Placeholder: 8 Questions and Answers


Lifestyle, Tips & Tutorials, Travel, Vacations / Monday, February 24th, 2020

What is a placeholder?

A placeholder is a special on-board discount offer on a future Disney cruise. You pay $250 to get a placeholder; the $250 goes towards the cost of the future cruise.

Why should I book a Placeholder?

To save 10% off the prevailing cruise rate of your future cruise. Also, for cruises 7+ nights the deposit is 10% of the cruise fare. Cruises under 7 nights require a 20% deposit of the cruise fare

How do you book a placeholder?

As I mentioned, you can only book your placeholder while aboard a Disney cruise. There are now two ways to book: the DCL Navigator app or go to the Future Cruise Sails desk and pick up a form.

Twist n Spout Disney Wonder San Juan to New Orleans
Twist n Spout

Where do I go to book the placeholder?

Go to the Future Cruise desk, complete the form and drop it into the box located on the desk. I always take a picture of the form after I fill it out just in case it gets misplaced at the Future Cruise desk.

Paper Placeholder 2020
Paper Placeholder 2020

Disney has listened to its guests and now you can use the app to book 10% off a future cruise. It took some screenshots from our last cruise of the app.

My Account booking a placeholder on the app
My Account click 10% off a future cruise
Onboard Booking Offer booking a placeholder on the app
Onboard Booking Offer
Using the app to book a placeholder
Using the app to book 10% off a future cruise
Booking a placeholder on the app
Get 10% off a future cruise

When can I use my placeholder?

You must use it within 24 months of booking. Disney is strict with the deadline if the next cruise you want to book is a day after the placeholder expires you will not be able to use it.

Pro tip: book it as late in the cruise as you can. Don’t wait too late though. The 10% off future cruise link disappears at midnight of the last full day. I waited too long and had to go to the Guest Services desk to request a form.

Who can book a placeholder?

Anyone over the age of 18 you can book up to two staterooms on one sail date per household onboard.

Disney Magic at port in Sydney Nova Scotia
Disney Magic

What is the catch?

You can not use a placeholder on blackout dates or for concierge-level bookings. Also, you currently, you need to call Disney to apply the placeholder to your chosen cruise. Therefore, if you are booking on opening day, you could be on the phone, on hold for hours.

Can I transfer it to my travel agent or Costco?

Yes, you have 30 days from booking it to transfer it to the TA of your choice if you did not name one when you booked it.

I hope that I answered many of the questions about placeholders for booking a future Disney cruise. Make sure you check my post about joining a fish extender exchange. Or one of my trip reports.


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