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  • On Jun 9, 2009
    Darcie from AZ 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.

    Hey cruise queen - me again! My passporter book states that "at check-in, you'll need to make a deposit of at least $500 toward your on-board spending." Is that right? Do they mean a credit card hold or will they actually charge $500 per state

    As I understand it, your stateroom account is handled in the same manner as when you are charging to a room account at Walt Disney World.

    You’ll be asked for a credit card to guarantee charges to your stateroom account. The card is not billed until you’ve reached the $400 limit  for 7 night cruises and $200 limit for shorter voyages (subject to change).

    Any On Board Credits will be applied first. Passengers may also provide Disney gift cards and cash towards their room account. Guest Services can provide a print-out of your room charges at any time during your cruise.

    Just remember that the Disney Cruise is cashless. You may need some cash for tips such as room service, however most other expenses on board and even on Castaway Cay require using your Key to the World stateroom key card.

    On my last cruise, I brought tip money (about 20 one dollar bills) and used a credit card at Check In. However, I was able to apply Disney gift cards to my account by visiting Guest Services. Therefore, the expenses put on my credit card were minimal.

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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, Tennessee

I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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