Disney's Magical Express
  • On Aug 20, 2019
    Gretchen from TX Asked

    We arrive at the Orlando airport at 5:30pm and currently have a reservation for Spirit of Aloha dinner show at 8:00. We are staying at the Pop Century and using the Disney shuttle to get us to the hotel from the airport. Will we have enough time?

    Hi Gretchen!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Thank you for sending such a good question. Looking at your timings, I think this will be tight but I totally understand that Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show is a popular event and it could be tricky to change the reservation.  It is also a pre-paid event, and states that cancellations may result in charges if made with insufficient notice (and cancelling on the same day would definitely incur charges). 

    So, let's walk through the possibilities and see if we can make it work.  Realistically you should allow 60-90 minutes from the time you check-in at Disney's Magical Express until you arrive at your Disney Resort hotel.  We have to allow time for luggage to be loaded, other Guests to arrive for the bus, and there may be a stop at other Disney Resort hotels before you arrive at Disney's Pop Century Resort.  Then there's check-in at your hotel, and travelling time to Disney's Polynesian Village Resort.  If you were taking Disney Transport between the two Disney Resort hotels, it is recommended you allow at least 60-90 minutes, and you would have to take a bus to any theme park, then transfer to another bus for your dinner show, and it is also advised that you arrive there at least 30 minutes before showtime. You only have two hours from the time you land, until the time you need to be checking-in for dinner.  I think the only way this would work is if you take a taxi from Orlando International Airport to Disney's Pop Century Resort, you use online check-in prior to your arrival so you can go straight to your room, leave your luggage, and then take a taxi or a Minnie Van to your dinner reservation. If everything runs smoothly, your flight is not delayed, and your taxi is waiting for you, this might be the only way this would work.  However, if you can change your dining reservation, I think this will make it a much more relaxed experience for you!  The dining reservations number to call is (407) 939-3463.

    Please come back and visit us if you have any further questions. We will be happy to help you plan your magical vacation to Walt Disney World.

    Sue
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Meet the Panelist: Susan, United Kingdom

Hi, I'm Sue from England, and am very proud to be a member of the 2012 Walt Disney World Moms Panel. I love visiting Walt Disney World and I look forward to answering your questions when you are planning your magical vacation to Walt Disney World. Learn More About Susan

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