Mickey and Minnie Mouse with The Wish
  • On Feb 13, 2023
    Nathaniel from VA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If we are flying in and our arrival time is before our scheduled port arrival time, can we go to the port before or do we have to wait at the airport until our scheduled time? We are using Disney ground transfer from the airport to cruise port.

    Welcome aboard planDisney, Nathaniel!

    I’m so glad you sailed by with your question. How exciting that you are on the final countdown to your magical Disney Cruise Line vacation! I’m sure that you and your crew are getting your packing list together, so be sure to cross off all your worries from your list and leave those at home because the line where the sky meets the sea is calling, and no worries are allowed. 

    Speaking of no worries, securing Disney ground transfers helps to take some of the guesswork out of your arrival and insures a smooth trip to the ship. Once you arrive at Orlando International Airport, take the train to the Main Terminal, and proceed to Level 2/Baggage Claim area to claim your luggage. In addition to your luggage, you will also find a Disney Cruise Line airport representative who will escort you to members of the Luggage Assistance Team who will whisk your luggage away and it will magically appear at your stateroom after you have boarded. 

    Before you drop off your luggage, I recommend that you place anything you may need as soon as you board the ship in your carry-on bag since your luggage will not arrive at your stateroom until sometime after you board. I always include the basics like sunscreen and a water bottle. If you would like to take a dip in the pool, toss in your bathing suit, but leave your towels at home since they are provided. Remember to pack any medications, valuables, and your cruise documents and identification in your carry-on. 

    Once you drop off your luggage, you will proceed to the Disney Cruise Line check-in location in Terminal B/Level 1. When you check-in, a Cast Member will be able to let you know approximately when you will depart for the Cruise Terminal based on a couple of factors, one being your scheduled Port Arrival time. Departures from the airport are between 9:20 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and vary based on how many Guests will be arriving at the airport at various times. While you may not be able to arrive at the port much ahead of your scheduled time, the Cast Member will be able to assist you with an appropriate departure time.

    Now about that packing list, if you would like some ideas on what to pack for your cruise, there are some handy packing lists available on the Disney Cruise Line website. Depending on your itinerary, you may also want to add some magical extras to your list, so feel free to let us know which cruise you plan to take and we are happy to provide more personalized packing tips.  Please let us know if you have any other questions as you prepare for your vacation by sailing back by to me, or to our planDisney cruise specialists Tracie and Adrianna

    Wishing you smooth seas and sunshine,

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Meet the Panelist: Shannon, Georgia

Hi! I'm a dreamer and doer who loves exploring the big blue world! My love for Disney began at Walt Disney World Resort and after my first Disney Cruise Line vacation I was hooked. I especially enjoy the ships' adult-exclusive spaces and activities while experiencing the magic only Disney can create. A Land and Sea vacation combining an action-packed Walt Disney World Resort visit and a relaxing Disney Cruise Line voyage is my favorite way to do Disney. I can't wait to help you create your magical memories! Learn More About Shannon

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