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Old 03-10-2013, 07:37 PM   #1
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Land before or after Sea?

I know this is totally a matter of personal preference, but:
For those of you who go to WDW around the same time as your cruise, do prefer parks first then cruise or cruise and then parks? Why?
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Old 03-10-2013, 07:45 PM   #2
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We prefer to do WDW then the cruise.
Nothing like relaxing on CC after a few busy days in the parks!!
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Old 03-10-2013, 07:50 PM   #3
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depends on what cruise you can get - but we also like to do wdw & then the cruise - relaxing way to end a busy trip
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Old 03-10-2013, 07:52 PM   #4
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Well here is my experience. I would say do the parks before. We did the parks after (3 days). Here are my kids (boys ages 6 & 12) reasons they preferred we did the parks before the cruise: A) After hanging on the beach and being in total relaxation for days, they felt the parks were too much. B) Mickey bars suddenly cost money. I wasn't willing to fork over the money after they ate so many on the ship. C) Eating in general was more of an issue. They ate what they wanted, when they wanted on the ship. I think they were a little sluggish.

In fairness, this was their first time to the parks so they didn't know what to expect, it was a long vacation and they just were wore out. In the future if I were to do this again, we would do the parks before.
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:09 PM   #5
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We have done both and only plan to do the parks first from now on. After a week of being pampered on the ship, the parks are just a rude awakening IMO. We are fine going to them first.
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:46 PM   #6
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I'm another parks first person. It is nice to be able to relax on the ship after the busy running around in the parks.
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:14 PM   #7
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I like my cake and eat it too. We do the parks , go on a cruise, and do the parks some more.
Last year we did the parks , went on a 5 day cruise [Magic] came back did the parks , then went on a 3 day cruise [Dream] then came back and did the parks 5 more days. WE loved every minute of it....
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:31 PM   #8
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I like my cake and eat it too. We do the parks , go on a cruise, and do the parks some more.
Last year we did the parks , went on a 5 day cruise [Magic] came back did the parks , then went on a 3 day cruise [Dream] then came back and did the parks 5 more days. WE loved every minute of it....
That sounds amazing. We don't have as much time as that but I wondered how it would be to split the park days. With school schedules what they are we were thinking to do 2 park days, 4 day cruise and then 3 park days.
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:40 PM   #9
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Having done both I prefer visiting the parks first. The main reason was that it was a bit strange being well taken care of on a ship to being basically on your own evening staying on site using my DVC point. It was strange walking into a dinning room and having to pay after spending a week or more on a ship.
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I like my cake and eat it too. We do the parks , go on a cruise, and do the parks some more.
Last year we did the parks , went on a 5 day cruise [Magic] came back did the parks , then went on a 3 day cruise [Dream] then came back and did the parks 5 more days. WE loved every minute of it....
Fun! We did a night before at Disney and then 3 days in the park afterwards during Spring Break last year. It was our first cruise, and we were hooked. We're taking a 7-day in June and will spend the night before at Disney and then come back for a few days in the parks. I would love to be able to take a second cruise so quickly. Maybe next time...
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It seems like every thread I read it suggests park first but we are doing the opposite. We LOVE LOVE LOVE WDW, and this is our first DCl cruise. I figure, after the cruise we will KNOW that we love going to the parks so we will have something to look forward to.
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:17 PM   #12
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We have done both and only plan to do the parks first from now on. After a week of being pampered on the ship, the parks are just a rude awakening IMO. We are fine going to them first.
Agreed about the rude awakening! LOL!
We have done both and we usually come back to the parks for a day or two as I don't like to fly right home from the ship! But, we have learned to tone our expectations down DRAMATICALLY when we set foot off of the ship! They just spoil you rotten onboard! We also know our eating/snacking habits will be much different in WDW vs DCL. If you know and plan for it, you can make either work. But I still prefer to spend the bulk of my park time prior to my cruise...personal preference.
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:35 PM   #13
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It seems like every thread I read it suggests park first but we are doing the opposite. We LOVE LOVE LOVE WDW, and this is our first DCl cruise. I figure, after the cruise we will KNOW that we love going to the parks so we will have something to look forward to.
If you've never done a cruise, this is probably a good option. This way, you won't spend your WDW time being stressed about your cruise. After you've cruised, and been bitten by the cruising bug, you'll see why most say WDW first.
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:55 PM   #14
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It seems like every thread I read it suggests park first but we are doing the opposite. We LOVE LOVE LOVE WDW, and this is our first DCl cruise. I figure, after the cruise we will KNOW that we love going to the parks so we will have something to look forward to.
I thought this too, originally we were going to cruise first and then do 3 days at WDW, but plans changed and we did WDW then the cruise. As much as I too LOVE the parks, I will say there is a glaring difference in service. You know how when you go to another amusement park and walk around thinking "well this sure isn't Disney." I think if we had done the cruise first we would have been walking around at Disney thinking "well, this sure isn't the cruise." Don't get me wrong, I still LOVE the parks, but the cruise is a whole other level of the Disney experience. Also I now think I would really miss the 24 hour room service and all the food whenever and not having to pay for any of it. Not trying to change your mind, just my observation after my first cruise.
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I thought this too, originally we were going to cruise first and then do 3 days at WDW, but plans changed and we did WDW then the cruise. As much as I too LOVE the parks, I will say there is a glaring difference in service. You know how when you go to another amusement park and walk around thinking "well this sure isn't Disney." I think if we had done the cruise first we would have been walking around at Disney thinking "well, this sure isn't the cruise." Don't get me wrong, I still LOVE the parks, but the cruise is a whole other level of the Disney experience. Also I now think I would really miss the 24 hour room service and all the food whenever and not having to pay for any of it. Not trying to change your mind, just my observation after my first cruise.
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