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  • On Dec 29, 2009
    Tracy from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Plane lands from NY to Orlando airport at 1:16 pm. Staying at POR. Would like to spend first day at HS to eat at Sci Fi and see Fantasmic. Only res. for Sci Fi I could get was 3:40. Am I cutting it way to close w/check in and getting to the park? Thank


    Unfortunately, I do think you are cutting it too close to make your late lunch reservation at the Sci-Fi or, at the very least, you may end up with a very stressful start to your vacation!

    If you are planning on taking Magical Express from the Airport to your resort, I would plan on at least 2 to 2.5 hours of travel time. While you may be pleasantly surprised and arrive much more quickly than that, you'll need to plan for more travel time. Don't forget to plan for delays in air travel as well. Hopefully, your luck will be better than mine: I always seem to experience plenty of airline delays!

    If you are renting a car, you may have slightly less travel time - but not much. You'll need to gather your luggage from baggage claim and then locate your rental car company and vehicle, so the overall travel time won't really change.

    Once you arrive at your resort, you will need to check in, drop off any bags you may not want to carry around the parks, and then head out to Hollywood Studios. I would conservatively plan on 1.5 hours to accomplish all of this - and that doesn't include any sightseeing time at your beautiful resort!

    My best advice is to Be Persistent! Every day between now and your vacation check for a later time by either calling Disney Dining or by checking online. I've always been pleasantly surprised with the reservations that open up! If all else fails, ask about last minute cancellations when you arrive at Hollywood Studios - it may be a small chance, but it never hurts to ask!

    By moving the reservation to 5:30 pm or 6 pm at the earliest, you'll be able to start your vacation off in a much more relaxed state. I know you will feel so much better with a little breathing room in your schedule!

    Have a great vacation! I hope you can get that coveted dining reservation!

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Meet the Panelist: Kathie, South Carolina

Our family of four is an adventurous and nerdy bunch! Vacations match our lifestyle with tons of action, rides, park-hopping and over-the-top experiences. Dining is tops too! From scrumptious snacks to vegetarian meals, we enjoy it all! Learn More About Kathie

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