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Many guests want to consider a Disney World and Disney Cruise Package but does it really save time and money? Combining a Walt Disney World vacation and a Disney cruise is certainly a great idea but whether or not you should book it as a whole package will for many guests depend upon whether it is a better deal or not. Are there really any savings?
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Disney does make everything very easy for you if you book a package. The Disney Magical Express will pick you up from the airport and transport you to your Disney resort or cruise port without ever having to worry about your luggage. All domestic air passengers can skip baggage claim and just go directly to the Disney Magical Welcome Center at Orlando International. Disney will deal with their luggage for them and it will magically appear either in their resort hotel room or their cruise stateroom.
The Disney Magical Express from the airport to the Disney resort is complimentary but there is a charge for the ride to Port Canaveral. It is an incredibly efficient and easy way to deal with the transfer – Disney really does take care of everything for you without the need to arrange outside transportation or rent a car.
You can book a stay at a Walt Disney World hotel resort either before and/or after your cruise. Airfare can also be included in the package. Walt Disney World tickets and dining can also be included.
Guests have a choice of any of the available Walt Disney World hotels no matter which category of Disney cruise stateroom they have booked.
But does booking a Disney World and Disney cruise package together actually save you any money? Experience tells me that often it is not the case. Sometimes it is better to book the Disney World part separately from the Disney cruise as it may be cheaper to do it that way. Also the choice of rooms may be limited in the package. I recently tried to book a savannah view room in Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge for one of my guests and was not able to guarantee that as part of a package. The solution, rather than go on the wait list that Disney suggested was to book a savannah view separately.
Unfortunately there is not a one size fits all answer as it depends upon dates, current offers, hotel availability, and the alignment of the moon. So I was kidding about the last one but really there isn’t an easy answer. If you want to save yourself the time and stress of working this all out then the best way is to ask a Disney Authorized Travel Agent to work through a price comparison. Their services are completely free and without obligation.
Surprisingly Disney does not offer any Disneyland and Disney cruise packages even though the Disney Wonder now sails out of Los Angeles. This would be a welcome addition for many guests wanting to combine a cruise with a Disneyland vacation.