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  • On Jun 1, 2024
    Matthew from IA 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 trying to plan a cruise and park time at the same time is there a way to do this effectively?

    Hiya and Ahoy. Matthew! Welcome to planDisney. A trip to Walt Disney World Resort and aboard Disney Cruise Line is my favorite way to vacation! Ursula may have told Ariel that life is full of tough choices, but I like it when you don't have to choose. With your vacation dreams, you get the best of both worlds.

    Disney has a team to help you plan vacations by land and sea. They can help make the reservations for your cruise and your stay at Walt Disney World Resort, and they can even help with arrangements for transportation to the port. 

    Since cruise itineraries are set, I always start planning with the cruise first. And I do a little bit of browsing and dreaming before reaching out for assistance with booking because there are so many options. You can window-shop cruises leaving from Port Canaveral by destination and timeframe for travel. Once you have an idea of what you want, it's easy to work with the Cast Members to select a sailing and plan your days at Walt Disney World.

    Now, whether you cruise first or go to Walt Disney World first is a point of debate as strong as whether you start World Showcase by heading to Mexico or Canada first. I am a Mexico-first EPCOTian, and I am a parks-then-cruise traveler. Some people note it is much easier saying goodbye to Captain Mickey if you know you are headed to the Most Magical Place on Earth. For me, however, I find the cruise a relaxing way to recharge after the go-go-go pace of the theme parks. Either way, the Cast Members can help you arrange your stay at Walt Disney World around your cruise plans.

    Disney Cruise Line offers ground transportation, which you can add to your reservation. They will take you from your Disney World Resort hotel to the port and back to the airport. Or, if you cruise first, you can arrange transportation from the airport to the port and then to the resort following the cruise. 

    If you plan a cruise for this October, it's time for Halloween on the High Seas! On these special sailings, the ship comes alive with spook-tacular trimmings and activities that celebrate the season. These sailings pack in the fun with characters dressed in costume for special Meets and Greets and everyone is in high spirits for Mickey's Mouse-querade. It's ghoulishly delightful!

    I hope your planning is easy, breezy. If you have any other questions, please sail back by planDisney. We are happy to share our recommendations, tips and knowledge to make your planning easy and effective. 

    Bon Voyage!


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Meet the Panelist: Jana, Georgia

Hi, everyone! I’m Jana, a Disney-loving wife and mom from Atlanta. My boys (my husband and sons) are the greatest joys in my life. We have so many magical memories from our vacations at Walt Disney World Resort and aboard Disney Cruise Line. I welcome the chance to share my knowledge and advice in helping you plan your visit to the Most Magical Place on Earth. Learn More About Jana

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