Three Generations Aboard Ship
  • On Aug 22, 2016
    Rebecca from MA Asked

    This will be our first cruise and I'd like to get on the ship asap - should we rely on Disney Ground Transfer (we can't know when they'll drop us off) or book a private car to get us to the Port earlier in the morning?

    Ahoy Rebecca –

    Thanks for cruising by for a visit with us here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel. I do not blame you for wanting to get to the ship ASAP – I feel the same way when I cruise. In fact, I love being one of the first families to enter the cruise terminal, stroll up to the counter, get checked-in and then stake out my favorite table right next to the Mickey Ear Tunnel to the ship. And you can bet before they even call my boarding group, my family is already at the door waiting to sprint inside to our dream vacation! If you book a transfer using Disney Ground Transportation, the best way to get the port early in the morning is to catch that 8:30AM motor coach from Orlando International Airport. By doing this, you guarantee an early arrival to the port usually around 10-10:30AM.

    I would not advise getting a transfer from one of the Resort Hotels at Walt Disney World if you want to get there early because those motor coaches will leave later in the morning. To get around that, sometimes my family will take Disney’s Magical Express back to Orlando International Airport and then check-in to take the Disney Cruise Line Ground Transportation so that we can still get there early. A private car can get your family to the cruise terminal at any time and is a great option especially if you have a large family because then it may be more cost effective. Rebecca, we are always happy to lend a helping hand so please come back if you need more help!

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Are you feeling stressed and need to unwind?  If you are looking for a way to reconnect with your family and relax, then I have a prescription to get you back on track! I am a family practice doctor, a wife, and a mother of two and I have found that Disney Cruise Line gives me the way to do all of those things. I love to experience the joy of every Disney vacation, and sharing the Disney fun with my friends makes the experience complete.


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