• On Jul 5, 2016
    Beth from GA 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.

    We have online check in tonight at midnight. It will be our first ever Disney cruise & we are SO excited! I'm going to try & book a cabana, as well as pick our port arrival time. What else should I be ready to do right away, when I have access?

    Welcome aboard, Beth! Planning for your very first Disney Cruise is such a magical experience! You are in for all sorts of excitement and surprises!
    I hope you were able to book a private cabana at Castaway Cay when you began your online check in this week. Since guests who have sailed with Disney before get to book their activities prior to new guests, the popular cabanas may have been sold out by the time you were online. However, keep checking back! Guests have up to three days before setting sail to cancel any of their Port Adventures or onboard activities, so the weeks leading up to your sailing are an especially a good time to check back online for new cabana availability. If your sail date arrives and you're still hoping to enjoy a private cabana, check in with Guest Services onboard. They may have a waitlist just in case there is a very last minute cancellation during the cruise. 
    But, even if you do not have a cabana, Castaway Cay has plenty of shade, lounge chairs, and umbrellas, so you will certainly find a spot that is perfect for your family to use as home base for the day. There are so many activities going on all day, you're sure to be busy exploring the island!
    While you're checking in online, you may also consider making reservations for one of the adult exclusive dining spots onboard for dinner or brunch on a sea day. Palo is my favorite, and if you're on the Dream or Fantasy, Remy is simply superb! It is nice to let the kids enjoy time in the clubs while you sneak off for some adult time with your husband to enjoy some of the best food Disney has to offer, with one amazing view! 
    Don't forget to check out the various Port Adventures that are offered too, Beth!
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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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