Following yesterday’s Disney Dream restart at Port Canaveral, Disney Cruise Line is reminding guests that port arrival times are being enforced. Unlike in the years past since the debut of port arrival times, the times are seriously being enforced. If you show up 5 minutes early, you will be turned away. Also for the first time, Platinum Castaway Club members are REQUIRED to select AND adhere to the port arrival time. No, this isn’t a perk being taken away, it the result of the new embarkation day procedures in place to promote physical distancing, and to allow Disney Cruise Line to operate as safely as possible while following necessary protocols. Concierge guests and those arriving by Disney ground transportation are an exception. Concierge may arrive at their leisure, but not before 1 o’clock, while those on Disney transportation arrive based on their bus.
The parking garage is being partially utilized as a pre-cruise testing area for guest driving to the port, as a result, guests will not even be allowed to enter the parking area and park before their scheduled port arrival time.
At this time, the earliest port arrival time guests are able to select during online check-in to arrive at the terminal is 1 p.m.
Please plan your port arrival accordingly, and be kind to the Port Canaveral staff, third party vendors, and Disney Cruise Line Cast & Crew. They are all there to help facilitate your enjoyment while enforcing the new procedures. Take everything you knew about cruising and put it on the back burner, arrive at the port with an open mind and pack your patience. If that doesn’t sound like your ideal vacation, consider the options available here.