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Old 08-07-2013, 07:44 AM   #16
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if u booked the transfer true disney they will know most off the time u should arrive around 1 pm at the port
If we haven't heard anything I'll check at the hotel the night before

Another question on account payment - can we put a card down at Guest Services to avoid the cash limit issues, but pay off the balance in cash instead on the final night?
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Old 08-07-2013, 08:58 AM   #17
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The easiest way, by far, is to do a credit/debit card set up ahead of time. You can put different cards down for different people. If you are in the same stateroom it doesn't matter - you can still put down cash for her and card for you or whichever combination you want. They typically allow your stateroom charges to add up and charge your card at every $500.

If you pay by cash you have to put a minimum of $300 down but since you are on a pre-paid system it requires a bit of monitoring. A visit to guest services will give you a printout of current charges. I have also heard that they will call you if you are approaching your threshold, but it is ultimately your responsibility.
thanks for reply. I think I will add card to my acct now before we go. what about if I put my card on for the whole room, can my dd go and see what her charges are and pay just them at guest serv with her card , and the balance will just go on my card? if I remember reading somewhere, you can see the charges are to which person by which roomkey they used?
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:31 AM   #18
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If you put a card in during online check-in, is it charged anything at that point? When is it charged for the first time?

Or, is a hold put on it? Thinking about using my debit card as opposed to an actual credit card. Thoughts/experiences? For my online check-in I put cash, but still have time to change it. Or add a card at the port (correct?)
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The transfer time is determined by DCL. They'll only pick up at each hotel one time, and you'll be given that info at the hotel. You still need to choose a port arrival time, the earlier the better, so you get an early boarding number, which will be given to you when you finish checking in at the terminal. After you get your boarding number, you sit around with hundreds of other passengers til DCL calls your boarding number.
I was told if I'm using the DCL shuttle I wont have to choose a port arrival time. When we arrive at the port we can just walk right on the ship?
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I was told if I'm using the DCL shuttle I wont have to choose a port arrival time. When we arrive at the port we can just walk right on the ship?
If you arrive at the port on DCL transportation, you will be allowed to enter the terminal when you arrive, regardless of your PAT. BUT, your PAT is tied to the actual boarding number you get at checkin at the port. Earlier PAT = lower boarding number, later PAT = higher boarding number.

Used to be that DCL transfers would arrive, checkin and board when they got there, so didn't need a PAT. During that time you received your boarding number based on when you actually checked in.

That being said, on DCL transfers you generally arrive at the port (from WDW resorts) around 1:00-1:30. By that time, there are minimal (or no) lines. And Open Boarding has generally started. So, you will checkin upon arrival and board, most likely, directly after checking in.
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If you arrive at the port on DCL transportation, you will be allowed to enter the terminal when you arrive, regardless of your PAT. BUT, your PAT is tied to the actual boarding number you get at checkin at the port. Earlier PAT = lower boarding number, later PAT = higher boarding number.

Used to be that DCL transfers would arrive, checkin and board when they got there, so didn't need a PAT. During that time you received your boarding number based on when you actually checked in.

That being said, on DCL transfers you generally arrive at the port (from WDW resorts) around 1:00-1:30. By that time, there are minimal (or no) lines. And Open Boarding has generally started. So, you will checkin upon arrival and board, most likely, directly after checking in.
Thanks PrincessShmoo for clearing that up for me!
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If you have a DCL transfer from your hotel and your PAT is 12:30-1pm for instance. You already have priority to board according to DISNEY and may board before your PAT time, so get online once you reach the port. They cannot control what time your transfer pickup/dropoff is so they allow boarding. I found this out once by contacting the cruise line since I was concerned about hanging out at port and waiting for PAT time.

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