• On Jul 24, 2021
    Brenda from ON Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are renting a car that we will be dropping off in Port Canaveral. Will I be permitted to drop my daughter and luggage off at the terminal while I return the car? I will be taking a shuttle back to the terminal to meet up with my daughter for checkin.

    Ahoy Brenda!

    Ka-Chow! We are so glad to have you on the starting line here at planDisney. We will wave the checkered flag together as you cross the finish line, marking the beginning of your DREAM Disney cruise. Then you’ll set foot onboard and hear that fabulous greeting, “Welcome Aboard!” Just thinking about that gives me goosebumps!

    The key to a successful vacation is making sure the arrival day goes smoothly. So I applaud you wanting to work out all the details for your Embarkation Day. Ordinarily, I would say your plans to drop your daughter off at the port terminal with the luggage and then doing the rental car return would be a great way to divide and conquer. But I don’t think you will be able to do this in light of the new Port Arrival rules.

    Currently for the Disney Dream arrivals at Port Canaveral, Guests are not permitted at the terminal or in parking areas before their scheduled Port Arrival Time and will be turned away if arriving early. This is an effort to promote physical distancing in the terminal and reduce the time needed to board the ship. If you had to wait until your Port Arrival Time to drop your daughter off, then I doubt that would allow enough time for you to drive to the rental car location and catch a shuttle back in time for your Port Arrival Time (generally scheduled in 15 minute increments). So the better plan would be to stay together as you return the rental car and then proceed to the port together. 

    You will select a Port Arrival Time during the Online Check-In process. This should be done at least 30 days prior to sailing but no later than one day before your voyage. I would target an early arrival time so that you can get onboard even sooner. As an FYI, the earliest one available for the Disney Dream will be 1:00 P.M. under this new system.

    Brenda, please SPEED back over to planDisney if you have more planning questions, and we will try and answer them LIGHTNING fast! Just think of us as a “pitstop” (as Guido would say in the movie Cars) as you plot your path to your adventure at sea!

    Happy Sailing!

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Ahoy there! I'm Sherry, a wife and mom to two, lawyer, and blogger from South Carolina. Family time is precious, so making the most of it is a top priority. That's why planning cruises to exciting destinations, trying new port adventures, and experiencing fabulous entertainment and dining is my jam! I'm thrilled to be your personal navigator as you chart your course on your next Disney Cruise Line vacation.  Learn More About Sherry

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