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20 Disney Cruise Secrets You Probably Don’t Know

If you are planning a Disney Cruise for this year, you will undoubtedly have a magical time. But what if I told you that I have some Disney Cruise Secrets that will help you have an even better cruise experience?

We are Castaway Club Platinum members.

That means that we have cruised with Disney over 10 times.

20 Disney Cruise Secrets You Will Want to Know

20 Disney Cruise Secrets You Will Want to Know

Because we are frequent cruisers, we have learned some great Disney Cruise secrets that first time cruisers might not be aware of.

Heck, you don’t even have to be taking your first Disney Cruise to take advantage of all these tips!

These are things that EVERYONE on a Disney Cruise should know about so please share it with your friends!

Inside Stateroom on the Disney Dream

1. Disney Cruise State Rooms are not ready until 1:30.

Your luggage may not arrive until much later.

Pack what you need in your carry-on, including a swimsuit so you can enjoy the pools while you wait for your room to open!

Bringing Luggage on a Disney Cruise

2. You can bring your luggage on board the ship and you can also take it off when you disembark. 

If you have a late check-in time for the cruise terminal (like 12:30 or later) you might be better off carrying your luggage yourself.

This means you KNOW that you will have your luggage when your room opens. 

Disney Cruise Line Door

3. Stateroom doors are magnetic.

Feel free to decorate with Disney magnets!

Making your stateroom door stand out will make finding your room that much easier!

4. You can bring alcohol with you!

The Disney Cruise Alcohol policy states that guests 21 years and older may bring a maximum of 2 bottles of unopened wine or champagne (no larger than 750 ml) or 6 beers (no larger than 12 ounces) on board at the beginning of the cruise and at each port of call.

These beverages must be packed in carry-on (not checked) bags or luggage.

While you can consume your adult beverages in your stateroom or carry them with you to shows, movies and poolside, you will have to pay an uncorking fee to consume wine or champagne you bring on board.

The corking fee is around $25.00 per bottle.

5. You can bring your own snacks and bottled water on board.

You can even bring a case of water or your favorite soda.

Just make sure that you pack it in your carry-on luggage.

Soda Station on a Disney Cruise

6. Soda, Lemonade, Coffee & Tea are FREE at the beverage stations.

There are two beverage stations near the buffet restaurant.

You can have access to the drink stations as much as you would like.

Preludes on Disney Cruise

If you buy canned soft drinks at the bar or at concessions, you will be charged.

When attending shows or movies, be sure to go and grab your favorite beverage at the drink machine to bring with you. 

Disney Cruise Drink of the Day

7. The “Drink of the Day” is a discount.

Each day on your cruise, there will be a drink of the day. This drink is about $4 less than all other alcoholic drinks.

The Drink of the Day will be listed on the front page of your Disney Cruise Navigator.

8. Kids can eat first.

Those dining with children will be glad to know that your children’s meal will be served ahead of your own (unless your request otherwise).

This is because many parents choose to have the kids leave for the kids club after they eat.

If you don’t plan on having your kids leave, you may want to tell your server to bring their meals at the same time as your own.

Tiana's Place kids menu

9. You can order things that aren’t on the menu.

Order what you want on the dining menu, but know that you can pretty much get anything you want.

Does your kid want fries or macaroni & cheese, but it isn’t on the menu? Just ask.

One of our best Disney Cruise secrets is to just ask for what you want!

Disney wants to make you happy & will go out of their way to accommodate picky eaters!

Disney Dream Stores

10. When the ship is at port, the stores are closed. 

Be sure to get what you need before the ship docks!

Once the ship is in Port, all the shops close down and you won’t be able to purchase anything!

Pirate Night on Disney Fantasy

11. Nearly every Disney Cruise has a Pirate Night.

Pirate Night is a night when the ship totally transforms into a pirate ship filled with pirate activities.

Disney Cruise Pirate Gear

Get your pirate gear before you arrive; it will be much cheaper.

If you do forget to pack something for Pirate Night, there will be items available in the on board gift shop.

The cruises that do not have a Pirate Night typically have a Frozen-themed night. Usually, this is Alaskan and Norway Cruises.

Find out which one you will have when you book your cruise.

12. Disney Cruise Gratuities are included in bar purchases.

This is probably one of the most important Disney Cruise secrets.

Pay attention to the bar tab so you don’t double tip (unless the service is just that good). 

Celebrating Birthdays on a Disney Cruise

13. Disney Cruise Line will help you celebrate special occasions.

If you are celebrating a special event like a birthday, let your steward know.

They might surprise you with something special in your room!

Disney Cruise Line Toiletries

14. Disney will provide you with body wash, shampoo, conditioner and lotion.

It’s the good stuff too! They will replenish this throughout the cruise.

This will help you when packing for your Disney Cruise because it is one less thing you will have to worry about bringing with you.

Disney Cruise Room Service Tips

15. Room Service is Free.

The Disney Cruise room service menu contains things you might not otherwise get on the cruise!

We love to order coffee and pastries the night before so they can be delivered when we wake up!

And if you have a sweet tooth before bed, why not order milk & cookies?

16. You can win FREE Disney Cruise Line swag!

Participate in the FREE onboard family activities like Trivia or family game nights and you can win free Disney Cruise Line swag.

We’ve received water bottles, key chains & even baseball caps! 

Free Ice Cream on a Disney Cruise

17. There is FREE self-serve ice cream on the Disney Cruise ship & at Castaway Cay.

You can use a cup from the drink station & soda to make your own float or you can bring some sprinkles from home to make your very own sundae!

Disney Dream Room with a View

18. Watch the Live Shows on the TV in Your Stateroom.

Want to see the show, but too tired to attend?

While I wouldn’t advise missing any of the shows, you can still see them if you can’t make it to the theater. Shows broadcast on your stateroom TV.

Disney Halloween Popcorn Bucket

19. You can get Disney Popcorn Buckets on the Ship

If you collect the Disney Popcorn buckets, you will be glad to know that you can get them on Disney Cruise ships too!

They even have the holiday-themed Mickey Mouse popcorn buckets that are hard to get at the Disney parks!

Just like at the parks, refills are only $1.50.

20. There is a Pin Trading on Disney Cruise Ships

If your kids love to pin trade, there is a pin trading night on board where many of the Ship Crew allow you to trade off their very own lanyards.

It is only one night (usually the end of the cruise) and lasts for about one hour.

We have gotten some pretty amazing pins at these events.

Disney Pin Trading on Disney Cruise

You will also find that Disney Cruisers will put pinboards on their stateroom doors and allow for trades using the honor system.

Disney Cruise Ships

We hope you find these Disney Cruise secrets helpful!

What other Disney Cruise secrets do you have for those families taking a Disney Cruise?

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Sunday 17th of July 2016

We did the Alaska cruise in June and only had good things to say about DCL. Such a great experience!

Jennifer Moore

Thursday 30th of June 2016

There is a 5K on Castaway Cay for no additional charge. To sign up, all you have to do is go to guest services after you board the ship. You'll get a race bib and a finisher medal! A great way to see the Island!


Tuesday 5th of July 2016

Yes. The 5K medal is quite nice. I just couldn't get myself up early enough to do it! If you don't care about the medal, you can run the trail anytime, but have to watch out for bikers.


Thursday 16th of June 2016

Disney is the best. Its just that simple. Just got back from 4 nite cruise to bahamas. Wonderful. Concierge level is the best.

Jennifer Ison

Thursday 30th of June 2016

we are going in two weeks. What clothing did you wear on a daily basis, hats, jackets, etc. and what is best to wear on excursions?


Thursday 16th of June 2016

Can u give me any tips for feb cruise

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