• On May 14, 2018
    Jeelissa from TN 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.

    My family and I will drive down to Orlando in October, we will return our car rental at the MCO airport. Can you tell us what is the best time to schedule our transportation with Disney bus transfer? Should we book now or further out?

    Hi there, Jeelissa!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!  I am so glad you stopped by with your question about your upcoming Disney Cruise Line vacation aboard the Disney Dream!  I absolutely love Halloween on the High Seas sailings – don’t forget your costumes for onboard Halloween fun!

    When you complete your Online Check-In, you will choose a port arrival time - when you will arrive at Port Canaveral for check-in and registration.  Disney Cruise Line staggers the arrival times to reduce wait times and longer than necessary lines, which when traveling with children is always a nice thing!  I would suggest scheduling your Disney Cruise Line transfer after completing your Online Check-In and choosing your Port Arrival Time so they align!  If you are a first time cruiser, your window for check-in will open 75 days prior to your sail date.  Disney Cruise Line ground transfers need to be booked at least three days prior to your departure, so you will have plenty of time in between Check-In and your sail date to schedule those!

    When your Check-In window opens, your onboard reservation window also opens!  At this time you will be able to book any onboard activities that require reservations such as Character Breakfast tickets, Princess Gathering tickets, spa reservations, adult-exclusive dining reservations and much more!  You can also book any Port Adventures for your days at port and I recommend exploring the excursions offered prior to your window opening so you have an idea of what you want to do!

    Wishing you a wonderful and magical cruise!

    Happy Sailing!
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Meet the Panelist: Stephanie, Texas

Hello from Texas!  I am a stay-at-home mom to two young boys and a Disney Cruise Line addict!  In my circle of friends and family I am the one that people reach out to for information on Disney vacations.  My family loves seeing the world aboard Disney's amazing ships and I look forward to helping you plan your own magical Disney Cruise Line vacation!   Learn More About Stephanie

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