• On Mar 12, 2018
    Laila from VA 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.

    For a land and sea trip with DCL transfer, about how much time does it take from pick up at the resort until we get onboard? Once we get our pick up time, I'd like to plan whether we will arrive in time for lunch onboard, or if we should pack a lunch.

    Ahoy, Laila!

    I'm happy to hear you've got a Land and Sea vacation on the horizon, and that you've already scheduled Disney Ground Transfers to make the transition from land to sea smooth and easy.

    You'll receive detailed instructions in your resort room the night before you sail, telling you what time and where your luggage will be picked up and taken to the ship. (Usually around 8am, and it will be picked up right inside your resort room). Make sure to pack a day bag with your cruise documents, passports (or other forms of ID), medications, valuables, etc. since it will be late afternoon on the ship before you're reunited with your checked bags. You'll also be given a time and place to meet your motorcoach, typically between 11:00am and 1:30pm.

    We usually have a very small breakfast on cruise embarkation day, because we like to arrive hungry! Once you board the ship, you'll have several options for lunch. Our first stop is always the all-you-care-to-enjoy soft-serve ice cream machine (who says you can't start with dessert - you're on vacation!), followed by the delicious buffet at Cabanas. Crab legs, anyone? Have as many as you like! One of the Main Dining restaurants will also be open, as well as the Quick Service windows (pizza, sandwiches, salads, etc) around the pool deck. All dining locations will typically close by 3:30 to prepare for the Mandatory Guest Assembly Drill.

    When we've taken Disney transfers from our Walt Disney World Resort hotel to Port Canaveral, we've always arrived in plenty of time to enjoy a delicious lunch before setting sail, so I'm sure you'll be able to as well!

    I hope this helps with your planning and preparations for an upcoming Land and Sea adventure. Have a magical day! - Diane W.
thumbnail image for Diane

Meet the Panelist: Diane, Alabama

"Dream It! Plan It! Do It!" – that's my motto! If you've always dreamed of a magical visit to Walt Disney World Resort, or sailing away with Captain Mickey on a Disney Cruise, I'd love to help you plan and make the most of your vacation. My favorite getaway is a Land and Sea adventure - from Cinderella Castle to sand castles! Learn More About Diane

Didn't find what you were looking for? Click the Ask a Question button to open the Ask a Question dialogue box. If you are not logged in a dialogue box will appear to signin in order to ask a question.

To submit your question, please sign in now if you have not already done so.

Ask a QuestionOpens the Ask a Question dialog box.

Update Browser

For a better experience browsing this website, please download an updated version of Internet Explorer.

Or you can continue browsing without updating.