Mickey and Minnie Mouse with The Wish
  • On Mar 2, 2023
    Michael from FL 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 know excursions open before hand and I did see the Royal Gathering opens 30 days before sailing, is there anything else I can pre-book? Anything the I needs to be booked as soon as I'm onboard?

    Hi, Michael! Welcome to planDisney and Disney Cruise Line! Thank you for sailing our way as you prepare for your Disney Cruise Line adventure! Before I share all the fun activities you can pre-book, let’s determine your booking window.

    Once your cruise is paid in full, you can make reservations online as soon as your booking window opens. Your Castaway Club membership level determines the advance booking window. If this is your first cruise, your window opens 75 days before sailing. The date is also listed on your reservation under Cruise Activities. 

    A Disney Cruise is the perfect vacation for families because there are so many fun onboard activities happening all around the ship. While many things do not need to be pre-booked, there are a few reservations that you’ll want to secure early. Besides Port Adventures, you can reserve spa appointments, adult-exclusive dining, nursery times, beverage tastings, and some character encounters. The most coveted reservations for adults are Palo Brunch and beverage tastings. I’d make those my first stop on the Cruise Activities page. Depending on the length of your cruise and the ship, Olaf’s Royal Picnic and Royal Court Royal Tea are popular with junior sailors. 

    Michael, no cruise is complete without a photo with your favorite Disney Pals. The Royal Gathering of princesses can currently be reserved 30 days before your sailing. However, there are plenty of opportunities to meet princesses, princes, and even “The Captains.” I mean Captain Mickey and Captain Minnie, of course, but you can also meet the ship’s captain too! Check the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app once onboard for times and locations – no need to pre-book. 

    Once you’re on the ship, you can sit back and relax because all the planning is done. Since it’s not quite time to zip up those suitcases, please let us know if you have any more questions. We are always happy to help!

    SEAS the adventure!
    Tracie
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Meet the Panelist: Tracie, Florida

Ahoy! Just like Moana, I feel the irresistible call of the sea. I think the best vacation is aboard a Disney Cruise Line ship – thankfully, my family agrees. Whether savoring gelato in Italy, snorkeling in Mexico, or basking in the sea breeze on deck, each destination fills us with memories to last a lifetime. I look forward to helping your family plan a Disney Cruise Line adventure brimming with cherished moments!

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