• On Jan 6, 2018
    Dawn from OK 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.

    We are planning our first visit to Disney World and would like to also do a Disney cruise with our 12 yr old son. Any suggestions or should we split the two up for two different visits?

    Ahoy Dawn!

    It is so exciting to hear you're not just planning your first Walt Disney World Resort vacation, but a magical land and sea vacation with the added fun of  Disney Cruise. I think this is a marvelous idea. In fact for our first Disney Cruise vacation, we decided to add a few Walt Disney World Resort days to really enjoy ourselves. It was amazing. 

    It may seem a bit overwhelming at first, but planning the two is totally doable and will be so much fun. You'll want to first look at the different cruise itineraries available for the time-frame you are looking to visit. Choosing one that departs from the Port Canaveral, Florida port will make transportation to or from the Walt Disney World Resort the easiest. Once you have a possible cruise selected, you'll need to decide whether you would like to stay at the Walt Disney World Resort prior to or after your cruise. I prefer before, but after is lovely, too. From there it's much like booking them separately other than the transfers to or from which Disney Cast Members will be happy to help you set up. 

    Your 12-year-old will love spending time in Edge, the tween-exclusive area available on all four Disney Cruise Line ships. Some days it was difficult to get my kids to leave their Youth Clubs, they were having so much fun!

    Happy planning, Dawn, and if there is anything at all we are able to assist you with in the process, please throw us another line. We are all EARS!

    Magical Wishes, 


thumbnail image for Lauren

Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Colorado

Hi-ya, Pals! I'm a wife and mother of three who's enjoyed many special occasions at Walt Disney World Resort with my family: graduations, pregnancies, birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, reunions, and even our Fairy Tale Honeymoon. I look for any excuse to return "home" often and would love to help add a little extra Pixie Dust to your next magical adventure. Learn More About Lauren

Didn't find what you were looking for? Click the Ask a Question button to open the Ask a Question dialogue box. If you are not logged in a dialogue box will appear to signin in order to ask a question.

To submit your question, please sign in now if you have not already done so.

Ask a QuestionOpens the Ask a Question dialog box.

Update Browser

For a better experience browsing this website, please download an updated version of Internet Explorer.

Or you can continue browsing without updating.