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Old 02-27-2013, 08:48 AM   #1
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Cruise or disney first?

Looking for advice from those that have done land and sea before. Do you prefer starting with Disney and ending with your cruise, or reverse? I currently have it booked the opposite but have heard it may be more relaxing to end with the cruise. any thoughts???
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:52 AM   #2
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Definately the parks first. No doubt about it. The family will be built up and ready for the hustle and bustle of the parks and then....... relax on the cruise.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:01 AM   #3
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We are doing 3 days at the park and then a 7 day cruise in May. I have told my kids I am going to walk them to death in the parks , but once they get on the boat they can chill all they want. So for us parks first boat second.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:03 AM   #4
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We have done both, but definitely prefer going to the parks first. The hussle of the parks is a rude awakening after the calm of the cruise to me. Also quite rude that everyone at the parks expects you to pay for everything you want to eat after a week of not worrying about that.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:10 AM   #5
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Maybe I'm just sensitive...

After my last few cruises (not DCL) I spent a couple of days trying to lose my sea legs. It was particularly bad after my last cruise - almost 4 days of on and off land legs dizziness. I would hate hate hate to have that happen if I was trying to walk around the parks.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:24 AM   #6
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After my last few cruises (not DCL) I spent a couple of days trying to lose my sea legs. It was particularly bad after my last cruise - almost 4 days of on and off land legs dizziness. I would hate hate hate to have that happen if I was trying to walk around the parks.
That's actually a really good point. I usually feel like I'm still rocking for days afterwards. I even continue to take my sea sickness meds. I can't imagine going on a ride feeling like that
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:25 AM   #7
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I'm the other way I like to go to WDW after the cruise. To me the whole Hype is the cruise I wouldn't want to feel rushed through WDW wishing the cruise would get here already. I also don't like getting off the ship and having to go home. What we did and are doing for our next cruise is spent 1 night before the cruise at a splurge WDW resort somewhere we couldn't justify spending a weeks vacation at. Last time it was BLT this time were thinking AKL. We had a nice character dinner, watched fireworks from our room we were nice and ready for our cruise. After the cruise we spent 4 nights at CSR and did the full Disney experience. It really worked out great can't wait to do it again.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:37 AM   #8
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I'm also of the opinion, parks then cruise. The parks tend to leave me tired and feeling like I need a vacation from my vacation. Cruises relax me. I won't go as far as to say I'm "ready" to come back to work, but I'm certainly more energized!
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:39 AM   #9
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I definitely prefer the parks before the cruise. I am always exhausted when we leave a park vacation, but when we leave the cruise, I am totally relaxed and refreshed.
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Looking for advice from those that have done land and sea before. Do you prefer starting with Disney and ending with your cruise, or reverse? I currently have it booked the opposite but have heard it may be more relaxing to end with the cruise. any thoughts???
Definitely do the parks first. We did both one year and were so thankful we ended with the cruise. It was a nice way to relax and decompress after a week of rushing around.
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:52 PM   #11
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I have a timely report as I'm waiting at MCO for our plane to get here so we can fly home after our vacation. Because the flights were so much cheaper in the middle of the week, we flew in mid-week, spent two nights at AKV, did the 3-night Bahamian, then three more nights at BLT.

To all the previous posters that say that the cruises are "relaxing," you can't possibly mean a 3-night Bahamian! We were go-go-go the whole time and only booked it because my dad was scared to cruise and we were treating my parents.

We also did the 7-night California Coastal cruise in September and followed it with four days at Disneyland. This itinerary was, again, dictated by the lowest plane fare, but we had a great time.

We always take an extra day off of work to "relax" after our vacations. I hope that helps!
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:09 PM   #12
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I have a timely report as I'm waiting at MCO for our plane to get here so we can fly home after our vacation. Because the flights were so much cheaper in the middle of the week, we flew in mid-week, spent two nights at AKV, did the 3-night Bahamian, then three more nights at BLT.

To all the previous posters that say that the cruises are "relaxing," you can't possibly mean a 3-night Bahamian! We were go-go-go the whole time and only booked it because my dad was scared to cruise and we were treating my parents.

We also did the 7-night California Coastal cruise in September and followed it with four days at Disneyland. This itinerary was, again, dictated by the lowest plane fare, but we had a great time.

We always take an extra day off of work to "relax" after our vacations. I hope that helps!

Lol it depends on how you cruise. We have done 3-4 and 5 day cruises and they are while the 3 day is too short we do the same amount of nothing lol! We pretty much lounge in deck chairs or lounge on Castaway Cay! We're not the go go go type on cruises at all.
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:10 PM   #13
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100% Parks first. While the parks are extremely fun, after a couple of days of endless hours in them, your body starts to feel it. So, definitely parks first and then nice relation and sea bliss....
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:09 PM   #14
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I'm always in the minority here....the only way I can bear getting off the ship is knowing we are headed to the parks!
Ps....we have done it both ways as well.
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I'm always in the minority here....the only way I can bear getting off the ship is knowing we are headed to the parks!
Ps....we have done it both ways as well.

That's a great point!

We would ordinarily do the parks first, as well, but this this year we're doing the parks after just based on what the flight times are. We go to WDW pretty much every year, so we don't feel like we have to do every single ride in every single park---we're planning on just taking it easy those three days after the cruise and just visit MK on the second day, and hang out at the resort (contemporary I think) the remainder of the time.
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