Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Oct 10, 2011
    Joseph Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi. Can you give me an approximation on how long it takes to get from the airport to disney hotels? Our flight arrival time was changed from 4 pm to 10am, any suggestions for things to do prior to 3:00 check in? Will they lit you check in early?

    Hi, Joseph! Congratulations on getting more time on your vacation!  I'm going to assume several things here.  I am guessing that you are arriving at Orlando International Airport.  From there it takes between 45 minutes to an hour to get to the Walt Disney World Resort complex.  If you're taking Disney's Magical Express, you might need to add half an hour to your time estimate because you have to wait for the next bus to your Resort to arrive. 

    You can check-in anytime on your arrival date.  Even if it is before the check-in time, you will go there to get your Key to the World card. It serves as your room key, park tickets, and dining card, if applicable. You will need it to get into the park and to use your Disney Dining Plan, if applicable.  Your room will probably not be ready if you check-in before the set time, but you can leave your bags with luggage services, and go enjoy the parks! Disney has a wonderful service that will call or text you to let you know when your room is ready. Then, with your Key to the World card in hand, you can begin your day of fun in the parks.  Happy planning and have a Magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Krista, Tennessee

My husband and I have a 16 year-old daughter and an 14 year-old son and over a decade's worth of Disney traditions and memories. We try new experiences each trip, so we have experienced many "extras" in and out of the parks. Learn More About Krista

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