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WDWLODGE
10-29-2009, 11:29 AM
On our last cruise we drove to port and we were about the 4th vehicle in line. We drove up to the curb where I dropped off my DW and DD off with the luggage. They proceeded into the terminal while I parked and they got a #4 boarding pass. I know it doesn't make much of a difference, but would we get a lower number if they lined up by the fence while I waited in the vehicle line by myself?

Andrew DEREK UK
10-29-2009, 11:30 AM
On our last cruise we drove to port and we were about the 4th vehicle in line. We drove up to the curb where I dropped off my DW and DD off with the luggage. They proceeded into the terminal while I parked and they got a #4 boarding pass. I know it doesn't make much of a difference, but would we get a lower number if they lined up by the fence while I waited in the vehicle line by myself?

Yes, a 2 and a 3 on my own work, but last one was an automatic 1 with a suite, and a freind got me an 2 once! Thanks Julie!

They will start at a 2. but there are a few CM's so one might give out more boarding cards than others, ie proactive, and swap to 3 early, worth looking at what All CM's have.

Mickeyhugger
10-29-2009, 11:37 AM
On our last cruise we drove to port and we were about the 4th vehicle in line. We drove up to the curb where I dropped off my DW and DD off with the luggage. They proceeded into the terminal while I parked and they got a #4 boarding pass. I know it doesn't make much of a difference, but would we get a lower number if they lined up by the fence while I waited in the vehicle line by myself?

You need to get there before the Disney bus that leaves from the Hyatt MCO arrives

Homemom
10-29-2009, 11:40 AM
You need to get there before the Disney bus that leaves from the Hyatt MCO arrives

What time is that? :confused3

TheBeadPirate
10-29-2009, 11:45 AM
We were there at 10am for our last cruise. Already unloaded and parked. When the porters came out they said leave the bags- we tipped, showed our IDs and headed in. We were probably 10 families down in the Castaway Club line and ended up with a 2.

Early Early Early! is the key.

The only ones in the #1 group are suites and Castaway Club Platinum peeps.

Mom 3 mouseketeers
10-29-2009, 12:26 PM
We got #2 last week. We got to the port a couple minutes after 10:00, we were dropped off by Hertz van. They weren't even letting people in at that time. As soon as the porters showed up we flagged one down and went right in. When we got inside we were probably in the first 20 or so people there. No one was manning the check in desks yet. I kept looking around and as soon as I spotted the lady with the cards I booked it over.

I think the key is to go in as soon as they let people so I'd drop your luggage off first and then someone else to park.

Good Luck!

barney4liz
10-29-2009, 12:28 PM
We had something like a 6 the last time. We were hanging around in the back of the terminal waiting for our group to be called, and a CM came over and changed our pass to a "3" because she said we looked "hungry". pixiedust:

atm55
10-29-2009, 12:37 PM
What is the advantage of having an early boarding pass?

barney4liz
10-29-2009, 12:38 PM
What is the advantage of having an early boarding pass?

I don't think there is any advantage, people are just anxious to get on the ship ASAP once they are at the terminal. :)

TheBeadPirate
10-29-2009, 12:43 PM
What is the advantage of having an early boarding pass?

Well, we kinda like getting onboard and grabbing lunch before the crowds and lines get there. Then changing into swimsuits and watching as everyone else gets onboard.

An early boarding pass is really a side benefit for us though- DH is so keyed up to get on the boat we'd probably be there at dawn if it were up to him.;)

Andrew DEREK UK
10-29-2009, 12:47 PM
What is the advantage of having an early boarding pass?Book Palo and change dinner rotation, or table, if you are in early you have far more options. If you are unsuccessful on booking Palo online its your last chance.

Momfromva
10-29-2009, 12:48 PM
My family was on the 10:00 AM Raddison shuttle in August. We were among the first people to arrive at the terminal. All but one family was in the CC line so I decided to wait in the "regular folks" line. When the counter opened up, I was assisted immediately and given the much coveted #2 boarding card. I was so happy I hugged the CM!

sharen24
10-29-2009, 02:39 PM
My SIL gave me her #2 pass from a previous cruise. Apparently the CM forgot to collect it from her when she boarded. We were given a #8 because we came on the bus from the Hyatt MCO, but we got to board with a #2 as soon as we arrived.

mmouse37
10-29-2009, 02:53 PM
Our last 4 cruises we have gotten #2. We get there very early. Last month we arrived via the Budget van at about 9:45. We waited around for a bit and right around 10:00 a porter came out and I flagged him down ASAP. We were about 3rd in line to check in.

There was no one manning the desk yet either and curiously there was a sign that said check in did not start until 11:00 but they started earlier than that.

The shuttle drop off area

http://inlinethumb13.webshots.com/45772/2622527710037669762S425x425Q85.jpg (http://travel.webshots.com/photo/2622527710037669762dbNEDD)

Sign says check in starts at 11:00 am

http://inlinethumb47.webshots.com/42414/2625704340037669762S425x425Q85.jpg (http://travel.webshots.com/photo/2625704340037669762xATjId)

The check in desks sans CM's

http://inlinethumb53.webshots.com/35700/2137227520037669762S425x425Q85.jpg (http://travel.webshots.com/photo/2137227520037669762cdMJMn)

And fairly empty terminal

http://inlinethumb61.webshots.com/45052/2816452080037669762S425x425Q85.jpg (http://travel.webshots.com/photo/2816452080037669762WUjKEL)

MJ

kcashner
10-29-2009, 03:03 PM
Book Palo and change dinner rotation, or table, if you are in early you have far more options. If you are unsuccessful on booking Palo online its your last chance.

This is only true on the Magic. On the Wonder, they don't open the bookings till 1 pm, and they won't let you line up early.

skh716
10-29-2009, 03:03 PM
On 10/17, we got to the terminal really early (probably around 9.15). Our kids were up early anyway and we had such terrible issues with Budget renting a car the day before at MCO that we returned the car early in case of any problems. We had none and hopped on the shuttle. The driver warned us that we woud probably have to wait outside the terminal but we didn't care. When we got to the terminal peopel were still by the curb waiting for the transportation to leave so we waited about 10 minutes and then a porter took our bags. We expected to have to wait to get into the terminal but they said go right in and when we got upstairs, I think there were 2 other people there! That was really neat.

There were no CM's at the check-in counters so we walked around a bit and there I got in the non-casatway club lne behind one other family. A CM came along and handed out cards and gave most of them to the CC members and just gave us and the family in front of us the Group 2 cards from the non-cc line.

It was great getting on the ship early. We snagged a great table right next to the Mickey Pool and my kids were in the pool with 3-5 kids for a long time before others started to show up.

Pack or wear your swimsuits!! We saw one family who hadn't and their daughter was crying to go into the pool and I felt very bad for them.

Good luck!

poohj80
10-29-2009, 03:28 PM
When we last cruised on the Wonder, we used DCL transportation from the airport and were able to check in and receive our KTTW cards there. We were given boarding passes #2.

Mickey4me!
10-31-2009, 08:17 AM
http://i652.photobucket.com/albums/uu243/ralloyd/10-17-09_0421_WEB.jpg

Here's ours from the Oct. 17th Western. We stayed at the Residence Inn the night before the cruise and planned on DH dropping us and the luggage off and then returning to the hotel to park the car and take the shuttle back to port. The hotel told us that the DCL shuttle left at 10AM so we headed to the port at 9:25AM. When we got there the CM tried to direct us to a lot to wait but we explained that DH was just dropping us and had to return to the hotel to catch a shuttle. He then told just to drop everyone and the luggage off next to where the shuttle vans were picking up passengers that were departing the ship. As soon as DH took off, a porter was there with extra luggage tags and told us he would take care of everything and to go wait by #1 shuttle pick up for the terminal to open. We headed down that way and after about 10 min we noticed there was someone checking IDs and letting people cross over to the terminal building so we showed out IDs and headed in. This was probably about 5 til 10. We got in and didn't immediately get in line but took the opportunity to take some photos. When we did get in the CC line there were maybe 4 or 5 groups in front of us. The desks opened about 10:15 and voila, we had a big 'ole #2!!

I like getting in early to get through the buffet line quickly and be able to take lots of pics of an empty ship. The terminal did fill up very fast once we checked in and it became very chaotic.

http://i652.photobucket.com/albums/uu243/ralloyd/10-17-09_0412-WEB.jpg
This is after we got checked in and our pics taken.

http://i652.photobucket.com/albums/uu243/ralloyd/Disney%20Cruise%202009/10-17-09_0431-WEB.jpg

Almost empty ship

http://i652.photobucket.com/albums/uu243/ralloyd/Disney%20Cruise%202009/10-17-09_0430-WEB.jpg

mmouse37
10-31-2009, 08:25 AM
Here is another pic from our 9/19 cruise that I didn't put in my other thread....great minds think alike, I guess!! LOL!!

http://inlinethumb10.webshots.com/44297/2518125470037669762S600x600Q85.jpg (http://travel.webshots.com/photo/2518125470037669762vncnKB)

MJ

ibouncetoo
10-31-2009, 08:25 AM
The difference on boarding time between a 2 and a 4 was about seven minutes on my last cruise. On an earlier cruise the difference between a 2 and a 11 was less than 20 minutes.

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Mickey4me!
10-31-2009, 08:31 AM
Here is another pic from our 9/19 cruise that I didn't put in my other thread....great minds think alike, I guess!! LOL!!

http://inlinethumb10.webshots.com/44297/2518125470037669762S600x600Q85.jpg (http://travel.webshots.com/photo/2518125470037669762vncnKB)

MJ

OMG - that's so funny! They're almost identical!

Woobie
10-31-2009, 08:56 AM
So I guess the days of one huge line snaking through the terminal early on are over? :rotfl:

Haley
10-31-2009, 01:12 PM
On our last DCL we were on the 1st bus leaving MCO to the port (9:30am) and I believe we were 4's.

mmouse37
10-31-2009, 01:52 PM
So I guess the days of one huge line snaking through the terminal early on are over? :rotfl:

Yes, that problem is eliminated but another one cropped up with the new system. Tons of people will linger around the entrance to the queue to board the ship. We have been boarding #2 the last 3 cruises and we literally had to muscle our way through the crowds to get to the boarding area.

MJ

Haley
10-31-2009, 02:00 PM
Yes, that problem is eliminated but another one cropped up with the new system. Tons of people will linger around the entrance to the queue to board the ship. We have been boarding #2 the last 3 cruises and we literally had to muscle our way through the crowds to get to the boarding area.

MJ


Yeah, that is totally annoying-- they'll call 2's and people with 6's stand up and head to the entrance :confused3

Billinaz
10-31-2009, 02:07 PM
first you get to the port early. If we are not at the podium outside waiting for it to open, then we must not be sailing that day!

As you go up the escalator you see this:

http://members.cox.net/billinaz/upstairs.jpg


Look for the person holding what looks like index cards, they dont automatically go to you sometimes, so as soon as you crest the top of the escalator go find that person and get a card.

If you do, it will probably look like this:

http://members.cox.net/billinaz/boarding2.jpg

ppony
10-31-2009, 05:08 PM
Do you have to seek out these people as well if you are a suite guest? I was under the impression that they were able to board a little before the masses. Selfishly I was looking forward to getting some of those empty ship shots like some PPs got. ;) We're not planning on arriving until about 10:30-ish because of that as well as we're not looking for an upgrade. I get really anxious around crowds is the biggest issue for me not arriving too early. It took a lot of DIS convincing to even book a cruise.

Topscot
10-31-2009, 05:31 PM
On our last DCL we were on the 1st bus leaving MCO to the port (9:30am) and I believe we were 4's.

So how does one avoid the masses when coming from WDW? We are planning on spending a couple of days at Port Orleans, but I have heard bad things about taking the Disney bus from the resort (getting to port late).

This will be our first cruise and I want to be able to get onboard as early as possible to enjoy every minute. Is it better to take a private car? Wouldn't that be more expensive for a family of 3 than taking the bus from the resort to the port, then the port to MCO?

Billinaz
10-31-2009, 07:03 PM
No, you dont. You go to the roped off end of the terminal. When they are ready to board you go through a side door thats right there instead of through the ears. They send through the family of the day, handicapped, then suite guests.

Then the general boarding begins.

ppony
10-31-2009, 07:07 PM
No, you dont. You go to the roped off end of the terminal. When they are ready to board you go through a side door thats right there instead of through the ears. They send through the family of the day, handicapped, then suite guests.

Then the general boarding begins.

Not through the ears? :sad1: HEY! I cry foul! ;)

Mickey4me!
10-31-2009, 10:05 PM
Not through the ears? :sad1: HEY! I cry foul! ;)

I'll trade entering through the ears for your suite ;) :rotfl:

Billinaz
10-31-2009, 10:33 PM
Yea, its something they just started doing. Previous years we got to go thru the ears. Kind of a let down... but what are ya gonna do?

PPFQP
11-01-2009, 08:26 AM
On our last cruise we drove to port and we were about the 4th vehicle in line. We drove up to the curb where I dropped off my DW and DD off with the luggage. They proceeded into the terminal while I parked and they got a #4 boarding pass. I know it doesn't make much of a difference, but would we get a lower number if they lined up by the fence while I waited in the vehicle line by myself?

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o216/ppfqp/P4110023.jpg

We did for our Spring Break cruise in April. We left the Radisson about 10 am in our rental car. DH dropped off us off with the luggage, then went to return the rental car. We walked in, went right through security and got our card. There was no one in line. By the time we checked in DH was there with us.

AbsyBabsy
11-01-2009, 09:18 AM
I have been on 5 Disney Cruises - four of those times we had a 2 boarding pass. The last time I went, I was with a Dis friend and our daughters - the four of us sharing one room. We got there early and went to the CC check in. There was an older woman handing out tickets - she had the #2's on the top of her cards - she looked at us and shuffled past her 2's and handed us 4's. I politely asked if we could have the 2 boarding pass and she did give them to us bus she did not seem happy about it. The four of us were dressed in Disney gear with our CC bags from our cruise the month before and very smiley!

OurDogCisco
11-01-2009, 10:09 AM
I have been on 5 Disney Cruises - four of those times we had a 2 boarding pass. The last time I went, I was with a Dis friend and our daughters - the four of us sharing one room. We got there early and went to the CC check in. There was an older woman handing out tickets - she had the #2's on the top of her cards - she looked at us and shuffled past her 2's and handed us 4's. I politely asked if we could have the 2 boarding pass and she did give them to us bus she did not seem happy about it. The four of us were dressed in Disney gear with our CC bags from our cruise the month before and very smiley! Omgosh... this just seems rude to me. I guess... I don't understand how they hand out passes but to thumb pass the 2s in front of you seems a little rude to me.

ppony
11-01-2009, 01:27 PM
I have been on 5 Disney Cruises - four of those times we had a 2 boarding pass. The last time I went, I was with a Dis friend and our daughters - the four of us sharing one room. We got there early and went to the CC check in. There was an older woman handing out tickets - she had the #2's on the top of her cards - she looked at us and shuffled past her 2's and handed us 4's. I politely asked if we could have the 2 boarding pass and she did give them to us bus she did not seem happy about it. The four of us were dressed in Disney gear with our CC bags from our cruise the month before and very smiley!

NOT defending it at all especially since you were smiley! :):lovestruc I wonder if she was hanging on to a few of the 2s for people new to the whole cruising experience? Not that you can tell at a glance, but if you have CC bags you've obviously done it before. Again, NOT defending it, just wondering if perhaps that was her "system". I'm sure all CMs have their own system or criteria they like to use. :confused3 Who knows.

Elisa and Harris
11-01-2009, 02:35 PM
When we last cruised on the Wonder, we used DCL transportation from the airport and were able to check in and receive our KTTW cards there. We were given boarding passes #2.
someone said from a previous post that they wont' let you in the Wonder earlier than 1 pm. Did you find that to be true? Because I am planning on arriving at around 10 am for my Nov cruise!

Alexander
11-01-2009, 03:26 PM
We have gotten a 2 everytime we've sailed--except when we stayed in a suite, and that is an automatic 1.

We always arrive pretty early and there are hardly any people there.

The card you get will depend on the cast member you get it from. Some grab the top of the pile (2's and 3's) and some grab further down. Last cruise I was standing in line waiting to check in with a 2 and so were the people around me. This man got in line with a 4 and when he noticed we all had 2's he said his wife was going to kill him. It was hilarious!

Alexander
11-01-2009, 03:27 PM
I have been on 5 Disney Cruises - four of those times we had a 2 boarding pass. The last time I went, I was with a Dis friend and our daughters - the four of us sharing one room. We got there early and went to the CC check in. There was an older woman handing out tickets - she had the #2's on the top of her cards - she looked at us and shuffled past her 2's and handed us 4's. I politely asked if we could have the 2 boarding pass and she did give them to us bus she did not seem happy about it. The four of us were dressed in Disney gear with our CC bags from our cruise the month before and very smiley!

I wonder if she thought a 4 was right for your since there were 4 people in your party? I'm not kidding, there are a few older employees there that really seemed pretty lost.

mommyofthreeboys
11-01-2009, 04:30 PM
So if you arrive early just to get an early boarding number, and they don't board until 1pm, what are you doing for those 2 hours?

disfaninca
11-01-2009, 04:38 PM
This is only true on the Magic. On the Wonder, they don't open the bookings till 1 pm, and they won't let you line up early.

someone said from a previous post that they wont' let you in the Wonder earlier than 1 pm. Did you find that to be true? Because I am planning on arriving at around 10 am for my Nov cruise!

So if you arrive early just to get an early boarding number, and they don't board until 1pm, what are you doing for those 2 hours?

You can board the Wonder sooner. You just can't book Palo until 1 pm.

AbsyBabsy
11-01-2009, 05:24 PM
NOT defending it at all especially since you were smiley! :):lovestruc I wonder if she was hanging on to a few of the 2s for people new to the whole cruising experience? Not that you can tell at a glance, but if you have CC bags you've obviously done it before. Again, NOT defending it, just wondering if perhaps that was her "system". I'm sure all CMs have their own system or criteria they like to use. :confused3 Who knows.

I agree - I don't thing she was trying to be mean or rude - I even wondered if she thought my friend and I were "life partners" and did not approve - that gave me a giggle. I hope she had some more "2" for some newbies as you are probably right!

ppony
11-01-2009, 05:32 PM
I agree - I don't thing she was trying to be mean or rude - I even wondered if she thought my friend and I were "life partners" and did not approve - that gave me a giggle. I hope she had some more "2" for some newbies as you are probably right!

You have a wonderful outlook. :goodvibes :lovestruc

nenner1
11-01-2009, 05:42 PM
We've gotten an 2 and 3 before. If you drive it can be difficult, since they line you up in your vehicle in the parking lot and don't allow you in to drop off your luggage til 10. If you get dropped off by a bus (not the Disney buses, they don't get there that early) or car service well in advance of 10 then you should be OK. We usually arrive around 9:30 (the times we got the 2 and 3) but last time we got inisde around 10:20 and got a 5.

I also notice they appear to be stamping/numbering the BP's now (the mickeyhead stamp) So I guess no reusing old ones :rolleyes1

Also if you are in the terminal early enough, before the registration clerks come out to the desk you can hear "Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, It's off to work we go" playing over the PA as they all come out to open the counter stations- I love that!!! :goodvibes

ppony
11-01-2009, 05:42 PM
I'll trade entering through the ears for your suite ;) :rotfl:

Sure! Come and find me! pixiedust::drinking1

mommyofthreeboys
11-01-2009, 05:57 PM
We've gotten an 2 and 3 before. If you drive it can be difficult, since they line you up in your vehicle in the parking lot and don't allow you in to drop off your luggage til 10. If you get dropped off by a bus (not the Disney buses, they don't get there that early) or car service well in advance of 10 then you should be OK. We usually arrive around 9:30 (the times we got the 2 and 3) but last time we got inisde around 10:20 and got a 5.



So since we are driving, do you recommend pulling up to drop off luggage and then get in line to park?

TheBeadPirate
11-02-2009, 01:05 PM
We've gotten an 2 and 3 before. If you drive it can be difficult, since they line you up in your vehicle in the parking lot and don't allow you in to drop off your luggage til 10. If you get dropped off by a bus (not the Disney buses, they don't get there that early) or car service well in advance of 10 then you should be OK. We usually arrive around 9:30 (the times we got the 2 and 3) but last time we got inisde around 10:20 and got a 5.

I also notice they appear to be stamping/numbering the BP's now (the mickeyhead stamp) So I guess no reusing old ones :rolleyes1

Also if you are in the terminal early enough, before the registration clerks come out to the desk you can hear "Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, It's off to work we go" playing over the PA as they all come out to open the counter stations- I love that!!! :goodvibes

The Mickey head stamp just shows that you've been over to have your photos taken. They stamp the card as they direct you to a photographer.


So since we are driving, do you recommend pulling up to drop off luggage and then get in line to park?

DH always drops me with the luggage and goes to park. If he's not back by the time the porters come out I grab one to take care of our bags and head on in with both our passports. He has his license to show to get through. Once I've gotten us completely checked in- short of photo for KTTW- before he's gotten there and once he's met me before the porters came out. We usually get to port about 9:45ish.

It's really kind of funny how differently that's worked out. But with them building the parking garage now it gets really crowded with the shuttles and cars all trying to drop off at the same time.

DisneyPinDiva
11-02-2009, 03:58 PM
What is the advantage of having an early boarding pass?

You can get to the SHRIMP first... :lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao: