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Old 10-29-2012, 09:24 PM   #1
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Port Canaveral - Fly in day before or day of?

Hi Everyone!

Brand new here, and we are planning our first Disney cruise. WHOOP WHOOP!

I have read a lot of posts about people flying in the night before; some staying at the MCO Hyatt, and others staying closer to port. Does anyone fly in the morning of? We're trying to decide on what transportation will be the easiest, what time frame will be the best, etc.

Any information/experiences that you would like to share are very much appreciated!
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:28 PM   #2
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Welcome!! We fly in at least a day before. I consider it a form of "insurance." But we also travel from the northeast during the winter, so storms can delay flights and I wouldn't want to risk missing the cruise because of a flight delay. Stuck in a snowstorm while dreaming of CC isn't exactly the vacation I have in mind

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Old 10-29-2012, 09:30 PM   #3
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I thought about flying in the day of this January, but decided against it. I've heard you have to be in MCO by 12p. At least to get on Disney Transportation. In the end it was too hard to find flights that would match up. And I decided I wanted a day in the park.
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:44 PM   #4
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Definitely the DAY BEFORE We just got of the Fantasy on Saturday & our flight out of Denver connecting in Memphis was delayed so we missed the connection. Didn't make it to MCO Friday night, instead was rerouted through Atlanta and had to fly in on Saturday morning. I would be sure to give yourself time, anything can happen!

Needless to say, we had a rough go from start to finish! Also...be sure to buy trip insurance! Mine decision to do so has been priceless!
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:46 PM   #5
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Day of.

Also fly in from the north-east, but find checking into a hotel the day before and then re-packing / checking out too tiresome.

Our way, catch a 7 am flight, arrive by 10:30 and off to the ship.
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:47 PM   #6
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Day before. Less stressful.

I like the pre hotel stay. It's so exciting. We've stayed at the MCO Hyatt everytime we sailed from Port Canav.
From Miami, we stayed at the Intercontinnental.

Welcome and have a WONDERful cruise!!!
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:50 PM   #7
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Thanks for the input! Has anyone traveled in the day off with kids? Mine are 7 and 3. My husband wants to fly in the day of, but i'm worried the kids will be exhausted by lunch time.
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:56 PM   #8
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Thanks for the input! Has anyone traveled in the day off with kids? Mine are 7 and 3. My husband wants to fly in the day of, but i'm worried the kids will be exhausted by lunch time.
Essentially we did fly in on Friday morning I flew with 3 kiddos (6,8 & 11) they were so excited to be on the ship they lasted until midnight! Of course they slept until 10 am the next morning!
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Old 10-29-2012, 11:00 PM   #9
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Having worked for several years at an airport hotel, I would never consider flying in the morning of a cruise. Flights get delayed all the time for all sorts of reasons. Small electrical problems are very common, also weather in other cities prevents planes from being where they are supposed to be, even flight attendants who are late for work, sometimes it they are even delayed because the pilot's flight was late the night before and they have to wait a certain amount of time to fly again... So many unpredictable factors.

If you are flying into MCO, it is a big airport and takes a while to get from your plane to your luggage then to transportation. Then it is an hour drive to Port, assuming all is well on the 528.

With the amount of $$ invested in a Disney cruise, I wouldn't risk missing the boat.
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Old 10-29-2012, 11:47 PM   #10
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[QUOTE=TBMommy;46582435]

Then it is an hour drive to Port, assuming all is well on the 528.

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So true. We were on the Disney bus that picked us up from the Grand Floridian and got stuck in really bad traffic. There was a terrible accident. It took us about 3 hours to get to port. That's one great thing about taking Disney transportation. They will wait.
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Old 10-30-2012, 05:22 AM   #11
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Day before. ESPECIALLY with kids!
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Old 10-30-2012, 06:07 AM   #12
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Day before, our flight years ago was cancelled that morning for no reason. Had to drive 2 hrs to another airport ( 6 adults, 7 kids.) We made it in time, but the stress level was way too much....
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Heck, we're driving from 3-hours away and will go up the day before. I would not risk it. We have stayed several times at the Hyatt MCO and I highly recommend it; it is a nice hotel and one of only a few where you can watch airplanes out your (sound insulated) window.

We'll be staying in Cocoa beach and will probably visit the Space Shuttle Atlantis at the Cape Canaveral NASA visitor center on Friday.

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I am a flight attendant. I can't tell you how many passengers I have had over the past 22 years that have missed cruises/tours/weddings due to flying in the day of their important event.
You invest so much time, energy & money in this vacation! Do you really want to risk missing the ship? Fly in the day before.
Always the day before.
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Old 10-30-2012, 07:11 AM   #15
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There are multiple stories out there about how people missed the ship because they flew/drove to port the day of embarkation. Cruise critic has had a few good ones in the past few months, a quick search will convince you to fly in the day before.
As for repacking, I pack an emergency bag carry on which has everything we need if our luggage is lost. I include our embarkation clothes, swim suits and a pair of pjs, so I never have to open the big luggage until we are in our cabin. It makes staying the night in the hotel pre-cruise much easier. Plus everyone is relaxed and excited to get on the ship
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