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  • Has anyone done Disney World for 4-5 days and then gone on a 4 day Disney cruise afterward? Would you recommed doing land 1st or sea 1st?
  • - Asked by Stephanie from Pennsylvania on 2/12/2010
  • Hi Stephanie,

    This is a very common debate!  In the past, I would have suggested breaking up the two vacations if possible -- however right now most people are trying to stretch their dollar and maximize their vacations.  In my experience, I have found that it is actually much more economical to take one longer vacation (with only one round trip airfare) than two shorter 4-5 day vacations.

    Combining your vacation to Walt Disney World with a Disney Cruise is the PERFECT way to maximize your vacation budget!

    Now I may be in the minority, but I prefer to cruise first and then visit Walt Disney World.  I have cruised after a visit to the parks and the main thing I did not like about it was the transition day.  When coming from a WDW resort to the cruise I felt like I really missed a day of our vacation.  We had a lot of waiting to leave the resort, waiting at the terminal, waiting for the stateroom etc.  Whereas if you cruise first, you are refreshed and ready the first day of the cruise (and not exhausted after touring the parks) and once you disembark the ship in the early morning you are energized and ready to for phase two of your vacation -- and could be playing in the parks before noon!

    Good luck with your decision!



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