One of the many things I see on the DCL threads is that people enjoy going to WDW first then the cruise instead of WDW after the cruise. We booked our first Cruise/WDW trip for this September - 4 night aboard the dream. The WDW before or after issue got me thinking. So I analyzed it. Cruise then WDW Sat. - leave house about 6am and drive down to Downtown Disney. Do dinner and other things and then head to hotel by port. Sun - cruise starts Thur - cruise ends, drive over to WDW, check in and be to park by 11. Friday and Saturday - parks Sunday - a 2-3 hours in park then head home. So in the above we do a 4 night cruise and 3 nights at WDW. We get two full days at WDW, one mostly full day and then one with a few hours. In this scenario I would only need to take 5 days off from work. WDW then Cruise. Thurs - leave house about 6am and drive to WDW. Check in and at parks probably about 3pm. Friday & Saturday - parks Sunday - park for 2-3 hours and then to port. Sunday - Thurs - cruise. Thurs - leave cruise and then head home. So in the above we do a 4 night cruise and 3 nights at WDW. We get two full days at WDW, 1 half day, 1 day with a few hours. In this scenario I would need to take 6 days off from work. Doing the Cruise then WDW seems less rushed and gives us more time plus that little extra time at DTD. Love to hear comments and other people's experiences.