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  • On Jan 22, 2012
    Amy from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Arrive 3/9/12 at MCO at 9:35 using ME staying at CBR. Have 8 in party. Is it realistic to think we can get checked in and make a lunch ressie at T-Rex in Downtown Disney at 1:00? Also, boys are ages 1,3,4,7 do you think the T-Rex might be too frightening?

    Hi Amy!

    Congratulations on your exciting upcoming Walt Disney World vacation!

    I think it's completely realistic to plan to get to Downtown Disney for lunch on your arrival day at all! It's always fun to jump right into the fun once you've arrived!

    Assuming your flight is on time, by the time you reach the DME boarding area at MCO, board your coach, travel to Caribbean Beach Resort & process your check-in, I'd estimate that you should plan for about 90-120 minutes to have passed since arrival.

    Since you'll then need to allow yourself time to get to Downtown Disney via bus from CBR, 1:00 or 1:30pm would be conservative reservation times to secure at T-REX, A Prehistoric Family Adventure. It's recommended that you arrive and check in at the restaurant at least 15 minutes prior to your reservation time. If you arrive much earlier than your reservation time and would like to dine sooner, simply check in and your party will be seated at the first available table for your party's size!

    If your boys LOVE dinosaurs, I don't think they'll find it too frightening. Every 20 minutes or so a 'meteor shower' takes place and the lights do come on and off in different colors while the sound effects become louder - but I wouldn't describe it as being an intensely scary experience at all. It's great fun & great food!

    Make sure you visit the Dining Reservations page to confirm a reservation online for the date and time you wish to visit. Alternatively, you can call Disney Dining Reservations at (407)WDW-DINE.

    Don't hesitate to contact me again any time if I can provide you further assistance with your plans.
    Wishing you a Magical time on your Walt Disney World vacation Amy!

    Kirsten
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Meet the Panelist: Kirsten, Ontario

I'm a Canadian stay at home mom with 2 great kids. I've loved Walt Disney World since my own first trip at age 7. Now, my husband and I enjoy creating Disney vacation experiences with our children as often as possible. Each new visit is unique and Magical! Learn More About Kirsten

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