Everything you need to know about booking a placeholder on board a Disney Cruise

Everything you need to know about booking a placeholder on board a Disney Cruise

There is only one real way to get over the blues of going home from a Disney Vacation – book another trip!!

Returning home from any Disney vacation can often bring on the Disney blues. Its time to go back to school, work and be a grown up again, but all you really want is to go back to Disney again. Luckily there is a cure, its expensive but it works – You need to get the credit card out and book another trip!

Disney Cruise line makes it super simple to book that next trip but there is one little catch – guests have to rebook before you get off the ship. That may put some people off but if you are considering sailing again within two years then there are big savings to be had. So not only do you cure your Disney blues, you save money too! Booking onboard is just like taking advantage of a bounce back offer at Walt Disney World.

Booking options and how much you will save

When you go to the Future Cruise Sales desk onboard you have two options.

Book a specific cruise

If you know what cruise you already want to go on and it has been released to book, this is the option for you. For these cruises you will pay a reduced deposit of 10% – the normal Disney Cruise Line deposit is 20%. In addition you get 10% off the prices of the cruise (taxes excluded) There are some cruises that you are blacked out and you are not able to book onboard and concierge bookings are excluded. In addition you will get some onboard credit as a perk of booking. For cruises of 7 nights or longer $200 and $100 for those under between 3 and 6 nights.

Book a Placeholder cruise

Option two is where you do not select a specific cruise date at the time of booking. Disney calls this a placeholder. This is where there are a lot of savings to be had.

When you book the placeholder on the ship the cost is $250 per stateroom. Then when you know which cruise you want to sail on you will receive 10% off the final cruise price. This saving can be pretty big – our latest cruise we booked a 4 day sailing on the dream and our saving was over $300! Just think how big that saving could be on a longer sailing or if you book more than one placeholder. Our savings covered our tips, dinner at Palo and a port excursion!

There is more – for sailings for  7 or more nights you get $200 onboard credit and $100 for sailings between 3 and 6 nights.  That onboard credit will go a long way towards covering your tips.

One other huge plus for booking a placeholder is that it is 100% refundable. At any point in the 24 months you decide you are not going to use the placeholder you can call up Disney and get all your money refunded.

Everything Else you Need to Know

  • Placeholders must be used for a sailing that departs within 24 months of the booking.
  • The guest booking the placeholder must be on the new reservation.
  • Names can be changed once booking as long as one guest on the original booking remains.
  • A maximum of two placeholders can be booker per household. If you have more than one household in your cabin eg. two couples, each can make two placeholder booking’s.
  • If you do not allocate your booking to a travel agent when paying your deposit, you have 30 days to advise Disney of your travel agent.
  • Placeholders can not be transferred.
  • If you book a cruise with a specific date onboard, you are only able to make one booking.
  • Booking a specific date cruise also means you are not able to book a placeholder. Its one or the other.
  • Disney will refund 100% of your money if you decide not to use the placeholder.
  • Discounts and onboard credit will not be given for sailings of 1 or 2 nights.
  • Certain sailings are blocked out from using a placeholder.



Originally posted 2017-10-04 14:07:47.



  1. Theodore Dudley
    October 4, 2017 / 10:17 pm

    Very informative. Thank you.

  2. October 30, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    Great tips. Now to book my first cruise… Haha

  3. October 31, 2017 / 1:15 am

    Love that you can wait to take the trip fur up to 24 months. It makes it a lot easier to take advantage of the savings!

  4. October 31, 2017 / 4:40 pm

    Great information! Saving this for later!

  5. November 2, 2017 / 7:31 pm

    We want to do this on our next cruise. I’m curious – if you know the specific cruise you want to book, do you not get the 10% discount? Above it looks like you only get the 10% off for booking a placeholder, and a reduced deposit for booking the specific cruise.

    • Lisa
      November 2, 2017 / 8:28 pm

      Your right Becky that bit isn’t quite clear on the post , I will get it updated as you get 10% off for booking the specific cruise too.

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