Why a Lanyard Makes a Disney Cruise Much Easier

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A trip on Disney Cruise Line is all about exploring, fun, and relaxation. Disney does all the work for you so that you can enjoy all of the activities on the ship and the adventures at ports of call. With that in mind, there’s one simple item we found that makes a trip much, much easier – lanyards.

If you’ve already been on a Disney cruise in the past, you’ll receive a lanyard as a member of the Castaway Club. But, if it’s your first trip with Disney Cruise Line, you won’t receive a lanyard and your Key to the World card will have to stay in your pocket or bag.

The Keys to the World card acts as your stateroom key and your ability to charge things onboard to your room. It’s pertinent to bring with you at all times on the ship. A lanyard makes that extremely easy, especially for children.

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The Key to the World card can be compared to a MagicBand at Walt Disney World. Instead of sticking the card in a wallet or purse, most people keep their card in a lanyard so they can tap it on their door lock, or use it whenever it’s needed.

As first-time cruisers, we wish we would have had lanyards when we boarded the ship. By sticking your Key to the World card in your lanyard (we also put our IDs in our lanyard), we were able to leave cumbersome purses and wallets in our stateroom.

We ended up buying the official Disney Cruise lanyards from the gift shop. Admittedly, the official lanyards on the ships are a bit pricey, and more affordable options may be found online.

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Summarized, a lanyard frees you up and allows you to travel around the ship without any bags or items in your pockets. The vast majority of guests on Disney cruises wear lanyards – it’s kind of a thing!

Whether you pick up a lanyard online before your trip or on the ship itself, you won’t regret having one.

David is a Disney travel expert who created Notes from Neverland in 2018. This site is a source of news, information, and reviews about all things Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disney Cruise Line. Click here to learn more or contact us.

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