• On Aug 31, 2017
    Emily from AL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are going to WDW in December and staying at Pop Century. This will be our first time to fly with the whole family. My question is if we have to be checked out by 11 am on our departure day and our plane doesn't leave until 11:30 pm what do we do?

    Hi Emily,

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I bet the countdown has begun in your house! Upcoming Walt Disney World Resort vacation = happy dancing everywhere!

    Assuming you are using Disney's Magical Express transportation to get to and from the Orlando International Airport, you will receive a Transportation Notice on your resort hotel room door the day prior to your departure. This notice will give you your pick-up time for Disney's Magical Express transportation. The pick-up time is typically about three hours prior to your scheduled flight departure time. For an 11:30 p.m. flight, you would leave the resort at about 8:30 p.m.

    In the past, when I had later flights, I left my carry-on luggage at the bellhop desk while we went to the parks or Disney Springs. If you have checked luggage, you will need to make sure those get to the Resort Airline Check-In desk before it closes for the day (typically by 12:00 noon) and at least three hours prior to your flight departure time. Although I have paid the checked bag fee at the Resort Airline Check-In desk in the past, you may need to pay this fee prior to arriving at the desk. Since processes can change always double-check with a cast member before your scheduled departure time!

    I am so excited that you have the day to enjoy the resort, parks or Disney Springs before your flight leaves. You could make dining reservations for lunch or dinner, ride a few more rides or shop for souvenirs. You could also catch a movie at AMC Movies at Disney Springs 24.

    Emily, if you are departing from a different airport, remember to arrange your own airport transportation. Happy first flight with the entire family!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,

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