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  • On Mar 7, 2011
    Jessica from WI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi moms-love your panel!!! Our flight arrives into Orlando at 11:19 am. We are staying at the Contemporary Resort. We have made lunch reservations at T-REX at 2pm. Do you think we will have enough time to make our lunch?

    Hi Jessica,
    Thanks for your kind words about the Moms Panel.  We really do love planning for Disney trips!

    I have to be honest with you here - I don't think you have enough time to make a 2pm reservation.  The last time I flew into Orlando (and my flight did come in on time), it was a good three hours by the time I had my luggage, took Disney's Magical Express to my resort, got checked-in, did a quick change and then was ready to get going again.  Disney Dining suggests that you leave at least one hour to travel from your resort to a dining reservation using Disney Transportation.  It should not, however, take you quite that long since you will only need to take one bus from the Contemporary Resort to Downtown Disney; maybe count on 45 minutes (a maximum 20 minute wait for a bus, and then a 15-20 minute bus ride).  

    You could potentially save some time by
    1) Hire a taxi to bring you from the airport to your resort
    2) Don't check in right away - have the bell service hold your suitcases and then head straight to your reservation
    3) Take a taxi from your resort to Downtown Disney - that will save the wait time for the bus

    Even with these time-saving ideas (and crossing your fingers that your flight arrives on time) it is going to be very tight.  It's always nice to arrive at a reservation at a leisurely pace so you can really enjoy the experience. You may want to consider an early dinner reservation instead, just to give yourself some extra time.

    Jessica, I hope some of these ideas help.  Have a wonderful meal at T-Rex!
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Meet the Panelist: Lynn, Ontario

Walt Disney World stole my heart when my parents introduced me to the magic the year it opened. I fondly remember my first 'Mickey Mouse in a Glass House' balloon! I still visit with my parents-and now with my husband and our two teens. Learn More About Lynn

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