Getting To Disney World From Your Disney Cruise
One reason we opted to go to Walt Disney World after our cruise is the reliable and convenient transfers offered through Disney. As frequent travelers, we have quickly learned that air travel can be unreliable with delays, weather conditions and more. Therefore, we flew in the day before our cruise to Orlando International Airport to head over to Cocoa Beach. After scouring the internet for transfers the cheapest option was to get an Uber. We brought our daughter’s car seat, strapped it in the Uber and off we went.
There are Ubers, especially in the Orlando area, that have car seats available if you don’t want to have to worry about storing a car seat in your stateroom. I would be lying to say I wasn’t nervous about not having something scheduled, but it all worked out beautifully. We would have opted for the Disney transfer but that would have only been to the ship on embarkation day. Since we were staying at a hotel a day prior we had to look elsewhere.
If you are staying on a Walt Disney World Property the Magical Express is a free shuttle that will take you to and from your Disney Resort from the airport. It does need to be set up prior to arrival. Signs can be located at the baggage claim in the Orlando Internation Airport on where to go to catch the Magical Express. We took advantage of the Magical Express to take us to the airport after our stay at Walt Disney World. Make sure you have your printed confirmation as they will ask to see it before allowing you to board. Take note that the shuttle will pick you up four hours before your scheduled flight. That meant the shuttle picked us up at 3:00 am for our 7:00 am flight. Give me all the Mickey coffee!
Mid-Day Magic Ticket
We opted to not visit the park on embarkation day because we wanted to enjoy the resort and pool. However, Walt Disney World has a special Mid-Day Magic Ticket with a Park Hopper option that allows admission into the parks after 12:00 pm for a discounted rate. This is ideal for families who want to seize the day, savings and see even more of Disney World.
The Majority Of Your Favorite Characters You Have Already Meet!
This meant once we hit the park there was more time for rides and shows. Don’t get me wrong, we had a few characters that didn’t make their debut on the ship that we had to see. A visit to Ariel in her Grotto and Daisy at Big Pete’s Circus Tent were the only two character stops we made. Overall, we got to ride everything we wanted and more because we weren’t waiting to see the princesses or Mickey Mouse!
The Magic Doesn’t End
The Desire to Buy Everything Fades Slightly
A Disney cruise is known to serve its famous Mickey Ice Cream Bars, Mickey Coffees and everything else Mickey aboard the ship. Many times these great treats are included with the cost of the cruise. After indulging onboard, once on land the desire to have those must-need items fades. Shops on the ships boast tons of Disney merchandise. It is likely you will have already picked up a few souvenirs from the trip. However, once you are in Walt Disney World you may find many other fun souvenirs and tasty temptations.
A Reason To Visit Disney World Before Your Disney Cruise
Regardless of how you choose to experience Walt Disney World, the one thing I can ensure you is that it will be a magical experience. Even in the pouring rain, we had a great time. Our daughter continuous asks to go back to the promised land and we can’t wait to take her. Even if it is only for a day, take advantage of being so close to the happiest place on earth.
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