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Old 07-19-2010, 12:53 PM   #16
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Thanks for all the comments/advice. What's the earliest they allow boarding. Is it any quicker/easier if you have cruised on Disney before?
I believe they start boarding between 11:30 and noon.

The first boarding group is Concierge and Platinum CC members (more than 10 DCL cruises). After that, it's first come/first serve. Boarding goes quickly even if you're not in one of the first four or five boarding groups.

Unlike a PP, we wanted to eat at PC but were told to go to BBB (TS on Magic) as PC was full. We asked to wait and they let us. There was actually no wait - I think they were just anticipated more crowds at PC as the weather wasn't the best.
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Old 07-19-2010, 01:01 PM   #17
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Thanks for all these tips... I didn't need to ask my questions...they were all answered here.
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Old 07-19-2010, 01:01 PM   #18
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I like to get there early..There is something about the feeling when you are in the port. It is so exciting for me and my family..It does go by fast. We ate at Parrot Cay last cruise and plan on doing that again. Really liked to start our cruise there
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Old 07-19-2010, 03:09 PM   #19
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EARLY!!!

Captain Mickey and Minnie came out for pics and that got us even more excited! Plus we also went ahead and lined up so the kids could get their CC braclets!
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Old 07-20-2010, 01:36 AM   #20
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I know this is another subjective question, but in your opinion what is the perfect time to arrive at the port for your Disney Cruise?

How much time to you allow from a Disney Resort, (BLT)?
Port at 10:30-11... that gets you onboard at 12 for lunch... the kids can swim immediately, while you eat, get dining changes done, spa reservations, palo reservations, etc. The problem, coming from the resorts, is the resort buses get you to the port at 2... missing lunch... and rush, rush, rush. Bah, humbug!

Better trick, if you don't have a rental, and want to park at the port... is to use magical express to the airport.... then, get on the DCL bus at the airport, to the port... catch the 9:30, :45, or 10:00 bus... to make the port, per above.
Tell magical express that you have an 11:00 flight... they'll pick you up at 8, have you at the airport in time.... to do the above.
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Old 07-20-2010, 09:40 AM   #21
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The buses are nearly alwys there before or at 1:30. Parrot Cay lunch is till 2:15 and Topsiders till 3:30 (at least those were the times for my last 7 day cruise in January).

But I also like to be on right away...am way to 'antsy' to sit around the hotel waiting for time on the ship!

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Old 07-20-2010, 10:36 AM   #22
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Even if we are not trying to upgrade we like to get to port between 10am and 10:30. The time flys buy and it is always great to be one of the first people onboard and have the pools all to yourself and take pictures
Not to mention, they often bring characters out for a meet and greet while we are waiting. The kids love hanging around the port waiting to get onboard.
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Before I officially answer the question, here's an explanation of my answer.
Once upon a time, you had to make your dinner ressies and what-not once you got onboard and not online (Oh the horror). So because of that, I got in the habit of getting to the port around 9:45 to be one of the first to check through the security and check-in. Back then, it was a sort of first come-first served deals for getting in line to get on the ship. So if you got there early, you got to stand or sit in line first to get onboard. I still, to this day, get there around 9:45. Doesn't get me on any faster now, but I still enjoy getting there early.

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We like to get there between 1100-1130 we had number 13 too and boarded at 12:15 this time we are doing Disney transport.
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Old 07-20-2010, 12:54 PM   #25
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Our favorite time to arrive at the port...

is the earliest we can get out of bed and drive to the port. We live in Davenport, about 20 minutes west of WDW. It generally takes us just over an hour to arrive. In December, we made it a point to leave our house by 830am...we arrived around 9:45 after a few stops, and got the chance to really enjoy the terminal. Our daughter loved watching the Disney cartoons in the terminal, and seeing characters. It was the strangest thing to see the boarding doors closed. The doors generally open aroound noon...our goal is to get to the port as early as we can for our upcoming August 3rd cruise so we can relax and just enjoy the terminal before getting onboard. It's my first platinum level cruise, so eager to see what the concierge boarding perk is all about.
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Old 07-20-2010, 01:03 PM   #26
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Does the terminal open at 10:00?
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Yes it I believe it does open then. We also like to get there as soon as it opens- it gets us more excited plus we can be ready to board and start the cruise experience.
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Old 07-21-2010, 04:37 AM   #28
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When you get to the ship, do they have curb side check in for your luggage...

We are renting a car and would like to drop off the luggage and then go return the car so I don't have to drag around the luggage with me...

Is this possible?
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When you get to the ship, do they have curb side check in for your luggage...

We are renting a car and would like to drop off the luggage and then go return the car so I don't have to drag around the luggage with me...

Is this possible?

Yes, they do. Also you and your son could go check in while DH returns the car. You will need his passport, but he needs to keep his driver's license to use as an ID to get in the terminal (as well as to drive!). Then when he joins you in the terminal he just needs to get his photo taken (they'll let him go to the front of the line to the CM who checked you in),
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Yes, they do. Also you and your son could go check in while DH returns the car. You will need his passport, but he needs to keep his driver's license to use as an ID to get in the terminal (as well as to drive!). Then when he joins you in the terminal he just needs to get his photo taken (they'll let him go to the front of the line to the CM who checked you in),
photo taken? What is that - I don't recall the last two cruises a requirement to get a photo taken. Is this new?
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