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  • On Feb 14, 2010
    Kara from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Arrive at MCO at 2p, taking ME to ASM, want to eat at CRT, but don't know what time to make ADR for. Want to make it as early as possible as to enjoy the rest of our first night in the ME. Thanks, love the pannel

    Hi Kara!

    Thank you for the compliment ont the Moms Panel.  We all enjoy answering guest questions.  Here's what I recommend, based on my experience.  However, I will also be conservative, because I don't want you to miss a reservation at Cinderella's Royal Table, which is I know is hard to get.

    I'll assume that you actually land at 2:00 pm and that Magical Express will pick up your luggage, so you won't have to stand around a carousel at the airport waiting for your bags.  I think a good conservative estimate for an "average" time of the year (i.e. not particularly busy nor empty) is 2 hours to get to the All-Star Resort.  So if you land at 2:00, I would plan on 15 minutes to get to Magical Express in the main terminal, and then 2 hours to get to the All-Star Resort, making your estimated arrival time 4:15 pm.  If you have to wait to pick up your bags yourself then add another 30 to 45 minutes to that estimate depending on how busy you think the airport will be.

    i would plan on one hour to check-in and to go to your room to drop off any carry-on bags, freshen up, etc.  So in theory, you could be ready to leave the hotel at 5:15 pm.  The average commuting time between your hotel and the Magic Kingdom is about 25 minutes.  So the earliest I recommend making a reservation for is 6:00 pm, giving you 20 minutes to go through bag check, the turnstiles, and to walk down Main Street USA.  If I was personally making the reservation, I would make it for 6:30 pm to have some "reserve" in case something took longer than expected.

    Good luck and have a magical vacation! 
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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