Top 10 Romantic Things To Do On A Disney Cruise


Top 10 Tips for A Romantic Disney Cruise

Can a Disney cruise really be romantic? You may think that a Disney cruise is just for the kids, but we disagree.

A Disney cruise is a great vacation for the family. However, there are many things to keep the adults happy. There are many romantic things to do on a Disney cruise!

Romantic Things To Do on A Disney Cruise

Here are our favorite romantic things to do on a Disney cruise.

Where to Find Romance on a Disney Cruise

Have Brunch At Palo


All of the Disney ships have Palo restaurant onboard. Disney Palo is an adult only restaurant which is perfect to have a romantic meal with your significant other. You can choose from either brunch or dinner, but we think that a romantic brunch is the best choice. It is just such a wonderful way to start the day. Certainly a very Romantic Things To Do On A Disney Cruise!

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The Disney Palo Brunch is served from 10:00 am. until 2:00 pm. on each day at sea.

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Disney’s Palo is very much influenced by Italian cuisine and style. The restaurant has a fabulous location on each of the Disney ships.

We particularly like the Disney Fantasy Palo brunch as the restaurant offers sweeping views of the ocean and of course, spectacular food.

There is an additional charge of $40 per person. However, for the quality of the food and the experience we think that this is worth it.


You will be greeted by your server who will offer you a complimentary glass of Prosecco or a Mimosa.Your server will then take you on a tour of the buffet tables.

You simply will not know where to start. There is a huge amount of choice. Your server will also show you the hot entrée choices. You can order as many items as you wish and they will be brought, freshly prepared to your table.


Brunch at Palo is one of those truly not to be missed experiences when you are sailing on any of the Disney ships. You can make your reservation before you board. However, you can only reserve one brunch experience.


If you want to change or make a reservation when you are on the ship you can go to Palo or Remy to see if there are reservations available. If you are a concierge guest your concierge will arrange your reservations for you.

Disney Fantasy Palo Brunch Review

Enjoy a Romantic Dinner At Remy

Appetizer at Remy's

Remy is only available on the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream. If you are sailing on one of these ships you absolutely have to make time for romance at this top quality restaurant. Unfortunately this experience does not come cheap so you do need to be prepared for some sticker shock.

However, as one of the best Disney restaurant experiences you should make your budget stretch if you possibly can. Dinner at Remy is $125 per person. However, it is exceptional quality food and an amazing experience.


If money is no object you can even order the $25,000 bottle of Château Cheval Blanc 1947. Pixar fans will notice that this is the same wine that food critic Anton Ego orders in Ratatouille. Most of us will pass on this and order something a little more reasonable from the extensive wine list!


You can still enjoy the Ratatouille theme of course. You will be welcomed with a complimentary Collette cocktail.

Your server will help you choose from the excellent selection of food on the menu. They are extremely knowledgable and very attentive to your needs. They have the amazing ability to be there when you want them and blend in to the background when you really don’t. This is one of the many things which makes Remy the perfect location for a romantic meal on board a Disney cruise.


The food, the service and the view make this an experience not to be missed if you are sailing on the Disney Fantasy or Disney Dream. Brunch is also available for $75 per person. This is another excellent experience, but we would always choose Palo brunch over Remy.

Romantic Things To Do On A Disney Cruise – Rekindle Romance on Castaway Cay

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One of the most enjoyable aspects of a Disney cruise is the chance to spend a day on Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. They really have thought of everything to make this an island paradise for every member of the family.

If you are looking for romance you can certainly find it on Disney’s Castaway Cay. If you have ever imagined what paradise looks like you will know when you arrive at Castaway Cay.

If you are looking for a romantic getaway you should head straight for Castaway Cay Serenity Bay. This Castaway Cay beach is strictly for adults only. If you are traveling with kids you can still get some romantic time. Disney has thought of everything.


The kids can be checked into the Oceaneer’s Club and Lab right there on the island. You can be sure that they are having a great time whilst you are bringing back the romance in your life.

Serenity Bay is the best beach on Castaway Cay – mostly because it is the least crowded. It is the furthest away from the dock, but it is easy to get to on the shuttle bus.

Castaway Cay cabana

If you want the ultimate in luxury on Castaway Cay you should consider trying to book a Cabana on Serenity Bay. The Castaway Cay Cabanas are very popular and you need to book one as soon as they become available.

They are priced at $399 for the day on Serenity Bay. For the family beach they are priced at $599 for the day. The are a luxury, but if you can indulge it is a great way to enhance your day on Castaway Cay.

The Cabanas have plenty of space for you to relax. You will enjoy comfortable furniture,lockable storage, a shaded deck and even a fresh water shower. Non alcoholic beverages and towels are included. They even have a supply of sun tan lotion for your to use. For the ultimate experience you can even book a couples massage.

Enjoy A Disney Cruise Show

Showtime On The Magic

Disney ships are known for their outstanding entertainment. There really aren’t any other ships which can come even close to matching the standard of the shows which Disney cruise lines stages.

There are some shows which are staged on more than one of the Disney ships, but each ship also has it’s own unique entertainment.

Golden Mickeys - Goofy

It is very difficult to chose a favorite. However, if we really have to pick we think that Golden Mickeys on the Disney Wonder and Dream, Tangled on the Disney Magic, Villains Tonight on the Disney Dream and Disney Wishes on the Fantasy are the ones which we would choose.

There are two shows every evening and you will pick the show which fits in with your dining assignment. If you have early dining you will go to the later show and if you have the late dining you will see the early show. The shows are very popular so it is always best to arrive at your seat early.

Watch the Sunset or the Sunrise

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There is something which is just so special about watching the sunrise or sunset with someone special. We know that this isn’t unique to a Disney cruise. However, the ships are just so spectacular we enjoy the sunrise and sunset so much more on the Disney ships.

Just Get Out There

If you can possibly spend the extra money we highly recommend booking a balcony stateroom for your Disney cruise – at least once. We have traveled in every possible category of stateroom, but if the price is affordable we will always opt for a balcony. Particularly if we want to enjoy some romantic time. There is something just very special about sitting on your balcony and watching the ocean go by.

Get Married on Renew Your Vows on a Disney Cruise Ship


This has to be one of the most Romantic Things To Do On A Disney Cruise. Have you ever thought of getting married or renweing your vows on a Disney ship? Engagements and honeymoons are also very popular on Disney cruise ships. If you can dream it, Disney will help you do it.

If you are thinking of getting married on a Disney cruise there are a number of venues which you can choose from. The venues each offer different advantages. You will want to think carefully about the location which which will best suit your romantic vision.

You can even have a ceremony on Disney’s Castaway Cay. You can accommodate up to 100 guests to witness your dream Castaway Cay wedding celebration.

There are many locations on a Disney ship which are perfect for a marriage proposal. One of the adult only restaurants, particularly Remy would be a wonderful place for a proposal. The only limit is your imagination.

If you have been married for many years a Disney cruise is a wonderful place to celebrate an anniversary.

Indulge at the Disney Cruise Spa

For the ultimate in romantic relaxation together you can have one of the couples treatments at the Senses Spa. You can book a couples massage so that you can enjoy the experience together.

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All of the Disney Ships offer Couples Villas. These are spaces on board the ship which offer the spa treatment rooms which have two massage tables. The real luxury is that you combine a treatment of your choice with some time on your own. You can enjoy the private verandah, whirlpool, and open air shower. All treatments also include a foot cleansing ceremony and a tea ceremony.

Time in the Couple’s Villas doesn’t come cheap. Prices start at $475 and do not include gratuity. Many people think that the experience is well worth it.

Get a Disney Cruise Rainforest Pass

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The Disney Rainforest Room is an area of the spa which we think is a must do experience for anyone wanting to spend some relaxing time with their partner. The Rainforest is part of the spa. You can get a day pass or a whole cruise pass to enjoy the steam room and other facilities offered.

This really has to be one of our favorite romantic things to do on a Disney cruise.

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All of the ships have a selection of sauna and steam rooms. They also have showers with different effects including the rain forest effect.

Senses spa on the Disney Magic

The Disney Cruise Rainforest is very much nicer on the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream. The overall design of the area is nicer on the newer ships. The Fantasy and Dream have an area where you can view out to the ocean and sit on the hot stone chairs or enjoy the hot tubs. The Disney Wonder and Disney Magic are all indoors with the hot stone chairs in a central area and the steam room and showers surrounding that area.

Whichever ship you are sailing on we think that at least a day pass for the Rainforest is worth purchasing.

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Here is our guide to the Disney Rainforest Room

Enjoy the Disney Cruise Bars and Nightclubs

Disney Dream Cruise

There is plenty to do after dark on a Disney cruise. If you enjoy nightlife the Disney ships all have plenty of bars and nightlife to offer. Each of the ships has an Entertainment District which is only open to the over 18s after 9 pm each night.


On all of the ships there is sure to be a style of bar which you enjoy – ranging from English style pubs to contemporary bars.

Disney Dream Cruise

One of our favorites is the Ooh La La bar on the Disney Fantasy. This is incredibly opulently furnished and is designed to look like a French boudoir. It serves an excellent selection of wine and champagne including their own label Ooh La La Champagne by Taittinger.

Disney Dream Cruise

The kids clubs on all the Disney ships are open until late, so you can enjoy some alone time in the evening.

Visit The Quiet Cove

Disney Dream Cruise

You have to be aged 18 or older to use the adult only pool decks on the Disney ships. Disney has put a lot of thought into providing outdoor areas on the ships where the grown ups can escape from the children.

On the Disney Wonder and Magic there are adult areas on Deck 9 which include a pool, bar area and cafe. The Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream have very large spaces on Deck 11 which include a pool and a swim up bar.

Quiet Cove pool at night

The Disney Fantasy has even larger spaces for adults, with the Satellite Sun Deck. This is a very large area for adults only with lots of sun loungers as well as the circular shaped splash pool Satellite Falls.

On every sailing which we have made on the Disney Fantasy this are seems to be particularly underused, so if you want to enjoy some peaceful time with your romantic partner this is a very good place to be.

If you want to know more about the adults only area on the Disney Fantasy check out our guide at

Disney Fantasy Quiet Cove Pool

Would you like to enjoy a romantic Disney cruise? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below. Do you have any suggestions of Romantic Things To Do On A Disney Cruise?


Disneyland Character Breakfast


There is nothing quite like a Disneyland Character Breakfast. Dining with a Disney character is something that you must do at least once in a lifetime!

There are various options of Disneyland Character Breakfasts. Which is the best? Find out more in our Disneyland Character Breakfast Guide.

Disneyland Character Breakfast


There are four options for a Disneyland Character Breakfast. These are Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Breakfast at Storyteller’s Cafe, Donald Duck’s Seaside Breakfast and Goofy’s Kitchen.

These Disneyland character dining breakfasts are all outside the parks. The good news is that you do not need a park ticket for any of these character dining experiences.

The only character breakfast inside the park is the Plaza Inn Character Breakfast. This is inside Disneyland park. There are no character dining options inside Disney’s California Adventure park.

Disneyland Character Breakfast Tips


Disneyland Character dining is a whole lot of fun. However, it is good to know just what is involved if you have never been to a Disney character breakfast.

Disneyland Character breakfasts are great for families with kids. However, this isn’t to say that you can’t go if you do not have kids traveling with you! Meeting Mickey Mouse over breakfast is a unique experience at any age!

Meeting Stitch

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If you do have kids with you then you do need to prepare them a little. If they have already met the characters in the Disney parks then you will know how they are going to react to the characters.

The Disney characters do an amazing job of knowing how to interact with people. However, some children are going to be scared. My youngest used to hide under the table if he saw a character approaching! So be aware that this may happen.


Take your time at your character meal. All Disneyland character dining experiences are on the pricey side, so take your time to enjoy the experience.

Be aware that the restaurant experience will be lively and loud. Don’t expect a quite experience! The energy level is high and so is the noise!

It is likely that you will have to book ahead for a Disneyland Character Breakfast. They are extremely popular. You can make a reservation at any Disneyland restaurant ahead of time.


You can make Disneyland dining reservations online or call (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463. The easiest way is to make the reservations on your Disneyland App. There you just input the details of the size of your party and required date and it will let you know the options.

The Disneyland App is by far the easiest way to book Disneyland dining. In just a few clicks you can easily see what is available. Then you simply choose which one you want, reserve it and get a confirmation number.

Max in holiday wear at Breakfast in the Park with Minnie & Friends at the Plaza Inn

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In order to book you will have to give a credit card guarantee. Always check the individual restaurant cancellation policy. However the usual policy is that you have to cancel at least 24 hours ahead or your credit card will be charged $10 per person.

There are four Disneyland character breakfast options. One of these is in the park, but the other three are outside the parks located at the Disneyland resort hotels.

Meeting Minnie Mouse at Minnie & Friends: Breakfast in the Park

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This has the advantage that you do not necessarily need a park ticket to have a Disneyland character dining experience. This can make it a good option for a non park day.

As with all character experiences remember that you cannot guarantee that a particular favorite will appear. When we say which characters are usually included this is always subject to change.

Surprisingly there is no where in Disneyland to meet the Disney Princesses for a character breakfast dining experience.


Explain to your kids that their favorite may be having a vacation. This will help soften the blow if Goofy can’t make it.

Always remember to take an autograph book with you. It is a lot of fun collecting character autographs.

Each of the Disneyland character breakfast locations will have a Disney photographer in the restaurant. The only one which doesn’t is Storyteller’s Cafe. It’s a nice touch because you can get some great photos.

However, if you want to save money it is perfectly fine to decline to buy the photos. Always take your own camera or take photos on your phone. You will want to remember the experience!

How much does Disneyland Character Breakfast cost? That depends upon the particular Disneyland restaurant that you choose. In our guide we will let you know how much each of the Disneyland Character Breakfasts cost.

All prices are correct in January 2019. The costs quoted do not include tax or tip. Disneyland Annual Pass discounts area available.

Storytellers Cafe Character Breakfast


Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Breakfast is held every day at Storytellers Cafe in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel. For years this venue was Chip and Dale’s home with no Mickey in sight. However, this character experience was re-imagined in 2018 to feature Mickey and Friends.

You can expect to see Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Chip and Dale. One of the things which I really like about this character experience is the cute adventure outfits which Mickey and Minnie wear. Just can’t get over how cute the shoes are!

Storytellers Cafe is one of the most beautiful of all the Disneyland restaurants. The Arts and Crafts theme of the Grand Californian is beautifully captured here.


As soon as you walk into Storytellers Cafe you just feel a sense of calm. Well you do until Pluto arrives!

The characters who usually appear at Storytellers Cafe breakfast and brunch are Mickey and Minnie. Chip and Dale and Pluto.


The breakfast buffet is set out in the middle of the restaurant. It has the options that you would expect such as scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, bacon, sausage, Mickey waffles, pancakes, pastries and fruit.

It is always good to go to the omelet station as the food is freshly cooked. Sometimes the scrambled eggs can have been out a long time and are just not that great.


Mickey’s Tales of Adventure costs $44 for adults and $26 for children. Remember that a child at Disney is aged 3 to 9. Yes it is a lot of money, particularly if you have a large family.

However, it is a fabulous way to meet the characters. The food is pretty good and the setting is one of the most beautifully themed restaurants in Disneyland.

Breakfast is served from 7:00 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. They close half the buffet at around 11.10 am to set up the brunch items. If you arrive late you have a choice of additional brunch items.

This includes a Carving Station, a selection of Salads.


The most tempting thing about Brunch at Storyteller’s cafe is the dessert items!


Donald Duck’s Seaside Breakfast

Meeting Stitch

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Perhaps the least known Disneyland character breakfast is Donald Duck’s Seaside Breakfast. It is located at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel in the PCH Grill restaurant. Here the characters are usually Donald, Daisy, Stitch, and Minnie Mouse.

The Paradise Pier does not have the grandeur and elegance of the Grand Californian. It is a much more laid back and traditional character breakfast setting. It is also very loud!

One thing that we really like about the Donald Duck Seaside Breakfast is the cute beach outfits which the characters wear! You will always be guaranteed a photo of your party and Donald. Before you are seated you will be shown to a beach scene background to have our photo taken with Donald.

The food is pretty good for a character buffet. You get all the usual breakfast favorites. Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pastries, fruit, smoked salmon. A particular favorite is the Banana Foster French Toast.

Donald Duck does not make the rounds of the tables, but you will get plenty of time with Daisy, Stitch and Minnie Mouse. The advantage of this restaurant over Storytellers is that is has a lot more space. This makes the character interactions a lot better simply because they have more space to move around.

I also think that the service is better here than in Storyteller’s Cafe. Even though these are buffet style meals, the service still matters a lot. You need someone to quickly take away dirty plates and to replenish the drinks.

Another advantage is that this breakfast is slightly cheaper than Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Breakfast. It is $39 for adults and $21 for children.

Breakfast at Goofy’s Kitchen

At Goofy's Kitchen

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Goofy’s Kitchen has been around for many years. Tucked away inside the Disneyland Hotel, this is one of the most popular Disneyland character breakfast locations. It is also the highest energy and certainly the loudest!

Goofy, Minnie, Chip, Dale, and Pluto usually appear at Goofy’s Kitchen.

Whilst you are waiting to go into breakfast you can meet Goofy or Mickey. They alternate in the photo staging area.

There is a really cute background for these photos and of course Goofy and Mickey are dressed in their chef’s gear. I think this is one of the best character photo opportunities.

The buffet offers the usual breakfast fare. Goofy’s Kitchen was designed as a character buffet restaurant so it is very well set out and easy to access the buffet.

Chef Goofy meet Kitchen style Minnie

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You will find your usual breakfast favorites, but Goofy’s Kitchen also has the most diverse options for breakfast. Anything goes here and your younger kids will probably enjoy the food choices here more than anywhere. Want pizza for breakfast? You can have it at Goofy’s Kitchen! If you want to try Peanut Butter Pizza this is the place!

Kids will also love the fact that they can choose from a variety of ice creams and toppings. Cookies for breakfast are also very popular!

The cost of Goofy’s Kitchen breakfast buffet is $39 per adult and $23 per child.

Plaza Inn Disneyland Character Breakfast

Plaza Inn

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The Plaza Inn Breakfast with Minnie and Friends is the only option which is located inside Disneyland park.

We think that Plaza Inn is the best place for character interactions. It is different to the other locations. You are guaranteed to see Minnie. You will meet her when you check in.

However, when we have visited Plaza Inn there has always been a great collection of different characters.

Meeting Tigger

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You never know quite who you are going to see but over the years we have seen Fairy Godmother, Captain Hook, Rafiki, Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Goofy, Max and Chip and Dale.

The breakfast buffet food is pretty much as you would expect and very similar to the other character dining options at Disneyland. You will always find scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, bacon, sausages, Mickey waffles, pancakes, cereal, fresh fruit and pastries.

Plaza Inn is the only Disneyland character breakfast restaurant which has outside seating.

Plaza Inn, Sleeping Beauty Castle from Main Street, U.S.A., Disneyland, Anaheim, California

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We think that the outside seating is a good choice if you want a quieter, more relaxed experience. However, you are of course further away from the food!

The characters are good at dividing their time between inside and outside. You may sometimes see a character who doesn’t visit outside. If this is the case, mention it to a Cast Member and they will help you visit the character inside.

The cost of the Plaza Inn breakfast buffet is $39 per adult and $23 per child.

Which Disneyland Character Breakfast Meal is the Best?

Each of the character breakfasts at Disneyland offer something a little bit different. The quality and variety of the food is pretty similar for all the character breakfasts. If we had to pick one and say the food quality has the edge it is probably Storyteller’s Cafe for us.

However, do not go to a Disneyland character breakfast expecting amazing food. It is a buffet and whilst Disney does these very well, that kind of food has it;s limitations.

Each of the character breakfasts has a different atmosphere. How should you choose which one to go to? We would say that as the most important thing is the character interactions, start with thinking about which character you would most like to meet.


The most sophisticated venue is Storytellers Cafe. It has beautiful decor. However, it is not specifically designed for character buffets and therefore the area around the tables is a bit cramped at times.

We think that the best restaurant to meet the characters is Plaza Inn. You have a larger selection of characters here than any of the other options. The disadvantage is that you do not know who you will see, other than Minnie Mouse.

If you want to see a specific character always be aware that appearances are not guaranteed. However, there are some characters who it can be difficult to see elsewhere. One example of this is Stitch who is very difficult to find. The only place you can meet him other than Donald Duck’s Seaside Breakfast is that Chase Visa Card Holder meet and greet in California Adventure Park.

The liveliest character restaurant is probably Goofy’s Kitchen. This is a purpose built character restaurant and so is well thought out with an easily accessible buffet and plenty of space for the characters to interact. It is also probably the loudest of all the character restaurants!

Whichever of the Disneyland Character Breakfast restaurants you choose be sure to take your time and enjoy the experience. It is a unique opportunity to spend time with the characters.

Which Disneyland Character Breakfast is your favorite?


Which is the Best Disney Cruise Ship?


If you are thinking of sailing on a Disney cruise you may be asking which is the best Disney cruise ship? There are four Disney cruise ships at sea right now – with another three being built.

However, is one Disney cruise ship better than the others?

Which is the Best Disney Cruise Ship?



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First let’s take a look at the different Disney cruise ships.

The Classic Disney Cruise Ships


The Disney Magic was the first ship to be launched in 1998. The Magic’s sister ship, the Disney Wonder was launched a year later in 1999.

The two “classic Disney ships” are basically the same design. The Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder are the smallest cruise ships in the fleet.

The Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder are 984 feet long. That’s pretty small in the cruise ship world these days. They have 875 staterooms and at full capacity can have 2,400 passengers. There are 950 crew members.

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The New Disney Ships


The newest Disney cruise ships are 40% larger than the Disney classic ships. The Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy are 1,147 feet long. They can carry a maximum of 4,000 passengers at full capacity and have 1458 crew members.

To put this in perspective it is often quoted that these ships are longer (or taller) than the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

The Disney Dream was launched in 2011 and the Disney Fantasy followed in 2012.


There are 3 more Disney ships on the horizon which are due to be launched in 2021, 2022 and 2023. There are very few details available at this time. All we really know is that they will be bigger than the Disney Dream and the Fantasy.

The Disney Fantasy class ships are 130,000 gross tons and the new ships will be 140,000. However, we do know that the new Disney ships will only have the same amount of staterooms at 1,250 as the Fantasy and Dream.

We would guess that the majority will be balcony staterooms on the new Disney cruise ships. It’s a pretty good bet that the new Disney ships will have the virtual portholes in the inside staterooms as well. Another highly likely feature of the new Disney cruise ships is that there will be an expanded concierge class.

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What is the Difference Between the Classic and the Newer Disney Ships?


The really obvious answer to this is their size. There is a lot of difference. If you want a smaller Disney cruise ship which is easier to get around and also to get to know, you will be happier on the classic ships. If you want more facilities and don’t mind the fact that there are more people, the newer Disney ships are the best.

However, it really isn’t that simple. There are many other things to consider when you ask yourself which is the best Disney cruise ship.

What is Basically the Same About All of the Disney Ships?


Before going into what is different about each of the Disney cruise ships, let’s think about what really is the same.

The level of service is exceptional on all of the Disney ships. It is always very difficult to explain just how above and beyond most of the Disney crew go to give exceptional service to their guests.

You have to experience the Disney difference to believe it. I have witnessed this first hand so many times. The Cast Members go the extra mile and welcome you like family.

Most recently I was on the Disney Wonder and was in Triton’s, one of the main rotational dining restaurants, having lunch. I heard a shout of pure joy as a server recognized a family from a previous cruise. She ran over and greeted that family as if they were long-lost cousins.

That’s the Disney difference that you just can’t explain unless you see it. That kind of experience is genuine and is what Disney is all about.


There are other things which are just the same on all of the Disney ships. The large staterooms, most of which have the split bath. The excellent children’s programs. The adult spaces. The Disney rotational dining. The Broadway quality entertainment.

However, there are very distinct differences between each ship. Which Disney cruise ship that you think is the best for you and your family, will depend on other factors.

Let’s think about the things which are going to influence your choice of Disney cruise ship. When you are deciding which is the best Disney cruise ship you are going to look at a number of factors.

Disney Cruise Ship Itinerary


This really is going to be a big deciding factor when you look at which Disney cruise ship is the best for your vacation.

All of the Disney cruise ships sail very distinct itineraries from different home cruise ports.

If you want to sail the Caribbean on a Disney cruise ship you will find that the most convenient itineraries are on the Disney Fantasy. She sails mostly 7 night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries – all out of Port Canaveral Florida.

However, if you want a 3 or 4 night sailing on a Disney cruise then the Disney Dream is going to be your best choice. The Disney Dream sails mostly 3 and 4 night itineraries to The Bahamas from Port Canaveral Florida.

The Disney Dream can be an excellent first Disney cruise. The prices are obviously going to be lower than a full 7 night on the Disney Fantasy.

Disney's Private Island Castaway Cay

Disney’s Private Island Castaway Cay

The Disney Dream also has the big advantage that all sailings will make a port stop a Disney’s private island Castaway Cay. For many Disney cruisers the day at Castaway Cay is the highlight of their vacation. Click Here for a complete guide to Disney’s Castaway Cay.

Both the Disney Wonder and the Disney Magic have more varied itineraries than the larger Disney ships. This might be the decider for you when you are thinking about which is the best Disney cruise ship. Itinerary may be the most important thing.

The Disney Wonder sails from Port Canaveral, Galveston, San Diego and Vancouver. If you are looking for a more diverse itinerary then you really should consider the Disney Wonder.

One of the most spectacular of the Disney Wonder itineraries are the cruises to Alaska. Here you can browse the Disney Cruises to Alaska.

The Disney Wonder also sails through the Panama Canal twice a year. If we had to pick our very favorite Disney cruise it would be the Panama Canal cruises. Each cruise is for at least 14 nights, so is ideal for people who have more time to spare on a vacation.

There is nothing quite like the sight of the Disney Wonder sailing through the Panama Canal. The 14 night break gives you so much time to relax. These cruises also tend to include extra features such as chances to look behind the scenes at the galley and the theater. There are usually not so many children on these cruises either.


The Disney Wonder now sails from San Diego on cruises to the Mexican Riviera. They range from 2,3,4,5 and 7 night cruises so there really is something for everyone. If you are based on the West Coast these Disney San Diego cruises are a great idea.

The Disney Wonder will sail from New Orleans for the first time in 2020.

The Disney Magic also has a number of different itineraries. You are sure to be able to find a Disney Magic sailing which suits you. In the summer months the Disney Magic sails in Europe. These cruises vary from Southern European cruises from Barcelona, to Northern European cruises as well as cruises around the British Isles from Dover England.

The Disney Magic has a Transatlantic sailing twice a year. This cruise offers great value for money for people with some flexibility and time to spend on this longer cruise.

The Disney Magic also has some sailings from New York and Miami. This is perfect for cruisers for whom Port Canaveral is not their first choice. Most of these cruises also have a port stop in Castaway Cay.

Disney Cruise Theme Sailings


Disney Cruise lines also offers a number of different themed sailings.

One of the most popular are the Star Wars Days at Sea. If you are a Star Wars fan you really should think about booking one of the Star Wars special cruises. For more details about what to expect you can see our guide here.

The Disney Magic has Marvel Days at Sea on select dates.

If Star Wars or Marvel is not your thing then you may want to enjoy one of the seasonal cruises such as the Halloween on the High Seas Cruises or a Very Merrytime Cruise.

Other Differences on The Disney Cruise Ships

Which is the best Disney cruise ship is always going to depend on so many factors which only you can answer. However, there are some other things which may help you make up your mind about which Disney cruise is best for you and your family.

Each Disney ships has different entertainment. All of the Disney cruise ships have amazing nighttime entertainment. However, all have different shows.

If your Disney Princess is a particular fan of Princess Anna and Queen Elsa then you may want to pick the Disney Wonder. All the cruise ships will have personal appearances by the Anna and Elsa, but only the Disney Wonder has Frozen, A Musical Spectacular.

The Disney Wonder also has Tiana’s restaurant.


If your favorite movie is Tangled then you may want to consider the Disney Magic. They are the only ship to have Tangled the Musical on board. The Disney Magic is also the only ship to have the Rapunzel’s Royal Table restaurant.

If I had to choose a ship which has the best entertainment I would always say the Disney Wonder as it has Frozen and The Golden Mickeys. I do also enjoy Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular on the Disney Fantasy. However, for me the Disney Wonder wins on the stage show entertainment right now.


If you want to ride the AqauDuck then you have to sail on the newest ships of the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy. The classic Disney Wonder and Magic really do not have anything to compare with this.

The Disney Magic has the AquaDunk but this is not really a comparable. The Disney Wonder had a fabulous re imagination recently but if you want an AquaDuck equivalent you just don’t get it here.

If the finest dining at sea is important to you then you need to choose the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream as they are the only ships to have Remy. This is one of the finest dining experiences at sea.

Palo is on all of the ships, and is our preference, but if you want to experience what many think is the best of the best then you have to sail on one of the larger ships.

If you are thinking of booking Disney Cruise Concierge we would also say that the better choices are the newer ships of the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy.

The classic Disney Wonder and Magic ships have been re-imagined to accommodate a new concierge lounge. However, the Fantasy and Dream were purpose-built with concierge guests in mind. The Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream have a fabulous outside pool deck.

All the ships have the concierge lounge now but we think that the very best are on the Disney Dream and Fantasy. The only benefit of the Wonder and the Magic is that there are less concierge staterooms so it seems to be more of an exclusive benefit. You will get more individual attention, but it is pretty amazing on all the ships.

If you want an inside stateroom with the Virtual Porthole you do have to sail on the Disney Dream or the Fantasy. Apparently it was too much of a technological difficulty to refit the Magic and Wonder with the virtual portholes. We think they are a nice touch, but this really should be a minor reason to sail on the newer ships.

Which is the Best Disney Cruise Ship


As you will see the answer to the question about which is the best Disney cruise ship really is going to vary according to what you and your family want.

We love all the Disney cruise ships, but if we had to decide we would say the Disney Wonder. Is this because the Disney Wonder was our first Disney cruise and we have spent more time sailing on her than any other ships? Possibly. But you have to decide what is best for your family. All of the Disney cruise ships offer an amazing experience which really doesn’t have any comparison.

Our advice? Look at the itinerary first and then choose the ship. Whichever of the Disney ships you choose you will have an amazing time. There really isn’t an answer as to which is the best Disney cruise ship. They are all amazing. Whicheer you sail on you will probably think is the best Disney cruise ship!


Disney Cruise Wine Package – Is It Worth It?

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Are you thinking of buying the Disney Cruise Wine Package? It can be a considerable saving for some people. However, for others it may not be worth the expense.

Here we show you what is available to help you decide whether the Disney Wine Package is a good idea for your cruise.


Disney Cruise Wine Package

It works for some people, but not all. See whether the Disney Cruise Wine Package will be a good value for you.

What Disney Cruise Wine Packages Are Available?


Here we are talking about the Disney Cruise Wine Packages 2019.

There are two wine packages available for your Disney Cruise and you can purchase – The Classic and the Premium Package. You can buy 3,4,5 or 7 bottles within the package.

All Disney Cruise wine packages are available regardless of the length of the Disney cruise you are sailing on. For instance, you could buy a 3 bottle package on a 7 night cruise. Or a 5 night package on a 4 day cruise.

Here are the prices for the Disney Cruise Classic Wine Package:

  • 3 Bottle Classic Wine Package $95.00
  • 4 Bottle Classic Wine Package $124.00
  • 5 Bottle Classic Wine Package $149.00
  • 7 Bottle Classic Wine Package $199.00

Here are the prices for the Disney Cruise Premium Wine Package:

  • 3 Bottle Premium Wine Package $145.00
  • 4 Bottle Premium Wine Package $192.00
  • 5 Bottle Premium Wine Package $234.00
  • 7 Bottle Premium Wine Package $309.00

A 15% service charge will be added to all Disney Cruise Wine Packages.

How Do You Purchase a Disney Wine Package?

You can pre-purchase the Wine Package on your Disney Cruise Personalizer. However, we really don’t see any benefit in doing this, unless you like to do this to have more of an idea for your budget.

Some people really like to have everything paid for before they go on the cruise. If this is you then go ahead and book before you sail on your Disney cruise.

When you board the Disney ship there will be a table set up on the Pool Deck and in various other locations on the ship which offers the various Drinks Packages for purchase.

Unlike some cruise lines, Disney really doesn’t push this on you. We have rarely noticed people signing up at the tables out on the ship and most people just walk past.


Disney cruise lines really is not about the high pressure sales technique. This is one of the things which we really enjoy about Disney cruises. If you want to buy something, go ahead. If not, you aren’t going to get the hard sales technique on a Disney ship.

When you have your dinner in any of the restaurants one of the Disney Cruise Wine Package brochures will be on your table.

Just ask your server if you want to purchase the Wine Package and he will arrange it for you. The Assistant Waiter is always the one who gets your drinks for you.

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What Are Your Choices on The Disney Cruise Wine Package?

Each night you can choose as many bottles as you want from either the Classic, or if you have paid the extra, the Premium Package.


Does the Disney Cruise Wine Package Really Save You Money?

The Disney Cruise Wine Package can save you up to 25% per bottle. There is some variation in the wine list prices of the bottles. If you are really wanting to save the absolute most money then ask for a copy of the wine list when you order from your package.


Here is how much a bottle of wine costs for each type of Disney cruise wine package:

Here are the prices for the Disney Cruise Classic Wine Package:

  • 3 Bottle Classic Wine Package $31.66 per day
  • 4 Bottle Classic Wine Package $31.00 per day
  • 5 Bottle Classic Wine Package $29.80 per day
  • 7 Bottle Classic Wine Package $28.42 per day

Here are the prices for the Disney Cruise Premium Wine Package:

  • 3 Bottle Premium Wine Package $48.33 per day
  • 4 Bottle Premium Wine Package $48.00 per day
  • 5 Bottle Premium Wine Package $46.80 per day
  • 7 Bottle Premium Wine Package $44.14 per day

Remember again that all prices do not include the 15% automatic gratuity.

What If I Don’t Finish The Wine?


The Disney Cruise Wine Package is designed to be convenient. If you do not finish your bottle of wine with your meal you can either ask for it to be stored for you, or you can take it to your room.

The bottles are simply corked up and stored. Even though you will be in a different dining room the next evening, your bottle will be available for you.

If you do not finish the Wine Package before you disembark you can take up to 2 bottles of wine off the ship with you. This is per person over 21. We don’t imagine this happens very often!

Is The Disney Cruise Wine Package Worth The Cost?

There really isn’t any one answer for this as it depends upon the individual. Over the years I have sailed on many Disney cruises. Sometimes I have bought the wine package, other times not.

After my last Disney San Diego Cruise on the Wonder I decided I probably won’t buy another Wine Package. We decided to try the Premium Wine Package and in the end we just thought it was over priced. We got the 3 night package and really didn’t like one of the wines. We also found that we a pre dinner cocktail there really was just too much for 2 of us.

It really is an individual choice. It is true that you will save on the per bottle price if you buy a package. However, if you drink more as a result, or don’t like the wine, that doesn’t make it a good value!

Can You Take Your Own Wine on a Disney Cruise?

We have covered this in-depth in our post at

Can You Really Take Your Own Wine On Board a Disney Cruise?

Each adult can bring up to 2 bottles of wine on board a Disney Cruise. It has to be in your hand luggage. Anything found in checked luggage will be removed and returned to you on disembarkation.

There is a corkage fee of $25 for wine consumed in the dining room. Obviously the up charge on some of the wines is more than $25 so if you want to save some money this could be the way.

Any wine that you open and consume in your stateroom does not have a corkage fee. Disney has a very liberal policy about consuming your own wine in public areas. You aren’t supposed to do it, but we have never seen anyone being taken to task for it. You can ask for a wine glass from the bar or ask your room steward.

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How To Save Money on a Disney Cruise


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Disney Cruise Photo Package


Are you wondering whether a Disney Cruise Photo Package is worth it? You may want to capture the magic of your vacation with a Disney Cruise Photo Package, but a lot of people get confused about how it all works.

Disney Cruise Photo Package



Here is our complete guide to all the options of the Disney Cruise Photo Package to help you decide if it is worth it. Learn some things along the way which will help you make the most out of your Disney Cruise Photo Package.

Disney Cruise Photographers

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Even in the Disney cruise port terminal you will have your first chance to have picture for your Disney cruise photo package. Mickey and Minnie Mouse will be there for you while you are waiting to board.

When you board a Disney cruise the first thing you do is hand your Key To The World Card to be swiped to show you have entered the ship. The second thing you will do is encounter your first Disney Cruise Photographer! They are stationed at a strategic position right before you get on your Disney ship.

I have to confess I am not the most enthusiastic person about stopping for that embarkation photo. However, it is often the very best one we have taken for all the cruise.

Disney cruise lines outsource their photography to Shutters. I kind of wish they wouldn’t because they are just not quite as magical as the Disney cruise line crew members sometimes. However, I have to say they mostly do a great job.

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They are everywhere on the ship. Every character greeting you go to you will find a photographer. You can always use your own camera. However, there will also be a professional on hand.

They also set up lots of photo backgrounds around the ship. You can even have your photo take with the captain on certain sailings! You can see which backgrounds they are setting up so you can choose which one you like.

The lines for photography on formal night on a Disney cruise are always the longest. If you want a formal night photo be aware that you may be standing in line for quite a while.

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How Do You Find Your Disney Cruise Photos?

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Disney makes it very easy for you to see your photos. On every ship on Deck 4 there is a Shutters photo area. There you will find digital kiosks where you can view your photos.

All you need to do is swipe your Key To The World and all the photos which are in their system will be displayed.

How do they know who you are? They have a digital facial recognition system which in theory puts all of your photos in your account so that you can view them on the kiosk.

I say in theory because it doesn’t always work. If you think that photos are missing the Shutters staff can help you find them. Just enquire at the desk.

Another way to make sure that your photos definitely make it into your account is to hand the photographer your Key To the World Card. This then links the photos with your account.

All of your Disney cruise photos used to be printed out. This is not the case any more. They have gone fully digital and your photos are all available to view on the Shutters kiosk. This is located on Deck 4 of all of the Disney ships.

Are The Disney Cruise Photos Any Good?

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Photos are of course an amazing way to capture the memories of your Disney Cruise. My house is filled with photos from past cruises. The photographers are generally good. Not outstanding.

However, given that they are working quickly and often with very large parties, they do a good job. They have the advantage over you in that they have worked out the lighting and the best angles. You really should have as many photos taken as you can just so you can see which ones you like.

Having said that I am not a big fan of the backgrounds that Shutters uses sometimes. The borders around the photos are often just not my taste.

Unfortunately you do not have the option to choose to remove or change the borders. I am not sure why in the age of digital ease but you get what you are given with the borders. I am sure that one day soon that will change but at the moment there is no option to choose a different one.

It’s great also that you actually get a complete family or group photo. I know that there are such things as selfie sticks but nothing beats a great photo of the whole family having fun on a Disney cruise. If Minnie Mouse is with you then that’s even better!

How Do You Buy Disney Cruise Photos?

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There are a number of ways that you can buy Disney cruise photos. If you know you are going to want a Disney cruise photo package then the best way is to purchase it online before you sail on your cruise.

You can do this up to 48 hours before you sail. See below for prices and the Shutters website.

You can also buy a package or individual photo at any time that the Shutters desk is open. Just like anything on a Disney cruise, the amount will be charged automatically to your onboard stateroom account.

What you absolutely must do is to purchase the photos that you want whilst you are still onboard your Disney cruise. Once you have left the ship it is too late. There is no going back to re order!

My advice is to choose whatever photos you want prior to the last evening on the ship. If you try and buy on the last evening of your cruise you are going to be with crowds of people and wait in a long line. Just really try and avoid it. That is not how you want to spend the last evening on your cruise.

Disney Cruise Photo Package For More Than One Stateroom

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This is where people get very confused. However, it’s simple if you break it down!

Often families or groups stay in more than one stateroom on a Disney cruise They want to know how to make the Disney cruise photo package work most economically for them.

The general rule is that it is one package per stateroom. Say you have one stateroom with your kids and the grandparents have a separate stateroom. This is a pretty common set up on a Disney cruise. However, you can’t combine a Disney Cruise Photo Package with two staterooms (with certain exceptions I will explain below).

Say for your embarkation photo you have a group photo with all the family. Parents, kids and grandparents. Just the parents get the package. The picture will show up in the parents and the grandparents account on the Shutters kiosk. The facial recognition or the swiping of the Key To The World will make sure they know who you are. However, if the parents have bought a package then can get it for their account. The grandparents can’t.

If the grandparents decide to get a photo just the two of them it will not be on the account if just the parents bought it for their stateroom. Remember. It’s about the stateroom, not the group.

However, if the grandparents decide to get a photo with the kids, that photo will be included on the parents stateroom account.


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It’s all about who is in the photo. The package is exclusive to the stateroom but just so long as someone from that stateroom is in the picture and you have bought a package, it will be available as part of what you bought.

There is an exception. A lot of families travel with parents in one stateroom and kids in another. Just so long as there is one person over 18 in each stateroom this is allowed. The exception for kids being in another stateroom is for any “children” aged under 21. This is a great exception if you are traveling with older offspring as well!

If you have 2 or more staterooms and your children aged 17 or under are in a stateroom they will be included in the package. That’s easy.

How does this work? Let’s say Dad is in one room with the 5 year old and Mom is in the other stateroom with the 12 year old. If Mom or Dad had a Disney cruise photo package linked to their stateroom, pictures from both staterooms would be included.

To make sure this works you do have to visit Shutters on the first day of your Disney cruise. They can explain what the position is.

There is another way to get a discount if your family is traveling in 2 staterooms. The first stateroom can buy the Disney cruise photo package online.Then once you get onboard the second stateroom family can buy the package at a 50% discount.

However, this isn’t quite as good as it sounds. This is 50% of the onboard price. Therefore you do not get 50% off the online discounted rate. You get 50% off the higher price onboard. It is still a discount. Just perhaps not as great as it seems at first.

How Much Do Disney Cruise Photo Packages Cost?

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If you want to buy individual prints on your Disney cruise these are the prices:

Photo Print 8 X 10 $20.95

Photo Print 6 X 8 $14.95

Any 6 prints or digital $99.95

Any 10 prints or digital $149.95

Any 15 prints or digital $199.95

Any 20 prints or digital $249.95

If you decide you want to buy the digital image package and not the prints you will be given a CD. This CD will then show you reasonable size proofs of all of the photos you had taken.

You can then choose which photos you want and choose the amount of images you have paid for. You can then unlock the full resolution images and print them as you wish.

You can also buy a length of sailing Disney Cruise Photo Package. This can be good value if you are planning on taking a lot of photos. This will give you all the photos that you have taken on your cruise

If you think you are going to buy a number of photos it will bring the cost per photo down if you buy a package. To get these prices you have to purchase in advance via OurCruisePhotos

2 Night Sailing $194.95

3 Night Sailing $194.95

4 Night Sailing $194.95

5 Night Sailing $211.95

7 Night Sailing $295.95

14 Night Sailing $339.95

Prices on board the ship will be higher:

2 Night Sailing $199.95

4 Night Sailing $229.95

5 Night Sailing $249.95

7 Night Sailing $349.95

14 Night Sailing $399.95

You will get your photos on the last night of the cruise or the final morning before you disembark.

Disney Cruise Photo Book

Another great option is the Disney Cruise Photo Book. The price if you buy it online at OurCruisePhotos is $139.95.

You can add up to 34 photos in your Disney Cruise Photo Book. This is a really good way to make sure that you get a good selection of your Disney cruise photos to keep.

It’s a lot of fun putting together your Disney Cruise Photo Book. You can do this at the Shutters kiosk.

It’s easy to change photos in and out of the book and arrange them on the page as you want to. Don’t leave this until the last moment. The Shutters area on the Disney ships is very crowded on the last evening. Don’t leave it that late.

I suggest that you keep looking at your photos every day so you know what is there and start arranging them in the Disney Cruise Photo Book. You do not want to be leaving all of this to the last evening of the cruise.

Shutters will be crammed full of people on the final evening and you may feel pressured to get it done. It’s a lot easier to do it a bit at a time. You can always rearrange things if you get photos that you prefer.

How To Get The Most Out of Your Disney Cruise Photo Package

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A Disney Cruise Photo Package is pricey. There is no denying that. Some people think it is an amazing value. Others think it is a huge expense. Only you can decide which view is your view.

However, if you do decide to get the Disney Cruise Photo Package there are ways to make it more valuable. How? By getting more photos taken. It is one thing to pay $349.95 for 10 photos on a disk but quite another if you get 100 photos!

How can you maximize the number of photos in your Disney Cruise Package? There are so many photo ops you really can go all out and maximize it.

We have heard of guests having 800 photos on a 14 night cruise. Not sure if you would actually get a chance to sleep if you were having your photo taken that many times. However, it definitely is possible.

The secret is planning. You know that every day on the cruise there will be photographers out setting up backgrounds. These are on Deck 3 of all the ships. Go and take a walk before the first seating of dinner and see what your options are. Arrive early so you minimize time spent in line.

Sometimes the photographers will be in your rotational dining room. They always suggest what pictures they take. For instance, they may say a photo of you as a couple, as a family and then separate photos of the children.

Ask for what you want. If you want extra ones tell them. It is not going to take much extra time, but it will mean that you get more photos in your account.

Disney photographers are even found on Disney Castaway Cay.. You may be floating along in your inner tube in the ocean and see a photographer approach. Go and seek them out.

If you want a family photo then set one up. Photo of you and your significant other? Ask for one. The photographers want to sell as many photographs as possible so they are happy to oblige.

In my experience a lot of people ignore them on Castaway Cay. So go for it. You may get a great Castaway Cay picture for your Disney Cruise Photo Package.

Character greetings are often the best chance you have to get a really great photo for your Disney Cruise Package. Every day the character greetings are posted in the printed Navigators you get in your stateroom every evening.

If you want to be even more organized and plan further in advance use the Disney Cruise Navigator App so that you can see where the characters will be more than one day in advance.

Mickey and Minnie appear most often is lots of different costumes. I love the Golden Mickeys costumes for Mickey and Minnie.

However, if you want to have your photograph taken with one of the more minor characters, say Peter Pan or Captain Hook this takes a little more planning as they don’t appear as often.

If you have your heart set on a photo with Captain Jack Sparrow he appears on Castaway Cay as well as on Pirate Night. You do need to plan ahead to seek out the Disney characters which appear less often.

It is so much easier to get a picture with a Disney character on a cruise than at the Disney parks. You can wait for less time. In air conditioned comfort. Make the most of it and get as many photos as you can. Then the value of the Disney Cruise Photo Package really kicks in.

Will you be buying a Disney cruise photo package? Let me know in the comments below.


Port Canaveral Hotels With Cruise Parking

Port Canaveral Hotels With Cruise Parking

Are you looking for Port Canaveral Hotels with cruise parking. Whether you want an hotel room and parking or just need a place to park your car while you cruise, there are lots of options in Port Canaveral.

Port Canaveral Hotels With Cruise Parking

Port Canaveral Hotels With Cruise Parking

All of these hotels are near Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal with a shuttle service and a place to park while you cruise.

You do not want to be stressed when you are arriving at the cruise port. Our advice is to always make sure that you arrive the day before the cruise sets sail.

There is a good choice of Port Canaveral hotels which are close to the cruise port. Sometimes the cost of an hotel room with parking is not much more than just the parking option.

Here are some of the best Port Canaveral Hotels with Cruise Parking.

Country Inn and Suites by Radisson Port Canaveral

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The Country Inn and Suites is a very popular choice for those cruising out of Port Canaveral Florida. It is located at 9009 Astronaut Blvd, Cape Canaveral, FL, 32920.

The location really could not be any better as it is the closest to the Cape Canaveral Port. The shuttle only takes 5 minutes. You can book the hotel with just a room or as part of a park and cruise package.

This 150 room hotel is highly rated by reviewers with the majority reporting that they would recommend Country Inn and Suites Cape Canaveral. The rooms are clean and spacious. They have King and two bedded Queen rooms available.

The hotel has a nice outdoor pool with a jacuzzi. A particularly nice feature is the fire pit. There is also a small fitness room

There is a small refrigerator in the room as well as a coffee maker. There is also coffee and cookies available in the lobby 24 hours a day.

The complimentary breakfast is a step above the ordinary. It includes hot items such as eggs, bacon, and waffles as well as the usual cereal, fruit, bread and oatmeal choices.

Best Features: Free full breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking

Good To Know: A Family Suite is available. This has a large dining table, a bedroom with a queen bed and a children’s bedroom with two twin beds. Great to accommodate up to 6 people.

Best For: Those looking for a convenient, clean hotel with friendly staff which is just 5 minutes shuttle from the Cape Canaveral cruise port.

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Radisson Resort at the Port Cape Canaveral

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The Radisson Resort at the Port Cape Canaveral is another great hotel which is close to the cruise port. It is located at 8701 Astronaut Blvd,Cape Canaveral, FL 32920.

If you want a hotel close to Cape Canaveral Port which has an amazing pool, this is definitely worth considering. The property is motel style with outdoor corridors and rooms leading directly to the parking lot. It is one of the larger hotels in the area with 284 rooms.

Standard rooms are a generous 285 square feet and offer a choice of King or two Queens. Rollaways are available for an additional $10 per night. There is also a One Bedroom option which sleeps up to 6 guests.

There is an onsite restaurant which offers lunch and dinner. Breakfast is also available for an additional charge.

This hotel is close to other dining options which are within easy walking distance. This includes an excellent pizza restaurant and a Thai restaurant as well as a Subway and a MacDonalds.

You can book a park and stay cruise package. However, if you just book an hotel room you will be charged $6 for the shuttle journey to the port.

Best Features: Fabulous Resort Swimming Pool and close to the cruise port.

Good To Know: Restaurants are within walking distance. Service can be inconsistent.

Best For: Guests looking for a great location close to Cape Canaveral port who want to take advantage of the pool facilities.

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Residence Inn by Marriott Cape Canaveral Cocoa Beach

Residence Inn by Marriott Cape Canaveral Cocoa Beach

The 150 room Residence Inn by Marriott Cape Canaveral is located a 3 minute drive to the cruise port. The address is 8959 Astronaut Blvd,Cape Canaveral, FL 32920.

The rooms available are either Studios or Suites. All rooms are spacious and all of the Suites have a full service kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, stove, and dishwasher.

These rooms are a very good size with the Standard One Bedroom Suite offering 500 square feet of space.

There are some two bedroom suites available which are a very spacious 750 square feet.

A hot American breakfast is included in the rate of your stay at the Residence Inn Cape Canaveral.

There is an outdoor pool and a small fitness room at the hotel. There is a shuttle to the cruise port which is available for a fee.

There is no restaurant in the hotel. However there are dining options close by. Kelsey’s Pizzeria and Thai Thai III Restaurant & Sushi Bar are just 0.3 miles away. The excellent Grill’s Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar on the waterfront is 0.7 miles away.

Best Features: Close to the cruise port with very large spacious rooms and friendly service.

Good To Know: No restaurants on site, but some good options are close by. Hertz rental cars are located within walking distance.

Best For: Guests looking for a hotel with very large rooms and kitchenette facilities which is close to the port with a shuttle service.

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Homewood Suites by Hilton Cape Canaveral-Cocoa Beach

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The Homewood Suites are a fabulous cruise port hotel option which is located at 9000 Astronaut Blvd,Cape Canaveral, FL 32920. This is always either our second or first choice of Cape Canaveral Port hotel.

Always a big fan of the Homewood Suites concept as it offers large suites with kitchenettes. Perfect for a family stay prior to a cruise out of Port Canaveral.

Homewood Suites Cocoa Beach is just about one mile from the cruise port. The hotel offers a shuttle service to your cruise ship and back for $6 per person. You can also buy a Park Cruise and Stay Package which includes parking for your vehicle whilst you are on the cruise.

King and Queen Suites are available. Every Suite has a sleeper sofa in the living area which is great for the kids.

Each suite has a kitchenette with full-size refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher and twin burner stove.

There is an excellent free hot breakfast in the morning. If you are staying Monday through Thursday there is an evening social with complimentary snacks, a hot entree and free beverages including wine and beer.

There is even a free grocery shopping service if you want to prepare your own meal or perhaps get some wine to take on your cruise.

There is a nice swimming pool and a decent sized fitness room. No restaurants onsite but rooms do have kitchenettes and there are plenty of places to eat locally.

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Best Features: Very spacious rooms with kitchenettes.

Good To Know:Excellent hot breakfast and Evening Reception (Monday through Thursday).

Best For: Guests looking for a great hotel with very spacious rooms and kitchenette facilities. Ideal for families.

Hampton Inn Cocoa Beach/Cape Canaveral Cocoa Beach

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This is a motel style property with rooms on the second and third floor having outside corridors. It is located at 3425 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach, Florida, 32931 which is around 4.5 miles from the cruise port.

All of the 150 Hampton Inn rooms have private balconies, including accessible rooms. Many of the rooms have ocean views. The very close location to the beach make this a popular property to book before a Port Canaveral cruise.

The Hampton Inn has a choice of either King or two Queen rooms. Each room has a sleeper sofa. There is a good breakfast in the morning with some hot food item choices.

There is a shuttle to the cruise port which is available for $5. The shuttle journey is around 10 minutes.

Best Features: Very easy access to the beach. Nice views from the Ocean View Balconies.

Good To Know:Excellent hot breakfast. Further out from the cruise port at 4.5 miles.

Best For: Guests looking for a hotel close to the beach.

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Port Canaveral Cruise Port Parking

If you do not want to stay in an hotel prior to the cruise, many of these hotels offer car parking only. Check directly with the hotel as to pricing.

If you want car parking closest to the cruise port you can see our Guide Here.

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Port Canaveral Disney Cruise Parking

Port Canaveral Disney Cruise Parking

Port Canaveral Disney Cruise Parking

What is the best option for Port Canaveral Disney Cruise parking? Many cruise passengers arrive at Port Canaveral by car and want to know the best parking options available.


Port Canaveral Disney Cruise Parking

The first thing you need to know is that the Disney cruise terminal is Terminal 8 at Port Canaveral. The Disney cruise Port Canaveral address is 9155 Charles M Rowland Dr Port Canaveral, FL 32920.

However, there are a number of options for Port Canaveral Cruise Parking if you are sailing on a Disney cruise.

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When we sail on a Disney cruise we are always looking for the most convenient parking option even though this may cost a few extra dollars. We have a family of 5 and for us the convenience of parking directly at the port outweighs the savings benefits.

Port Canaveral Parking Rates

The prices for parking directly at the Port Canaveral Port for a Disney cruise are:

3-night cruise $68
4-night cruise $85
5-night cruise $102
6-night cruise $119
7-night cruise $136

There is an extra charge for over sized vehicles over 20 feet in length.

3- night cruise $112
4-night cruise $140
5- night cruise $168
7-day cruise $224

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We have sailed out of many destinations and the Port Canaveral cruise port is one of the easiest and most efficient. The dedicated Disney cruise port at Port Canaveral is definitely a model of how a cruise port should be! As soon as you arrive at the Disney Cape Canaveral cruise port you know that you are already on vacation!

There is also a preferred parking option at Disney’s Port Canaveral.This is not necessarily the best Port Canaveral Disney Cruise Parking. However, it is worth thinking about. You add $20 to the total rate for premium parking at Port Canaveral.

This does get you closer to the Disney ship but really the premium is rather too much for the benefit it actually gives. There are only 113 spaces available. It is closer to the terminal but really for the benefit you do have to think carefully about whether this is a good option for you.

We know it is only $20 extra, but you have to balance out if it is worth it. That would pay for quite a few drinks of the day on board a Disney ship!

Remember that if you park at the Disney terminal parking lot you can drop of your luggage curb side before you park. This means that you don’t have to deal with carrying your luggage from the parking lot.

There will be plenty of porters to help you and take your bags. The porters at Cape Canaveral are easily recognizable by their bright orange vests.

Tip your porter $1 to $2 per bag. Also remember to have your Disney cruise luggage tags attached. If you haven’t got any then the porters will write you one out. You just have to tell them your stateroom number.

At this point you can choose to drop off your passengers as well. They can then go in to the cruise port directly and wait for you whilst you park the car. We always want to stay together though so go direct to the parking lot with the whole family.

You pay on your way in to the parking lot. If you have a prepaid voucher this is where you show it.

The most convenient level of the parking lot is Level 3. This is because you are on the same level as the covered walkway direct to the Disney cruise terminal.

If you arrive too early at the cruise terminal they will not be letting people in yet. So be prepared to either wait in your car for a while or join the line. It is usually open around 10.30 am.

You will have to show your ID and let them know your Disney cruise stateroom number before they let you proceed past to walk to the terminal.

There is a great view of the ship from the covered walk way from the parking lot. It all helps to build the excitement and anticipation of sailing on your Disney cruise!

You will reach the cruise terminal and there you have to go through X Ray machines. The process is easy and it is no where near as stressful as doing this in the airport.

Port Canaveral Disney Cruise Parking Offsite

There are also offsite car parking choices at Cape Canaveral for Disney cruise parking which may save you a few bucks. However, it will cost you more in time, as the shuttle bus has to get you to the cruise port.

Port Canaveral Disney Cruise Parking

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The major player in off site parking for Port Canaveral is Park N Cruise. The rate for Port Canaveral parking starts at $10.95 per day. This works out a lot cheaper than on site parking at just $32.85 for a 3 night, $43.80 for a 4 night, $54.75 for a 4 night and $76.65 for a 7 night cruise.

If you want to save money this is the way to go but it will mean taking the shuttle bus. They run every 15 minutes.

Park N Cruise also offer discounts including a 10% discount for the military, and 5% discount for AAA members. They have a loyalty program which offers the 5th stay free. They are certainly worth checking out if you want to save some money on Disney Cruise parking.

Cruise and Stay Parking at Port Canaveral

Another great option is to combine a hotel stay with parking at Port Canaveral. This is a good choice if you are driving from some distance away and want to have a relaxing stay before your Disney cruise. We have never taken this option so can’t offer any direct reviews, but many see this as a great choice.

We have used this option at other cruise ports before joining a cruise and it is our preferred option. It cuts down on any stress that you may have about arriving at the cruise port late. You can have a relaxing morning before joining your Disney cruise. It also gives you an extra night of vacation time!

Often if you book a cruise and stay package you will get free parking for up to 7 nights. You will need to check on the individual hotel websites to see prices and current deals. However, it can be a very cost effective way of parking and having the combined benefit of a stay at a hotel the night before your Disney cruise.

One hotel with park and stay is Radisson Cape Canaveral. You can book a cruise and stay package which starts at $110. Check the link on the website for details of prices. This is an older hotel and it does get mixed reviews. There is a free shuttle to the Disney cruise port.

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also offers Port Canaveral Cruise Packages. There is a free breakfast and free wi-fi included in the package price. There is a free shuttle to the Disney cruise port.

Have you ever parked at Port Canaveral for a Disney cruise? We would love to hear your feedback on your experiences of Port Canaveral Disney Cruise Parking. Have you found a better deal for Disney cruise parking?

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27 Do’s and Don’ts for Your First Day Onboard a Disney Cruise Ship


You may have waited months or even years for your Disney cruise. Finally the day is here. You are about to board your Disney cruise.

What are you going to do on that first day of your Disney cruise? How will you get the most out of embarkation day on one of the Disney ships?

Disney cruise veterans may know exactly what they are going to do as soon as they board the ship. Disney Cruise first timers may have no idea what they want to do. They can be totally overwhelmed about what to see and do.

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We have spent many months on Disney cruises and can give you some ideas of do’s and don’ts for your first day upon the Disney ship.

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DON’T automatically head straight to the Disney ship buffet. Unless you want to follow the crowd.

The Disney Cruise Ship buffet Cabanas is pretty much where everyone else will go when they board the ship. On all of the Disney ships there will be an alternative dining venue. Ask a Cast Member where to eat to avoid Cabanas.

We always much prefer to go to Enchanted Garden on the Fantasy or Dream or Triton’s on the Wonder. It is so much more relaxing.


DO head straight for the Disney Aquaduck if you are sailing on the Disney Fantasy or the Dream.

Make sure that you pack your swimming gear in your carry on luggage so that you can avoid the longer lines that will soon form. Be among the first to ride Disney Aquaduck while everyone else is in the buffet!


DO Download the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App before you leave port. This will mean that you can use it to see daily on board activities, menus and schedules.

The the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App is free to download and use on board the ship. You can even use the on board chat facility to text fellow passengers for free.

DON”T be hit with cell phone call and data charges. Always investigate what you will be charged for if you use your cell phone at sea.

Charges can be excessive. You really don’t want the shock of a huge cell phone bill when you get home. We always switch to airplane mode to be safe, the minute that we leave port.

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DO change your rotational dining seating if you are not happy with your allocation. Disney cruise lines always do what they can to accommodate your requests.

If you have early dining and really wanted the later seating your request will usually be accommodated. Early seating is the most sought after, but Disney cruise lines wants you to be happy. They will always try to accommodate your request for early dining if they can.


DO make reservations for Palo on all the ships and Remy on the Disney Dream and Fantasy. Although many of the reservations will have been made prior to sailing they usually have some available.

Check out your Navigators App or schedule to see the number to call or the lounge to visit to talk with the dining reservation Cast Members.

DO visit Guest Services to see if there are any tickets left for the ticketed only events. If you haven’t yet scheduled your Disney Character Breakfast or Meet and Greet with Princess Anna and Queen Elsa there may still be tickets left.


DO go to the Senses Spa and make your reservations if you haven’t already done this online. The popular treatments such as the Couples Spa do book early on board a Disney Cruise.

If you want a length of cruise pass for the Disney Rainforest Room you really need to book this on your first day as they only sell a limited amount.

DON”T forget to take lots of photos. You will have many amazing memories from this Disney cruise. It is so easy to take hundreds of photos which will remind you of happy times for many years ahead.

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DON”T skip the mandatory life boat drill. It is usually at 4pm just prior to sail away. It doesn’t take very long and provides you with essential safety information. They do know who skips it and you will have to attend another event if you don’t make it to the first.

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DO visit the Port Adventures Desk if you still need to book your excursions and activities for all ports of call. If you are still undecided about what to do on Castaway Cay you can visit our Disney Cruise Castaway Cay Activities Guide

DO sign up for any classes that you think you will enjoy. The Wine Tasting and Mixology events are very popular and do get booked up. Go to Guest Services to reserve your space.


DO take some time to walk around the ship to get orientated. It can take some time to get familiar with where various features are on the Disney ships. Remember that you can always ask a Cast Member for help!

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DON’T skip the Disney Cruise Sailing Away Party. They are always a lot of fun and get you into vacation mode!

DO try out the Drink of the Day. These are a bargain at $4.75 plus gratuity. We usually find that the cocktails on the first day are rather more generous with the alcohol!


DO check out the adults only areas on each of the Disney ships if you can. We always go to Satellite Falls on the Disney Fantasy and the Quiet Cove Pool on any of the Disney ships. It tends to be quieter on the first day.

DON”T miss the first night of entertainment. Disney cruise lines has the best entertainment at sea. The first night sets the standard and you will see some of your Disney favorite characters.

DO take the time to meet your Cabin Steward. They work incredibly hard to make your stateroom experience memorable. If you need anything extra such as blankets or pillows make sure that you ask them. They will be happy to help.

DO browse around the shops. They won’t be open until you sail away. However, the first night is the perfect time to check out what is available.


DO go to your first rotational dining restaurant. This is the first time that you will meet your Disney wait staff. They will soon get to know you and your preferences for dinner.

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DO take advantage of your balcony if you have a verandah stateroom. There is nothing like watching the sun set over the ocean, or simply putting your feet up and relaxing in your own space.

DON’T forget to take the Walking Ship Tour. This is a really good way to get to know where everything is on the ship. It is usually scheduled for around 1.45 and 2.15 on the first day and repeats on select days on the cruise.

DON”T leave it too long to unpack. There is a lot of storage space in all Disney cruise staterooms. They are well thought out. It doesn’t need to take a long time to unpack.

You can personalize your stateroom and make your stateroom a home away from home, particularly if you have followed our Useful Things to Pack For A Disney Cruise guide.


DO take the kids to the Open House at the Youth Activities Center. Most children love the kids clubs on a Disney cruise and this will give them a chance to make friends early on. It will also give you the chance to go and enjoy some time in one of the adults only areas on the ship!


DO check out your Navigator’s schedule to see when your favorite Disney characters are available for meet and greet.

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DON”T miss all the Disney movies which are shown on a Disney cruise. The Buena Vista Theater is a great place to watch classic and new release Disney movies.

A special treat is to watch a Disney movie on Funnel Vision at the pool. Plan to do this at least once at night after dinner and a show. There is nothing like sitting out under the stars and watching a great Disney movie.

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DO savor the moment. Time on board your Disney ship seems to go so quickly. The first day is the day that you have been looking forward to. Make the most of these moments with your loved ones.

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