Flight Change -- Dinner Change?
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I was just informed today that our flights have been changed. Instead of getting into Orlando at 5:30, we ...
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I was just informed today that our flights have been changed. Instead of getting into Orlando at 5:30, we are now getting in at 3:30! This time works out well with our son, who will probably nap the whole way down
I originally didn't have park tickets for the first night since we were getting in so late...
Now that we are arriving 2 hours earlier...should I add a day of tickets and have dinner in the parks? I was thinking of making 6:30 - 7:00 dinner reservations. That should give us enough time to take the ME, check in, and go...right?
Or would we just be better off staying at the resort and having dinner, or maybe try DtD?
So many possibilities now!!
I think it would be a waste of money to buy park tickets. The reason, you land in Orlando at 3:30pm, but you still need to get on the ME bus. Your resort may not be the 1st stop. so maybe you won't get to your resort by 5:30pm???
I think you should plan on hanging out at your resort- see how the time is and decide if you should go to DTD. You may want to take it easy- even go to the pool. Do something relaxing- you will need energy for the rest of your vacation..LOL!
Just my 2 cents. I think if you got in earlier like before 12pm, then maybe you would want to spend the money to get park tickets.
Just think the next day- you will be going to the Parks! : )
We don't usually get park tickets for the first day and we typically arrive at MCO between 1pm and 4pm. We use that day to get settled in, maybe have a swim, etc. You could do DTD for dinner or even another resort, since you won't be under the time crunch.
I'm guessing your son is young since he'll be napping on the plane so I agree with the other posters about not going to a park. Take it easy, explore your resort, take some time to unpack and get settled in. Put your son to bed at his usual time and then start off fresh the next morning.
Here is another view of the situation... How many days of park tickets are you already purchasing? And what resort are you staying at? We stay at the BC and DO purchase park tickets for arrival day because it is the 9the day and the additional day is a minimal cost. We have dinner somewhere in EPCOT and ride our favorite rides. It is a fantastic way to begin the vacation. So I would say it depends on how much the extra day of tickets cost and how convenient it is to get to a park! Good luck!
Our flight usually gets in around that time and, admittedly, we have to clear immigration and customs, but we rarely get to the resort before 5.00pm. As a result, we tend to go for dinner at the resort or close by the first night, so that we can have an early night after travelling and be fully refreshed for the morning.
I would do DTD and eat at Raglan Road or Bongos but for kids you could do T-Rex or Rainforest Cafe. The kid may sleep through the trip but the parents are the ones who have to stress over things, pack, haul luggage, and travel. Get familiar with your hotel then go to DTD to explore. Market Place has for cash a cute little train and carrousel. Other options would be a character meal at a hotel for example.
Also most parks close before 10 pm so you would not get much done after eating dinner. Why waste the money on 2 to 4 hours in parks. Save the money for a nice night out eating dinner then explore hotels or DTD.
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You can always add days to your tickets after you arrive so maybe you want to wait to see what time you actually get to your resort and how everyone is feeling at the time. If everyone is dying to get into a park you could just add another day to the tickets and always grab a counter service dinner somewhere.