• On Sep 4, 2021
    Roderick 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.

    Since we will be tested for COVID-19, should we arrive at the port earlier than our port arrival time? Also, we are scheduled to check in on 9/11/2021. What time does the portal open for check in? 12am EST on 9/11/21?

    Yo ho, Roderick!

    I am so excited to SEA you back at planDisney as you get ready for your upcoming Disney cruise. Your crew must be so excited! Get ready for all the magic that’s included on your sailing.

    So the way that the new Embarkation Day system is currently working, Guests arriving by car and using the parking garage are not allowed to enter until their Port Arrival Time. If you plan on arriving by motorcoach or private transportation, then you still would not be permitted to start the process until your Port Arrival Time. This is being done to encourage social distancing and to not have a massive amount of Guests trying to work their way through the testing and the terminal at the same time. 

    You will already have some down time after testing to await your test results, so I suggest that you time your arrival to be as close as possible to your designated Port Arrival Time. Again, these are the measures being done as of right now, so a lot could change between now and when you set sail in December. So to stay on top of all the updated information, check the Know Before You Go link on Disney Cruise Line. 

    As for when you can log in and reserve those premium activities, you are correct that the timeframe begins at midnight EST by logging in to My Reservations or using the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app. This includes making reservations for things like adult-exclusive dining at Palo, spa treatments, Port Adventures and Beverage Tastings.  Keep in mind that your cruise must be paid in full before booking these premium experiences.

    Don’t confuse this with your Online Check-In, which as of right now is published to open 15 days prior to your sail date. That is when you will reserve that all-important Port Arrival Time. I would definitely keep an eye on this information to see if it changes; Disney Cruise Line has traditionally allowed check-in to be done 30 days in advance.

    Ok Roderick, that’s throwing a lot of information at you. If after reading this you have more questions, make your way back to planDisney. We always love helping Guests like you make their Disney DREAMs at sea come true!

    Happy Sailing!

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