Mom And Son Safari
  • On Sep 15, 2014
    Jason from MI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My family of 5 is going to WDW on December 27. Our flight arrives at MCO at 3:30PM and we have a dining reservation at Planet Hollywood at 6:45. Do you think we will have any trouble getting from the airport to hotel and then to downtown Disney in time?

    Jason:

    Thanks for coming to the Mom's Panel!

    I think you're really cutting it close. Remember, the 3:30 p.m. arrival time is for landing and arrival to the gate. By the time you deplane and make your way down to Magical Express, you need to give yourself at least 30 minutes. There may be a wait once you arrive at the bus loading area, also. Additionally, your bus will not just go to your hotel but to several and you may find your hotel is the last stop. All total, I typically tell folks to allow themselves about 2 to 2 1/2 hours to get to their hotel using Magic Express. Once you're at your hotel, you'll need to give yourself time to check in and then possibly wait for a bus to Downtown Disney for up to 20 minutes, not to mention the ride time.

    If I were in your shoes, I'd move your reservation at Planet Hollywood to 7:30 that evening or later. Keep in mind that Planet Hollywood is one of those restaurants where you can get a last-minute reservation pretty easily, so this shouldn't be difficult. However, because you are visiting during the busiest week of the year, crowds--and wait times--may be much greater than usual.

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
    Whitney
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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