• On Aug 15, 2017
    Dena from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We come to Orlando the night before our cruise. Will Disney pick us up at the airport? Are there hotels to stay at that are close by the Port so we are close by and don't have to hurry to board?

    Welcome back, Dena! My family and I fly in a day or two early before each of our Disney cruises so that we never feel rushed to make the ship in the event of a flight delay. Plus, we love to have an extra night of magic in our vacation.

    Did you know that Disney Cruise Line partners with all of the Walt Disney World Resorts to have guests stay at one the night before and then book cruise ground transfers directly from the resort to the port? This is our favorite thing to do the night before we cruise. We add this extra Disney fun by staying at a Disney resort which gets us ready for even more Disney magic onboard! If you do this, you'll take the complimentary Magical Express from the airport to the resort and check in there. That night in your resort room, you'll receive notice of what time to meet the motorcoach that will take you to the port. They'll even pick up your luggage right from your resort room and send it ahead to the ship. I always keep a day bag with me so my family and I can enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the resort before we meet our motorcoach.

    Disney Cruise Line's ground transfers cost $35 per person each way, and can even take you from the ship straight back to the airport for flights at 11:30 or after on the day of disembarkation. Letting Disney take care of all the driving makes it super easy to transition from land to sea and back again, Dena!

    One other option is to stay at the Orlando International Airport Hyatt, which also partners with Disney Cruise Line. They'll take your luggage the next morning from there, and you can make your way down to the motorcoach to head off to the port. Give the agents at Disney Cruise Line a call at (800) 951-3532 to book these transfers and resort stays. They make it super easy, Dena! Have such fun planning!

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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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