• On Jun 14, 2017
    Donald from IL 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.

    We are first time cruisers, how long does it take to get on and off the ship when you stop at excursion ports?

    Hi Donald!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Congratulations on planning your inaugural cruise! One of the top reasons why we love cruising with Disney Cruise Line is because we get to see so many exotic places all while being surrounded by Disney magic! The journey aboard Disney Cruise Line to each port of call is as much fun as actually visiting the destinations themselves!

    Debarking the ship once the ship has docked at a port of call is easy and usually not a long process at all! If Guests are leaving the ship on their own to explore, they typically get off in the morning so the gangway is a little more crowded at that time. Even in the most crowded circumstances, we've only had to wait five minutes or so. Disney Cruise Line has multiple Cast Members and Crew waiting and ready to scan each member of your family's "Key to the World" card before going ashore. All Guests 18 years of age or older must have a photo I.D. with them as well.

    If you've booked one of Disney Cruise Line's Port Adventures, you will have a meeting place (usually aboard the ship) assigned for the morning or afternoon of your excursion. Your entire party will meet at the designated location (with your "Key to the World" cards and photo I.D.) and check in for your Port Adventure. Then, you will walk as an entire group to the gangway and debark the ship together!

    Donald, if you have any more questions while you plan your inaugural voyage with Captain Mickey, please don't hesitate to stop back and visit us again! We want to make your first Disney Cruise as smooth-sailing as possible!

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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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