Disney Cruise Castaway Cay

So you have booked a Disney Cruise and now you are looking for some tips and tricks to help make your cruise go smoothly.

Join Your Facebook Group

The first thing I recommend doing after booking a cruise is to join the Facebook group for your cruise. This will give you a chance to get to know some of the people you are cruising with. It is a great resource to learn more about your sailing. Usually, group members will remind you about important dates like the date to pay in full “PIF”, book excursions and onboard activities, and check-in. 

To find the Facebook group for your cruise you can search Facebook with the following format: “Disney Ship Name Month Day Year.” For example, “Disney Magic December 2, 2022.” If you can’t find your cruise, you can ask for help at Disney Cruise Line Tips, Tricks, Cruise Meet and Fish Extender Groups group and post a question asking for help. If there isn’t already a group for your cruise, you can create your own and we’ll publish it in our list of Cruise Groups.

If you are travelling to Europe I recommend joining The Disney Cruise Mediterranean, Greek Isles, and Europe Cruise Planning Group.

If you are interested in participating in the gift exchange or  “Fish Extender Exchange”. You would sign up in your cruise group. You can find other exchanges there like magnet and candy exchanges.

Check Out Your Stateroom

Did you book a special room like a secret porthole room on the Magic or Wonder? You often can find YouTube videos of many staterooms.

Cruise Essentials

Next up, start to think about what you need for the cruise. Check and see what I think are essentials for the cruise. If you are going to dine at any of the Adult venues, ( Palo and Palo’s Steakhouse, Remy’s, Enchanté) make sure you are familiar with the dress code. Disney Cruise line is one of the few cruise lines that have DIY laundry rooms. It is handy when travelling with kids and means you could pack less.

Book Your Activities, Excursions and Character Meets

When your booking window opens make sure you book the things you most want to do first. When you can book activities depends on your Castaway Club status. Know which days you are in port and which excursions are available on your cruise. Book any adult dining and beverage tasting seminars. This will also be your first chance to book time at the spa. If you are travelling with any 3 and under make sure to book time in the nursery. If you are traveling with any one 12 and under don’t forget to check out the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.

Don’t forget to book any character meets you may want to do. There will be lots of opportunities to meet characters on the ship but Disney will have meetups that you can pre-book. In the past, they have been for princesses and Frozen characters. If you are going on a themed cruise, Marvel, Star Wars, or Pixar, you will have some other choices.

Learn more about Disney’s newest ship the Wish, how to book a reservation at the Hyperspace lounge.

Learn about Castaway Cay if your ship is stopping there. 

Explore Food and Dining Options

Are you wondering what the food choices will be on the cruise? Check out the menus from previous cruises.


Thirty days before your cruise you will be able to check-in. Make sure you know what identification you need and have it ready. 

Add any pre- or post-transfers or pre-pay your gratuities before you sail. 

Prepare for Boarding Day

When your boarding day finally arrives make sure you have all your documents and you arrive at your Port Arrival Time and know what you can pack in your carry-on. Once on the ship remember you are not going to be able to do everything, make sure you take some time to relax and enjoy yourself.

Don’t forget to get a placeholder so you can book a future cruise at a discount. 

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