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Getting to Port Canaveral (Ground Transfers)

Getting to Port Canaveral (Ground Transfers)

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A Disney Cruise Line motor coach parked outside All-Star Music Resort
A Disney Cruise Line
motor coach parked
outside All-Star Music
Resort
by Jennifer Marx

Passengers on a Disney vacation package and those who’ve booked ground transfers separately (see page 77) may ride in a Disney Cruise Line motorcoach. These wheelchair-accessible deluxe buses are all decked out with classic round portholes. On board, the cushy seats recline and there’s even a restroom in the back. On the way to Port Canaveral, you’re treated to a delightful video that heightens your anticipation. On the way back, you may watch a Disney movie on the overhead monitors.

There are some downsides to the ground transfers. There’s no guarantee you’ll get a Disney Cruise Line motorcoach just because you purchased the transfers. Once, when we used the transfers, we rode in the motorcoach on the way to Port Canaveral from the airport, but on the way back to the Walt Disney World Resort, we were squeezed into a drab Mears shuttle van instead (out of fairness, the chances of this happening are very small). Another downside is that you usually need to wait to board the bus. This could mean you may feel rushed when you arrive at the airport. And check-in may go slower, since you’re in the midst of a large group of people who’ve arrived with you. You’ll need to decide which is more important: convenience (take the bus) or speed (use another method). Tip: Sit as near to the front as you can to be among the first off.

Boarding at the airport: Passengers with ground transfers who arrive between 9:00 am and 1:30 pm will be met in the terminal by a Disney representative and told where to board the motorcoach (usually near the Disney’s Magical Express desk on level 1, side B). Cruise check-in is no longer available at the airport check-in desk. Your luggage (if properly tagged) is conveniently intercepted and transported to the ship. The first buses may depart for Port Canaveral as early as 9:00 am.

Boarding at Walt Disney World: If you have a pre-cruise Add-On Package at one of the Disney hotels and purchased ground transfers, you’ll be instructed to leave your luggage outside your room near the door for pickup on the morning of your cruise. Between about 12:00 and 2:00 pm (a pickup time is assigned the day before you depart), you meet in a central location in the resort and then proceed to the motorcoach. Note that in the past you had the option of departing from Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park on the morning of your cruise, but that is no longer possible.

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