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Old 01-23-2013, 08:45 AM   #31
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We had PAT 11:00-11:30 a couple of weeks ago and got there at 10:15 (only because we ended up taking the first Disney bus from the airport). We were the third family to check-in at the Castaway Club check in desks and got boarding group 8. Boarding started at 11:20 and group 8 was called at 11:40. We were onboard and headed to Cabanas by 11:50. (We did not stop for boarding photo).

My advice to OP is to arrive to the terminal entrance right at 11:00 AM. By the time you get through security, upstairs, and through the check-in line. You should only have a short wait before boarding starts and will likely be in group 6-10.
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We had PAT 11:00-11:30 a couple of weeks ago and got there at 10:15 (only because we ended up taking the first Disney bus from the airport). We were the third family to check-in at the Castaway Club check in desks and got boarding group 8. Boarding started at 11:20 and group 8 was called at 11:40. We were onboard and headed to Cabanas by 11:50. (We did not stop for boarding photo).

My advice to OP is to arrive to the terminal entrance right at 11:00 AM. By the time you get through security, upstairs, and through the check-in line. You should only have a short wait before boarding starts and will likely be in group 6-10.
Just a note that PAT will not matter for entry to the terminal for anyone taking DCL transfers - either from MCO or WDW. PAT will impact the boarding number assigned, but not entry to the terminal. For those arriving by other transportation, they COULD be denied early entry.
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I have an 11:00 PAT. I will drop off wife, DD and luggage at the port, then need to return the rental car. Hopefully, I will get the shuttle back to port by 11:30.

Can my wife do all paperwork at the port, or does she need to wait until I return?


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Just off the Fantasy and was told that I could have checked my husband in if I had his passport(I did not have it) You do need photo id to get into the building but a drivers licence will do. Not sure if I could have checked him in if it was our first cruise though, they still had our photos from last year on file so we didn't need a new picture
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