***UPDATED on 1/5/19*** We have since been on three Disney cruises and learned so many new tips!
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We had the best time on our first Disney cruise! We learned so many awesome Disney cruise tips that I wish we would’ve known before we went on the cruise! This list of 159 Disney cruise tips has everything you need to know to have the best cruise ever!
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We’re huge Disney cruise fans and cruise as often as possible! So far, we’ve been lucky enough to go on a summertime cruise, a Halloween on the High Seas cruise, and a Very Merrytime cruise! Each one was amazing and magical in it’s own right but we’ve learned so many tips from each cruise.
We want you and your family to have the best time ever on your next Disney cruise, so I’ve compiled a list of everything that I learned from our three Disney cruises. The following list and questions is everything that I think is important Disney cruise advice for first time cruisers to learn before their first cruise. I hope this list is helpful to you and please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions!
Frequently Asked Disney Cruise Questions
Are meals included on a Disney Cruise?
Yes, almost all the food on a Disney cruise is included in the price of the cruise. This includes:
- All of your meals at the MDR (main dining room) restaurants (Animator’s Palate, Royal Court, and Enchanted Garden)
- Cabanas (all you can eat buffet)
- Flo’s (quick service pizza)
- Room service (remember to tip at least $1 per item)
- All the self-serve ice cream you can eat!
However, there are a few exceptions that are not included in the price:
- There are two specialty adult-only dining restaurants on the Fantasy: Palo and Remy. The last time I checked, it was an additional charge of $25 per person for Palo brunch and dinner. Want to know which is better: Palo brunch or Palo dinner? Read this post.
- Sweet on You gelato shop charges a small fee (about $3) per scoop.
- Specialty snacks at the movies (popcorn, candy, treats) are not included. We always bring our own candy from home or get snacks from Cabanas.
- Cove Cafe is the adult-only coffee shop that makes specialty coffees (frappucinos, lattes, etc.) for an additional price.
What time can you get on the Disney cruise ship?
After you book your cruise and your window opens up, you can choose your port arrival time. I believe the first time slot is at 10:45am but usually, the ship doesn’t start boarding people until 11:30am-ish. If you get there too early you may end up waiting in a long line waiting to board. Our PAT was 12pm and we walked right on!
Can you bring your own alcohol on a Disney cruise?
Yes, you can bring your own alcohol onboard with you. This is the official policy, but basically, it says that you can bring two bottles of wine or champagne per person or one 6-pack per person. You can even get more at each port!
Do you get a magic band on a Disney cruise?
No, you don’t get magic bands on a Disney cruise. When you board you will get your KTTWC (key to the world card) that you will need for everything. It has your dining rotation schedule on it, it’s your room key, and it will also act as your form of payment for anything that you want to buy on the ship.
What time is the second seating on a Disney cruise?
There is a main seating and a second seating for dinner. The main seating starts at 5:45pm – 6:15pm and the second seating starts between 8pm – 8:30pm.
Are soft drinks free on Disney Cruise?
Yes, soft drinks, coffee, and water are all included in the price of your Disney cruise!
Do they serve alcohol on a Disney cruise?
Yes, there is alcohol served on a Disney cruise. There are multiple bars located on the ship that serve alcohol to 21+ guests. You can order alcoholic drinks at dinner, when you’re at the pool, and even in the theater. If you’re trying to save a little bit of money you should take advantage of bringing your own alcohol onboard with you and then buy more at each port.
Is food included on a Disney cruise?
You definitely won’t go hungry on a Disney cruise! Yes, the food is included and you’ll find it everywhere! The only restaurants that costs extra are Palo or Remy.
What are the restaurants on the Disney Fantasy?
There are three MDR restaurants on the Disney Fantasy: Animator’s Palate, Royal Court, and Enchanted Garden. There are two fine dining (additional cost) restaurants: Palo and Remy. Cabanas is open all day; it’s a buffet for breakfast and lunch and then it changes to a sit-down restaurant with a set menu for dinner. There is also a quick service pizza place next to the family pool and an adults-only coffee shop called Cove Cafe next to the adult pool. You could also order room service if you don’t want to leave your room.