• On Mar 2, 2017
    Julia from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Goodmorning. My boyfriend and I are planning our first Disney trip together. We have both been once before many years ago. Our question is.. On the day of checkout, is there anything we can do besides go straight to the airport if we had a later flight?

    Hi, Julia! 

    How fun to be planning your first visit to the Walt Disney World® Resort with your significant other. So much has changed since your last visit, it will be like visiting for the first time all over again. 

    I always have a late flight home so I can squeeze in all the extra magic possible, even on departure day. Here are some suggestions of things you could do should you have a late flight. Keep in mind, if you're utilizing the complementary services of Disney's Magical Express for your transportation needs to/from the airport, the pick-up time from your resort will be three hours prior to your flight time. 

    • Check-out time from all Disney resort hotels is 11:00am, but you are able to store your luggage with Bell Services, located in the lobby, for as long as you would like. Store your bags and then go play. 

    • Head to the reimagined Disney Springs area to enjoy lunch, shopping, and entertainment. There is no admission cost for this location and you will still have access to the Disney Bus Transportation System.

    • Head to your resort hotel pool for a little relaxation before you head home. Even though it's departure day, you still have access to all the amenities available at your resort.

    • Try a Disney Waterpark! Disney's Typhoon Lagoon or Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park are great experiences that don't necessarily need all day to enjoy. On a recent trip I took, my daughters and I headed to Blizzard Beach from park opening until 1:00pm. We then headed back to our resort, cleaned up in the showers available at our resort's pool, and then went out front to wait for our bus back to the airport. It worked out perfectly. 

    I hope these ideas are helpful, Julia! Please let me know if you have any further questions. I am here to help make your experience magical. 

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Meet the Panelist: Faith, South Carolina

Hi, doers & dreamers! I am a wife and mother of three active children and we are always on the go. We look forward to our Walt Disney World® Resort vacations as a way of slowing down and reconnecting while still maintaining our active lifestyle. Whether your family wants to take it easy by a resort hotel pool, or speed up during a runDisney race event, I am your planning expert!  Learn More About Faith

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