Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Global Neighbours > Canadian Trip Planning & Community Board
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 02-01-2013, 07:58 PM   #1
coastgirl
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 2,283

Connecting via Toronto or Montreal--which would you rather?

The AM flights I am considering go through either Toronto or Mtl. I have only annoying-to-bad experiences with Toronto customs (congested and not well managed). No experience with Mtl at all. (Unless you count New Year's Eve 1990 when we ran around in circles trying to find our connecting gate...but a lot can change in 22 years!!)

So, what are your feelings about either of those airports to connect through to MCO?
__________________
JoAnne in NS
with dh, ds 14, and dd 11

1st trip May/June 06
Jan/Feb 07, same crew at CBR. DCL Magic Eastern Dec 07 CSR Sept 2009
Universal/WWoHP in Sunset Lakes villa Feb 2010 Same again Aug 2013 in Emerald Island villa
PTR/TR Without the Mouse Round 2
TR: First visit to Universal/SeaWorld Feb 2011
coastgirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2013, 08:20 PM   #2
DisneyFreak06
DIS Veteran
 
DisneyFreak06's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Prince Edward Island, Canada
Posts: 3,733

Quote:
Originally Posted by coastgirl View Post
The AM flights I am considering go through either Toronto or Mtl. I have only annoying-to-bad experiences with Toronto customs (congested and not well managed). No experience with Mtl at all. (Unless you count New Year's Eve 1990 when we ran around in circles trying to find our connecting gate...but a lot can change in 22 years!!)

So, what are your feelings about either of those airports to connect through to MCO?
I like Montreal. I've had flight delays through there, and extra security, but I find it easier because you don't have to wait for your bags to go through customs. They show you a picture of your bag, you don't need it with you. They also let us bypass the customs line because of the time I got stuck with extra security screening; they sent us through the crew lines I think. Then they had the plane held for us to get there.
__________________
Tina the F.I. Kindergarten Pop Century (06) Pop Century (07) POFQ (09) All Star Music (09) All Star Movies and Grand Floridian(10) DL HoJo Anaheim (12) Port Orleans Riverside (12) DL Carousel Inn (13) Art of Animation and Pop (13)Sports and POR (14)

My Trip Reports:
Someone left their inside b*** on the toilet (WDW, July/Aug 2014) Dorothy and Blanche: a tale of leftover shoes and lost things! My Club 33 Disneyland trip! July 2013A Blast from the Past (2009!)The trip to make up for the cold (WDW, July 2012) I'm never staying home for March Break again (Disneyland, March 2012) You little sneak, a TR with lies and pictures (WDW, July/Aug 2010)
DisneyFreak06 is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 02-01-2013, 08:59 PM   #3
ronandannette
DIS Veteran
 
ronandannette's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 2,751

Where are you flying from? We'd totally rather change planes in NY, Chicago, Houston, Boston, Atlanta or basically ANYWHERE stateside than YYZ or YUL.
(From here in the west to Florida we usually end up routed through Denver, Dallas or Minneapolis, depending on the airline.)
__________________
DL & Monarch of The Seas 2004 * WDW & Mariner of the Seas 2006 * DL & DCA 2011 * DL & DCA 2013 * DL & DCA 2014
ronandannette is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2013, 09:13 PM   #4
coastgirl
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 2,283

Flying from Halifax/YHZ ronandannette. YES, I agree, would much rather fly direct to any US airport but can't do it with Air Miles from Halifax. (Theoretically there are flights on US carriers that go through BOS or EWR, but they never come up.)

Disneyfreak, they show you a picture of your bag? I kinda want to see how that works! Must be better than dragging bags around YYZ in a panic to get through customs and make a connection.
__________________
JoAnne in NS
with dh, ds 14, and dd 11

1st trip May/June 06
Jan/Feb 07, same crew at CBR. DCL Magic Eastern Dec 07 CSR Sept 2009
Universal/WWoHP in Sunset Lakes villa Feb 2010 Same again Aug 2013 in Emerald Island villa
PTR/TR Without the Mouse Round 2
TR: First visit to Universal/SeaWorld Feb 2011
coastgirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2013, 02:40 AM   #5
MichaelaMouse
Mouseketeer
 
MichaelaMouse's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Nova Scotia
Posts: 153

I know you said flying with an American carrier isn't an option for you this time, but if it ever is I really don't recommend it out of Halifax. I've done it twice now, once US Airways & once United, and had TERRIBLE experiences both times. Apparently American pilots don't have the same training for flying during fog as Canadian pilots? So in one case we were stuck in Hfx for several hours while ALL of the Canadian carrier flights were departing. The second time there was something wrong with the plane and we all had to be switched to Air Canada because the American carriers generally only have 1 plane and departure per day leaving no options when there's a problem! We ended up getting to WDW 24 hours late

I agree with going through Montreal on the way to Florida, because you don't have to get your bags for customs. Flying through Montreal on the way home, however, you do for some reason. Toronto is the opposite - have to get your bags on the way down but not back. That's how it was for me last September anyway.
__________________
Michaela Traves
MichaelaMouse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2013, 07:42 AM   #6
MikeyNS
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 819

We avoid Toronto at all costs and love flying through Montreal. We've done Philadelphia and Newark a few times, only because we've had too. All those American connections had a small delay or two. I'm always wary of the early morning flights because they seem to get cancelled a lot for odd reasons. I guess well get feel way more comfortable flying Air Canada through Montreal if we can't go direct.
__________________
-----
Aulani May 15, DCL Jan 15, OKW Marathon 15, OKW Xmas 14, AKV/DCL/AKV 14, SSR 13, OKW Xmas 12, BWV/DCL/VWL 12, AKV/DCL/OKW 11, AKV/SSR 10, BLT/SSR 09, BWV 09, AKV/SSR 07, BCV 07, VWL 06, BWV 05, SSR 04, WL 03, AKL 02
Canadian DVC Members since 2004

MikeyNS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2013, 08:27 AM   #7
2gr8DisneyKids
DIS Veteran
 
2gr8DisneyKids's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: American in Montreal, QC
Posts: 1,740

We live in MTL and avoid Toronto with all costs is we have to connect. Montreal is more streamlined with the luggage photos, etc. and is much better equipped to deal with snow (depending on when you are traveling) than Toronto.

MTL also has more food options in the US wing than Toronto.
__________________
Me DH DS (10) DD (6)


POLY 1979, POLY 1990, Treehouse 1993, one-day visit 1996, DL OS 2000, CR 2007, CBR 2009, POLY (Princess 1/2) & 3-night DCL 2010, POP 2010, 7-night NYE Eastern DCL 2010, 2011 AKL/POP and BLT/BC and OKW, 2012 POFQ/Vero Beach and AKV, 2013 POP (Goofy Race and a Half) and Vero Beach/CSR, 2014 AoA (Minnie 10K)
2gr8DisneyKids is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2013, 10:22 AM   #8
coastgirl
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 2,283

Thank you guys, that's all great info! Michaela this time we are booking in August so weather shouldn't be a factor. (Ha! Remember the July they were repairing one of the runways and stuff got cancelled all the time? I was there, waiting for AC that time!) But yeah, it's not a good feeling sitting there with not enough confidence in the flight crew. Mikey and 2gr8tDisneykids, thanks for the corroboration. Ok then. My initial impulse to avoid Toronto seems spot on.

Updating to say, we picked Mtl outbound and Toronto inbound. So, I guess we will be able to report on both! Mtl sounds better but the flights on the way home were easier through YYZ.
__________________
JoAnne in NS
with dh, ds 14, and dd 11

1st trip May/June 06
Jan/Feb 07, same crew at CBR. DCL Magic Eastern Dec 07 CSR Sept 2009
Universal/WWoHP in Sunset Lakes villa Feb 2010 Same again Aug 2013 in Emerald Island villa
PTR/TR Without the Mouse Round 2
TR: First visit to Universal/SeaWorld Feb 2011

Last edited by coastgirl; 02-02-2013 at 01:49 PM. Reason: update
coastgirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2013, 08:50 PM   #9
DisneyFreak06
DIS Veteran
 
DisneyFreak06's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Prince Edward Island, Canada
Posts: 3,733

Quote:
Originally Posted by coastgirl View Post
Thank you guys, that's all great info! Michaela this time we are booking in August so weather shouldn't be a factor. (Ha! Remember the July they were repairing one of the runways and stuff got cancelled all the time? I was there, waiting for AC that time!) But yeah, it's not a good feeling sitting there with not enough confidence in the flight crew. Mikey and 2gr8tDisneykids, thanks for the corroboration. Ok then. My initial impulse to avoid Toronto seems spot on.

Updating to say, we picked Mtl outbound and Toronto inbound. So, I guess we will be able to report on both! Mtl sounds better but the flights on the way home were easier through YYZ.
Fill us in when you come back! You can let us know the differences with customs and the bags and such.
__________________
Tina the F.I. Kindergarten Pop Century (06) Pop Century (07) POFQ (09) All Star Music (09) All Star Movies and Grand Floridian(10) DL HoJo Anaheim (12) Port Orleans Riverside (12) DL Carousel Inn (13) Art of Animation and Pop (13)Sports and POR (14)

My Trip Reports:
Someone left their inside b*** on the toilet (WDW, July/Aug 2014) Dorothy and Blanche: a tale of leftover shoes and lost things! My Club 33 Disneyland trip! July 2013A Blast from the Past (2009!)The trip to make up for the cold (WDW, July 2012) I'm never staying home for March Break again (Disneyland, March 2012) You little sneak, a TR with lies and pictures (WDW, July/Aug 2010)
DisneyFreak06 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2013, 10:30 PM   #10
coastgirl
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 2,283

Quote:
Originally Posted by DisneyFreak06 View Post
Fill us in when you come back! You can let us know the differences with customs and the bags and such.
Will do!
__________________
JoAnne in NS
with dh, ds 14, and dd 11

1st trip May/June 06
Jan/Feb 07, same crew at CBR. DCL Magic Eastern Dec 07 CSR Sept 2009
Universal/WWoHP in Sunset Lakes villa Feb 2010 Same again Aug 2013 in Emerald Island villa
PTR/TR Without the Mouse Round 2
TR: First visit to Universal/SeaWorld Feb 2011
coastgirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2013, 09:02 PM   #11
bltman
Earning My Ears
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 64

One thing to keep in mind when choosing where to connect is the number of other fights out of that airport to your destination later in the day. For example, if YUL only has one flight a day and YYZ has 3, you may be better off choosing YYZ in case you initial flight is delayed.
bltman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2013, 08:25 PM   #12
temom
Mouseketeer
 
temom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Nova Scotia
Posts: 121

Montreal or Newark or JFK

We choose never to do YYZ because delays are brutal, this would be the same for easterners flying Us airways through Philadelphia, can ruin your trip with delays and connections. YUL is easy for connections and the airport consistently is basic and a no brainer to get around. We find the same with JFK also, quite happy with each flight. If you have the option to go though customs anywhere but YYZ always a plus.
__________________
Pop Nov 2004
Pop Jan2008
Pop Nov 2010
Pop November 2011
Off Site March 2013
Beach Club March 2014

DS DM DH and ME

Last edited by temom; 02-05-2013 at 08:26 PM. Reason: error
temom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2013, 12:30 PM   #13
amberg93
DIS Veteran
 
amberg93's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: St-Jean, Quebec
Posts: 723

Quote:
Originally Posted by coastgirl View Post
Updating to say, we picked Mtl outbound and Toronto inbound. So, I guess we will be able to report on both! Mtl sounds better but the flights on the way home were easier through YYZ.
I've always hated coming back through Toronto, but I'm in a unique situation (American in process of immigration), so it shouldn't be too bad for you. The plus side is that you don't have to take your bags through on the way back through Toronto (yaaay!). (Though not yay if you get sent to immigration offices and then have to leave your bags going around the thing for 45 minutes)

My wife has always had a better time going through US customs in Montreal than in Toronto. So, I'm curious as to how the experience will be.
amberg93 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:26 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.