• On Jan 27, 2018
    Darin from Thailand 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.

    Do we need to complete 'check-in online' before booking the activities on board?

    Ahoy, Darin!

    It looks like you're preparing for a magical spring voyage with Disney Cruise Line. I'm sure you're counting down the days until you set sail with Captain Mickey - I know I would be!

    One of the most fun parts of planning a Disney Cruise Line vacation is booking Onboard Activities to enjoy throughout your sailing. Port Adventures, Adult-exclusive dining (at Palo/Remy), Nursery time, Spa/Fitness, and Onboard Fun can all be reserved ahead of time, when your advance booking window opens.

    While you won't have to fully complete the Online Check-In process before booking these activities, you will need to have your cruise paid in full in order to do so. We always try to make sure our final balance is processed several days in advance of our booking window opening, so we're ready to go right at midnight (EST)!

    Advance booking windows are determined by your Castaway Club membership level:

    • First-time Guests - 75 days prior to sail date
    • Silver Castaway Club Members (sailed with Disney Cruise Line at least once) - 90 days prior to sail date
    • Gold Castaway Club Members - 105 days prior to sail date
    • Concierge Guests/Platinum Castaway Club Members - 120 days prior to sail date
    One reason why I like to complete the steps of my Online Check-In as soon as I can is to choose a Port Arrival Time for embarkation day. We typically drive ourselves to the port, and are eager to start our vacation, so we enjoy an early arrival time!

    I hope this helps with your planning, and that you're able to secure reservations for all of your must-do Onboard Activities. Have a magical day! - Diane W.
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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

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