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  • On Aug 27, 2023
    Terry from MD Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are flying into Orlando for our cruise and have arranged for Disney Transportation from the airport to the Port. Do I need to stay up until midnight for earliest check in and port arrival selection? Or is the Port Arrival Time based on bud transportat?

    Ahoy there, Terry! I'm pleased to welcome you to planDisney and chat about your upcoming cruise!

    Terry, since 1950 when Cinderella first made her way to the big screen, midnight has been a Magical hour. From carriages turning back into pumpkins, Disney Genie+ purchase option opening to Walt Disney World Guests, and yes, port arrival times opening for Disney Cruise Line passengers, midnight has a special meaning. For your situation, however, you can sleep sounder than Princess Aurora because if you have booked Disney Ground Transportation to the port, your arrival time will be automatically assigned. 

    While I'm much more likely to channel my inner Cinderella and be up with birds than see midnight, in case you would book a future cruise without direct Disney Ground Transportation, I do recommend brewing an evening pot of coffee and watching that clock strike twelve to have the best chance of selecting your desired port arrival time. 

    Terry, I'll be wishing on a star that you have an unforgettable voyage. My family and I are setting sail aboard the Disney Dream this September and as you likely are, we are already counting down the days! If you have any more questions, please come on back to planDisney where we love to see a returning guest. 

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