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Old 08-21-2013, 09:18 PM   #3271
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Our last cruise would have been our first with the picking your arrival/boarding time. We were taking the bus from AK so we got there late and boarding time didn't matter. When we check in on the 8th, I assume we will be given times to choose from. how does this work? I like to get to the port early, usually by 10 at the latest, but I don't want to sit around unnecessarily if we get a boarding time of 12:00. If we got there early would we be able to get an earlier boarding time or are we stuck with the time we get at checkin? If we are lucky to get a Palo brunch at checkin then I won't worry too much about arrival time.
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Our last cruise would have been our first with the picking your arrival/boarding time. We were taking the bus from AK so we got there late and boarding time didn't matter. When we check in on the 8th, I assume we will be given times to choose from. how does this work? I like to get to the port early, usually by 10 at the latest, but I don't want to sit around unnecessarily if we get a boarding time of 12:00. If we got there early would we be able to get an earlier boarding time or are we stuck with the time we get at checkin? If we are lucky to get a Palo brunch at checkin then I won't worry too much about arrival time.
On our last cruise we ran into that boarding time thing for the first time too. Our time was really late. We were on the Disney bus to the port which picked us up at our resort at a scheduled time. We wondered what would happen when we arrived at the port--the result was we got right on board even though we were very early!
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Let me know when you will be there so I can watch....

Seriously though, what dates will you be in WDW? If you need any tips on how to mnake the best of your time let me know. e.g. what fast pass to get first, where to head next.
The Monday to Friday before the cruise is when we plan to do WDW. I don't know off the top of my head which day will be our Epcot day. I've just come from three hours of a geography curriculum workshop and I can't think straight

Will it scare you if i tell you we don't go with a plan of sorts? We are a wing it people

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Our last cruise would have been our first with the picking your arrival/boarding time. We were taking the bus from AK so we got there late and boarding time didn't matter. When we check in on the 8th, I assume we will be given times to choose from. how does this work? I like to get to the port early, usually by 10 at the latest, but I don't want to sit around unnecessarily if we get a boarding time of 12:00. If we got there early would we be able to get an earlier boarding time or are we stuck with the time we get at checkin? If we are lucky to get a Palo brunch at checkin then I won't worry too much about arrival time.
I have only been on one cruise... but I believe you have a window for your boarding time. The earlist is 1100 or 1130am. Depending on how busy they are and who you get at the counter you may b we able to board before your set time. Meaning if you have a 100om board time you can probably get there earlier and they will let you on.

I cant remember if we picked the time or if it was assigned to us.
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:17 AM   #3275
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The Monday to Friday before the cruise is when we plan to do WDW. I don't know off the top of my head which day will be our Epcot day. I've just come from three hours of a geography curriculum workshop and I can't think straight

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No, doesn't scare me. Nothng wrong with going without a plan. The lines can be quite extensive though, the big rides can be over an hour and a half wait. That's why we used to get the fast passes and the big rides out of the way first thing in the morning. Then we can enjoy the parks and go with the flow the rest of the day. If you have never been to WDW it can be very overwhelming since there is so much to see and do. Hope I am not coming across pushy, just hate to see you miss out on some of the great things to see and do.
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I am not a big birthday celebrating kind of guy BUT today I turn 55, yay, some of the senior discounts kick in but the best part is that I get to be in Disney for the first time on my birthday and i get to be with my best friend and partner Mark, I am so excited. I want the birthday pin.
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Our last cruise would have been our first with the picking your arrival/boarding time. We were taking the bus from AK so we got there late and boarding time didn't matter. When we check in on the 8th, I assume we will be given times to choose from. how does this work? I like to get to the port early, usually by 10 at the latest, but I don't want to sit around unnecessarily if we get a boarding time of 12:00. If we got there early would we be able to get an earlier boarding time or are we stuck with the time we get at checkin? If we are lucky to get a Palo brunch at checkin then I won't worry too much about arrival time.
The time you get isn't your boarding time, it's the time you are supposed to arrive at the port. Boarding groups are given out when you check in. The last cruise we were at WDW as well, so even though we had an arrival time of 11, we didn't get there till later than that.

The time before, we were given a choice of three arrival times. 11:30, 12 and12:30. I of course chose 11:30, but arrived at about 9:30 from the airport and I had no problems going ahead and checking in. They are trying to stagger the arrivals to the port so the check-in lines don't get too out of hand. The port opens earlier than boarding begins. You try to get the earliest Port Arrival time so you get an earlier boarding group. People on the first few buses from the airport usually get boarding group two.
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I am not a big birthday celebrating kind of guy BUT today I turn 55, yay, some of the senior discounts kick in but the best part is that I get to be in Disney for the first time on my birthday and i get to be with my best friend and partner Mark, I am so excited. I want the birthday pin.


Happy birthday!!! Hope you have a wonderful day!!! Definitely get a birthday pin. It's so much fun to have complete strangers wish you a happy birthday.
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I am not a big birthday celebrating kind of guy BUT today I turn 55, yay, some of the senior discounts kick in but the best part is that I get to be in Disney for the first time on my birthday and i get to be with my best friend and partner Mark, I am so excited. I want the birthday pin.


You are 5 months younger than me! Have a fantastic time! I will probaby NEVER be at Disney on my birthday since mine falls during HIGH season.

(so just remember who is your elder here, got it? )
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Hey Chuck, Dave and I will be down there 12-16 October if you get a chance to swing by!! Cannot WAIT!! 51 days!


Dang countdowns are stuck!!!
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The time you get isn't your boarding time, it's the time you are supposed to arrive at the port. Boarding groups are given out when you check in. The last cruise we were at WDW as well, so even though we had an arrival time of 11, we didn't get there till later than that.

The time before, we were given a choice of three arrival times. 11:30, 12 and12:30. I of course chose 11:30, but arrived at about 9:30 from the airport and I had no problems going ahead and checking in. They are trying to stagger the arrivals to the port so the check-in lines don't get too out of hand. The port opens earlier than boarding begins. You try to get the earliest Port Arrival time so you get an earlier boarding group. People on the first few buses from the airport usually get boarding group two.
Cool, I plan to be there pretty early and hope to get early boarding.
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You are 5 months younger than me! Have a fantastic time! I will probaby NEVER be at Disney on my birthday since mine falls during HIGH season.

(so just remember who is your elder here, got it? )
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Hey Chuck, Dave and I will be down there 12-16 October if you get a chance to swing by!! Cannot WAIT!! 51 days!


Dang countdowns are stuck!!!
I might be here. Still testing the waters with my employer about the work from home here in Florida. I was planning on going north Oct 13th to the 25th. If things go well I might go up later. I'll know more in September.
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Cool, I plan to be there pretty early and hope to get early boarding.
we will be on one of the first buses from the airport!
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I might be here. Still testing the waters with my employer about the work from home here in Florida. I was planning on going north Oct 13th to the 25th. If things go well I might go up later. I'll know more in September.
Hope you are around.....Hope especially the work from home stuff works out ok!
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