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  • On Aug 2, 2009
    Jennifer from AL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hello again to my very helpful friends!! Flying (first time) and landing at 11:05am on 9/18. Taking Mag. Exp. and staying at POFQ. ADR at 7:50pm at Tep. Edo. Anyone know the average time it takes from landing time to inside a park? Suggestions for the day

    Hi Jennifer!

    The folks at Magical Express estimate that it can take up to two hours from the time you check in at the airport counter to the time you are dropped off at your resort.  In my experience, this is a VERY conservative estimate.  It has taken me anywhere from an hour to just shy of ninety minutes to make it to the front desk from the time I landed in Orlando (and that usually includes one "potty" break with two kids at the airport).  Once you arrive at your resort, you will need to check in (you can do this online to expedite the process) and drop off any carry on bags you don't want to carry into the parks with Bell Services.  After this, you are all set to head to the bus stop at Port Orleans and hit your favorite park!  Buses run continuously all day approximately every 15-20 minutes, and depending upon which park you are headed toward, allow another 15-20 minutes to reach your destination.

    We almost always head directly to a park after checking in, and are usually entering the gates within three hours of landing.  We do "hussle" however, because my kids are generally chomping at the bit to get on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (our standard ceremonial "first ride")!  If everything goes smoothly, and your flight isn't delayed, I'm guessing you could be on your first ride by the mid-afternoon, if not sooner!

    Have a wonderful trip!

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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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