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Old 02-04-2013, 12:30 PM   #16
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We just did WDW pre-cruise. I think with my anticipation of the cruise I also had the "are we there yet?" feeling and couldn't fully appreciate our time in WDW. Also, for the first time ever, I agree with PP, the parks seemed a bit dirty and many areas were looking outdated. I was thrilled to later see the immaculate Dream and it was such a fun, relaxing way to end our trip!
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:21 PM   #17
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We've also done it both ways. Preferred the parks after the cruise, otherwise it was just too depressing to get off the boat!
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:40 PM   #18
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We've done it both ways, and after 9 cruises, we've found the best for us is to do 2 days before the cruise & 3 to 4 days at WDW after the cruise. It's a 12 hour drive for us, so getting to WDW a bit early goes along way for our pre-cruise psych. Then spending a few days at the parks & the resort pools is a good way to chill out before driving home . Trust me directly home after getting off the ship is no picnic .
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:40 PM   #19
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We've also done it both ways. Preferred the parks after the cruise, otherwise it was just too depressing to get off the boat!
Same here! Our first cruise we did a week WDW first, followed by an Eastern cruise, then home. We were so sad leaving the ship!

The second cruise we did a week at WDW, followed by an Eastern cruise, then a couple more days at WDW. This was better since it gave us something to look forward to.

Last year we did an Eastern cruise followed by a week at WDW and it was so much better! We weren't tired starting out the cruise from being at WDW all week, and we had something to look forward to getting off of the ship. We will be doing the same thing in May except that we are finally trying the Western itinerary.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:43 PM   #20
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Of course you have to do what logistically makes the most sense for your family and situation.
Personally we wouldn't do WDW after the cruise again.
When we did the parks before, we were excited, and the lines didn't seems so long.
Afterwards there were a few things we noticed.
1) We still had sea legs and didn't feel great. Some of the rides weren't pleasant
2) We felt so relaxed and wonderful coming off the cruise, but 2 days in the parks and we were frazzled again!
3) We had never noticed before at wdw, but after the cruise the parks seemed dirty? I don't know...just not so sparkling!
4) The accommodation also seemed cheap and old. Guess we were just spoilt!
5) Suddenly you feel the food is really expensive! I remember having a counter service breakfast the first morning - kids had a waffle and it came with a couple of pieces of bacon. Our youngest said 'Please can I go back for some more bacon' But that was not an option! They'd got used to the cruising' style!

We still had a good time, but it was not as 'magical' immediately post-cruise.

Just our experience.
This was our experience as well. We did the four night cruise, then four nights at WDW. We have always felt that service at WDW was extraordinary, but the cruise goes beyond that. Exactly the way I would put it, a little less magical. Plus, it seemed that the cruisers were more polite and well behaved. Our first lunch at WDW, my 9 year old got run over by a large man with a backpack who was trying to get our table. To add to that, I actually ended up with walking pneumonia after the trip. My personal opinion is that is was too much for us, and we decided we would do either/or but never again would we do both. Time of year could have had something to do with it, as Labor Day crowds at WDW were bigger than we were used to when we travel mid September.
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:44 PM   #21
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We've also done it both ways. Preferred the parks after the cruise, otherwise it was just too depressing to get off the boat!
That's what we figured. Plus I don't think we will like the idea of going from a one bed room savannah view to a 299 sq ft room.
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:51 PM   #22
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We like doing the parks after a cruise too! That is what we always do. If you drive yourself and get off the ship as soon as they say you can, you can be at the parks around 9am so you get a full day. We thinks it works our great!
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:35 PM   #23
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Parks after cruise here too! It seems there are so many schedules and everything that you need to adhere to on the cruise, so it is nice to get that done and then focus on relaxing and not having to be anywhere at a certain time at the parks. You don't want to get home and feel like you need a vacation.
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:02 PM   #24
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Parks after cruise here too! It seems there are so many schedules and everything that you need to adhere to on the cruise, so it is nice to get that done and then focus on relaxing and not having to be anywhere at a certain time at the parks. You don't want to get home and feel like you need a vacation.
Really? You DON'T feel like you need a vacation when you get home from WDW? I must be doing it wrong! Anyhow, I prefer to do WDW before, but am going afterward this year due to how the schedule falls. For me, the vacation STARTS when I walk in that fabulous atrium and the travel and parks are behind me. I'm kind of bummed about doing it 'backwards' this year, but maybe when I get home I'll remember to chime in on here how it worked out.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:27 PM   #25
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Boy, am I glad to have found this thread! I am just off Magic 6night cruise and booked again on board for Feb2014. However, I am planning on straddling the cruise with a couple days of WDW (two before and two after) I haven't yet found an easy to understand way to book this, and since this will only be my second cruise, and first WDW....I am lost! What have I gotten myself into?
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:41 PM   #26
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We've done twice where we put in 4 days at DL after a 7 night cruise and it was a bit too much running around after such a relaxing week. This time, we are doing majority of WDW days first, and then tack on 2 days after to get best of both worlds
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:48 AM   #27
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We always do a few days before and after the cruise at WDW. It is such a letdown when you get off the ship that we need that park time as something to look forward to.

I agree with another poster that said that it is hard to pay for things after you've gotten it on the ship. On our next cruise I went ahead and paid for the Dining Plan, just so that at least feels like it's free even thought I just paid for it ahead of time.

I do agree that the parks are a lot more hectic than the relaxed cruise, but it's still worth it to us to have that to look forward to. It seems to be much harder to get off the ship than it is for us to leave WDW to come home .
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:12 AM   #28
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Interesting perspectives here! I think I would also prefer WDW pre-cruise, but since our cruise is Sat-Thurs, works out better for us to go post-cruise. The only thing getting to me is that we will have only one park day and the tickets are so expensive for just one day! But, as long as we are in FL, I really want to do WDW.
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:22 AM   #29
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One of the many things I see on the DCL threads is that people enjoy going to WDW first then the cruise instead of WDW after the cruise. We booked our first Cruise/WDW trip for this September - 4 night aboard the dream. The WDW before or after issue got me thinking. So I analyzed it.

Cruise then WDW
Sat. - leave house about 6am and drive down to Downtown Disney. Do dinner and other things and then head to hotel by port.
Sun - cruise starts
Thur - cruise ends, drive over to WDW, check in and be to park by 11.
Friday and Saturday - parks
Sunday - a 2-3 hours in park then head home.
So in the above we do a 4 night cruise and 3 nights at WDW. We get two full days at WDW, one mostly full day and then one with a few hours. In this scenario I would only need to take 5 days off from work.

WDW then Cruise.
Thurs - leave house about 6am and drive to WDW. Check in and at parks probably about 3pm.
Friday & Saturday - parks
Sunday - park for 2-3 hours and then to port.
Sunday - Thurs - cruise.
Thurs - leave cruise and then head home.
So in the above we do a 4 night cruise and 3 nights at WDW. We get two full days at WDW, 1 half day, 1 day with a few hours. In this scenario I would need to take 6 days off from work.

Doing the Cruise then WDW seems less rushed and gives us more time plus that little extra time at DTD.

Love to hear comments and other people's experiences.
We did WDW after, and loved it. It was great and we had so much fun. We are active people though, so after relaxing on the ship, we felt very ready for the parks for 3 days. To DH and I, it would feel much worse to leave the ship and head to the airport to go home! We are doing it the same way next year on our cruise (7 night cruise, then 3 nights at WDW)
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:34 AM   #30
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We have just done one cruise so far and we did WDW after the cruise. I like to have the time to relax and be pampered first thing on my vacation. It de-stresses me from real life and the whole scrambling to get ready to go out of town stuff. Then when I am all relaxed and recharged, I get to get off the ship and play at WDW. We are doing the same plan this month.
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