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  • On Jun 17, 2010
    Cheryl from PA 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.

    Plan on taking my daughter on the disney cruise when she turns 5, that will be in 3 yrs. I heard you need to book this at least 2 yrs in advance. We go to disney every year this will be our first time on the cruise. Not sure where to begin? Land and Sea?

    Hi Cheryl,

    Welcome to the Moms Panel!  I love to hear from guests that are all about planning ahead!  It is true that the earlier you book your Disney Cruise vacation, the better price you will probably get.  The exception would be if you happen to travel during their off season (September, January) because often times specials are offered during this period.

    Another important reason to book early is the finite number of cabins available for each sailing.  If you have a specific date that you want to sail (or have your eye on a specific cabin), the earlier you book the better because once the cabins are sold you're out of luck.  Due to the popularity of cruising, along with the amazing service, style, entertainment and dining that comes with a Disney cruise, most every one pulls out of port completely booked.

    Currently bookings are available through 2011, and I anticipate that the 2012 bookings will become available in the late fall of this year.  So based on history the 2013 bookings will open up in late 2011.  

    Personally, I prefer to experience the cruise before heading over to Walt Disney World - and I recently explained why, you can read it HERE.

    I hope this helps - please let me know if you have any other planning questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Karen, New Hampshire

Ahoy matey!  My name is Karen and if there is such a person as the all-American Disney Mom, I'm it. I am a proud card-carrying member of Disney Cruise Line's Castaway Club and I would love to help you plan your Disney Cruise Line vacation! Learn More About Karen

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