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Old 10-16-2013, 09:07 AM   #16
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Hotwire is showing a 4 star hotel at MCO for $71/night through their name your price option.
And it might be the Renaissance...
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Old 10-16-2013, 10:25 AM   #17
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We had a 5am ME pickup the last time we were at Disney. Never again There was only one woman at the POFQ guest counter, and she gave me the wrong info which led to the ME driver saying he couldn't pick us up because we had the wrong printout. He was running 1/2 hour late already, and I was in major panic attack mode. He finally let us on.

Hotel at the airport is a good idea if you must leave that early.
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Old 10-16-2013, 10:31 AM   #18
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I totally agree. We don't schedule early flights often but every now and again I do find that the earliest flight home, which is typically at 6:45am, is our best option as after landing in Philadelphia I still have a 2 1/2 hour drive home followed by unpacking, cleaning, grocery shopping, etc.

When I do book that flight I also book a room at MCO's Hyatt for the night prior. You can usually find a good deal on Priceline and other similar websites. Because the flight is so early we aren't missing "Disney Time" and will stay as late as we possibly can at a park the night prior before DME is scheduled to transport us.

It's REALLY convenient to wake up in the airport, and the Hyatt itself is very nice with comfortable beds!
This is what I'll do next time we have an early flight. We've always had a car pick us up so we don't have to leave three hours before our flight. But I hate paying Disney prices and leaving that early in the morning. Even if the rates are comparable, at least security is taken care of since you're already there.
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Old 10-16-2013, 10:52 AM   #19
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Learned that lesson the first time I had to check in at DME at 4am! Never again have we had a flight leaving Orlando before noon at the very least. I don't care what time we get home, but do care about having to cut my last Disney night short. I feel your pain.
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Old 10-16-2013, 12:04 PM   #20
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The Resort Airline Check-In desk daily operating hours begin at 5:00 am. Since you must be checked in 3 hours in advance, you can’t use the resort luggage and check-in service for your return to the airport if your flight departs before 8:00 am.

You'll have to carry and check in your own bags at the airport.
THis is correct.
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okay after much OMGing and what to do and where to stay and blah blah blah

I went back added 26 bucks to my ticket and changed to a 5:40 PM flight.

I'm getting home late, but I've just decided that I'd rather be sleepy on Friday at work, than strung out and sleepy going through airports on Thursday.


Thanks for all the suggestions and help.
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Old 10-16-2013, 03:45 PM   #22
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okay after much OMGing and what to do and where to stay and blah blah blah

I went back added 26 bucks to my ticket and changed to a 5:40 PM flight.

I'm getting home late, but I've just decided that I'd rather be sleepy on Friday at work, than strung out and sleepy going through airports on Thursday.


Thanks for all the suggestions and help.
Nice-now grab some FP+ for that day and your set.
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:51 PM   #23
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I've definitely been the lone person out at the bus stop at 3, 4, or 5 in the morning sometimes! It can get a little eerie & i have been worried sometimes when busses are late, but its always worked out!!
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