Mom And Kids Mickey Ice Cream Bar
  • On Nov 25, 2008
    Denise from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    On our first day we arrive (w/2 kids under 5) at the airport at 10:30; staying at Wilderness Lodge; have ADR at 4:00 at Garden Grill for the Candlelight Processional. Do we have enough time for MK before heading to Epcot? How do we travel to Epcot from MK?

    Technically, you probably do have enough time.  Realistically?  I wouldn't recommend it.  Here's why:

    After your flight arrives at 10:30 you should plan on the trip from the airport to your resort taking at least an hour, possible longer (up to 2 hours) if you will be using Disney's Magical Express service.  From there you'll want to allow about an hour to check in at the front desk,  and get settled in your room.  Depending on which resort you'll be staying in and how you plan to get there, the trip to the Magic Kingdom could take a half-hour or so.  Given best case scenario, that puts the time right around noon.  Considering that the trip from Magic Kingdom to Epcot will likely take about 45 minutes, that leaves you only about 3 hours to enjoy the Magic Kingdom.  If you were planning a visit for two adults, it may be doable, but when you consider the needs of your two little ones, I'm not sure it's worth it.  I imagine that the travel, combined with the excitement of arriving at WDW, will likely leave your kids feeling a bit overwhelmed.

    If you really want to check out the Magic Kingdom before your dinner reservation, you'd travel by monorail from the Magic Kingdom to the Ticket and Transportation Center where you'd switch to the Epcot monorail.  The trip will take around 45 minutes.

    A more enjoyable itinerary might look something like this: Once arriving at your resort give the kids some time to relax, have a snack, and maybe take a quick nap.  When everyone has had a chance to recharge, head over to Epcot, ideally around 2:00.  Once you get there, take the kids over to experience the Nemo attraction, explore the pavilion a bit, and maybe even talk Turtle with Crush.  From there you can meander next door to the Land pavilion where you might enjoy the Living with The Land boat tour.  There is also a Kidcot station set up just outside the Garden Grill restaurant which might help occupy those little ones while you wait to check in for your reservation. 
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