• On Mar 20, 2017
    Danniella from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are planned to be landing in the Orlando airport at 6:40 pm. Is it reasonable to plan a dinner reservation at downtown Disney for that evening? Not sure what to expect timewise considering we will still need to stop and check in at Art of Animation.

    Hi Danniella,

    I love that you want to start your vacation with a stop to Disney Springs, formerly known as Downtown Disney. Disney Springs has added some amazing restaurants. I have an entire list to try on my next trip.

    When you land, you must allow at least three hours for a reservation at a restaurant outside of your resort especially with children. This allows for landing, deplaning, possibly grabbing luggage, heading to Disney's Magical Express and heading to your resort. Disney's Magical Express does a loop of multiple resorts and you may not be the first stop.

    At this point, you can choose to check-in or head immediately to Disney Springs. I would not make a reservation before 9:00 pm if it was me and I am experienced navigating the airport to the resort.

    My recommendation would be to relax and eat at Disney's Art of Animation. Landscape of Flavors is a great food option. There are more options besides chicken nuggets and hamburgers.

    Also, you want to be fresh for your first full day at Walt Disney World.

    Wishing you a magical vacation!
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