• On May 10, 2017
    Danielle from PA 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.

    First time DCL guest on the Fantasy July 11th 2018! Party of 3 adults, taking a private shuttle from Orlando area hotel. Will we be able to board the ship by 1pm? Because its a 3 night cruise I want to enjoy as much time on the ship as possible!

    Ahoy, Danielle!

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Congratulations on booking your first voyage with Captain Mickey aboard the Disney Fantasy! I can feel your excitement through your question! Squee!! You are going to have such an incredible time during your cruise.

    You will be able to choose a Port Arrival Time during the Online Check-in process as soon as your advance booking window opens. For first-time cruisers, your advance booking window will open 75 days prior to setting sail. I can't guarantee there will be Port Arrival Times prior to 1:00 p.m. still available for you to select, but I think you'll have a good chance of grabbing one! Guests are able to board the ship beginning around 11:30 a.m. Your Port Arrival Time is when you should arrive at the Cruise Terminal; after you check in at the Cruise Terminal, you'll be given a boarding number. Once your number is called, you'll be on your way to paradise!

    I have an extra little tidbit to share with you! Online Check-in opens at midnight (EST) the day your advance booking window opens. I know this might sound silly, but I actually set an alarm for 11:59 p.m. the night before in order to sign into the Disney Cruise Line website and begin my Online Check-in as soon as the clock strikes midnight! Once I've checked in and made my selections, I head back to bed and have the best dreams of sailing the high seas with Captain Mickey!

    Danielle, I hope you'll visit us again with more questions! We are here to make sure your inaugural voyage is 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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