Three Generations Aboard Ship; fireworks; night
  • On Feb 18, 2009
    Brian from IL 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.

    If leaving a Disney resort, how long does it take to get to the port using Disney transportation? Are you given a preassigned departure, or a window of times to leave by?

    You will receive a designated time to meet a Disney Cruise Line representative at a location in your resort.

    When we were departing from the Boardwalk Resort we met in the BelleVue Room at 12:30 p.m. The DCL rep met everyone and made sure we all had our documentation. We had to meet at 12:30 p.m. for a 12:45 p.m. departure. Departing from the Beach Club, I had to meet at 11:30 a.m. in the Solarium for an 11:45 a.m. departure.

    There is usually one meeting time at each resort approximately between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

    The Disney Cruise Line bus may also stop at other resorts after your family has boarded. This adds some additional time but each stop is highly organized. Once en route, it takes about an hour to reach the port. Most DCL buses arrive Port Canaveral between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. I like arriving at this time and being able to go directly to my stateroom.

    Also, you'll be instructed to leave your luggage inside your WDW resort room by a certain time the morning of your departure. Be sure to put the DCL tags on your bags. And remember that you won't see this luggage until it reaches your stateroom.

    On my last two cruises, I slept in and therefore kept my luggage. At the Boardwalk Resort, my family brought our luggage to the BelleVue Room and the DCL Representative put our bags on a cart. Note that we were not the only family that didn't get up in time to have bags ready at 8:00 a.m.

    While at the Beach Club, I went down to the DCL desk  around 9:00 a.m. and the rep called to have my bags picked up. By the time I returned to the room to retrieve my carry-on bag, my other luggage had already been picked up. Fantastic service!

    DCL's Ground Transporation is exceptionally organized.

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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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