Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On Jul 10, 2010
    Anna Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We will be arriving on 7/28 at 4:00 and am taking the Magical Express to AKL. I am trying to make dinner reservations and was wondering about how long it will take us to get to our resort? Do you have any suggestions on a good time to make a reservation?

    Hi Anna!
    There are a few things I should mention about Disney's Magical Express so you have a better idea about how much time it will take to get to your resort.
    Once you arrive at the airport, you will have to check in at the DME counter. Once you check in, which is usually a quick process, you will have to wait for the bus to arrive. Depending on the amount of guests arriving at that time, this could take 5 to 20 minutes. 
    Once on the DME bus, you have to consider that the bus will make 3 stops at other resorts before arriving at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. So the ride from the airport to the AKL, including stops at other resorts, could take up to one hour.
    I think the best thing would be to make dinner reservations for 7:00pm or later. This way you have enough time to get to the AKL and leave your personal belongings in your room. This way, there's no hurry and no worries!
    Hope this helps and have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Maribel, Puerto Rico

When it comes to Walt Disney World, I consider myself a travel "expert." I have been to Disney on every stage of my life and hope to continue doing so with my husband and our Prince and Princess. Learn More About Maribel

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