Who cruises after visiting theme parks?

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  1. Mickeyhugger

    Mickeyhugger DIS Veteran

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    I notice that most (or maybe I'm wrong?) cruisers on this board go to WDW AFTER their cruise.

    I used to think I'd want to do the same, as I'd have something else 'Disney' to look forward to after disembarking. However, now I'm thinking in reverse. I think the cruise would be a great way to unwind and relax after the frentic, harried pace of the parks.

    The 7-day land/sea packages are not long enough 'cruising' time for us. And we're thinking maybe farther down the road booking our own 3 days at WDW and 7-day DCL.

    Who likes cruise first/parks second, or, parks first/cruise second and why?

    Thanks!:sunny:
     
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  3. glindamood

    glindamood DIS Veteran

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    On the 3 cruises we have taken (all 7 day) only once did we do the parks - and it was before. That was a real WOW vacation as it was a week at BWV (DVC) and then cruising the week of Christmas for a family reunion. It was an awesome time.

    We cruised with my parents in 2002 on the Magic and had tickets to Cirque the day we got off the ship which made getting off not quite so painful (but it still hurt). This year we are flying home on Saturday evening so will at least do some DTD before heading to the airport.
     
  4. Luv2Dream

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    We are doing this very thing this April. We originally had booked just the cruise week but when we found out that DD has 2 weeks off we went ahead and booked the WDW week as well. I like to have the parks first and cruise second so I can walk off those "extra calories" BEFORE I get on the cruise ship. We also decided to stay one more night when we disembark. So we actually get the best of both worlds, but for only one more night.
     
  5. BibbidyBobbidyBoo

    BibbidyBobbidyBoo <font color=red><br>AKA BIP - Bibbidy is a Pirate DIS Lifetime Sponsor

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    We haven't done this YET... so no past experience. But our first cruise we have planned a few days at WDW beforehand. I had the same thinking that you did- that I'd rather have WDW before the cruise... since WDW with 3 kids can be kinda stressful. Not much if you don't let it- but still a little. It's the nature of going to theme parks/etc. I think I'd much rather go to the parks, stay in the resort, do all we want to do in that mini-WDW trip beforehand- and then go on the cruise and relax relax relax.... then straight home. I think it might totally ruin our relaxing cruise to then go to the parks and such at WDW!

    We'll see how it goes... we'll see how I feel after doing it this way this first time. I might change my mind and regret not going to WDW afterwards- if so, I'll change it next time. :)
     
  6. debm

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    We've done both but think that going to the parks first is best. It was a real shocker to get off the cruise and have to buy your food afterwards. I find it nice to look forward to the cruise while we are doing the parks because you eventually have to go home no matter what. The cruise is a great ending and so relaxing. One time we spent the disembarkation day in Animal Kingdom before we started the drive home. That was nice and then we were TIRED and ready to go home!

    Whatever you do is great but personally we will always, if we can, go to the parks first and then cruise. Have fun!!!
     
  7. tinkgrl

    tinkgrl Love Johnny Depp & Captain Jack Sparrow! Love bein

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    Hi,

    I've heard that Disney prefers you to do the land first. ???? Mom & I have always done the parks then cruise. I get so relaxed on the cruise, why would I want to rush around in the parks after that. I say rush first/relax after!!!

    Allison an associate
     
  8. bytheblood

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    In 2002, we booked the land and sea package. 3 days on land.....4 days at sea....you know the drill. I thought taking the cruise 2nd was better because....

    1. You were covered on food cost.
    2. It was more relaxing than walking around the parks all day.
    3. This was a little more like taking a vacation.
    4. The service was pretty good and most all of the CMs were awesome. Not quite the same in the World.

    However, we are planning a trip to Disney in June of 2005 and we will not be taking a cruise this time. When we got off the ship in Port Canaveral, I so wish we had the time and $$$ to go back to WDW. Though we spent lots of money in WDW, I felt I got my money's worth. I did not feel that way on the ship.

    Sorry Disney Cruise fans, but the next cruise I take will be a Caribbean cruise aboard Carnival or Royal where the rates are better and there is a bit more entertainment. I really thought this would be the dream cruise for me too. Being such a huge Disney fan.
     
  9. Gupsmom

    Gupsmom <font color=009999>The Tag Fairy works in mysterio

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    We've done both. Here is what I see as the advantages to each:

    Cruise first:
    1) don't have to worry about cruise docs/birth certs/picture ID all week.
    2) kids were well rested...easier to behave for long dinners, and could stay up later.


    Cruise last:
    1) a nice way to calm down at the end of the trip.
    2) ending on Castaway Cay
    3) a little adult time to look forward to all week (kids clubs)

    As you can see none of these are huge, decison makers. If you can do a cruise and the parks in the same trip, you're in for one heck of a great vaccation no matter which order you do them in!!!

    Jess
     
  10. BibbidyBobbidyBoo

    BibbidyBobbidyBoo <font color=red><br>AKA BIP - Bibbidy is a Pirate DIS Lifetime Sponsor

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    Uhoh... what about the cruise didn't you like or didn't feel you got your money's worth?
     
  11. CRSNDSNY

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    Our first cruise was a 7-day and we spent 5 nights in WDW after the cruise.

    Second and third cruise were 4-day cruises and we spent 2 nights at WDW pre-cruise and definitely prefer it in this sequence.

    Next year's 7-day we will not be going to WDW at all.

    We like to wear ourselves out at the parks and end with the grand finale -- A DISNEY CRUISE! :)
     
  12. kcashner

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    We usually do the parks first...although DD is now lobbying for parks before and after!

    I like doing the parks first because IF something were to happen en-route, we would miss a park day or 2 rather than missing the ship. Even if you have trip insurance, missing the ship would be horrible (in my mind). I figure if I'm in Orlando, there's got to be a way to get to the ship...car breakdown or whatever shouldn't hang us up. Whereas cruise first, a car problem, flight delay, or whatever could really mess us up.

    Secondly, the cruise is MY vacation. At the parks, Mom is still "on duty." I have to be concerned with where we're going, where we're eating, etc. On the cruise, I can relax....although maybe I relax too much.....DD informed me TONIGHT (we've been home for a week) that she lost her KTTW card with it's attached lanyard and Mickey keychain on Castaway. Stupid me asked how she got back onboard the ship--"oh, I just told the man that I'd lost it and my name, cabin number...and then I told him a bunch of stuff that he didn't even ask like my birthday and your name and your birthday and our address and he finally let me get on the ship just to shut me up." Such is 13! I learned this when I asked where her keychain was!
     
  13. lillygator

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    No answer for you yet....but in May we will be doing 4 nights at Coronado Springs and then the 3 night Disney Cruise......I can't wait.....we were just going to do the cruise and then DH got the week off so I said what the heck.
    My logic was - I always feel hurried at the parks even though I know better and I thought the cruise would be a nice way to wind down!
     
  14. tigger53

    tigger53 "It all started with a mouse!"

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    we like to do the parks first and "relax" second. one trip we went back to stay at POR and did the parks but found we were really to tired to enjoy ourselves. so we vote parks first and cruise second.:o
     
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    On our April cruise we're doing the day before at Universal and 2 days after at Disney. We were just at the YBC last April - but we really want to do EPCOT again - especially Mission Space....

    We'll see how that goes......
     
  16. lbgraves

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    For our first Disney experience, we did the MK first along with a couple days of relaxation at the ASMovie & DTDisney. The cruise was so wonderful & the kids got to spend so much time with the characters that the MK would have been a disappointment afterwards.
     
  17. Chattyaholic

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    For our 25th anniversary in 2001, we did 4 nights at the Contemporary Resort and went to all the parks, then we did the 7-night Eastern Disney cruise then had another week of traveling around Florida. It was one of our BEST vacations ever!! :teeth:

    If we ever do the parks/cruise again in the same trip I would like a full WEEK at the parks then another 7-night cruise. 4 nights was just not quite enough at the parks, a week would be perfect!! And I would want to do the parks first, THEN the cruise, just like last time.
     
  18. jeroenalex

    jeroenalex Earning My Ears

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    We will actually do both :D

    We'll first stay in the AKL for 6 nights, then do a 4-night cruise, and afterwards stay in the GF for 2 nights. This will be our first WDW visit and also our first cruise..
     
  19. disney3144

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    We did a week in WDW and then did a 7 night cruise. I thought it was very relaxing. Especially after all the running aroun at the parks, the cruise was a great way to unwind.

    Jennifer
     
  20. MariettaC

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    We did the 7 day western cruise last October and had such a great time that we rebooked for this coming June. In order to keep the MAGIC going we will be crusing first and spending a week at WDW afterwards.:Pinkbounc
     
  21. mariamard

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    WE DID WDW BEFORE WE CRUISED THIS 1/24 . IT WAS REALLY DEPRESSING GETTING OFF THE SHIP AND GOING HOME TO -35 AND SNOW. WE DECIDED THAT OUR NEXT CRUISE 1/29/2005, WE WILL DO THE OPPISITE.WE WILL STAY AT HYATT MCO ON THE NIGHT BEFORE WE CRUISE , CRUISE A WEEK, THEN STAY AT A MODERATE FOR TWO NIGHTS BEFORE WE HEAD BACK HOME...IT WILL TAKE THE HURT OUT OF GETTING OFF OF THE MAGIC, A LITTLE BIT, KNOWING THAT OUR VACATION ISNT OVER.:)
     

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