Recently released documents state that Disney Cruise Line will be closing Cruise Terminal 8 of Port Canaveral for a five-month period in 2020. Cruise Terminal 8 will be shut down from June through October 2020. Cruise Terminal 8 will be undergoing a renovation project that will need to take place on more than just embarkation and debarkation days, so in order to avoid impacting passengers, Disney and Port Canaveral are closing the terminal.
Here are the details of the work that is scheduled to occur on Cruise Terminal 8 while it is closed:
The Project will include construction, renovation and equipping of Cruise Terminal 8 and Cruise Terminal 10, including terminal and berth improvements and a new passenger boarding bridge. The Terminal improvements include a new luggage screening building, renovation of the first and second floor, reconfiguring seating area and check-in counters, and site, access, IT and electrical enhancements. The berth improvements include structural and deck enhancements and mooring fixtures.
Keep in mind that even though this terminal will be shut down for a period of several months, no Disney Cruise Line sailings will be affected. Disney and Port Canaveral currently have an agreement in place so that Disney Cruise Line can utilize Cruise Terminal 10 while Cruise Terminal 8 is being worked on.
Commissioners will be meeting this Wednesday to vote on the proposed work on Terminal 8, so we will update Inside the Magic, should any more information come from that meeting.
Take a look at the concept art for the upgraded Cruise Terminal 8 below:
Port Canaveral is by far one of the most popular Disney Cruise Line ports. It is the closest port to Walt Disney World, thus making it a very popular cruise port for first-time cruisers to sail from, and a popular port for those who plan a Land and Sea vacation, in which guests stay at Walt Disney World before or after their Disney Cruise. Given how busy this port is every week, it’s no surprise that Disney wants to give its popular terminal an upgrade.
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