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We'll be arriving at MCO at 3pm and am wondering how long we would be done and dusted after getting to the hotel (All-Star Sports) on the DME. Taking check-in and getting bags to the room into account, what time would you think we'd be ready to venture out?

I'm thinking of just going to Disney Springs for a meal the first evening as I'm guessing it'll be getting on to teatime, say 7ish, and we'll be too tired to venture to parks. Does this sound about right? TIA x
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Hi All

We'll be arriving at MCO at 3pm and am wondering how long we would be done and dusted after getting to the hotel (All-Star Sports) on the DME. Taking check-in and getting bags to the room into account, what time would you think we'd be ready to venture out?

I'm thinking of just going to Disney Springs for a meal the first evening as I'm guessing it'll be getting on to teatime, say 7ish, and we'll be too tired to venture to parks. Does this sound about right? TIA x
Think 30 mins after you get off plane to get to immigration (monorail).
Think up to 2 hours to get through immigration and get cases.
Then think 1.5 hours to get to Magical Express, get to resort and get checked in.
This takes you to circa 7pm local time.
This is 12am UK time.
You will have had a very early start.
Do you have youngish kids? They'll be knackered if you do.
I may get some quick service, then to bed about 9-10. I personally wouldn't fancy getting to table service restaurants for reservations or getting buses to parks or DS, but maybe I'm a weakling. Youll have to get to DS then. Factor in at least 30 mins including walking to bus and waiting if you're lucky.
You'd probably a shower and to catch breath first, so you could end up going out 8/9 local time or 1 in the morning.

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I think you need to allow a good four hours. I was surprised by how long it took us this summer. It took a couple of hours from plane arrival to room keys in hand, and we were on an internal flight (no immigration, with hand luggage, and we walked onto the bus and it left.
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I'm thinking of just going to Disney Springs for a meal the first evening as I'm guessing it'll be getting on to teatime, say 7ish, and we'll be too tired to venture to parks. Does this sound about right? TIA x
Sounds about right.

It took us just over 2 and a half hours to get off the plane at MCO, get through immigration, get our bags, get the Magical Express to CBR, check in and get to our room. So if you land around 3pm I'd expect you to get to your room just before 6pm. Although it might be a bit later if immigration is really busy.

We landed at about 2:30pm, did all the above, and (after a bit of unpacking) got a Disney bus over to Magic Kingdom at around 6:30pm to get some food and do a couple of rides. We left MK at around 9:15pm (local time - felt like 2:15am to us) to get some much needed sleep.

As mentioned above, if you have youngish kids then they will probably be knackered by about 7pm local time, if not before! You may be pretty tired as well. So take that into account.
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Was wondering this myself. We get in at 3pm and I wanted to do an evening at HS. We will have cleared immigration in Dublin and dont have kids to worry about, so fingers crossed!
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Thanks for the info all. It's just myself and my son who will be 11 by the time we go in May. I was just thinking of going to Springs to get a QS D-Luxe burger or similar, but may not bother then and just have a nosy around the resort instead before bed. Just really want to try that burger place so will move it to another day in my plans then.

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Thanks for the info all. It's just myself and my son who will be 11 by the time we go in May. I was just thinking of going to Springs to get a QS D-Luxe burger or similar, but may not bother then and just have a nosy around the resort instead before bed. Just really want to try that burger place so will move it to another day in my plans then.

Thanks again all x

You'll both be very tired, and probably wouldn't enjoy the meal as much as you'd like. Agree with you to move it to another day - a few days in -
when you can really enjoy and savour the experience. Bring or buy a few nibbles to keep you going.
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We landed at MCO at 4 and arrived in our room at AoA as it turned 8pm. It was a long while but there are so many queues that its unpredictable - immigration, magical express, check in. We even had a long wait for the toilets in arrivals.

Wed booked some simple fast passes (nothing coveted, just DSs faves and a character meet) in case wed arrived bouncing and wanted to have a quick park visit. When we saw how long wed wait for the Magical Express, we cancelled them.

By eight we were all shattered but we were starving, so headed to the food court and DS promptly ate three bites and fell asleep at the table. Whoops! We love the first two hours when the parks open anyway, so better to have an early night followed by exciting rope drop in the morning, I think! But if wed had no queues at ended up in our room before 6, I might have tried!
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We've always stayed away from the parks on the first night. Get settled in etc. but can have an early start the next day!

The park tickets start on first use... Bear that in mind if you're just using them for a few hours in the evening.
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Originally Posted by Faythy View Post
Thanks for the info all. It's just myself and my son who will be 11 by the time we go in May. I was just thinking of going to Springs to get a QS D-Luxe burger or similar, but may not bother then and just have a nosy around the resort instead before bed. Just really want to try that burger place so will move it to another day in my plans then.

Thanks again all x
Last year my daughter was 12 and my son 9. They didn't want to even go out, neither did my mother in law or wife. Myself and my father in law wondered to the quick serve for a Yeungling and shrimp Cobb salad. Then we went straight back. Fighting your way on buses, through crowds at DS probably won't be what you want.
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