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  • On Jun 21, 2014
    Allison from LA 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.

    Planning a May/June 2015 cruise with 3 kids (one is autistic). Have some concerns about being able to book excursions. Do they sell out quickly? Also, do you recommend a 4 or 7 night cruise more for first time cruisers?

    Hi Allison!
    How awesome to be in the planning stages of a Disney Cruise Line vacation! It's such fun to check out ports of call, sail dates and Disney ships, then book the vacation of your dreams. May and June are awesome months to cruise - you'll enjoy warm temps and great weather.

    Disney's selection of Port Adventures can really add excitement and adventure to your vacation. With a wide variety of adventures for all ages and activity levels, you're sure to find something the whole family can enjoy.

    First-time Disney cruisers are able to reserve Port Adventures from 3 to 75 days before the sail date, once the cruise fare has been paid in full. Castaway Club members (return Disney Cruise Line guests) are able to book up to 90-120 days in advance, depending on their membership level. Concierge guests can reserve Port Adventures at the 120-day mark.

    While some Port Adventures have limited availability, there are plenty that have spots for large amounts of guests. My advice is to choose several options among the excursions offered, so if your first choice fills up, you have a backup plan!

    For first-time cruisers, I'd definitely recommend four nights or longer. A four-night voyage is a great way to "test the waters" and see if cruising is for you! (Of course, no Disney Cruise is long enough for me!) No matter the length of our Disney Cruise Line vacations, we always step off the ship wishing we had more nights onboard.

    Hope this helps! Happy Planning! - Diane W.
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Alabama

"Dream It! Plan It! Do It!" – that's my motto! If you've always dreamed of a magical visit to Walt Disney World Resort, or sailing away with Captain Mickey on a Disney Cruise, I'd love to help you plan and make the most of your vacation. My favorite getaway is a Land and Sea adventure - from Cinderella Castle to sand castles! Learn More About Diane

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