More Disney Cruise Line Stories

Planning for a Disney Cruise: Tips from the Disney Parks Moms Panel

Jonathan Frontado

by , Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and Disney Vacation Club

When planning for a Disney cruise, the Disney Parks Moms Panel is an excellent resource. Each of the Disney Cruise Line specialists have sailed with us numerous times and have so much knowledge to share. Here are their answers to some of the most asked questions to the panel.


Q1: How do you pre-book excursions once your cruise is paid for?

A1: Marcy G: If this is your first cruise, book all those fun extras at 75 days prior to sailing when your online check-in begins. For guests who have cruised with Disney before, book at 90 or more days prior to sail date.

Q2: What documents do we need to bring with us to board the ship/check-in at the port?

A2: Diane W: When you check in at the cruise terminal, you’ll need to bring along:

  • Completed and signed cruise documents from the Disney Cruise Line Guest Ticket Booklet or a printed and signed Online Cruise Contract
  • Signed Payment Authorization Form
  • Passport/proof of citizenship

The Disney Magic at Castaway Cay

Q3: What is the most affordable time of the year to cruise?

A3: Diane W.: Disney offers cruises at significantly reduced rates during the off-season. If you’re looking to save some money, fall and early spring are your best bets.

Downtown Skagway

Q4: When in port for souvenirs, is it better to take cash or traveler’s checks?

A4: Dolly M.: Souvenir shops and merchants are pretty accustomed to accepting credit cards. It’s the most convenient and widely accepted (next to cash) method of payment for goods & services.

Q5: Should I pre-order a photo package or do I just get it on board?

A5: Diane W.: You can now order photo packages and prints before you sail at a discounted price. If you choose not to pre-order, you can always stop by Shutters, the Onboard Photography Shop, to view and purchase your photos.

Pirate Mickey Mouse with Guest
Q6: Are there places on the ship to buy pirate attire or should we bring with us?

A6: Marcy G.: Many guests bring their own pirate costumes from home, but you may purchase new Pirate attire and accessories at Mickey’s Mainsail gift shop onboard.

Q7: Is Wi-Fi service available and how much does it cost?

A7: Marcy G.: Disney Cruise Line offers Wi-Fi service for an additional fee. If you’d like to purchase a package, just stop by Guest Services and they’ll set you up.


  • Hi Jay! The fish extender exchange is not officially disney. You can get more info on the Disboards. We particiapted and had a lot of fun. We were in Alaska so we gave/received things such as scarfs and headbands, jewelry, chapstick, firstaid kits, coloring books, bookmarks, keychains, etc.

  • I was recently reading about fish extenders. What are the types of things people leave as gifts? Is there amount should spend per item?

Comments are closed.