• On Nov 27, 2017
    Shelita from LA 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.

    Hi, Just did online check in, for Feb 2018 cruise, selected 1045-1115 check-in, just what should I expect?

    Welcome aboard, Shelita! Is this your very first cruise with Disney Cruise Line? How exciting! There will be magical memories galore for your family from the moment you first set foot on the ship as the Cast Members announce your family name and applaud your arrival! I'm so thrilled for you to experience this magical adventure!

    The time that you selected online is your Port Arrival Time. Disney will be expecting your family to arrive in that time frame to check in. As you get to the port, you'll send your checked luggage with the porters, and those will make their way to your stateroom later that afternoon. Keep any day bags with you with necessary items that you'll need before late afternoon. Then, head through the security screening and into the port terminal. There you'll wait in line to check in for the cruise. Have your printed cruise documents with you to turn in. These are available online at the end of your online check-in process. Print those and keep them in your day bags when you arrive. You'll then be given your Key To The World Cards and a boarding number.

    Since you're arriving early in the day, you'll most likely have a wait until your boarding number is called. Usually, boarding begins around 11:30 or 12, with Concierge Guests and Platinum Castaway Cay members. Once your number is called, it's time to begin your cruise! I do suggest bringing some snacks or activities for little ones to keep them occupied during the wait. Also, keep your eyes peeled for Mickey or Minnie as they love to pop out into the terminal to take photos with guests before boarding!

    Have such fun planning, and please stop back if we can help with anything else as you count down to the big sail date, Shelita!

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Meet the Panelist: Marcy, Ohio

Welcome aboard! I'm the mom of two tween/teen Castaway Clubbers who would live on any of the Disney ships if they could. I would love to help your family discover the magic that awaits you on the open seas with Disney Cruise Line. Learn More About Marcy

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