• On Sep 27, 2017
    Dakota from IN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We are planning our first Disney Cruise. Should we fly in the night before and stay an extra day just because and do our own transportation and hotel or should we fly in & out the day of and use Disney’s coach? Does it make a difference?

    Ahoy, Dakota!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! You must be getting so excited for your upcoming inaugural voyage with Captain Mickey! You're going to love sailing aboard Disney Cruise Line. I love traveling to different ports of call via a cruise ship filled with Disney magic!

    You're asking some great questions. Whenever possible, my family tries to fly to whichever port we're sailing out of at least one day before embarkation. This is by no means mandatory, but it gives me peace of mind knowing we have a cushion of extra time to make it to our ship in case our flight is delayed. I see that you're from the midwest, too! If you're planning on setting sail during the winter months, I recommend flying out one day before your Disney Cruise just in case your flight is delayed due to a snow storm or inclement weather.

    Whether we're flying in the morning of embarkation or a day (or two...or three haha!) beforehand and staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, we always choose to take Disney Cruise Line's Ground Transportation to the Cruise Terminal. I love watching the fun cartoons, Disney Trivia and informational videos about our Disney Cruise while riding in the motor coach; however, what I love most about taking Disney Cruise Line's Ground Transportation is that our luggage "magically" appears outside of our stateroom!

    Dakota, I hope I was able to help you with your planning for your first Disney Cruise! Please don't hesitate to sail back and visit us again!

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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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