Current Bus Times From WDW to Port Canaveral?

Cruising Girl

Earning My Ears
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Jun 12, 2018
I couldn't find a post on this since last fall so hoping someone has done this recently. I am on the MV of the Wish and while I am platinum, I"m down the list with only 18 cruises so far. I'm wondering if even doing online check-in at midnight if port arrival time will still be based on level of platinum CC member? So instead of driving I am thinking of going ahead and doing Disney but transfers from WDW to PC. I'll be staying at the Grand Floridian before the cruise. Does anyone know the current bus pick up times from GF? Also is GF first, second etc...in a line of pick up resorts? And any other info/help is greatly appreciated.
 

PrincessShmoo

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Feb 12, 2009
I couldn't find a post on this since last fall so hoping someone has done this recently. I am on the MV of the Wish and while I am platinum, I"m down the list with only 18 cruises so far. I'm wondering if even doing online check-in at midnight if port arrival time will still be based on level of platinum CC member? So instead of driving I am thinking of going ahead and doing Disney but transfers from WDW to PC. I'll be staying at the Grand Floridian before the cruise. Does anyone know the current bus pick up times from GF? Also is GF first, second etc...in a line of pick up resorts? And any other info/help is greatly appreciated.
Port Arrival Time is not based on Castaway Club level.

The bus schedules are not set until like the day before pick up. They are set based on the number of people from which resorts need the transportation. Pickup times are starting earlier than they used to (now around 9:00 am or so) going until about 1:00 pm. And the order depends on which resorts need to be stopped at, so while the GF might be first on one day, it may be third on another.
 

Dug720

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Feb 16, 2012
It seems like from my experience and other reports on here if you book the DCL bus from a WDW resort to PC, you're auto-assigned 10:15-10:30 for a PAT and BG 3. At least at the moment.
 

Cruising Girl

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Jun 12, 2018
Thanks all--I had only seen reports from last fall and they were showing leaving WDW around 8:30 which makes sense that PAT would be 10:15-10:30 especially if there were multiple stops. No doubt everyone except concierge will be up at midnight trying to score an early PAT for MV so trying to gather as much info as possible and hope for an early bus if my fingers are slow during online check in!!
 

Dug720

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Feb 16, 2012
Thanks all--I had only seen reports from last fall and they were showing leaving WDW around 8:30 which makes sense that PAT would be 10:15-10:30 especially if there were multiple stops. No doubt everyone except concierge will be up at midnight trying to score an early PAT for MV so trying to gather as much info as possible and hope for an early bus if my fingers are slow during online check in!!

I can't answer for the pick-up time from GF (or anywhere yet...I can tell you what mine at Riviera is on the 16th after that), but if you're already signed up for DCL transportation you don't have to pick a time. It auto-assigns it for you.
 

MichelleCanada

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Oct 21, 2017
We are staying at a non-Disney hotel before our cruise. We were thinking of getting Disney bus from MCO. Any idea what time that pick up would be or how we would find that?
 

PrincessShmoo

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Feb 12, 2009
We are staying at a non-Disney hotel before our cruise. We were thinking of getting Disney bus from MCO. Any idea what time that pick up would be or how we would find that?
I believe the DCL transfers open at 9:00 at MCO. At least they used to.....

You are checked in and board the next available bus.

Busses start running approximately 20 minutes after they open, and subsequent busses depart every 20 minutes, or when full, whichever is first.

Well, at least that's the way it used to be. I don't know if they've modified how often the busses depart now to manage the number of people arriving at the port within any given window.
 

MichelleCanada

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Oct 21, 2017
I believe the DCL transfers open at 9:00 at MCO. At least they used to.....

You are checked in and board the next available bus.

Busses start running approximately 20 minutes after they open, and subsequent busses depart every 20 minutes, or when full, whichever is first.

Well, at least that's the way it used to be. I don't know if they've modified how often the busses depart now to manage the number of people arriving at the port within any given window.
Thank you - that’s helpful. I will call DCL to book (you cannot book one way on the website)
 

Dug720

See the line where the sky meets the sea?
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Feb 16, 2012
I just called to find out my pick-up info from Riviera for Monday (there's a number in my a pre-arrival email that you can call 48 hours in advance) and a super nice CM looked up the info and said that for Monday meeting is by 8am and departure is 8:15 and meeting is in the Voyager Lounge.

And yes, if all your luggage is carry-on (mine is) you can take it with you and they will load it under the bus.
 

chris abercrombie

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Mar 30, 2018
I just called to find out my pick-up info from Riviera for Monday (there's a number in my a pre-arrival email that you can call 48 hours in advance) and a super nice CM looked up the info and said that for Monday meeting is by 8am and departure is 8:15 and meeting is in the Voyager Lounge.

And yes, if all your luggage is carry-on (mine is) you can take it with you and they will load it under the bus.
Thank you for the information!! It was tough to find the info but I called that line that you suggested and it was easy! Our meeting time from Yacht/Beach on Monday is 7:45a with a departure time of 8:15a. Thank you again!
 


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