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Old 01-23-2013, 09:05 PM   #31
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Nice! First cruise we knew nothing about PAT and there were delays to boot so we barely got on in time to do a dismeet and then do the drill thing. For April 8 we got the 11-11:30 PAT so we're excited to get the extra time to relax and grab a snack.
What's PAT?

When we went on the Wonder (our first cruise) I think we arrived at noon and it was really easy to board since the place was practically empty (a line to get your child(ren) registered but that's it). But I only remember being given a time to show up; never a boarding number. Now we are booked on the Fantasy next February 2014 and need to know all the ins and outs. Thanks!
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:07 PM   #32
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:20 PM   #33
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What's PAT?

When we went on the Wonder (our first cruise) I think we arrived at noon and it was really easy to board since the place was practically empty (a line to get your child(ren) registered but that's it). But I only remember being given a time to show up; never a boarding number. Now we are booked on the Fantasy next February 2014 and need to know all the ins and outs. Thanks!
You select your Port Arrival Time when you do your online checkin. They are 1/2 hour windows of time for arriving at the port. Your PAT is tied to your actual boarding number that you receive when you checkin at the port.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:22 PM   #34
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:55 PM   #35
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On the Dream last June, 11 PAT, Boarding group #5, we were onboard by 11:40 a.m. in Cabanas. I had planned to ride the Aqua Duck immediately on boarding, but it didn't open until noon!
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:18 AM   #36
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On the 1/12/13 Fantasy, we had 11am PAT, got boarding group #3 and boarding began late. We boarded close to noon. Sometimes weather or other circumstances can affect boarding times.
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:42 PM   #37
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We got boarding #3 last week on the Dream. It didn't matter, though - our friends that we were traveling with were family of the day, so we got to go on first with them!
How do you become family of the day?
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:03 PM   #38
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In Oct we had a 2-2:30 PAT and actually arrived at 11:00. We got a 3!! I don't think there is any rhyme or reason to the PAT.
The PAT came about due to the 2 newer, larger ships. Boarding use to depend on when you arrived and checked in at the port but the terminal can't handle the large number of people that the larger ships can handle. I was "secretly" told by a cast member that up until last year the on line check in window was only really for the Dream. If you arrived early to board the Magic and Wonder they would give you an earlier boarding number. This change last year and they really hold true to the PAT now.
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We got boarding #3 last week on the Dream. It didn't matter, though - our friends that we were traveling with were family of the day, so we got to go on first with them!
How do you get to be family of the day?
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:37 AM   #41
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I don't have an 11-11:30 PAT yet as I cannot do my on line check in until 4/2/13 but I do have a couple questions. Our first Disney Cruise
1- My online check-in date is 75 days out, is there a way to change that as I have seen some people with a 90 day check in?

2-What PAT slots will still be available at 75 days out, will it still be worth doing the online check in at midnight?

3-Can you cheat a little with the online check in time at midnight, say 11:55 or is it exactly 12:00?
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:39 AM   #42
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I don't have an 11-11:30 PAT yet as I cannot do my on line check in until 4/2/13 but I do have a couple questions. Our first Disney Cruise
1- My online check-in date is 75 days out, is there a way to change that as I have seen some people with a 90 day check in?

2-What PAT slots will still be available at 75 days out, will it still be worth doing the online check in at midnight?

3-Can you cheat a little with the online check in time at midnight, say 11:55 or is it exactly 12:00?
People with an earlier check-in are members of the Castaway Club i.e. they have sailed before.
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This may be a little bit off topic but I have a question. We are sailing out of Galveston in April and I have an 11-11:30am PAT. My in-laws are traveling with us and they haven't even finished their check-in so I doubt they will be able to get the same PAT as us. Could we all get there together at 11am and check-in together or are they going to have to wait until their later PAT time?
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:00 AM   #45
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I don't have an 11-11:30 PAT yet as I cannot do my on line check in until 4/2/13 but I do have a couple questions. Our first Disney Cruise
1- My online check-in date is 75 days out, is there a way to change that as I have seen some people with a 90 day check in?

2-What PAT slots will still be available at 75 days out, will it still be worth doing the online check in at midnight?

3-Can you cheat a little with the online check in time at midnight, say 11:55 or is it exactly 12:00?
Don't stress; you can't change when you can check in because that is one of the perks of being in the Castaway Club. But I think for my first cruise we had noon as our PAT time.

I don't think the computer will let you 'cheat' the 12:00 time. Computers are difficult that way!
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