pre/post cruise plans?

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  1. jcjen519

    jcjen519 DIS Veteran

    Jul 6, 2011
    What does everyone have planned?

    Our plans are not all that amazing, but I'm sure will still be fun. We fly into Orlando the day before our cruise and will spend that day and night at the Beach club resort. Then we're taking the disney cruiseline bus to the port. we'll take that bus back after our cruise too, but straight to the airport.
  2. tchrrx

    tchrrx <font color=red>Blame it on the plastic cow I ment

    Dec 6, 2005
    We are flying into Orlando. We will rent a car at the airport (never done this before, so if anyone has any tips on car rentals...) and drive to Vero Beach. We will stay there for two days. Then, we'll return the car at Port Canaveral (no clue here either...would love tips). We will take the Disney bus to the airport after the cruise.
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  4. Tara619

    Tara619 Mouseketeer

    Feb 24, 2009
    We're flying into Orlando Friday morning. We are renting a car and driving to the Port. I think we'll just hang out at the hotel pool, beach, and go to the dinosaur museum. DS has no idea. We're going to wake him up Friday AM and tell him we're going to FL. Then ooh and ahh over the ships and swim and pretend its an Orlando vacation. Then surprise him with the cruise Saturday morning.
  5. JnDRader

    JnDRader Mouseketeer

    May 29, 2012
    We're driving down to Miami from Atlanta the day before the cruise. We'll actually stay in ft. Lauderdale. The day we get back I'm hoping to score some free tickets to the Kennedy Space Center from one of my rep's. So we'll disembark, drive to the space center, then drive over to Orlando to hit Downtown Disney and stay the night. Drive home the next day.

    This was a spur of the moment trip so we're not wrapping much else into it.
  6. River Country

    River Country 15hours49Minutes away without traffic

    Feb 12, 2011
    1st Flight out of Newark on Sunday to MCO
    Sunday thru Thursday at VWL in WDW
    Rent car at the Dolphin Resort on Monday because Monday thru Sunday is cheaper than Sunday thru Sunday
    Thursday DD(6) goes to BBB at 9:15 AM and at 11:30 AM drive to Canaveral
    Embark the Dream Thursday thru Sunday
    Sunday Drive back to Disney for Lunch mayber early Dinner
    Drive to MCO for late night flight back to NJ
  7. kcashner

    kcashner DIS Veteran

    Dec 4, 2003
    One way rentals are easy. Just get to that section of the web site. Look for discount codes at and For your return location, it is NOT PORT Canaveral (there are no car places at the port. It will be CAPE Canaveral or Cocoa Beach depending on the company. For Budget, the location is CC5.

    Join the loyalty program of whichever company you use--it is free and will save you a bunch of time at MCO even if you only use it on this trip.
  8. Tinked

    Tinked DIS Veteran

    Mar 3, 2010
    We are flying to Orlando, meeting up with friends and staying at the Villas at Wilderness Lodge for the night pre-cruise. Taking a limo to the port since there will then be 11 of us. Probably using Happy Limo since I've dealt with them before and had no problems. Trying to decide between a 10 passenger and a 14 passenger since number 11 is my infant grandson. Not sure how I feel about being crowded in like that and no car seat for him. My family is coming back to WDW and staying post-cruise at BLT so will probably use Disney transportation back. I just like to get to the port early. I'm looking forward to being platinum at Port Canaveral for the first time.:goodvibes
  9. mmouse37

    mmouse37 DCL Diva!!

    Jun 29, 2001
    This trip we are doing this:

    Early morning flight from Newark to West Palm Beach and pick up car rental at airport

    Visit family for 2 nights in Delray Beach

    Drive to WDW for 2 nights

    Drive to port, return car in Cape Canaveral (Astronaut Blvd), take rental car shuttle to port and board Dream for 4 night cruise

    Use DCL Onboard Airline Check In Program so DCL will handle our luggage from the hallway in front of our cabin to our home airport. Deliver our boarding passes to our cabin and check us in for our flight. Take DCL transfers back to MCO for our 11:30 am flight back to Newark

  10. lucyem

    lucyem DIS Veteran

    Nov 26, 2004
    On our short Dream cruise we drove to FL, spent 4 days at the BCV and then went on the cruise.

    For our upcoming 7 day cruise we will drive to fL, spend 1 night at AKL as a surprise b-day present for DH who loves it there, drive to the port the next morning, after the cruise we might check out Kennedy Space Center, then we start the long drive home.
  11. jcjen519

    jcjen519 DIS Veteran

    Jul 6, 2011
    Although I've been with family when they rented a car, I have never personally done it in Orlando. Vero Beach is great though! we love it there :) It was our son's first vacation at 2 months old :)
  12. policycobb

    policycobb DIS Veteran

    Mar 6, 2008
    We are driving from Kentucky Saturday morning. Staying at a Downtown Disney Hotel Saturday night. Driving to Port Canaveral that Sunday. Cruising on the Dream Sunday - Thursday and driving back to Disney World and staying two nights at Port Orleans -FQ. We are hitting MNSHHP one day and the F&W Festival the other day. Driving back to Kentucky that Saturday.
  13. Kewz1

    Kewz1 DIS Veteran

    Mar 3, 2001
    Pre-criuse we are flying into Houston the night before. Taking DCL transport to the ship in the morning.

    Post-cruise we are docking in Barcelona and then flying to France for several days in Paris/DLP.

    Is it May yet? :rolleyes1
  14. Fadog

    Fadog Mouseketeer

    Feb 15, 2012
    Flying in the day before and staying in Port Canaveral.

    We have a late flight out the day we return, so we scored free tickets to Kennedy Space Center from our Sen. So we will tour there prior to flying home.
  15. Strawberry's mom&dad

    Strawberry's mom&dad DIS Veteran

    Feb 17, 2011
    Flying overnight with a early arrival time Thursday.
    2 nights at Boardwalk, seven night cruise on Fantasy, followed by 7 more nights at the Boardwalk. Then late evening flight home.
  16. Mandersons04

    Mandersons04 Mouseketeer

    Jan 18, 2011
    Flying in the day before our cruise and heading to Downtown Disney. We're staying at the Hyatt MCO and then taking DCL transfers to the port. After a wonderful 7 days on the Fantasy, we're taking DCL transportation back to the airport to head home.

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  17. disbridebailey

    disbridebailey Earning My Ears

    Jan 21, 2013
    We are staying at AKL for 2 nights then off to Fantasy for 7 nights. Post cruise we are debating but maybe VWL.
  18. loreper9

    loreper9 Earning My Ears

    Jan 5, 2013
    We are flying in from Newark to Mco a night before cruise and staying at the Hyatt Regency. The day of.. we will be heading towards our 4 night on the dream (DCL ground transfers) and 3 night post stay at Disney Art of Animation.:)

    Me (36) DH (40)
    DD (5) DD (5) DS (16) DS (18)
  19. momto3gr8boys

    momto3gr8boys DIS Veteran

    Jan 17, 2006
    We are flying JFK to MCO and staying one night at the MCO Hyatt. Then using DCL transfers to go to the ship in the morning. Debarkation day we will rent a car, hit DTD for the day and head back to MCO for a late flight.
  20. rbadger

    rbadger Earning My Ears

    Oct 30, 2007
    We're driving down from NC the day before and staying at the Ron Jon Cape Caribe before our 4 night "Dream" cruise. Afterwards, we're heading to the Wilderness Lodge for 2 more days.
  21. jm106

    jm106 DIS Veteran

    Jan 3, 2009
    e are flying Newark to Miami a day ahead and staying at the port. We will get in late since not flying until our kids get out of school. AFter we are still deciding.
    We disembark on Thursday but fly on Saturday. I wish we werent so far from orlando but since it is quite a drive we are trying to find things around Miami to do. Have not decided on car rental or just use car service, dpends if we are just staying 2 nights at Miami beach or doing more.

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