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Old 06-14-2013, 12:10 PM   #1
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DCL and WDW ... Is it complicated?

We are already booked for a Thanksgiving trip to WDW this year (M-F). I cannot help but think about DCL. We did WDW Thanksgiving last year and DCL this past march. Loved both (the cruise a little more). We are booked for DCL Thanksgiving 2014 and I am having a hard time waiting that long.

Thinking about changing to this scenario for this year:

12/31: Arrive in Orlando (POR), spend the day and night in DTD.
1/01: MK
1/02: Character breakfast and then off to Port Canaveral for 3 nights on the Dream
1/05: depart Orlando

Is that too difficult? We will be flying from Houston and I would hate to fly to Orlando for a 3 night cruise which is why I am adding a day at Disney. I do not want to go to WDW on 12/31, so I thought we'd just hand around the resort and spend some time in DTD.

Or should I just do WDW this year and DCL next year. We will be doing DCL in 2014 no matter what, I guess I'm just trying to get on the ship quicker
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:22 PM   #2
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No it's not difficult at all, land and seas are great. My clients do it all the time. Best advice I give I think is to do the land portion first which it looks like you already were planning on so it should be smooth sailing lol. It just gives you the ability to unwind and relax after the busy time in the parks. Our family personally loves the land and sea. If we do land with out sea the kids are like wait what about the cruise now??

It is easier to book them separately I have found though. Do you have questions on anything specific?
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Old 06-14-2013, 01:14 PM   #3
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We drove in but we got a hotwire or orbitz for hotel for 2 nights, drive in a midnight and went to WDW the next day, came back to hotel, and embarked that morning. It was great.

Can't imagine a DCL without at least one WDW day. If it's feasible, it's best to combine both especially if a 3 day is all you can do (was all we could do). It brings the characters right to YOU (we never have time for photos at the parks!) and is a totally relaxed disney experience with all the Magic not to mention that Castaway if the weather is good, is like their 5th park out in the middle of the sea. Castaway Island or Kingdom or whatever. Its great!
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Old 06-14-2013, 01:17 PM   #4
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Not difficult at all!! Expensive, but not difficult!
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:32 AM   #5
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We did something similar last fall. We flew in the morning before the cruise and went to Epcot for Food & Wine festival that day. The next morning we went to Kona for breakfast (one of our favorites) then took the DCL transfers to PC for our 3-night cruise. Yes, it was a short trip, but it was still an awesome vacation.

We really appreciated having DME and DCL transfers/onboard check-in, we got to skip a lot of the luggage hassles
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:35 AM   #6
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I'm glad you asked that question, I'm contemplating the same thing. I'd love to do 3 nights at the POR and then do the 7 day cruise. I'm hoping we can swing it.
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