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keith
16-11-2013, 01:57 PM
We're nearly there! After ages of planning and waiting, we leave for Orlando two weeks today!

Thing is, we have an Epcot Le cellier reservation at 7:30pm on the day we arrive. The theory being that we wont waste a minute and we'll see the fireworks on the first night to get in the Disney mood.

Thing is, The flight is DUE in at Orlando at 3:40pm

I wouldn't normally book something so early and I'm wondering if there's any chance of us making it :/

I'm kinda figuring if everything is on time, we'd be through the airport by 5/5:30 allowing for a bit of a queue (although not a 3 hour queue!) at the villa 6ish leaving just enough time to unload the cases and get to EPCOT (probably 20mins away).

I'm even thinking well if we didn't get out of the airport until 6:30, ok we could just go to EPCOT direct.

What do you think ? will we make it or is it just pure insanity?

Mags
16-11-2013, 02:17 PM
I'm not one for making ADRs on the first night. Having said that we normally stay outside Disney now for the first week. However when we used to stay onsite at the beginning of our holiday a few years ago, we always ate at a fast QS venue on the first night as we knew we would be too tired to enjoy a table service meal as we should.
Too often Keith we were delayed as well and maybe didn't even make it to the resort until about 8pm. In fact this year is the first time in about four trips that we landed on time.
Would you consider eating at one of the very decent QS venues in Epcot prior to the fireworks, just in case that is!

Mags

Wendy
16-11-2013, 02:20 PM
I think you are cutting it fine.

We landed on an earlier flight and we were meeting Mari at the Grand Floridian.

It was a mad rush, by the time we got to the villa, unpacked, went and got some essentials and then showered to go out, we only just got there in time.

If you are going to go for it then I would suggest parking in the BoardWalk and getting the boat across to International Gateway, you won't have far to walk then.

keith
16-11-2013, 02:40 PM
If you are going to go for it then I would suggest parking in the BoardWalk and getting the boat across to International Gateway, you won't have far to walk then.

Oooo that's an interesting idea, I hadn't thought of that..... ah but, is there a guest relations window for us to pick up our park tickets at the international gateway?

Is boardwalk parking easier/better/closer than beach club?

Wendy
16-11-2013, 02:51 PM
Oooo that's an interesting idea, I hadn't thought of that..... ah but, is there a guest relations window for us to pick up our park tickets at the international gateway?

Is boardwalk parking easier/better/closer than beach club?


Yes there is a Guest Relations at International Gateway. We always find it's easier at the BoardWalk, they don't ask as many questions :lol:

Beccaberry
16-11-2013, 02:59 PM
I say go for it! On Wen's suggestion.

keith
16-11-2013, 02:59 PM
Yes there is a Guest Relations at International Gateway. We always find it's easier at the BoardWalk, they don't ask as many questions :lol:

fascinating! ok so I can get our APs etc there and then yes, far shorter walk to le cellier... and ok if the plane is late, we'll just go straight there and get to the villa later.

tbh we're never that tired on the first night and just fidgety wanting to do something. That's why I booked it

Slowhand
16-11-2013, 03:06 PM
You sure have more stamina than me Keith. On our first night we just want to crash out soon after we get to our villa.
Having said that, our friends from LA who will also be landing on Christmas day [as are we] have made an ADR for us all at Ohana`s on the day we all arrive this time. Fortunately they have made it for 9.30 pm and I`m hoping the excitement of Christmas Day will help us all to stay awake during dinner. :fingers:

Tink
16-11-2013, 03:45 PM
If you don't make it, will you be charged for it? :unsure:

Otherwise, I'd say go for it. You can go directly to EPCOT if necessary as you said. It will be a long night/day, and it will require good timing, but as you point out, you aren't all that tired anyway.

Enjoy the moment!!

Johnie
16-11-2013, 04:05 PM
I'd follow Wendy's direction and park at the Boardwalk. We frequently valet park there and go in through the International Gateway. I picked up my Orbitz ticket voucher at that window last May.

The only thing I would change is probably go directly to Epcot before the villa.

keith
16-11-2013, 04:08 PM
I'd follow Wendy's direction and park at the Boardwalk. We frequently valet park there and go in through the International Gateway. I picked up my Orbitz ticket voucher at that window last May.

I'll have to visualise where guest relations is at IG... but yeah it sounds good. Now will I need to pull a fast one and book a meal at the boardwalk to be able to park?


The only thing I would change is probably go directly to Epcot before the villa.

yeah it sounds like I need to be prepared to do that really. That's fine, no real problem with that as long as we can hide the suitcases in the vehicle

Johnie
16-11-2013, 04:11 PM
If you valet park, they won't say anything.

Tony G
16-11-2013, 04:15 PM
It's close, but I'm sure you'll make it.

I don't quite know why but the first night seems to evaporate somewhere - I land at 5ish, get out of MCO in reasonable time and yet, by the time I've reached my hotel/villa, it's pitch black and almost late enough to go to bed.

I think the trick will be not to do the 'ahh, I'm home' wander around the villa when you first arrive. Drop the luggage, use the loo and get gone!

keith
16-11-2013, 04:15 PM
If you valet park, they won't say anything.

ooo ok thanks! good tip!

keith
16-11-2013, 04:16 PM
I think the trick will be not to do the 'ahh, I'm home' wander around the villa when you first arrive. Drop the luggage, use the loo and get gone!

yeah I know EXACTLY what you mean there :lol:

Johnie
16-11-2013, 04:17 PM
When asked at the guard gate, I tell them we are going to wander around the resort and eat.

keith
16-11-2013, 04:27 PM
When asked at the guard gate, I tell them we are going to wander around the resort and eat.

and I guess you agree board walk rather than beach club?

Johnie
16-11-2013, 04:28 PM
We usually go to Boardwalk. If we want to see the decorations at Beach Club we just walk over

Wendy
16-11-2013, 04:29 PM
Guest relations at IG is very easy to spot, when you get off the launch as you walk towards the entrance you will see the pay booths, just go to the ones on the left :)

I don't normally tell the guard at the gate anything :lol: I just have my id ready and he says "welcome home", if they do ask then I say I am meeting friends in the bar.

We always valet as well and they don't ask you anything.

keith
16-11-2013, 04:35 PM
Guest relations at IG is very easy to spot, when you get off the launch as you walk towards the entrance you will see the pay booths, just go to the ones on the left :)

oh ok :) as long as they can issue APs and things then great


I don't normally tell the guard at the gate anything :lol: I just have my id ready and he says "welcome home", if they do ask then I say I am meeting friends in the bar.

We always valet as well and they don't ask you anything.

ok valet parking it is :)

Wendy
16-11-2013, 04:37 PM
I changed our APs there to the RFID passes :)

Beccaberry
20-11-2013, 11:40 AM
YAY! An adventure!

keith
20-11-2013, 12:55 PM
YAY! An adventure!

Or a disaster :lol:

Beccaberry
20-11-2013, 11:42 PM
Disasters are just adventures that need to work on their timing ;-)

keith
24-11-2013, 12:42 AM
Question on this one though.... would beach club valet park then walk to IG be better than boardwalk?

uscwest
24-11-2013, 01:00 AM
Question on this one though.... would beach club valet park then walk to IG be better than boardwalk?
I think it is 6 of one and half dozen of another there Keith.

Tink
24-11-2013, 01:39 AM
The Beach Club is the closest resort to the IG, and you can take the lower walkway that goes under the bridge, so you don't have to fight the hill. I'd say the BC would be your better choice, since you are going to Valet park.

Esmeralda
24-11-2013, 10:30 AM
I don't like the idea of leaving my suitcases in the car... that would be a big no no for me....

keith
24-11-2013, 10:35 AM
I don't like the idea of leaving my suitcases in the car... that would be a big no no for me....

I know what you mean but if we valet park that should limit the exposure a little

Tink
24-11-2013, 12:34 PM
It will limit it a lot. Valet is usually secure parking. I'd not worry at Disney. The parking lots at the resorts all have monitored cameras.

Wendy
24-11-2013, 01:39 PM
Stop worrying Keith, it will be fine with your bags in the car.

Esmeralda
24-11-2013, 04:59 PM
Sorry wasn't trying to scare you, just remembered WDWNUT and his villa getting broken into.... It's easy to get your Holiday Head on and forget crime happens everywhere, but if they're monitored then that should be ok.

keith
24-11-2013, 05:22 PM
Sorry wasn't trying to scare you, just remembered WDWNUT and his villa getting broken into.... It's easy to get your Holiday Head on and forget crime happens everywhere, but if they're monitored then that should be ok.

yeah you're absolutely right :hug2: It's a risk that's for sure but probably liveable with if we valet