Mom And Son Spaceship Earth
  • On Jun 6, 2011
    Amanda from ND Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We arrive at the airport at 6:20PM and will take the Disney bus to Pop. We will need to eat dinner, but have no idea how long it will take to get to the hotel, check in, and then get to a restaurant. Do you recommend making ADR or waiting until we arrive?

    Hello Amanda,

    My family usually spends our first night at Disney taking it easy. And that always means having a fantastic dinner somewhere!

    Are you and your family renting a car from the airport? If so, your commute from MCO to your Resort will take about half an hour. But don't forget to allot time for a pit stop at the car rental desk and baggage claim.

    Because you are a Disney Resort Guest, you have the option of taking Disney's Magical Express. Not only is it free, but you can skip baggage claim! From my experience at that time of day, once you land, check-in at the DME Welcome Center, and ride your motor coach, it's just about an hour.

    Some other things you'll want to remember is that you still need to check-in at the Resort front desk and you'll probably want a few minutes to sit down once you get in your room! Then you have to factor in your commute time to the restaurant.

    So if you're looking to have dinner that evening, I would either suggest hitting the Quick Service restaurant at Pop Century or consider going to Downtown Disney. There are plenty of places - Quick and Table Service - from which to choose. And depending on the time of year, I think you can get away with walking up without a reservation. I think by the time you're ready to eat, you would have missed the dinner rush!

    Hope this helps! Good luck!
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My family loves our Main Street in Ohio. But there's simply no comparison to Main Street U.S.A.! We don't get to Disney quite as often as I'd like, but that just means finding new ways to sprinkle Pixie Dust on our adventures! Learn More About Monina

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