Disney Cruise Disembarkation


Disney Cruise Disembarkation is not a subject that any of us really wants to think about. However, the day will come when you have to walk away from your beloved Disney Cruise. Here are some expert tips to help you deal with Disney Cruise Disembarkation.


Disney Cruise Disembarkation

disneycruisedisembarkation   You will find lots of tips on how to deal with disembarkation day on a Disney Cruise. I have tried to be as accurate as possible.

However, some times will vary according to the specific Disney ship and the cruise port.


For example, Disney’s Port Canaveral has different times for your final breakfast and disembarkation in general.

Be sure to check the letter that you will receive in your Disney cruise stateroom. You can also see our Guide to Disney Cruise Embarkation for more tips about boarding your Disney Cruise.


Preparation for Disney Cruise Disembarkation


Surprisingly this process begins on the second to last day of your cruise! It’s never easy to start thinking about the fact that you can’t live on the ship forever. However, this will be brought to your attention when you find your Disembarkation Information Letter and Tip Envelopes on your bed! All the information that you need will be in the letter, but if you have any questions, Guest Services is happy to help.

There is also a Disney Cruise Video which shows on a loop on the stateroom television which explains the disembarkation process. The Tip Envelopes are for your Room Steward, Head Server, Server, and Assistant Server.

You do not need to use these if you do not want to. The standard amount of the tip for each will be automatically added to your Disney Cruise onboard account each day. You can adjust the tip either up or down by visiting Guest Servies. For a full explanation of this, you can see our Guide to Tipping on a Disney Cruise.

You can give these envelopes directly to your servers and steward if you wish. You will be given a slip for each envelope which shows the amount of tip you have paid. You can put this in the envelope if you want your server or steward to see the amount.  I usually use the envelopes to add extra cash tips as well.

Essentials To Know Before Disembarkation


There are certain things which you may need to take care of before you disembark your Disney Cruise ship. If your children have had an Oceaneer band you need to return it before midnight on the last day of your cruise.

You can return it to the Oceaneers Club or Lab. Usually, they also have a separate station set up on Deck 5 of each ship where you can return it. You can keep the Oceanner Band as a souvenir, but there is a charge. I believe it is $12.50. Those charges can add up if you have more than one child and you really didn’t want to keep it! So make sure you hand it in before midnight and get a receipt for it.

If you want to buy any photos or order a Photo Book from Shutters you should really avoid doing this on the final evening if you can. This is when the lines are going to be at their longest. Shutters is open on disembarkation day from 7.00 am until 8.30 am for photo and USB sales only.

All of the other stores are closed on disembarkation day. If you want a last-minute souvenir from the store you need to make sure to buy it on the last evening of the cruise at the latest.

If you have lost any items make sure that you go to Guest Services before you disembark. If you realize after you have left the ship that you have left any items behind you can call (407) 566-3734. Or you can follow this link for an online form.

Sometime during the early hours of disembarkation day, a print out of your onboard account will be pushed under your stateroom door. If you disagree with any of the charges on your account you will need to visit Guest Services.

Obviously, it isn’t ideal to leave sorting out any onboard account questions or objections right until the last minute. Your onboard account is shown on your television throughout the cruise.

You can also go to Guest Services at any time to ask for a printout. This means that you can query any account charges prior to disembarkation day. Any charges are automatically charged to the credit card which is linked to your onboard account.

Some people have a cash account. If you are one of them you need to settle your account at Guest Services before 8.30 on debarkation morning.

If you have purchased any duty-free alcohol on board or brought any on the ship at any of the ports, it will now be available for pick up from one of the lounges. On the Disney Wonder, it is usually available in the Azure Bar.

Packing Your Luggage For Disembarkation Day


After all the excitement of your Disney Cruise, it can be difficult to accept that you have to pack to get off the ship. You will have received character coded luggage tags in your stateroom to use for labeling your luggage.

Everyone is given a specific character which will identify where your luggage will be found in the disembarkation hall at the port. On disembarkation morning there will be announcements for each character.

If you are Donald Duck, for example, you will not be able to disembark the ship until that name is called. Disney Cruise lines work out who has priority to get off the ship first. So if you have an early flight you will be in an earlier category that those people who are simply driving home.

Make sure that you remove any old tags from your luggage and attach the new ones where you will have written your contact details.

It is always a good idea to put an identity tag or note inside your luggage as well just in case the label comes off the outside.

If you want to have your luggage delivered to the terminal you must put it outside your stateroom no later than 1030 pm on your last night.

If you decide that you do not want this option you can handle your luggage yourself with the Walk-Off option. I talk about this a little more below to help you decide if Express Walk-Off is a good choice for you. Remember not to pack essential items such as:

  • Passport or Birth Certificate.
  • Medication
  • Expensive items such as Phone, Laptops, and Tablets
  • Cash
  • Jewelry

Pack these items in a carry on bag and keep it with you. Also when you are packing make sure that you remember not to pack essential items which you will need for the morning of disembarkation of your Disney Cruise.

Remember that you are going to need clothes for the morning! Don’t pack all your toiletries or you won’t be able to brush your teeth after breakfast. Try not to be one of those people who has to disembark barefoot as they have packed al their shoes. It happens.

Disney Cruise Express Walk-Off


If you want to get off the ship as early in the morning as possible you can opt for the Disney Cruise Express Walk-Off option. What this means is that instead of leaving your luggage outside your stateroom the night before debarkation, you will be responsible for taking your own luggage off the ship. If you choose the Express Walk-Off option you will be one of the first to get off the ship.

The Disney cruise ship has to be cleared by the local authorities before anyone can disembark. Usually, this formality is dealt with quickly and the announcement comes around 8.15 am that you can walk off the ship if you have your luggage with you. I have used the Disney Cruise Express Walk Off option a couple of times. Possibly for an unusual reason. I simply do not like the task of packing on the final cruise afternoon or early evening.

I like to enjoy the final evening and not have to think about getting absolutely everything packed and outside the room by 10.30 pm on the final cruise day. For me, it extends the vacation experience just a little!

You don’t have to get off the ship immediately so I usually vacate the stateroom just before the 8.00 am time and go up to the Cabanas Buffet for breakfast.

However, most guests opt for the walk-off option simply because they want to get off the ship earlier. What is the disadvantage of Disney Cruise Express Walk-Off? The obvious point is that you do not get help with your luggage!

This option just really doesn’t work for some people because they have more luggage than they can handle.

If you are having breakfast on the ship on Disembarkation Day, you will have to take your luggage with you unless you can leave it in your stateroom and get back to vacate it in time for 8.00 am.

This would work only if you had the First Seating breakfast or go to Cabanas. If you have the Second Seating you will have to vacate your room before breakfast starts. This means taking your luggage with you to breakfast.  

Disney Cruise Disembarkation Breakfast


Breakfast is served in all of the rotational dining rooms onboard the Disney Cruise.  You will go to breakfast in the same restaurant where you ate on your last night of the cruise.

For example, if you ate in Animator’s Palate you will go there for your Disembarkation Breakfast. If you ate in Tiana’s Place on the last evening, you will go there for breakfast on your final morning.

Your dining time will depend upon the port where you disembark and whether you had Main or Late Dining on your cruise.

For example, if you disembark in Port Canaveral and had Main Dining, your breakfast time will be 6.45 am. If you had Late Dining it will be 8.00 am.

If you disembark in San Diego from your Disney Cruise you can have an all-important extra 15 minutes lie in! Early Breakfast is at 7.00 am and Late Breakfast is at 8.15 am.  in Animator’s Palate.

If you are in Triton’s or Tiana’s Place you don’t start breakfast until either 7.15 am or 8.30 am. I have to confess I am not a huge fan of the final breakfast.

I often find saying goodbye to our Servers very difficult. Call me sentimental but I do! Over the years and after many sailings I have found that I prefer to say my goodbyes the night before and skip the dining room breakfast.

Another reason I am not a fan of the final breakfast is that the final breakfast menu is just not that interesting. I do not eat meat and I don’t particularly want pancakes so my options are pretty limited! Fortunately, the Cabanas Buffet is always open on disembarkation morning. Usually, I choose to eat there.

Cove Cafe is also always open on the final morning. It can be good to go and get a final coffee there if you don’t have the kids with you.  Check times on your Disembarkation information, but usually, Cove Cafe hours on the final morning are from around 6.30 am to 8.30 am.

What is the Latest You Can Disembark a Disney Cruise?


Times do vary according to the port where you disembark.


For Port Canaveral, all guests should have left the Disney Cruise ship by 9.30 am on the morning of disembarkation. 

There will be announcements starting at around 9.00 am asking that you leave the ship. Cast Members have to turn the ship around very quickly to prepare for the arrival of new passengers.

Remember how you were so anxious to get on the ship on embarkation day? They are now thousands of people outside the ship feeling just the same way!

So help the Cast Members by leaving when you are asked to do so. And definitely leave no later than 9.30 am. Disney’s San Diego cruise port has a slightly later time.

You need to vacate your stateroom by 8.15 am. Everyone needs to be off the ship by 9.45 am. Other cruise ports will vary in their times. Check the information which will be left in your stateroom on the day prior to disembarkation.

Waiting to Disembark a Disney Cruise Ship


There may be some delay between vacating your Disney cruise stateroom, eating breakfast and actually being able to disembark. All the luggage tag characters are called out, but if you haven’t heard yours yet you are not yet allowed to disembark.

If you are waiting to disembark you can use the lounges and bar areas to wait. On the Disney Wonder, I particularly like waiting in the Azure Lounge as it is close to the exit and comfortable to sit in while you wait to be called.

Disembarking a Disney Cruise Ship


Depending upon what time you are leaving, there may be a line to get off the ship. This usually moves pretty quickly. On the Classic Ships Disney Wonder and Magic, the lines can back up sometimes towards Promenade Lounge.

This makes it difficult for anyone trying to get past that area as the walkway is pretty narrow. The line always seems to me to move much more efficiently on the Disney Fantasy and Dream. The atrium is so much larger it can deal with more people without feeling crowded.

You will have your Key To The World Card scanned as you leave the ship. You can keep it as a souvenir if you want. Don’t forget to leave your Comment Card in one of the boxes as you leave.

Disney Cruise Lines takes these surveys very seriously. If you feel that you have been treated exceptionally well by a Cast Member always remember to write this on the Comment Card. Disney Cruise lines read them and sometimes will award Cast Members with extra perks as a result of guest feedback.

If you are disembarking a Disney Cruise at Port Canaveral you will walk into the terminal off the ship. You then head down the escalators to the luggage claim area.

You will see that there are areas clearly marked with Disney Characters. So if your luggage label is Daisy Duck, for instance, you will easily be able to see that area. It is usually pretty easy to identify your luggage.

As all bags are out there it isn’t the same waiting game that you play in an airport!

The only exception is that if you disembark at a port which offers onboard airline check-in and have booked Disney transport to the airport, you will not pick up your bags here. They will already be in transit to the airport.

Disney’s Cruise Port at Cape Canaveral offers onboard airline check-in. Remember that Disney Cruise Line advises you to book a flight no earlier than 11.30 am on the day of debarkation.

Personally, I think this is really making for a very stressful morning and I would never book it that close in time!

However, I know that many of you have made it in time for a before noon flight – it’s just not for me.

However, not all cruise ports do this. The Port of San Diego, for instance, doesn’t offer this. If you have booked ground transfers to the airport you will pick up your luggage and take it with you. Whichever port you disembark in you will have to go through customs. Be prepared to show the identification which you used to board the ship.

Transportation at Port Canaveral

  Once you leave the Port Canaveral terminal you will connect with your chosen method of transport.

If you have booked Disney Cruise transportation you will exit the terminal and see the distinctive Disney Cruise buses lining up.

You will need to show your Key to the World Card which will note that you have booked Disney transport. Disney Cruise transportation travels to Orlando International Airport and the Walt Disney World Resorts. You will be directed to the right bus.

There are no set times for the buses – it is just first come first served. They will leave when they are at capacity.

If you are traveling to a Walt Disney World Resort the bus will most likely be driving to more than one resort. This means it can take quite a considerable time to get to your Walt Disney World Hotel unless you are fortunate enough to be on the first stop!

All guests who have booked Walt Disney World transport to a Resort can disembark the cruise ship between 7.30 am and 9.15 am.

If you are participating in the Online Airline Check-in you will receive specific instructions in your stateroom prior to disembarkation day. If you have a flight which leaves Orlando International Airport prior to 1.00 pm you must disembark the ship prior to 8.00 am. If you don’t do this Disney will pull your bags and you will have to check them in yourself at the airport.

If you haven’t booked Disney transportation you will walk outside the terminal and proceed to your chosen method of transport.

The shuttles to car rental places are available near the Disney Cruise buses.

Taxis and Ubers are also available outside the terminal. If you left your car in the Port Canaveral Parking Lot you simply walk over from the terminal and find your car.

If you are staying at a Port Canaveral Hotel many of them have a shuttle. Make sure you check this when you book.


Disney Cruise Embarkation – Tips Tricks and Hacks



How can you make your Disney Cruise Embarkation as easy as possible? You have counted down the days for months and now it is finally time to embark on your Disney cruise! Embarkation should be one of the most exciting parts of your Disney Cruise, but sometimes it can be a little overwhelming if you don’t understand what you are doing.

Disney Cruise Embarkation




Here are our tips and secrets to make the Disney Cruise Embarkation process as simple and pain-free as possible.

Disney Cruise Online Check-In



To cut down on a lot of time at the port you need to make sure that you have already checked in online with Disney Cruises. This is a very easy process.

First, you need to go to the online Disney Cruise Planning Center. You will go into My Reservations. There you will see a box which is clearly marked Online Check-In. You will then complete all of the forms online. These are simple details and should not take long to complete.

You will also put a credit card on your account and decide who will have charging privileges. You will get the chance to select a port arrival time. This is very important. We always like to get ours as early as possible, as it maximizes your time on the ship. Others prefer a later check-in time.

Your port arrival time is important. Usually, these times range from 11 am until 1.30. This will determine which Group Boarding Number you get when you arrive at the port. Concierge and Platinum Castaway Cay Members always get Groups 1 and 2. So they can board first. Group 3 are the ones with the early boarding times on Check-In. Later boarding times follow in order. You will then print out your forms and bring them with you to the port. You can do everything in the port, but it makes the process so much easier if you have done this online.

Disney Cruise Luggage Tags

disneycruiseluggagetags You will be sent your luggage tags in the mail. Make sure that they are securely placed on all the bags that you want to check-in. If you forget to do this it is fine. They will have labels at the port for you, but it is much quicker if these are already on your bags and ready to go.

Arriving at the Disney Cruise Port

disneymagicruise Always make sure that you arrive in good time at your Disney Cruise port. A cruise does not wait for you – if you are late you could be watching it sail into the distance! If you are sailing out of Port Canaveral you will go through the security and x-ray machines on the first floor. You will already have given your checked luggage to the porters. If you have a Disney Cruise Transfer your luggage will already have been checked in for you. The next time you see your checked luggage will be when it is delivered to your stateroom, which is usually in the early afternoon. Always make sure that you have important documents and items such as your passport and any medications with you in your carry on luggage. Obviously, you will need your passport and other ID items for the check-in desk. disneyportcanaveral Once you have cleared security in Port Canaveral you will go up to the second level. You will immediately see the check-in desks. You will be given a health form to complete to confirm that you do not have any contagious illness. You will be directed to a check-in desk line. There is a separate line for Concierge Guests and Platinum Castaway Club Members. You will be given a boarding number. Concierge and Platinum Castaway Club members have priority. If you have an early check-in time you will have a lower number and be able to board more quickly. It is essential that you have the correct ID. If you do not, you will not be allowed to board. Check with your Travel Agent or directly with Disney Cruise Lines for the ID requirements for your cruise. It does happen that guests are left behind as they have not brought the correct ID with them. Don’t let that be you!  

Register with the Disney Kids Clubs

disneywonderanimatorspalate You are able to fill out all the paperwork online for the kid’s clubs for your children aged 3 to 12. This will include your child’s details, any allergies, who is authorized to pick them up from the club and a password that they will use. You can fill out these forms in the port, but it is easier if you already have them done. You can pick up their Oceaneer Bands in the port. It doesn’t matter if you do not want to do this right now, or if the line seems intimidatingly long. You can do this at the kid’s clubs when you are on board the ship. However, if you have time you should do it right now.  There isn’t much else to do while you wait!

Waiting To Board the Disney Ship

disneywondersandiegotripreport If you arrive early in the morning at Port Canaveral you are likely to be there will a lot of fellow guests waiting to get on board the ship. There isn’t seating for everyone so be prepared to wait for a little while standing up. The ships usually start to board at around 11.30 am. in Port Canaveral. The boarding process is usually quick. As soon as your number is called you can get into the line. You will go through the Mickey Ears and begin your walk to the ship. Your Key To The World will be swiped and you will be welcomed on board.

Should you get a Disney Cruise Embarkation Photo?

disneycrisefirstday Usually in the port, before you embark on your cruise  Minnie House will be there ready for you to have your photograph taken with her. Sometimes Mickey is with her too. The lines are usually long, but if you know you have the time it’s a nice thing to have. Once you start the boarding process there will be another photo opportunity before you actually get on the ship. If you want to save time you can skip the line. You will get on the ship slightly early , but miss out on the boarding photo opportunity.

Boarding Your Disney Cruise

disneycruisesandiego The time has finally arrived! You are about to step onto your Disney ship! A Cast Member at the door will ask you for your family name. This will be announced over the microphone so that the whole lobby can hear. You will be welcomed on board to the sound of applause from the assembled Cast Members in the lobby. If this all sounds a bit cheesy to you, then it most definitely is. However, it is a whole lot of fun!

Do You Need to Visit Disney Cruise Guest Services?

disneycruiseguestservices When you board you will probably already see a line at Guest Services. Do you need to join it? You will if you want tickets for special character greetings such as meeting Anna and Elsa. Also, if you want to check to sign up for other activities such as Wine Tasting, or other special things which are not available online. You can even put your name down for one of those coveted Castaway Cay Cabanas – it isn’t very likely, but there may be a cancellation and you will get lucky!

Disney Cruise Dining Reservations and Times

tianasplacedessertmenus If you want to change your dining time or request a certain table now is your chance.  Look at your Personal Navigator to see where on the ship the dining staff will be stationed to help you with this. You can also make reservations at Palo and Remy.

Disney Cruise Embarkation Lunch

disneytianasmemu You will definitely never be hungry on a Disney Cruise – the eating starts as soon as you board. The buffet and one of the rotational dining restaurants will both be serving food. The selection will be larger in the buffet, but it can sometimes be fun to go to the restaurant as it is likely to be less crowded. Whichever option you choose, there will be plenty of food available. For a complete guide to Disney Food including lots of pictures Click Here. A Cast Member will be there to direct you where to go. They usually direct you to the buffet rather than the restaurant, so ask if you want to dine in a rotational restaurant.

Explore the Ship

disneycruisefirstday This is a great time to start learning your way around and to begin exploring the ship. Cast Members lead tours of the ship which can be really useful for finding out about the major features of your Disney ship. See your Navigators to check the time of these tours. The spa and the kid’s clubs are open houses until early evening so that you can take the chance to explore.

Disney Cruise Boarding Check List


  • Check-in online
  • Get to the port in good time
  • Register for the Kids Clubs
  • Decide Whether To Do The Picture
  • Board Your Disney Cruise!
  • Go to Guest Services
  • Lunch!
  • Explore
  • Enjoy

Disney Cruise Food


Disney Cruise Food

Disney Cruise Food is a huge part of your enjoyment of your cruise experience. One thing is for sure. You will never go short of food on a Disney Cruise.

Here we share the Ultimate Guide to Disney Cruise Food. You will find the most comprehensive guide to Disney Cruise Food out there. Including lots of Disney Cruise food pictures.



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Disney Cruise Embarkation Lunch


You will usually board your Disney cruise at around lunchtime. Often the very first thing that people want to do is eat! There are a number of alternatives for your Disney Cruise Embarkation Lunch.

Most people head straight to Cabanas Buffet. This has a huge selection of different things to eat. The buffet will also most likely be very crowded!

This is pretty much the busiest that you will see the Cabanas buffet for the whole of your cruise. Everyone wants to get their first test of Disney Cruise Food.


If you want a sit-down lunch from an a la carte menu this is also offered. On the Fantasy and the Dream you should head to Animator’s Palate if you want the sit-down embarkation lunch.

This is located on Deck 3 Aft of either ship.

On the Disney Wonder, you should go to Triton’s. On the Disney Magic Lumiere’s is the place to be. These restaurants are on Deck 3 of each ship, very close to the place where you will most likely walk on to the ship.

Disney Cruise Concierge Embarkation Lunch


If you are fortunate enough to travel as a Disney Cruise Concierge Guest your embarkation lunch will be separate from the rest of the ship’s guests.

If you are a sailing Concierge with Disney Cruises you can go to Enchanted Garden on the Disney Dream and Fantasy.

If you are sailing on the Wonder you can go to Tiana’s Place. On the Disney Magic, you can go to Rapunzel’s Royal Table for your embarkation lunch.

You can also dine in the general embarkation lunch location. You can have snacks in the Concierge Lounge. Or you can go to the Cabanas Buffet. You have so many choices of Disney cruise food!

Disney Cruise Food Allergies


Disney cruise lines are exceptional in handling any food allergies which guests may have. I have sailed when on a Gluten-Free diet and was very well cared for.

When you book your Disney cruise you can ask for it to be noted that you have food allergies.

Items are marked as Gluten Free or Dairy Free on the Disney Cruise menus. However, you should always talk with your server to see if there are any additional menu options.

Your servers will always bring you Gluten-Free Bread if you request it.


In the Cabanas Buffet, you should always tell a crew member about your food allergy. They will help you and show you the items which are safe for you to eat.

If you have food allergies you can be confident that Disney cruise lines will do all they can to help you.

Disney Cruise Rotational Dining

disneycruise rotational dining

Disney Cruise lines do things slightly differently to every other cruise line. They have what is known as Rotational Dining.

What is Disney Rotational Dining? Each of the Disney Cruise ships has three main restaurants. You will visit each Disney cruise restaurant at least once during your vacation.


The unique element is that you will rotate around the restaurants and visit a different one each night. This is such a brilliant idea.

Not only do you get to experience all the different main dining restaurants on a Disney cruise, and your servers will rotate with you.

This is such a simple idea, but it makes dining on a cruise so much better. You will have the same servers who will get to know your dining preferences.


Having the same servers every day means that they will know if you always want a certain drink. It will be waiting for you at your table when you arrive.

Your servers can get to know your dining preferences so that they can recommend the best options for you from the Disney Cruise Menus.


Disney servers are particularly brilliant with the kids as well. Don’t be surprised if they cut up their food for them or serve out a Mickey-shaped ketchup portion!


How will you know which Disney Cruise Rotational Dining schedule you have? That’s easy. Just look at your Key To The World Card. You will see your Table Number and Dining Time on your card.

You will also see a collection of capital letters such as ERAERRA. Each letter is a different restaurant. So in that example, you would dine in Enchanted Garden, then Royal Court, Animators Palate, Enchanted Garden, Royal Court, Royal Court and then end in Animator’s Palate.

Disney Cruise Dining Times


There are two set times for Disney cruise dining in the rotational restaurants. Main seating starts from 5.45 and 6.15pm. Second Seating begins between 8.00 and 8.30 pm.

On most sailings, Main Seating will start at 5.45 pm and Second Seating at 8.15 pm. The later times tend to be on the Alaskan and Mediterranean Disney cruise itineraries.

You can request which of these dining times you want when you book your Disney cruise.

The Main Seating is the most popular of the Disney Cruise dining times. Quite often when you book, you will find that this Main Seating is no longer available to request online.


What do you do if you want to change your dining time on a Disney Cruise? If you do not get your first request when you book, there are two things you can do.

The first is to call Disney cruise lines or ask your travel agent to call and request that you are waitlisted for the time that you would prefer.

You can also ask for a specific table size and even request a certain server if you know who you want.



Your Key To The World will tell you which Disney Cruise dining time you have. If it still isn’t what you want when you board the ship, you can ask for it to be changed.

You will see on your Disney Cruise Navigator where the dining staff will be located. Go to that location and ask if it is possible to change your Disney cruise dining time.


The Disney cruise dining team will always accommodate your request if they possibly can.

Families with young children particularly like the Main Seating time. It is late for a young child to start to eat at 8.00 pm.

However, Disney has thought of something that will help families who have the second dining. The young ones are served first. There will be members of the Kids Club team waiting in the restaurant at a certain time to take your children to the club once they have finished eating. You can then enjoy the rest of your meal without the children.


I always used to want the Main Dining on a Disney cruise. However, I have recently converted to enjoying the Second Seating. I enjoy seeing the show before dinner. Your servers also have a little more time to chat with you at Second Seating.

Another advantage of Second Seating is that you have the later breakfast on your final morning. This means that you can sleep in for a bit longer!

Disney Cruise Dinner Seating Arrangements

What are the table sizes on a Disney cruise? You do have the chance to request a certain table size.

Whilst it cannot be guaranteed, Disney always does it’s best to accommodate any requests for specific table sizes.

disney cruise table size

The table sizes in the Disney Cruise Restaurants are generally for 4, 6 or 8 people. Usually, Disney will seat you will another family unless you request that you do not want to do this.

It can be a great way to meet people. Disney is great at matching people who have similar interests. Often, if you have children you will be seated with a family with kids of the same age.

However, not everyone wants to share a table. If you would prefer to just be seated with your own party then you can call Disney and have them note this on your special requests. Your Disney Travel Agent can do this for you if you have one.



You can request a table for 2. Every time we have done this there hasn’t been a problem. We have been seated at a table for 4 people, so there are 2 empty spaces.

Disney will also accommodate parties with more than 8 people. They will put tables together so that you can be seated together.

For more information about Disney Cruise Dining Times Click Here.

Disney Cruise Restaurants


On each of the Disney ships, there are three main dining restaurants. These are the restaurants where you will enjoy rotational dining.

All of the Disney Cruise ship restaurants have a theme and many of them have special shows and character appearances. These restaurants have some of the very best Disney Cruise food on the ship.

All of the Disney ships have Animator’s Palate restaurant. This is the only restaurant which is available on all of the Disney ships.



I am also betting that the new Disney Cruise Ships which will be launched in 2021, 2022 and 2023 will each have their own Animator’s Palate.

Here we will highlight each of the Disney cruise restaurants so that you can see what to expect on each ship.

Each of the restaurants has its own menu on each Disney ship. You will, however, find some overlap. For example, all the Animator’s Palate menus are the same whichever ship that you dine on. Royal Court, Royal Palace and Triton’s also have the same menu.

In addition to the standard menus in each Disney cruise restaurant, they have some special menus which are served on certain itineraries.

For instance, the Alaskan cruises have some special menu items. The longer cruises such as the Panama Canal and the Transatlantic Cruises also have their own special menus.

Another special menu which will be served on all Caribbean, Bahamian and Mexican cruises is the Pirate Night menu.

Star Wars at Sea and Marvel Day at Sea also have special themed menus.

Disney Cruise Animators Palate


Animator’s Palate is the only restaurant which is on all four of the ships. It is one of the most popular (although Tiana’s Place and Rapunzel’s Royal Table are now pretty close in the popularity stakes).

Walt Disney said, “I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.” Animator’s Palate celebrates Disney’s foundations and celebrates the animated movies of it’s past and present.


The first thing that you will notice is the television screens which line the walls of Animator’s Palate.

If you are sailing on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream take some time to walk around the restaurant and look at the numerous shelves of animation memorabilia.

There are two dinner shows in Animator’s Palate. This restaurant is all about getting the diners involved in the immersive experience.


One show on the Disney Dream and the Fantasy will have you talking with Crush from Finding Nemo.

Yes, he really can hear what you are saying at your table. If you are one of the lucky ones you will get to have a conversation with him during your dinner.

The other Animator’s Palate show tests your drawing skills. You will be given a special piece of paper to draw a character on.


Make sure you follow the guidelines on the paper so it shows up the best on the screen. You Servers will take the paper and at the end of your meal, your own very individual animation will be brought to life on the screen.

Animator’s Palate is a whole lot of fun. We particularly like it on the Disney Wonder where Mickey Mouse himself makes an appearance.

If you are not on a 7-night sailing you will not get the chance to do both of the shows. Just another reason to always do at least a 7-night cruise on a Disney ship!

Disney Cruise Enchanted Garden


The Disney Cruise Enchanted Garden Restaurant is one of the most stunningly beautiful of all of the rotational dining venues. Enchanted Garden is located on Deck 2 of the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream.

The design is modeled after the Gardens of Versailles. The first thing that you will notice as you walk into Enchanted Garden is the seven-foot-tall Mickey fountain which is the centerpiece of the room.

On each side are the much-coveted Enchanted Garden booths. There aren’t many available and they are the most popular seating in Enchanted Garden. They seat up to four guests. You can add a special request prior to your cruise by calling Disney Cruise Lines.


The decor is a beautiful combination of greens and whites. The lighting is a very important part of the effect. There are numerous glass flowers which open as the sky becomes darker as you progress through the meal.

Enchanted Garden is one of the most elegant of all the Disney cruise dining venues. Enchanted Garden on the Disney Dream serves breakfast and lunch on select days. The Disney Fantasy is different as it does not serve breakfast or lunch in Enchanted Garden. It uses Animator’s Palate instead.

Dinner is served in Enchanted Garden every day of your Disney cruise on the Fantasy and the Dream.

Click Here for an Enchanted Garden Menu.

Disney Cruise Tiana’s Place


Tiana’s Place is the newest restaurant on the Disney Wonder. It replaced the much-beloved but rather dated Parrot Cay. Tiana’s Place is probably the best of all the Disney Wonder Restaurants.

The theme is taken from the movie The Princess and The Frog. It is particularly apt of course because Princess Tiana opens her own restaurant in the movie.


The attention to detail is stunning. The table is set with beautiful china wear. It even has a lily pad decoration.

There is plenty of entertainment in Tiana’s Place – just like in the movie. You will get the chance for plenty of quality time with Princess Tiana. She appears with The Crawfish Crooners to sing such favorites as “Dig a Little Deeper”.


Tiana spends most of her time walking around the room and visiting every table. It is a great opportunity to meet Princess Tiana. The whole atmosphere in the restaurant is just one big Madri Gras celebration.


The one thing which is not so great about Tiana’s Place is that they do not seem to have set the sound levels correctly. It is loud. So loud it can be really difficult to hear what your table mates are saying.

Tiana’s Place Menu




The style of the cuisine is, of course, New Orleans. I particularly like Mama Odie’s Creamy Tomato Soup with chopped Cilantro as an Appetizer. Eudora’s Artichoke Ravioli with Sautéed Spinach, Lemon Butter, Sage and Pecorino Cheese is a favorite entrée of mine.


Choosing a dessert is of course easy. It has to be the Beignets!

Disney Cruise Royal Palace

The Royal Palace is one of the rotational dining restaurants on the Disney Dream.

The inspiration is, of course, the Disney Princesses. The decor is very rich and opulent with lots of deep reds and golds. The carpet is a luxurious blue pattern. All the decor comes together to make a restaurant fit for a Princess and her Prince.

With every Disney rotational dining restaurant, the servers have a different costume. One of my favorites is at the Royal Palace. The servers are all dressed in an outfit which is reminiscent of the coachmen in Disney’s Cinderella movie.

One of the most enchanting details is the bread basket which is in the shape of Cinderella’s Carriage. If only they sold these in the Disney store!

Disney Cruise Royal Court


This is the almost identical restaurant to the Royal Palace, but it is located on the Disney Dream. The decor is very similar and the menus are the same.

Rapunzel’s Royal Table

This is the newest of the Disney Cruise restaurants. Rapunzel’s Royal Table is located on the Disney Magic. It replaces the short-lived Carioca’s.

After the success and popularity of Tiana’s Place, Disney cruise lines wanted to celebrate another of the Disney Princesses with a themed restaurant on one of their ships.

Rapunzel’s Royal Table is an example of Disney Cruise lines at it’s very best. Imaginative, immersive themed restaurants where you can meet the characters from a popular Disney movie. One of my very favorite Disney movies is Tangled so this has to be one of my favorite restaurants.

We think that this is something that we will definitely see on the new Disney ships which will launch starting in 2021. A Disney Frozen themed restaurant just seems like a give on the first new Disney cruise ship. Expect to see Anna and Elsa with their very own themed experience.

Click on and watch the video below to get an idea of just what is on offer at Rapunzel’s Royal Table on the Disney Magic.

The decor is beautiful. There are 240 Wish Lanterns included in this Bavarian Castle themed restaurant. You will get the chance to sing along with all of your movie favorites such as “I’ve Got. Dream” and the classic “I See the Light”.

You also get to meet your favorite characters Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder. They are joined by the Snuggly Duckling Thugs!

Naming menu items after our favorite characters and movie themes just makes it seem so much better.

Who can resist the Flynn Rider Platter with grilled smoked pork loin served with roasted smoked pork belly, braised red cabbage, fried potato dumpling, and a wine jus? Or the Oktoberfest Lemon and Thyme Roasted Chicken?

Tangled Pasta (Angel Hair — ha!), Oktoberfest Lemon and Thyme Roasted Chicken, Pan-seared Sea Bass Filet, and the Flynn Rider Platter Tangled Pasta (Angel Hair — ha!), Oktoberfest Lemon and Thyme Roasted Chicken, Pan-seared Sea Bass Filet, and the Flynn Rider Platter with grilled smoked pork loin served with roasted smoked pork belly, braised red cabbage, fried potato dumpling, and a wine jus.

Disney Cruise Triton’s Restaurant


Triton’s restaurant is exclusively found on the Disney Wonder cruise ship. It is located just off the atrium on Deck 3. It is themed after Ariel The Little Mermaid. The thumbing is subtle and it may take you some time to see all the small details.

Triton’s decor is made to make you feel as though you are under the sea. At the far end of the room, you will see a huge mosaic which depicts Ariel and her father King Triton.

Triton’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Triton’s is also the restaurant on the Disney Wonder where you can have an a la carte embarkation lunch as an alternative to the buffet at Cabanas.

You may want to start your day in Triton’s on the Disney Wonder as it has a sit-down breakfast every morning.



Triton’s on the Disney Wonder is a beautiful restaurant. Perhaps the most grown-up of all the dining rooms, it has some excellent choices on the dinner menu.




The food at Triton’s is said to be inspired by French cuisine. It shares many dishes with the Royal Court and Royal Palace on the Dream and Fantasy.

On the appetizer menu, you will find escargot, duck confit, and French onion soup.


One of my favorite appetizers in Triton’s on the Disney Wonder is the Iced Lobster and Jumbo Shrimp.


This picture of the Breaded and Deep Fried Brie shows that sometimes the presentation isn’t great. However, it tastes really good and is one of the things I always look forward to ordering again.


Disney Wonder Triton’s Entrees include Oven Baked Salmon Royale. The Truffled Cauliflower Puree is excellent.

The French influence can also be seen in the deserts which include creme brûlée, grand mariner soufflé, and brioche and panettone pudding.




Triton’s menu has one of my very favorite desserts. This is the Grand Marnier Souffle which is served with Grand Marnier Creme Anglais. I actually think that this is better than many of the Palo dinner deserts.


Disney Cruise Lumiere’s Restaurant

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Lumiere’s is exclusive to the Disney Magic. It is themed for Beauty and the Beast.

It is interesting to see how much Disney cruise restaurant design has evolved over the years. Triton’s and Lumiere’s are the original restaurants on the Classic Disney Ships.

They were beautifully themed, but do not have the extent of the immersive experience which you now have at Tiana’s Place on the Wonder and Rapunzel’s Royal Table on the Disney Magic.

Lumiere’s serves the embarkation lunch. It also serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day of your cruise.

Make sure that you try Lumiere’s breakfast at least once during your Disney cruise.


This was the Mornin’ Tug Boat – a blend of strawberries, Bananas, Almonds, Raisin Granola, and Low-fat yogurt.


Disney Cruise Cabanas Buffet


If you are like most of the guests on a Disney cruise you will be looking forward to the food at the buffet. It’s included in the cost of your Disney cruise. There is a lot of choices, it’s good quality and it is all you can possibly eat!

As soon as you board your Disney cruise ship you will be encouraged to visit the buffet for lunch.

As you have seen, there are different sit down a la carte options available, but most guests immediately head for the buffet as soon as they board a Disney cruise.


The buffet on all the Disney ships is now called Cabanas. The names used to be different, but now all have been brought under the same name of Cabanas.

The buffet is open for breakfast.lunch and dinner. Remember that if you have any special dietary needs this can be accommodated. Just tell one of the Cast Members at Cabanas and they will help you out.


There is a huge amount of choice at the buffet. The problem is not finding something to eat. Rather it is not finding too much to eat. Just be careful as it is very easy to pile on the pounds very quickly no matter how many times you go to the gym on board!

Disney Cruise Pirate Buffet


There is a special buffet in Cabanas on Pirate night. Just when you think you really cannot eat anymore, you discover that you really can eat some more buffet food if you try!


Every Caribbean, Bahamian and Mexican cruise has Pirate Night. The Pirate Buffet will be held in Cabanas from 10.30 until 11.15.

The Pirate Buffet is known for the wonderful fruit carvings and pirate themed decorations. Even if you aren’t hungry you should go and have a look at the displays.

Disney Cruise Character Breakfast


If you are sailing on a Disney cruise of 7 nights or longer there will be a chance to attend a character breakfast.

If any of you have had a character breakfast in one of the Disney parks you know that this is a great opportunity to meet the Disney characters.

You will also know that a character breakfast in the Disney parks can be an expensive experience. You will be paying around $150 for a family of 4 in the parks.

The wonderful thing about a Disney cruise character breakfast is that it is included in the cost of your cruise.

You do need to know that a Disney cruise character breakfast is included, but you do need to get a ticket so that you can attend the breakfast.

Tickets to the Disney cruise character breakfast are available online in your Cruise Personalizer. As soon as you are able to book activities online, you should go to your Cruise Personalizer and get one of the character breakfast tickets.

If you do not get a ticket before you sail, there may be some available by visiting Guest Services as soon as you board your Disney Cruise. However, you need to know that these tickets are highly sought after and may not be available. Always get one online before you cruise if you possibly can.

Disney Cruise Palo


Disney Cruise Palo Restaurant is an adult-only premium dining venue on all of the Disney Cruise ships. You have to be over 18 to dine at Palo.

Palo offers dinner every night of your cruise and Palo Brunch is offered on Sea Days. You really should indulge in at least one Palo dining experience on your cruise. Both dinner and Bruch at Palo cost $40 per person. Gratuity is extra.

At Palo Bruch, this includes a glass of sparkling wine or a Mimosa. An extensive wine list is available for both Palo Brunch and Palo Dinner.


Palo Brunch is a combination of buffet items and an al la carte menu. The buffet is high quality and has a lot of choices for everyone.

I really like the huge variety of seafood which is available at Palo Brunch.


You can also order from the Disney Palo menu. The entrees are both breakfast and lunch items. You can order as much or as little as you want.


One of the best features of the Palo Brunch is that you can choose as many desserts as you want!


Because it will be impossible to choose just one Palo dessert.


A Disney Cruise Palo Dinner is served a la carte.



There are plenty of menu items at Palo dinner to tempt every guest. The first course is always antipasti which is served to you tableside.


The service at Palo is exceptional. Somehow the Palo servers know when you need them. And when you don’t.


One of the most popular Palo desserts is the melting chocolate cake. It’s the perfect way to round off your meal at Palo.

Many people, including me, prefer Palo Brunch over Palo dinner. It is a close call as both experiences are special.

Palo Brunch

However, Palo dinner means that you have to miss one of the Rotational Dining experiences. I love the rotational dining restaurants so would prefer not to miss them.


Also, I think that Palo Brunch offers a higher quality experience. I like the concept of being able to choose your own food items from the Palo buffet.

For more on this, you can read our Palo Dinner v Palo Brunch guide.

Disney Cruise Remy


If you are sailing onboard the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream then you will have the opportunity to dine at one of the very best restaurants at sea. Remy is themed after the Pixar movie Ratatouille.

There can’t be many restaurants named after a rat, but Disney always does things slightly differently. Anyone Can Cook may be the theme of the Ratatouille movie.

However, if you dine at Remy you will know that not just anyone can cook to this high a standard!


If any of you have been lucky enough to eat at Victoria and Albert’s in Walt Disney World you will know that Disney restaurants can be exceptional. To achieve this standard at sea is an even greater feat.

The menu as you would expect is French. The menu is created by not one, but two renown chefs. Chef Scott Hunnel of Victoria and Albert’s and advising Chef Arnaud Lallement a 3 Michelin starred acclaimed owner of l’Assiette Champenoise restaurant in France, each create the menu.

The Remy menu changes frequently. The emphasis is on using only the best ingredients which are in season at the time.

Remy is beautifully and very subtle in its Ratatouille theme. If you dine at Remy take some time to look at the themes in the decor.

The chair backs have everyone’s favorite rodent carved into the design.


Remy restaurant on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy offers four different dining experiences. These are Remy Champagne Brunch, Remy Dinner, Remy Dessert Experience, and Petites Assiettes de Remy.

Remy Champagne Brunch is a very indulgent experience. Costing $75 per person with an additional $30 if you have the optional champagne pairing, this is not an inexpensive experience. However, we feel that everyone should experience a Remy Brunch at least once.


You Champagne Brunch will begin with some time spent waiting in the Meridian Bar. This is one of those places that you do not really discover unless you dine in either Palo or Remy. The Meridian Bar is located between both of the adult dining restaurants on the Fantasy and the Dream. It is the perfect place for a pre-meal drink.

Your Brunch experience then continues when you will be taken into the Remy restaurant with a group of your fellow diners. You will be served a small plate of amuse bouche and a complimentary glass of champagne. If you want more, you have to add the champagne pairing.

Your server will then show you to your table. You can’t fail to be impressed by the beautiful table setting and the wonderful views of the ocean. There is even a designated stool for you to rest your purse!

The waiter will then talk about the menu selections so that you have the best choices.


Another option in the Remy restaurant is the Remy Dessert Experience. If you enjoy desserts you will love this 5-course dessert menu served with coffee. This Remy experience is $60 per person. The wine pairing adds $25 per person.

Petites Assiettes de Remy is available for a charge of $50 per person and this includes the wine pairing.

For this Remy experience, you combine small plates with a 6-course wine tasting. The Petites Assiettes de Remy is hosted by the Executive Chef and the Sommelier of Remy. It is only available on the first day of your Disney cruise sailing and is held in the early evening.

The main event in this premier Disney Fantasy and Dream restaurant is the Remy dinner. This is available on every day of your cruise.

Remy Dinner a splurge at $125 per person. Add another $105 if you want the wine pairing. However, dining at Remy is an experience which you really should indulge in at least once in a lifetime.

Disney’s Remy is an exceptional restaurant. Even though the charge seems high it is very reasonable if you compare Remy with the value that a similar standard restaurant has on land.

Disney Cruise Quick Service Snacks

In addition to the restaurants and room service, there are a number of other locations where you can find food on the Disney Cruise ships. One thing is for certain. You will not go short of food on a Disney Cruise!

All of the food is included in the cost of your Disney cruise unless otherwise stated.

Duck-In Diner

This is located on the Pool Deck 9 of the Disney Magic. This is a great new dining venue which serves fresh shawarma. You will also find your classic American favorites of hamburgers and hot dogs.

Sweet On You


This is one of the newest options on the Disney Fantasy. If you have a sweet tooth this will be your favorite place to be. It offers ice cream and sweet treats for an extra charge.

Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats

This is the equivalent of Sweet on You but is located on the Disney Dream. Everything is an additional charge, but it sure is tempting!

Flo’s Cafe

Flo’s Cafe is available on the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream. This Disney Cars inspired pool deck eatery is home to Luigi’s Pizza, Tow Mater’s Grill and Fillmore’s Favorites. Here you will find burgers including veggie burgers and fish burgers, hot dogs, salads, sandwiches, and pizza.

Pinocchio’s Pizzeria

This is on the Disney Wonder and the Disney Magic. Here you will find pizza. There is always a vegetarian option and a gluten-free pizza is available on request.

Eye Scream Treats

No prizes for guessing that idea cream is available here. Self serve soft ice cream is available.

Frozone Treats

You can order specialty smoothies here for an additional charge. You can even get the famous Dole Whip here for a small fee.

Pete’s Boiler Bites

This is available only on the Disney Wonder Pool Deck 9. Classic American food such as burgers, hot dogs and tacos are available here.

Daisy’s De-Lites

This is one of my favorites on the Disney Wonder and the Disney Magic. It offers salads, sandwiches, fruit, and wraps. It is located on the pool deck just outside Cabanas.

Senses Juice Bar

This is unique to the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream. This offers smoothies and healthy drinks for an additional charge. It is located just outside the gym and close to the lobby of the spa.


This is located outside the Walt Disney Theater on all of the ships. It is mostly a bar, but it also sells candy and popcorn to watch during the show. They always have really cute refillable popcorn buckets for sale. These can be purchased and then used for discount popcorn for the duration of your cruise.

Disney Cruise Room Service


Another great thing about Disney Cruise Lines is that Room Service is available 24 hours a day. Most of the Room Service Menu is included in the cost of your Disney Cruise.

Although the food is free remember to tip your server. You can do this either in cash or by adding an amount to the check which they will bring you. It will have no charge unless you have ordered one of the items on the Room Service Menu which does have a charge.

One thing which we always like to order, particularly for the Sail Away, is the All Hands on Deck platter. This has cheese, crackers, and fruit.

You can order such things as New York Steak Panini with Caramelized Onions and Horseradish or a Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Panini. The cake of the day is also usually a good option!.

If you want to order breakfast you can fill in the card which you will find in your room and order breakfast for a set time in the morning.

Disney Cruise Cove Cafe


This is another one of my favorite places to sit and relax. The Cove Cafe is available on all of the Disney ships in the over 18 adults only section.


Cove Cafe charges for specialty coffee and adult beverages. However, there is always a selection of pastries and cakes available for free.

Disney Cruise Food Late Night Snacks


If you need a late-night snack, Disney has you covered. Disney Cruise food is available late at night in select locations!

On the Disney Magic, you will find late-night snacks in O’Gills pub and the Promenade Lounge. On the Disney Wonder, it is in the Crown and Fin and the Promenade Lounge. Usually, the hours are from 10.45 to 11.30.

If you want a late-night pizza, Pinnochio’s Pizzeria is open on both the Disney Magic and the Wonder from 9.30 until midnight.

On the Disney Dream, the late-night snacks will be located in The District from 10.45 until midnight. On the Fantasy the snacks are found from 10.45 until midnight in La Piazza.

On the Disney Dream and the Fantasy Luigi’s Pizza is open from 9.30 and closes at midnight.

Remember that Room Service is available 24 hours a day if you really need a snack at 2am!

Disney Castaway Cay Food


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One of the highlights of your Disney cruise may be a port stop at Disney’s Private Island Castaway Cay. If you are sailing on a Disney Bahamas or Caribbean cruise Castaway Cay will be one of your port stops.

You do not need to go back on to the ship to eat. A barbecue lunch is served on Disney’s Castaway Cay. Food is served from 11.30 until 2.00.

There are three barbecue lunch locations on Disney’s Castaway Cay. Cookies One is usually the least busy and it’s also the closest to the ship. Cookies Too is located closest to the Family Beach on Castaway Cay.

Both Cookies One and Two serve the same food. It is typical barbecue fare of burgers, salads, chicken, fish, hot dogs corn on the cob, fruit, and cookies. Self serve ice cream is also available.

There are soda stations which are free, just like on the Disney ship. If you want an alcoholic beverage there are plenty of bar locations on Castaway Cay.

Remember that if you have food allergies you should talk to your Server the night before your Castaway Cay visit and they will make sure that there is something available for you on Castaway Cay.

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The third food venue on Castaway Cay is the Serenity Bay BBQ. This is located on the adults only beach, Serenity Bay.

I prefer this venue but of course, you can only go there if everyone is over the age of 18.

The only place you can get barbecue ribs on Castaway Cay is the Serenity Bay BBQ. I always think that the food tastes a bit better at this location. Possibly because they are catering to fewer people. There isn’t much seating available here but I have never had a problem getting a table.

Which is your favorite Disney Cruise Food? Let us know in the comments below!


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What To Pack For A Disney Cruise – Top Hacks and Tips

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What should be on your Disney Cruise Packing List? One of the most common questions I hear is “What Should we pack for a Disney cruise’? Having been on many Disney and even some cruises with other lines, we have mastered the fine art of packing for a cruise.

There are just some items that will make things even more enjoyable and easier if you pack them to take on your Disney cruise. Our guide makes Disney Cruise Packing easy!

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Here we share our Disney cruise packing tips and hacks for some great items to pack and take on board.


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Disney Cruise Packing Tip 1

Packing Cubes


Packing cubes are, for me, essential to packing and organizing for any Disney trip. It is so much easier to pack certain items all together for each family member so you know where they are as soon as you get your luggage delivered to your stateroom! No more trying to find a pair of socks at the bottom of a suitcase.

This set is also nice as it comes with a laundry bag, but you can also use the plastic laundry bag that will be left in your stateroom.

4 Set Packing Cubes – Travel Organizers with Laundry Bag

Disney Cruise Packing Tip 2

Charger For Multiple Devices

We all know how many things you have to charge these days. However, Disney doesn’t seem to have caught up with this and does not provide enough wall sockets. The solution? We bought one of these chargers which means you can charge almost any USB devices quickly using only one socket.

We use it at home all the time now too and are very happy with it.

Extension cords and surge protectors are not permitted on a Disney cruise. This is a great solution to that socket shortage problem.

Cruise Power Strip with USB Outlets – Non Surge Protection & Ship Approved

Disney Cruise Packing Tip 3

Frogg Toggs Chilly Pad Cooling Towel


It gets hot on a cruise! We found this Frogg Toggs Chilly Pad Cooling Towel invaluable for keeping cool on our latest Disney cruise. We wet them with cold water and took it everywhere with us to cool us down.

It was particularly welcome on Castaway Cay as it was a very hot humid day.

We only bought one as we were trying them out. However, we liked them so much ordered more when we got back and will use them in the Disney parks as well. They are easy to wash and dry out easily.

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Disney Cruise Packing Tip 4

Coffee Mug


The same idea as the water bottle of course but here you can carry hot beverages. Disney has free coffee on the pool deck. It’s not the greatest, but if you need your caffeine fix it does the job. The Disney cruise also has a very large selection of teas available at the drinks dispenser so the mug is useful for this too.

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Disney Cruise Packing Tip 5

Shoe Organizer


The Disney cruise staterooms are well designed but one thing we do have difficulty finding a place for is shoes. You can solve this with a shoe organizer.

We know that some people like to take a Over the Door Hanging Folding Organizer for toiletries.

However, you need to know that over the door organizers are now PROHIBITED on Disney cruise lines. We take the shoe organizer and hang it in the closet. Do not hang things over the door or you will be charged $100 if there is any damage.

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Disney Cruise Packing Tip 6

Water Bottle With Spray


A great feature of a Disney cruise is that there is free soda, ice and water available 24/7. The not so great feature is that you have to go to the pool deck to get it. To save you trips up to the pool deck numerous times a day it is a great idea to take your own water bottle.

It also comes in very handy for shore excursions – no need to purchase the water bottle packages sold on the ship. The water is safe to drink on all Disney ships. You don’t have to spend extra money on buying bottled water.

It is a good idea to get a bottle combined with a spray (unless your child insists on using this feature rather too much)! The weather can be humid and hot and it is nice to have a water spray available. It is a great idea to take this to Castaway Cay with you so that you can cool down on the beach!

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Disney Cruise Packing Tip 7

Clothes Pegs


You will have a lot of wet swimming gear on a cruise! There are 2 retractable washing lines over the bath in the stateroom but you will soon fill these up!

If you have some spare space in your suitcase take some washing line pegs and you will find you can fit a lot more on those lines.

Soft Grip Pegs

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Disney Cruise Packing Tip 8

Travel Laundry Detergent and Dryer Sheets


One way to save on the amount of luggage you take on your cruise is to accept that you will do some laundry during the vacation. Disney makes this easy as there are washers and dryers on many of the stateroom decks.

We always prefer to take our own laundry detergent such as Tide Pods Free and Gentle Detergent to save costs and also to save on the chances of being allergic to the cruise washing powder. The pods are easy to put in your luggage. You also don’t run the risk of getting washing powder all over your suitcase if it spills!

These Travelon Laundry Soap Sheets, 50-Count are a great idea as they take up almost no space and can work for quick washes in the sink.

It is also a good idea to take some Dryer Sheets not only to use in the tumble dryer but you can also use them in your laundry bag and suitcase to keep them smelling fresh.

Disney Cruise Packing Tip 9



Your Key to the World is your key to everything on your Disney cruise. It is used for charging everything in the cashless world on board, as well as being your room key. So it is important to keep it safe. Of course, you can just keep your key in your pocket. However, we find we change clothes frequently in the day and always seemed to be wondering where we had put our key!

It is just easier to keep them in a lanyard – we then have a rule that everyone’s lanyard is hung up in the stateroom as soon as we walk in. My daughter is the only one who refuses – and she is the one always at Guest Services picking up a new key!

If you are a member of the Castaway Cay Club you will be given a lanyard as you board. However, we like to take our own as these are not very high quality. It can be fun of course to have some Disney themed ones.

Disney Set of 3 Mickey and Friends Lanyards with Detachable Coin Purse

Disney Cruise Tip 10

Clothes Hangers


There is plenty of hanging space in a Disney cruise stateroom but there never seem to be enough hangers. It is a good idea if you have space to take some plastic ones yourself so you don’t have to compete for who gets to hang up all their clothes!

Light-Weight Plastic Hangers

Disney Cruise Tip 10

Sea Bands


No one wants to talk about it but sometimes sailing can mean feeling seasick. With the modern, very stable Disney ships it is unlikely you will experience it, but if you do you will want to be prepared. We have sailed in storms and very close to hurricanes and no one in our family has ever felt seasick. However, just in case we do pack sea bands!

Sea-Band Adult Wristband

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You might also want to read How To Avoid Getting Sick on a Cruise

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Staterooms on a cruise are dark. If you have a child who has difficulty with this then you may want to bring your own nightlight. An alternative is to prop the bathroom door open with a towel and leave the light on. However, we think having this Disney Frozen themed night light will be a whole lot more popular with the kids!

Projectables Disney Frozen LED Plug-In Night Light

Disney Cruise Tip 12

Highlighter Pen


This sounds like such a simple item but it is something we find so useful. We know that you have the Disney Cruise Navigator App now and we use this a lot. But we still prefer each evening to look at the paper edition of the Navigator and mark out with a highlight pen the things that we want to do for the following day.

We like to have different colors so each family member can have their own.

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Disney Cruise Tip 13

EBook Reader


Yes we know it isn’t essential but it is so nice to have – and with the Kindle Fire now often priced at less than $50 it just too good a deal to pass up. There is so much to do on a Disney cruise, but you will want to find some time for relaxation. We now just bring our Kindle. It saves on packing heavy books as well as allowing us to access the internet and email.

Kindle Fire, 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB $49.99

Disney Cruise Tip 14

Pirate Costume And Accessories


Every Disney cruise has a Pirate Night. It is a lot of fun to channel your inner Jack Sparrow. They do sell pirate costumes for the kids on board. However, they are priced pretty high so you may want to be prepared and take something pirate themed with you. Not everyone dresses up but it is a whole lot of fun if you do!

You can find inexpensive accessories right up to deluxe pirate costumes for all members of the family.

Disney Pirate Costume Ideas

Disney Cruise Packing Tip 15

Magnetic White Board


A whiteboard is really useful to put on your stateroom door so that you can leave messages for the rest of your party. There is now the Disney Cruise App which allows you to text on board which is very useful but not everyone either has or wants to carry their phone around with them all the time. It’s sometimes just a good idea to go back to the no technology option and use a whiteboard!

White Magnetic Marker Board

Do you have any tips and hacks for packing for a Disney cruise?

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