Ths DIS is a great place to ask Disney Cruise Line questions and share tips.
Dreams Unlimited Travel - The official sponsor of the Disney Cruise Forums Dreams Unlimited Travel - the official sponsor of the Disney Cruise Forums  

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Cruise Line > Disney Cruise Line Forum
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read



Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 04-07-2013, 09:35 PM   #1
ibcrazie4dizney
Mouseketeer
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: south jersey
Posts: 456

AOA right from ship

just wondering if anyone can help me understand how this is going to work. we will be staying at AOA and using Disney transfer right from the ship. I understand we will be getting off the ship early. by the time we arrive at the hotel, I am assuming it will be well before the check in time. will they let us check in early since we are coming right from the ship? will our bags be taken right to the room or do we claim them from the bus? if they do go right to our room, do we have to be there or will they leave them for us? we are hoping to spend as much time as we can in a park that day instead of hanging around the hotel.
__________________
CINDY LOVES DISNEY!!
ibcrazie4dizney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2013, 09:41 PM   #2
clten
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 2,799

You will claim your bags from under the bus. (It does not work like Magical Express where once it's on the bus it magically shows up in your room -- unless they've made a very recent change) But you can leave them with Bell Services to take to your room. We are about 50/50 on our WDW room being ready when we arrive from our cruise. If it isn't ready, they will check you in anyway (to get park tickets esp. if they are part of your package) and leave the luggage w/ Bell Services. When you get back to your room later, you will have to have them deliver your luggage. Or if we can get in our room right away, we check in get bags settled and then head out to the parks. You can get off the ship at your own convenience to catch the bus. Just one piece of advice - don't be on the last bus. That one sits there and waits until they confirm all people are off the ship and that may make more stops than just 3 resorts.
clten is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 04-07-2013, 09:51 PM   #3
ibcrazie4dizney
Mouseketeer
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: south jersey
Posts: 456

how do the buses work? does each resort, or a few, have their own bus? are the buses jam packed before they leave? actually, this was another question as we will get on at the airport to head to ship, how often do they depart and are you packed in tight?

we have late dining, I think that means we have late breakfast that morning, will it be easy not to be on last bus?
__________________
CINDY LOVES DISNEY!!
ibcrazie4dizney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2013, 10:16 PM   #4
PrincessShmoo
DIS Veteran
 
PrincessShmoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: SoCal
Posts: 17,320

Quote:
Originally Posted by ibcrazie4dizney View Post
how do the buses work? does each resort, or a few, have their own bus? are the buses jam packed before they leave? actually, this was another question as we will get on at the airport to head to ship, how often do they depart and are you packed in tight?

we have late dining, I think that means we have late breakfast that morning, will it be easy not to be on last bus?
When disembarking from the ship, you will tell the person directing the bus loading the resort you are heading to. You will be directed to a specific bus. Early on most busses will be going to just one resort, later on they may double up (with a maximum of 3 resorts, from what I understand) being visited by the bus.

Are you asking about the bus from MCO when you ask how often do they depart?

The bus checkin opens at 9:00 am at MCO. The busses start departing about 9:30 and depart every 20 minutes or when full, whichever is first.

There will only be the maximum number of people on the bus that there are seats for, no standing or lap sitting.
__________________

HAL Alaska 2009;2012;PC 2013Carnival Baja 2014
DCL Magic May 2008 Panama Canal WB, Sep 2010 Med/WB TransAtlantic,
DCL Wonder Oct & Dec 2011 Mexico, Oct 2012 Hawaii

DL too numerous to count WDW 1974, 1983, 1985, 1989, 1991, 1997, 2001, 2008 Tokyo DL 1984
PrincessShmoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2013, 10:29 PM   #5
mmouse37
Mickey for Me!
Likes surprises
 
mmouse37's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Too far from the Magic!!
Posts: 27,065

There is no special consideration at WDW given to guests who are coming from the ship. If your room is ready by luck of the draw it is ready, if not, then you would leave your bags with bell services and do something else until your room is ready.

Also, for anyone having late breakfast on the last morning...you do not have to dine in the MDR...you can go and have breakfast earlier up at buffet on the pool deck. We do this all the time. We have breakfast at Cabanas or Topsiders/BBB depending on the ship and are back to our room by 8 to collect our bags and then leave the ship.

MJ
__________________
31 DCL Cruises and Counting!
Disney Magic - 19 times - Official Maiden Voyage July 30, 1998, Re-imagined Magic October 27, 2013
Disney Wonder - 5 times
Disney Dream - 5 times - Official Maiden Voyage January 26, 2011
Disney Fantasy - 2 times

mmouse37 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2013, 04:05 AM   #6
MsGrandma
Earning My Ears
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Iowa
Posts: 57

We cruised in March and went to AoA on Disney transport after. Our room was ready when we arrived at about 1030. One word of warning though- I had bell services deliver our luggage and it took over 2 hours- even though when they took it off bus from me they assured me it would be delivered immediately. Aside from that AoA was great- we were in LM bldg 7 and the walk was not bad.
MsGrandma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2013, 04:33 AM   #7
ibcrazie4dizney
Mouseketeer
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: south jersey
Posts: 456

thanks for replies. I think if we are lucky enough to get right in a room, I may opt to carry our bags ourselves. we will be in the parks for a week before the cruise but have one last day there before our flight home the next morning, so I don't want to spend a lot of time waiting for bags, we want to get into mk for one final magical day.
__________________
CINDY LOVES DISNEY!!
ibcrazie4dizney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2013, 05:27 AM   #8
dpswift
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Central New york
Posts: 1,298

We drove to AOA from Syracuse and arrived at 9:30 am. Our room was ready. They begin getting rooms ready for new guests right away.
dpswift is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:57 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.