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Planning a Disney Cruise Line Vacation

Disney Cruise Line Tips for First-Time Cruisers – Part 2, On Your Cruise

Planning a Disney Cruise Line Vacation

Last week, I shared tips for preparing for your Disney Cruise Line sailing. This week, your cruise has finally arrived!!! These are tips for use during your trip.

Port check in is pretty easy. They’re used to first-time cruisers. Be sure to go to the port during your designated port time that you chose during online check in as it will save time. If there isn’t someone already directing you what to do or where to go, simply ask. If you have luggage you want to check, be sure your tags that were sent to you in your booklet are on each piece (read the instructions on the back – it may seem self-explanatory, but if not done the way they show, you may find yourself struggling to get them off your bags) and give them to the porter. BE SURE YOUR CRUISE BOOK, YOUR PRINTED SIGNATURE FORM FROM ONLINE CHECKIN, AND YOUR GOVERNMENT-ISSUED CITIZENSHIP DOCUMENTS ARE NOT IN YOUR CHECKED LUGGAGE. You’ll need them to check in and you won’t see the checked luggage again until late afternoon or early evening. In addition, just like flying, don’t put Continue reading

How to Make FastPass+ Reservations for Walt Disney World Resort

Walt Disney World Travel Planning for First-Timers (or Those Who Haven’t Been in a Few Years) – Part 3: FastPass+

No one wants to spend all their vacation standing in line waiting to get on an attraction. With advance planning using the FastPass+ system, you don’t have to at Walt Disney World. FastPass+ allows you to reserve a one-hour window to go to an attraction and enter via the shorter FastPass+ line instead of the regular, standby line. This can cut the wait time down to 15 minutes or less, and it’s free. Many first-timers make the mistake of assuming it’s an extra cost. It is not so be sure to take advantage of it. Continue reading

Disney Cruise Line Tips for 1st Time Cruisers

Disney Cruise Line Tips for First-Time Cruisers – Part 1, Preparing for Your Cruise

In just three short weeks, I will be leaving on my 8th Disney Cruise Line voyage and my 11th cruise overall. This one, though, will be quite different as I am traveling not only with my own family, but with four other families, none of whom have ever cruised or even set foot on a Disney Cruise Line ship. I’m actually looking forward to it. There’s just something about the wonder of traveling with someone for whom everything will be new. I’m so excited for them. I have realized, however, that there can also be a lot of questions and one can end up with too much information when researching, so I put a list of tips together for those with whom I’m traveling and am sharing them here with you. Continue reading

Walt Disney World Travel Planning for First-Timers (or Those Who Haven’t Been in a Few Years) – Part 2: Making Dining Reservations

Reservations for those restaurants that take them, dinner shows, or dining packages can be made 180 days in advance. If you are staying at a Disney World Resort, then you can make them 180 days from your check in date through your check out date as long as it’s within 10 days, so slightly longer than 6 months. Certain restaurants book up really, really early such as Be Our Guest and Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom and Le Cellier in Epcot. Many character meals (restaurants that have Disney characters visit your table while you’re dining) may also sell out early as well. In addition, during peak periods such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, ALL restaurants that take reservations are likely to require reservations well in advance. For those that don’t make reservations, there are still fast food type options available in all the parks and at the resorts that don’t require nor take reservations. Continue reading