• On Sep 2, 2017
    Diane from NY 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! We are planning to arrive in Port Canaveral around 10:30am and are hoping to be on the ship well before it sets sail. Can you please tell me what activities are available and what restaurants are open before the ship sets sail? Thank you!

    Ahoy, Diane!

    Welcome aboard the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Are you getting excited for your upcoming voyage with Captain Mickey? Before you know it, you'll be onboard your Disney Cruise and headed to paradise! Stepping onto the ship and hearing the Cast Members and Crew announce my family's name is such an exciting moment! I can't wait for you to experience that, too.

    I understand wanting to schedule the earliest designated Port Arrival Time possible during your Online Check-in! Once you check in at the Cruise Terminal, you will be given a boarding number. As soon as you hear your number announced, you can go ahead and board the ship! Boarding typically begins right before noon.

    Although schedules are always subject to change, I'd be happy to share with you what activities and dining options were available on our most recent voyage aboard the Disney Dream before setting sail! We were able to eat lunch at Cabanas, the quick service restaurants on the pool deck or Enchanted Garden. My family always chooses Cabanas for our first feast! In our Personal Navigator newsletter we saw a walking tour of the ship, a spa raffle and Youth Activities Open House/registration all on embarkation day. There will also be time to reserve adult-only dining and Port Adventures if you hadn't done so already prior to your cruise. The swimming pools will also be open as well! Then, you will participate in the mandatory Guest Assembly Drill followed by dancing with Captain Mickey and his friends during the Sail-Away Celebration on deck!

    Diane, I hope you have so much fun exploring all that the ship has to offer the first afternoon onboard! I'm wishing you a smooth-sailing voyage! Please come back and visit us again with any other questions!

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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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