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  • On Mar 30, 2010
    Kelvin from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Great Panel!! I have a party of 13 that will be aboard the Disney Dream in June. We plan on visiting the parks sometime during this vacation. Would it be better to visit the parks before, or after the cruise.

    Hi Kelvin,

    I get asked this question a lot - and sometimes I think I am in the minority because I prefer to cruise BEFORE my visit to Walt Disney World.  I see it like this...the cruise is undoubtedly the more expensive portion of the vacation (since it's an all-inclusive atmosphere), so I don't simply see it as a way to "recover" from my Disney Parks vacation.  I want to be refreshed and ready to enjoy and embrace every aspect of the cruise experience.  If I'm wiped out from my park experience, I worry that I'll miss some of the fun that cruising offers.

    Secondly, having cruised both before and after a parks vacation - I have found the transition from ship to parks much more efficient than the parks to ship transition.  When you disembark the ship, you're on a bus and on your way to Walt Disney World - realistically you could be checked in to your resort and playing in a park before lunch time.  When traveling from your Disney resort to the port, it is a much longer process and takes up the better part of your day.  You really won't have time to "play" that morning...but the ship doesn't set sail until 5:00 p.m. so you have a lot of hurry up and wait this day.

    Either way, combining a Walt Disney World vacation with a Disney Cruise is the ULTIMATE in vacation fun!

    Good luck with your decision!
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Meet the Panelist: Karen, New Hampshire

Ahoy matey!  My name is Karen and if there is such a person as the all-American Disney Mom, I'm it. I am a proud card-carrying member of Disney Cruise Line's Castaway Club and I would love to help you plan your Disney Cruise Line vacation! Learn More About Karen

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