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  • On Jan 16, 2011
    Jennifer from TX Asked

    We are going on the Disney Dream in February - leaves out of Port Canaveral. We will be arriving the day before - what's a nice hotel to stay at that is close to the Port?

    Hi, Jennifer!

    Congratulations on your cruise aboard the Disney Dream -- I'm sure that you can't wait to see how stylish and spectacular she is!

    Our family has traveled to Port Canaveral the day before we embarked and stayed at a local hotel. And, we've also flown into the Orlando International Airport the day before and stayed at a Walt Disney World (WDW) resort and taken Disney ground transportation to the port.

    Here's my honest, "mom-next-door" opinion of the two experiences:

    • Although we may have saved a little money staying at a local hotel at Cocoa Beach, we still had to pay for ground transfers from the airport to our local hotel and from the hotel to the port terminal the next morning. Plus, we had the hassle of getting our bags back and forth.
    • When we stayed at WDW, we felt like the vacation started a day earlier with the ease of getting to the resort via Disney's Magical Express (no baggage claim) and having the bags handled from the resort room to our stateroom (without hassle). And, the Disney transportation took us back to the airport, too.
    • If you're driving (which we have done also), I think I still would stay at a WDW resort simply for the fact that it seems like a Disney vacation before you ever get to the port. Remember that there is a day fee for parking your car at the port terminal.

    There are several nice family hotels near Port Canaveral at Cocoa Beach, and I would check with your favorite chain for a newer (or recently renovated) one in the area. I hope this helps you plan!

    Have a wonderful day and a magical vacation. Bon voyage!
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