• On Mar 11, 2017
    Alexandra from AL 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.

    What is the order when the reservation window opens? Do you need to go through the check-in process first or can you reserve port adventures, character experiences and dining before check-in? I heard that some things fill up quickly.

    Hi Alexandra!

    I'm excited to welcome you back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I have a confession: I love booking Port Adventures and activities onboard at midnight (EST) the day my advance booking window opens! I know my family members think I'm crazy, but it's so much fun (to me) jumping on the Disney Cruise Line website at midnight (EST) in order to try scheduling all the activities and adventures we've been planning during the months leading up to our advance booking window!

    Once your cruise is paid in full and your advance booking window opens, you will be able to book reservations online for Port Adventures, Character Greetings, adult-exclusive dining and other activities onboard before you complete each step of the online check-in process. If you are worried about some Port Adventures or activities filling up quickly, I suggest reviewing the steps on how to book an activity for your upcoming cruise and go ahead and book activities before completing the online check-in the day your advance booking window opens.

    I just want to mention that in order to receive a designated Port Arrival Time on the day of embarkation, you'll need to complete the steps of your online check-in. Typically, the earliest Port Arrival Times are the most popular; if it's important to your family that you try to get an early Port Arrival time, you may want to consider going through the steps of the online check-in first, before booking your onboard activities.

    Alexandra, so long as your cruise is paid in full, it's totally up to you what you do first on the day your advance booking window opens! I'm so excited for you and will be sending loads of pixie dust your way in the hopes you book everything you want!

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Meet the Panelist: Beth, Illinois

Let's talk about the WONDER and MAGIC of your FANTASY DREAM vacation aboard the Disney Cruise Line! I'm a proud stay-at-home mom to my little buccaneer with special needs and, along with my husband, a lover of everything Disney! We've had so many unforgettable memories and adventures while sailing on Disney Cruise Line. I can't wait to help you navigate through any questions you may have while planning your family's adventures at sea! Learn More About Beth

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