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  • On Jan 17, 2021
    Brennan from KY Asked

    We’ll be arriving @ 10:30 am & using Magical Express to get to Pop Century. We plan on visiting AK that day until close at 5! We are trying to maximize time, with COVID, waiting, etc. What’s an ETA we’ll arrive at Pop? Suggestions for arriving faster?

    Hi Brennan!

    Welcome to planDisney! Happy dance here! You are going to Walt Disney World Resort!

    We just visited towards the end of December, so I will offer some personal experience. Our flight arrived at about 10:35 a.m. We hustled to pick up our checked bags and then got to Disney's Magical Express® to check-in by about 10:50 a.m. We were on the bus and headed to the resort hotel by 11:10 a.m. Our resort hotel was the last stop out of four stops. We arrived at about 12:10 p.m. and headed directly to our room having done online check-in. We were headed to Magic Kingdom by 12:40 p.m. 

    I would estimate that you could get to Disney's Animal Kingdom by about 1:00 p.m., earlier if you catch the buses at just the right time. You could always leave your bags at Bell Services if you do not want to spend time going to the room when you arrive. Twice during our trip, I also called a ride share service like Uber or Lyft because I was pressed for time, but I only did so when I was traveling by myself. With my family, I used resort transportation.

    Once at the parks, we found the process to enter quite efficient. Just be sure to have your MagicBands or Admission Cards to enter. Also, if you need any medications, remember to bring those. And make sure to have your identification if you are an Annual Passholder and plan to use it to get merchandise discounts! In our rush to get to the parks on that last trip, one of us forgot our medication. Luckily, we were just at Magic Kingdom and were staying at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, so my husband walked back to get it.

    Brennan, remember that MagicBands are no longer complimentary with resort hotel stays. They are, however, available for purchase. Review the operational updates prior to your visit and then get ready! You will be back in a world of magic soon!

    Magic and memories,

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