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  • On Sep 9, 2015
    Karen from WY 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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    I have been to Port Canaveral to board the Wonder, but next month, we are sailing out of Miami on the Magic. What can you tell me about this port and what to expect on embarkation? We will be driving in with a rental car from WDW (MNSSHP the night before!)

    Ahoy, Karen!

    While nothing can compare to the custom-built cruise terminal that exists at Port Canaveral, Florida, keep in mind that you will be boarding a Disney Cruise Line ship!

    For our first few cruises, our family embarked from Port Canaveral. Just walking into that grand terminal is an experience, isn't it? Two years ago, we tried our first cruise from Miami. The terminal there is different. It is much smaller, so there isn't the vastness that you experience in Port Canaveral. There also is not a model of the ship, but there is still a character meet and greet area. When you walk through the hall to board, you still experience the photographers with a backdrop, and the walk over the gang plank to the ship.

    Returning your rental car in Miami is just as easy as doing it at Port Canaveral. I might suggest that one adult drop the other off with any children in the party and have the porters take all of your luggage. Then, while one person drops off the rental car, the other can get inside the cruise terminal with the kids. While you won't be able to check-in until everyone has arrived, it is much easier to get just one person with no luggage back to the terminal on the shuttle. We have done this at both PC and Miami with no issues.

    Once onboard, you will be engulfed by the Disney Cruise Line magic all over again. From your family being announced (did you know that you can choose how your family is announced?) to the crew clapping for your arrival, your family will feel like royalty. I recommend heading to Carioca's for a bite to eat as soon as you are onboard the Disney Magic. It is a buffet on embarkation day, like Cabanas, but I have found it to be slightly less hectic.

    I know you will have a MAGICal time on the Magic out of Miami and at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party! Please visit us again here with more questions before your family sets sail next month.

    Happy Cruising, Tracy V.

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Meet the Panelist: Tracy, Illinois

GAWRSH! Hiya pals! I am a Goofy-loving mom of 2, who is married to my real-life Prince Charming. My family supports my passion for all things Disney. Walt Disney World was my very first vacation, when I was just 3 months old, and I recently completed my 73rd trip to a Disney location! I have been fortune enough to parasail high above the Disney Fantasy, attend opening day of Batuu, snorkel in the lagoon at Disney's Aulani, and SO MUCH MORE! I can't wait to help you plan your Disney vacation! 

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