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  • On Jan 26, 2011
    Amy from WV Asked

    Our flight is arriving at 2:00 p.m. on a Saturday, we have dinner reservations at TRex Cafe (Downtown Disney) at 6:00 p.m...........is this pushing it timewise? Also, we are staying at Port Orleans Riverside, how long is it to Downtown Disney by boat? Bus

    I think you'll benefit from the mistake that I made just two weeks ago.

    We arrived Port Orleans Riverside (POR) in the afternoon and intended to dine that night at the T-Rex Cafe. However, as obsessive of a planner as I am, I totally forgot that our arrival would be later than I expected due to the one hour time change when driving from Nashville, TN to Walt Disney World.

    We were checking in to our resort around 2:45 p.m. with a 4:00 p.m. T-Rex Advance Dining Reservation.

    By the time we got through the Check-In line, got to our room and walked up to the dock to get the boat, we were running late. We made a quick change of plans and decided to dine at the resort's food court because we were all tired and hungry. It was 4:00 p.m. when we dined at the Riverside Mill food court.

    If we had arrived at 1:45 p.m. as I had envisioned, we would have been right on schedule.

    Later, in a more leisurely fashion, we took the Sassagoula Riverboat to Downtown Disney.

    We waited 7 minutes for a boat to arrive.

    6:47 p.m. Boarding time
    6:53 p.m. Arrive Port Orleans French Quarter
    6:56 p.m. Depart Port Orleans French Quarter
    7:11 p.m. Arrive Downtown's Disney Marketplace

    Whether you'll get to T-Rex on time, will depend on if your flight arrives on schedule, the line at Disney's Magical Express, time spent waiting for your assigned bus, the line at Check-In, etc.

    If everything falls into place, you should arrive T-Rex by 6:00 p.m. There is no time advantage to taking the bus over the boat to Downtown Disney unless there is a huge line for the Riverboat.  Although my preferred method of travel is the boat, the ride is unpleasant in inclement weather, especially when it's cold outside.

    We dined later in the week at T-Rex Cafe and had an enjoyable meal. Safe travels!
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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, Tennessee

I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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