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  • On Aug 14, 2023
    Hiu yim from QLD Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Welcome to Australia!!! We can’t wait to explore Disney Wonder. The boarding day is my daughter’s birthday. 1. Will it be possible if we can get on the ship as soon as possible? 2. Can the birthday room decor pack take home if we purchase it? TQ EnM

    Ahoy there, Hiu Yim,

    Thank you for your warm welcome to Australia! And now, allow me to heartily welcome you aboard planDisney!

    How exciting it is that your daughter will have the opportunity to celebrate her birthday aboard the Disney Wonder on a magical Disney Cruise Line holiday! I have celebrated a birthday and many birthdays of my friends aboard a Disney Cruise. In fact, we celebrated aboard the Disney Wonder. Your daughter is going to enjoy every minute of it.

    Hiu Yim, your Port Arrival time, which is the time at which you arrive at the Cruise Terminal before boarding the ship, depends on the time you can secure during the online check-in process. Your online check-in date depends on your Castaway Club membership status. If this is your first time sailing aboard Disney Cruise Line, you will check in 30 days prior to your departure date beginning at midnight (EST). Remember to factor in the EST time zone as you plan for the exciting check-in day. 

    To expedite the process, I recommend that you read all the check-in details and gather the required documents, credit card information and photographs for each family member in advance.

    On the day of check-in, sign into the Disney Cruise Line Website and select "Already Booked" and then "Online Check-In" or sign into the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App and select “Begin Online Check-In” and follow the prompts. Once you’ve completed the essential information, you will be able to select a Port Arrival Time. The times that are displayed will be the times available, so I quickly select the earliest one I see. Typically, the earliest arrival time is 11:00 a.m. local time, but the actual time you can secure may be much later than that. 

    No matter what time you board, you can immediately begin enjoying amenities including the pools, dining services and more. Your stateroom may not be ready when you board, so remember to pack swimsuits and sunscreen in your carry-on bag if you want to enjoy the pool when you board. 

    You will be happy to know that yes, any birthday décor you purchase is yours to keep! I love how you can take those items home as souvenirs of a wonder-filled birthday celebration vacation. I can’t wait for your daughter to see them in your stateroom. And don't forget to let your Rotational Dining servers know that she is celebrating a birthday!

    I hope this helps you prepare for your holiday, Hiu Yim. If you have other questions, please sail back by and see us; we love to help other Guests make the most of their Disney vacation experiences.

    Wishing you magical memories,
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Meet the Panelist: Shannon, Georgia

Hi! I'm a dreamer and doer who loves exploring the big blue world! My love for Disney began at Walt Disney World Resort and after my first Disney Cruise Line vacation I was hooked. I especially enjoy the ships' adult-exclusive spaces and activities while experiencing the magic only Disney can create. A Land and Sea vacation combining an action-packed Walt Disney World Resort visit and a relaxing Disney Cruise Line voyage is my favorite way to do Disney. I can't wait to help you create your magical memories! Learn More About Shannon

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