With all of the different Disney vacation options available, it can be hard to choose just one. Luckily, due to the proximity of Walt Disney World to Port Canaveral, it’s easy to plan a Walt Disney Land and Sea vacation. Incorporating both a theme park trip and a family cruise, a Disney Land and Sea vacation is a fabulous option for those families who want to experience two aspects of Disney vacations. If you do plan one, here are some tips to make your experience the best possible.
Tips for A Walt Disney Land and Sea Vacation
Plan the Correct Vacation Order
Because a Walt Disney World vacation is a hectic, while a Disney Cruise Line trip is pretty relaxing, you’ll want to get your vacation order right. I recommend doing the theme park park of the vacation first, so that you can enjoy some relaxing on the cruise ship at the end of your vacation. Most people will do a three or four day Disney Cruise, so the Disney Dream is often the best option for that.
Keep Track of Dates
You’ll want to stay organized. You’ll have different dates to keep track of – from the Walt Disney World dining reservations date and the FastPass+ reservation date to the check in date on the Disney Cruise Line. You won’t want to miss out on any activities or plans, so definitely keep track of all of the dates that you’ll need to know.
Consider a Travel Agent
A travel agent can help you book both the theme park and the cruise portion of your Disney land and sea vacation. They can also assist you with dining and FastPass+ reservations, and will remind you when the various deposits will be due. Booking through a travel agent doesn’t cost extra.
You’ll have access to laundry facilities both at your hotel (definitely if you are staying on Disney property), as well as on the cruise ship. However, you probably won’t want to waste your vacation time washing clothes. Pack appropriately, and you’ll have enough clothing to wear for the whole vacation. I find that I’m often in my swimsuit for most of the cruise, so I’m able to wear my regular outfits at least twice.
We usually stick with Disney transportation, which means that we don’t need to rent a car. We take the Magical Express to our Walt Disney World hotel, Disney transportation between the parks, and cruise ship transportation to and from the port. The Magical Express is complimentary if you are staying on Disney property, while you have to pay for the cruise ship transportation. You’ll also receive a specific pick up time from Walt Disney World to the port, so you’ll have less flexibility with regards to when you leave. If you are flexible, I find it to be the best option, but other like to rent a car or book a private car.
Have you ever done a Disney land and sea vacation?