Disney Springs
  • On Mar 20, 2017
    Danniella from TX Asked

    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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