Family on Beach at Castaway Cay
  • On Feb 28, 2020
    Alaina from FL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    What time does online checkin start on the day we are given? Is it 12am or that morning, 7am?

    Hi Alaina!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I see you are getting ready for the Grand Ball (aka your Disney cruise) and making sure your timing is right on booking reservations. 

    Think like Cinderella: Midnight (EST) is the magic hour when your Advance Booking Window opens. So long as your cruise has been paid in full, you will be ready to go! Be prepared with your travel documentation and identification handy for all of the guests you will be traveling with so you can fly through the online process.

    It sounds like you already have an idea of your Castaway Club level and what date your window for making reservations will be available. As you know, Guests who have sailed before are what we call members of Castaway Club. Platinum members can book 120 days from the first day of sailing, 105 days for Gold level, 90 days for Silver level, and for first time Disney cruisers, they can book 75 days before embarkation. 

    I recommend having a wish list ready for the reservations you want most and start with those bookings first. For instance, when my Advance Booking Window recently opened for my summer Mediterranean cruise, I started with my Port Adventures first and did my Palo brunch and dinner requests immediately after (since those were the highest priority for me).

    Wave your mouse like a magic wand to the Disney Parks Moms Panel website again if you need more assistance. May all your cruise dreams come true!

    Bon Voyage!

    Sherry
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Meet the Panelist: Sherry, South Carolina

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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