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  • On Mar 19, 2023
    Debra from VA 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 need to complete online check in for my Disney Wish cruise 4/28/23. I booked Disney transportation from Orlando Airport to Port Canaveral. My flight arrives at 11:00 AM. What time can I expect to arrive at the Wish to board the boat? 12:30 - 1:00

    Ahoy there Debra, and welcome back aboard planDisney!

    I'm glad that you've come back to us for some more nautical knowledge ahead of your 3-Night Bahamian Cruise voyage in April; I recently disembarked from the Disney Wish and would be happy to help you through my personal experiences!

    From the sounds of it, you've already made a reservation through Disney Cruise Line for ground transportation from Orlando International Airport (MCO) to Port Canaveral. I like to recommend this option for folks and families who want the most seamless transition from air to land to sea who decide to fly in on the same day that they will be embarking the ship. Based on our experiences and those of our friends and family members, here's an idea of what you might expect by heading directly to the ship from the airport:

    • Your flight arrival time into Orlando International Airport (MCO) may be early and result in very smooth sailing like we've experienced in the past; however it may be safer to allocate time in the event of any delays in deplaning, baggage offloading and navigating from the gates to the lower level (1) where you will check in for transportation and typically receive a Disney Character or even a color to indicate your bus departure group.
    • The Disney Transportation Cast Members do their best to manage each motorcoach's departure to ensure each group of guests with Port Arrival Times relative to their arriving flights. The wait at the airport to have your group character and/or color called for boarding may be a bit lengthy and even up to an hour, so perhaps pack an extra bit of patience and perhaps a few snacks to tide you over.
    • The drive to Port Canaveral has varied for us in the past, as some years we have been able to get there within 45 minutes at a brisk speed; other times it's been a nerve-wracking 2 hours in midday traffic as folks head out to the beach.
    • Bus schedules and availability are subject to change without prior notice, but your all aboard time appears to be currently set for 3:45 p.m. EST ahead of the Guest Safety Drill. 
    All in all, I feel that a solid one to two hours is a reasonable amount to expect in order for the entire process to be complete with you and your luggage successfully conveyed to the Disney Wish. We can only hope that one day the process may be so streamlined with buses more frequently dispatched that it would mean more precious time spent on board!

    I hope that this has been helpful in some way, and don't hesitate to come back to planDisney to ask us any more questions before you set sail! Our Disney Cruise Line Specialists Tracie and Adrianna can guide you on your way to enjoying the Disney Wish, and be sure to check out the planDisney Pocket Guide

    Wishing you all the best on your next expedition by road, then by sea!

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