Mickey and Minnie Mouse with The Wish
  • On Aug 12, 2023
    Natalie from ON Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I'm going on my first Disney cruise and have purchased my own lanyards that come with a hard plastic case for the Key to the World card. Will I need to take the card out of the plastic holder attached to a lanyard in order for it to work/be read?

    Hi there Natalie, I'd like to wish you a great Canadian Welcome aboard planDisney!

    I'm super excited for your first time on Disney Cruise Line and always look forward to helping fellow Canadian seafarers navigate their way through what to expect before they set sail. It seems like you're definitely aware of the importance of your Key to the World card, especially since you'll still need to have it handy whenever you embark and debark the ship. 

    It's definitely a good idea to keep your Key to the World cards in a safe, readily-accessible place like a lanyard around your neck and I've even purchased special protective cases for mine on board! From my personal experience and that of other folks I've sailed with in the past, your experience may vary as to whether it'll be easy to scan through the case as it may depend on the overall thickness of the holder that your Key to the World card is in or even the reader that is used across the Disney Cruise Line fleet or in various Ports of Call. (Just be prepared in the event that you may need to remove it from time to time, as I've personally experienced some older scanning terminals that required cards to be swiped instead.) Unfortunately since I don't know where you've purchased your cases from we can't know for sure until you use them and test it out yourself, but on the bright side at least you'll know for your next voyage!

    The introduction of DisneyBand+ in 2023 has definitely made it easier for some seafarers on the Disney Wish to access their staterooms or make purchases charged to their stateroom folio but Canadians can only purchase these on board at the current time. I'm excited for newer features and advancements for these across the fleet in the future, but in the meantime stay tuned and be sure to come back to planDisney for more First-Timer Tips before you embark on your voyage!

    Here's to your first time setting sail upon the shimmering seas!

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Meet the Panelist: Prince, Ontario

Hello, Bonjour and Ahoy there! Growing up in Canada, my first visit to Walt Disney World Resort and seeing so many new lands to explore all at once spurred me toward my goal to venture to all of the Disney Parks worldwide. As a proud Disney Uncle - or "Duncle" - whether it's a taste of experiences around the world or even interplanetary travel - I can't wait to give my tips and help you plan your family's next great adventure!    Learn More About Prince

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