Visiting Disney When Cruising From Port Canaveral


Cruising out of Port Canaveral is a popular option for families cruising with kids.

And being only an hour from Walt Disney World, a cruise and stay holiday is the perfect option to live the crazy Disney life and also enjoy a little R&R whilst cruising the Caribbean after your stay.

Visiting Disney When Cruising From Port Canaveral

How to get to Disney from The cruise port

AD We have been or could be if you click on a link in this post compensated via a cash payment, gift or something else of value for writing this post. See our full disclosure policy and privacy policy for more details.

Getting to and from Port Canaveral from Disney World

If you are cruising out of Port Canaveral and adding a Disney holiday to your trip, then there are few options to get to and from the port.

Fly into Orlando international and book an onsite Disney Hotel. This will allow you to access the Disney Magical Express and free transport from the airport to your chosen Walt Disney Hotel.

Furthermore use the free on site Disney Transport during your trip to save on car hire and car parking charges in the Disney Parks.

Visiting Disney When Cruising From Port Canaveral

Look For Great Offers And Discounts

Look out for Walt Disney World discounts such a free dining, memory maker and Disney voucher cards to use during your stay.

Or book a hotel in the Disney outer area, there are some wonderful options of hotels not far from Disney with great pools and facilities such as lazy rivers for chilled days by the pool and park transport to get you to the parks.

To get to Port Canaveral after you stay check if your chosen cruise line offers transfers to and from the port to Disney World. Charges can be around $35 per person.

Failing that one-way car hire from Downtown Disney is a great affordable option, which is very easy to arrange pick up and drop off to the cruise terminal. Just ensure you have change for any toll charges along the way.

Post cruise to Disney

And what are our editors top tips for getting the most out of a short trip to Walt Disney World?

Sarah says “Prioritise and plan. Decide the parks you most want to visit and set a schedule. Also Disney is a much smoother experience when you book your FastPasses and dining options in advance. If you are staying on site you can book your FastPass choices 60 days in advance.  Dining can be booked 180 days in advance and people do! Make use of this and get the rides and character dining to suit your families’ schedule.

Ditch the car and use the Disney transport and save getting stuck in traffic. Or returning to a hot car after a long day on the parks. For our family the Disney Transport was all part of the adventure.”

Lisa added “A holiday to Disney is not the sort of holiday where you can just rock up and hope for the best. To truly get the most of the experience you need to do some planning beforehand.

Research when the best times/quietest times are to visit. It’s a great idea prebook your ride times and meals (essential if you wish to dine with Disney characters) and generally get a feel of the attractions that you definitely wish to experience so that you are not left feeling disappointed. Plan down time if you are travelling with kids, (pool or beach days).  A day at Disney is fun but exhausting too and you need to factor this in when breaking your family holiday!”


  • Sarah Christie

    Sarah also writes for Mini Travellers Family Travel Blog and Extraordinary Chaos Craft and Lifestyle Blog. Both are award-winning blogs with a travel and family focus. She is married and has two boys, aged 18 and 22, who all love cruising as a family. Nothing is better than waking up every day in a new port with new and exciting things to explore. She aims to share how cruising as a family with young adults is the perfect choice for family travel. Her boys are sporty and love the activities, sports and dining options cruising offers. Sarah has worked with brands such as Walt Disney World, Mark Warner, Ikos Resort, Center Parcs, Laura Ashley, Belling and Next.