• On Feb 8, 2009
    Nancy Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Our flight to MCO arrives 5:45 EST Sunday, Feb. 15. We will take the Disney Magic bus to Carribbean Beach Hotel. Our dinner reservation is for 8:30 p.m. at Epcot, the Biergarten. What are the estimated travel times by busses please?

    Hi Nancy,

    I like to estimate a little high on travel times to make sure that we are not running to get where we are headed. I typically estimate our travel time from when we land at Orlando's airport to our arrival at our Disney resort at ninety minutes. This allows for time to get down to the Magical Express check-in and thru the registration line and onto a bus. The ride itself is about thirty minutes but many of the shuttles stop at multiple resorts and you may not be the first stop. Typically our trips take around an hour but depending on the crowd, I always plan for more.

    The buses from the resorts to the parks are designed to run about every twenty minutes. Caribbean Beach Resort is an Epcot resort, so the actual ride to Epcot will be relatively short, around fifteen minutes, but I always figure into the equation missing a bus. Don't forget to allow for the walk from the bus thru Epcot to the restaraunt (which is in the World Showcase). Our rule of thumb is to allow around sixty minutes for the bus, travel and park entrance process.

    Using my travel times and figuring that your plane will arrive on schedule, you should arrive at Biergarten with a few minutes to spare. If you happen to be running late. I would still proceed to the restaraunt as often they can still seat you if you are a little late.

    Hope you have a great trip!
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I'm Margaret, a busy wife, mom to 3 sons, & full time paralegal. I've been visiting Disney World for twenty years & still can't wait for my next visit.  I hope that I can help other families experience the magic that our family finds in every trip. Learn More About Margaret

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