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Monday, February 12, 2018

Upcoming Disney Vacation Dilemma

Yes, this is a first world problem; or you could even call it a Walt Disney World problem.  What is it?  It's that the planning/preparation for one vacation such as online check in windows and the opportunity to reserve port adventures and other ship activities will happen while we are in the middle of a Walt Disney World vacation.

We've had this happen before, but it was the opposite.  We were on a 7-night holiday sailing on the Disney Fantasy when our 60 days out Fastpass selection day arrived.  I solved this by getting a 5G data package for free on the ship and used the Walt Disney World app to make our Fastpass selections.

While Disney Cruise Line has an app, it is for use while on the ship and wouldn't be helpful to complete online check-in for our upcoming cruise.  Other possible options include navigating the internet on my phone or taking advantage of the Business Center at our resort--Disney's Coronado Springs.  The Concierge may also be able to help us.

Online check-in for Disney Cruise Line happens in 15 day increments based on Castaway Club Level.  First time cruisers, get to complete their online selections and check-in 75 days prior to the cruise.  Silver Castaway Club guests' window opens 90 days in advance, with Gold level getting to make their selections at 105 days in advance, and Platinum guests get first options at 120 days prior to sailing.  We are Gold Castaway Club members.  So, the worst thing that would happen if we didn't make our selections the day the window opens is that we would need to do it as soon as we came home.  There would still be time until the Silver level guests logged on.

My plan is to take our reservation information, logon, and at least make our port adventure selections and on board activities such as character meet and greet opportunities.  The rest of the online check-in could wait until we get home.

The good news is that Disney Cruise Line is able to pull up needed information based on your reservation such as your Passport number and other important information. . . unless, of course, it has changed.

Seeing if we can navigate this while traveling will be another adventure for us to experience; something we haven't done before!  Let's see what happens!

Note:  I entered our cruise reservation into the website and it has the same login as MyDisneyExperience account.  Now that the cruise has been added to "My Vacations" I can check-in from there.  Not the MyDisneyExperience app, but on Disney Cruise Line's website.

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