Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On Jul 8, 2012
    Kelsey from VT Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We want to have as much time at the parks as possible. Would we save time by taking a taxi to the airport on departure day, or would it take just as long given that we would have to check our own bags? Love the panel, thank you for all your advice!

    Hello, Kelsey!

    I can totally understand wanting to maximize your time in the parks on your departure day! We always schedule our flight home as late as possible for that very reason. (And it never seems to be enough time anyway...:-)  )

    Disney's Magical Express picks Guests up approximately 3 hours to their flight's departure, and we've always gotten to the airport smoothly, checking our bags as soon as we get there. Orlando International Airport's security lines can be long, at almost any time of day or time of the year, so the additional time ME affords you ensures that your arrival time will still get you through security to the gate on time. While I know some Guests do, in fact, take their own taxi to the airport on their departure day, I don't really think that it is huge time saver. The exception to this is if you are the first resort pick up on that ME, and there are several other pick ups scheduled after you. (However, you could just as easily be the last resort pick up, so you'd be heading directly to MCO anyway...)

    We did, however, take a taxi back from Kidani Village to Orlando International Airport once, and it was seamless. We did not, however, wait much later than the Magical Express would have picked us up, so I wouldn't necessarily recommend it. For me, the peace of mind we have on ME, knowing that we'll will get to the airport with plenty of time to get to our gate is worth it! :-)

    Have a great trip! Be sure to send additional questions as you think of them; we love to help!
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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