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  • On Sep 7, 2012
    Heather from TN Asked

    I am planning for our first Disney vacation which begins in 33 days! Our flight arrives around 5:00pm and I am wondering about how much time to allow for the magical express to bring us to resort to check in etc, before I schedule a dinner reservation?

    Hi Heather! Your Disney vacation countdown has begun and it won't be long before you are enjoying the magic!

    It is always hard to estimate when to make a dining reservation when traveling in on the first day. There are so many factors to consider such as airline delays, traffic, etc. If you arrive on time, and that is always a big IF, you could probably be on a bus within 45 minutes. At that time of day you will find that the traffic will be heavy so it might take a bit longer to get to your resort. Check-in goes fairly quickly so that won't be an issue but now you must add the time to drop off anything in your room and catch a bus/boat/monorail to your dining destination.

    I would not schedule anything before 8pm and even later if you have a distance to go to get to the restaurant from your resort. You don't want to stress about time on your first day of vacation!
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