every way, so with this many variables at play, I don't recommend doing so! Once, we had the first seating for dinner (which means you'll have the early breakfast on debarkation day) and used express walk everything worked out, but looking back, had we hit ANY delay during ANY point, we likely would have missed it, so I definitely don't recommend trying to push any earlier!

    Oh, and if you're planning on taking Disney Cruise Line Ground Transportation, you'll be able to delay your return to the real world just a bit longer as your motorcoach chauffeurs you from the ship to the airport. A few more moments of vacation bliss as you make your way back.

    I hope that helps you chart a course for a safe return to your home port, Charlene, and thanks again for sailing my way with your question! If you have any others while you keep counting down the days, please drop me another line here at planDisney!

    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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