Little Girl with Cinderella on Wish
  • On May 22, 2023
    Michele from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I am taking a DCL cruise out of port Canaveral. On disembarkation day we also have tickets to Magic Kingdom. We are staying at Pop Century hotel, and I am trying to figure out the most efficient way to get off the ship, to hotel to drop bags, and off to MK

    Hi Michele! Thanks for visiting planDisney with your question. I'd love to help!

    I've been in your shoes before, wondering how I can get from the cruise ship and into Magic Kingdom Park as quickly as possible. I have a few recommendations for you. If you'd like to leave all of the driving to Disney, you can reserve ground transfers from Port Canaveral to your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel. The earliest the motorcoaches leave from the port is 9:00 a.m. to begin the journey to Disney's Pop Century Resort. The drive from the port to your resort can be around an hour or more depending on traffic.

    Once you arrive at Pop Century, you may leave your luggage with Bell Services if your room isn't yet ready. When your luggage is situated, you may then hop on the next bus from your resort to the park. If you follow this plan, my best estimate is that you will arrive at Magic Kingdom Park between 11:00 a.m. and noon. 

    If you are hoping to arrive earlier, you may wish to find a private shuttle service to take you from the port to your resort. If you choose to participate in the Express Walk-Off program on disembarkation day, you can be among the first to exit the ship. To do this, you must keep all of your luggage with you as you disembark. When all is going according to plan, the earliest guests may disembark the ship is usually 7:30 a.m. at Port Canaveral. You would want to be in the Atrium (or Grand Hall, if sailing on the Disney Wish) with your luggage by 7:15 a.m., ready to disembark.

    When my family participates in the Express Walk-Off program, we grab a quick bite to eat in Cabanas (Disney Fantasy) or Marceline Market (Disney Wish) instead of dining at the assigned breakfast time on the final morning. You can check the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app (once you are onboard) to see what time the breakfast will be available in these spaces on the final morning of your cruise. The benefit of a private shuttle is that you may be able to arrange for an earlier pick-up time and be on the road before 9:00 a.m. Please do keep in mind that once you exit the ship, you must go through Customs before leaving the terminal. 

    I hope you find this information helpful! My family chooses to book ground transfers most often with Disney Cruise Line when we sail. We find it comfortable and easy. We know what to expect with timing and we plan accordingly. 

    If you have further questions, please return to us at planDisney. My pals and I are always here to be of assistance! 

    Have a magical time, 

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Meet the Panelist: Adrianna, California

Welcome, fellow voyagers! Like my favorite bibliophile princess, I want adventure in the great wide somewhere! I’m a wife, a mom of two, and my favorite way to find adventure is on board the Disney Cruise Line. I’d love to help you and your sailing crew plan for your own adventures, filled with magic and memories that last a lifetime. Learn More About Adrianna

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