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Old 10-17-2012, 02:45 PM   #1
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Combo WDW and Cruise trip?

Has anyone here done WDW first and then cruised? Is it too much? Does it lessen the fun of the cruise at all? We are going on the Dream in December - my mom is taking my family and we are thinking of going down before the cruise with just our kids to do Disney for about 8 days. My mom is worried it will somehow take the fun out of the cruise but I think it sounds fabulous. I just wondered what other's experiences have been like. This will be our first Disney cruise but we have done Disney several times. We kind of figure if we are already going to be down there why not? And our kids are getting older where it will be harder and harder to pull them out of school so we feel like this might be our last chance to do a long trip on off season dates.

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Old 10-17-2012, 03:03 PM   #2
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We have done WDW and then cruised twice. In NO WAY did it spoil either part of the trip!

WDW and DCL have their own special and are completely different animals altogether. We found that the cruise actually gave us a chance to relax and unwind, since the parks can be a pretty busy vacation, what with all the walking around and the lines. A 3 day cruise felt too short, of course but it capped off the parks wonderfully.

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Old 10-17-2012, 03:10 PM   #3
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We are going to do a 4 nt cruise then 2 nights at Universal. I was worried about Disney overload. My boys are 20, 10 and 8. Our fellow travel mates thought the same. Their kids are 8 and 10.

That said, we did WDW 2 years ago...if we hadn't I'd do it instead of Universal.
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:11 PM   #4
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We've done it twice, both before DS was in the picture. As you can see from my ticker, we are doing it again this spring. They are different experiences and I don't think one spoils the other EXCEPT if you overdo it in the parks and are totally beat by the time you get to the ship. Eight days is plenty of time to see the parks and not feel super rushed, so I say go for it!
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:16 PM   #5
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They are such different experiences that it is not really an overload. We did it in January/February and plan on doing WDW/DCL again in the future.
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:37 PM   #6
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We just did this in June. WDW for 8 nights and then the 7 night Eastern (with in-laws) on the Fantasy. First time for most of us for both experiences. It was great, and I would do it again in a heartbeat since we are from the west coast. They were both so different, and were great complements to each other.

For us, the cruise gave some great character interactions without the pressure of "gotta get the signatures". It was very relaxing after running from ride to ride, and yet still was totally Disney. It was also nice to get a bit more parent time, since the kids were happy to be in the kid's club. We also got a bonus night courtesy of the in-laws which was really nice after the intense family time at WDW.
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:38 PM   #7
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We've done 2 WDW/DCL vacations and one DL/DCL vacation and loved all three! We much prefer WDW first then a cruise- busy in the parks and then time on the cruise to relax We find it's easier to do one big WDW/DCL trip instead of two smaller trips. My suggestion- go for it!
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:50 PM   #8
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We take it to the next level. Last year and this year we are going 2 days before the cruise and then a week after. We will have APs so the tickets won't be a problem. Getting there a little before decreases the arrival stress and since we've been to WDW several times we can relax a little more during the week after.
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:50 PM   #9
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We have done it once, 8 days at WDW and then a 4 day cruise and it was great. I would also recommend WDW first and then the cruise. I have always said that you need a vacation when you get back from WDW, so add a cruise and time to relax.
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:15 PM   #10
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We have done it twice with DS, 4 first time 5 second and are doing it again in 2013. First time did WDW before (4 nights) then 7 night western, then 5 nights off site but visited Disney and Sea World. Second time did WDW 4 nights then 7 nights eastern, then straight home - decided this wasn't long enough having come from the UK so 2013 are doing 4 nights WDW, 7 nights Eastern then 6 nights in an Orlando villa doing non Disney stuff as we haven't tried that yet! Definitely recommend WDW first then the cruise to relax a bit!
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:34 PM   #11
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We have done it 3 times. The first time 4 night land/3 night sea. 2nd time was 3 night land/4 night sea. 3rd time was 3 night land/5 night sea. For us, it in no way spoils the experience as they are totally different experiences. It is like taking 2 completely different vacations both with a Disney Theme. I would however, try to include mom on the land portion letting her know that you are not trying to upstage what she has planned.
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Old 10-17-2012, 05:26 PM   #12
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It costs so much to fly to FL from CA that we can't justify doing only WDW or DCL, we have to do both in one trip. So we're doing a week at WDW and then a week on the Fantasy, hopefully in 2014 with my husband's family and hopefully my mom for the WDW portion (she won't cruise). It's already been postponed twice due to money constraints. I am also insisting that we do the parks first so we can rest and recover on the ships.

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Old 10-17-2012, 05:48 PM   #13
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In August 2010, we spent 8 days at WDW followed by a 4 night cruise. We didn't wear ourselves out at the parks because we had lots of time. However, it made the cruise seem even more relaxing because we were able to sleep in and not worry about rope drop!
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Old 10-17-2012, 06:47 PM   #14
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I say that sounds like the perfect vacation
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:46 PM   #15
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We did WDW before the cruise twice. We did WDW before & after the cruise once. We didn't think it spoiled anything. We did enjoy relaxing on the cruise so we do like doing it beforehand. I don't think you can go wrong doing WDW & a cruise no matter what you do...but that's just me maybe.
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