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Old 07-07-2014, 12:29 PM   #1
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TS ADR at EP on arrival day?

We arrive at MCO at 230-ish (direct flight) on a Saturday. We're staying at YC and booked a 725p ADR at Rose and Crown. ME was fairly quick for our last two trips (Poly in '12 and WL in' 13) so I figured we'd get to YC and checked in around 430-ish. Am I underestimating our travel time?

Do most people plan ADRs on their arrival day? Or do they avoid this in case of delays?

I thought it would be a nice start to our trip with an Illuminations viewing HOPEFULLY at a patio table in R&C (although we'd be fine with the viewing area too).
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Old 07-07-2014, 01:31 PM   #2
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You have almost 5 hours between your arrival time and ADR time, I think you should be good. The only thing that might be a problem is luggage. So if you are wanting to maybe change, make sure you pack those clothes in your carryon bag.
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Old 07-07-2014, 03:36 PM   #3
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Our rule of thumb is to allow 3 hours between landing and walking in the gate of a park, so as long as there are no unexpected travel delays you should be fine. Whether it's a good idea to make a dining res on arrival day depends on how you feel about paying the $10 per person no show penalty if you miss your reservation.
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Old 07-07-2014, 04:52 PM   #4
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I think you'd be just fine. YC is close to EP so it's not like you'll be checking in and hoofing it across property. 5 hours should be plenty of time. I would also guess that if there was a problem with a flight delay and you miss your ADR the concierge could help remove the charge. I'm totally guessing on that, but since you allowed a 5 hour window, it seems that a flight delay would be an 'excusable absence'.
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Old 07-07-2014, 05:11 PM   #5
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Question How stringent do you think they would be if hypothetically..

If hypothetically there was a long flight delay which precluded a guest from making an ADR...

I wonder if in this case, if you planned say, 5 hours between landing and ADR time, and you provided documentation from airline that the flight was delayed and provided something which proved that you landed at a certain time,
would Disney waive the $10 per person cancellation penalty?

Would HOPE SO!
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Old 07-07-2014, 05:21 PM   #6
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We did this in May this year. Flight arrived at MCO at 11:30 am and we easily made a 4:00 FP+ at EPCOT from Coronado Springs on the Disney buses. It could have been an ADR. We did online check in and our room was ready when arrived. No problem.
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Old 07-07-2014, 05:25 PM   #7
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I think you'd be just fine. YC is close to EP so it's not like you'll be checking in and hoofing it across property. 5 hours should be plenty of time. I would also guess that if there was a problem with a flight delay and you miss your ADR the concierge could help remove the charge. I'm totally guessing on that, but since you allowed a 5 hour window, it seems that a flight delay would be an 'excusable absence'.
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If hypothetically there was a long flight delay which precluded a guest from making an ADR...

I wonder if in this case, if you planned say, 5 hours between landing and ADR time, and you provided documentation from airline that the flight was delayed and provided something which proved that you landed at a certain time,
would Disney waive the $10 per person cancellation penalty?

Would HOPE SO!
I do not believe that a flight delay of 5 hours is "an excusable delay". I believe it is this type of situation, and just plain no shows, that led to the new policy.
I would not expect the no show fee to be waived for no shows.
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Old 07-07-2014, 05:30 PM   #8
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As purple figment said, it all depends on how you feel about the $10 per person penalty if you are delayed. If your flight lands on time, I think you'll be fine, but if you are delayed, then how do you feel about the penalty fee? I've done this once (made an ADR on arrival night) because I really wanted to eat at a specific place on the first night. I weighted the pros and cons and decided I was willing to risk the penalty.

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If hypothetically there was a long flight delay which precluded a guest from making an ADR...I wonder if in this case, if you planned say, 5 hours between landing and ADR time, and you provided documentation from airline that the flight was delayed and provided something which proved that you landed at a certain time,
would Disney waive the $10 per person cancellation penalty? Would HOPE SO!
From what I've read, the best answer is maybe. In most cases, you will be charged the no show fee and then you have to contest it later with Disney. Whether they'll refund it or not varies by CM (from what I can tell). If you are not going to make it, I would try my hardest to cancel the ADR before the time. I don't know if that would help with having the penalty refunded, but it can't hurt. Still, given that you took the ADR knowing that this could happen, I do think it's fair if you get charged. So it's something to consider when you make an ADR for arrival date.
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Old 07-07-2014, 07:09 PM   #9
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My flight is supposed to land at MCO at 1:53, but it's United lets call it 3:30. We are using Magical Express shuttle, staying at BLT, checked in online already. Is it nuts to think we can make a 5:35 at Chef Mickey even though we don't have to travel to get there since we're staying there?
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Old 07-07-2014, 07:21 PM   #10
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My flight is supposed to land at MCO at 1:53, but it's United lets call it 3:30. We are using Magical Express shuttle, staying at BLT, checked in online already. Is it nuts to think we can make a 5:35 at Chef Mickey even though we don't have to travel to get there since we're staying there?
You (and the OP) have allowed enough time to get to your ADR's IF there are no flight delays. If your flight is delayed and doesn't get in until 3:30 pm, you will probably not make it to a 5:35 pm ADR even if it's in your hotel.

We do not make ADR's for our first night in advance. We typically stay in the EP area, so I wait until our flight lands and then get on the MDE app and see what is available then. It's a night I know we can't be picky, but I can typically get something in the area at a time I know we can make. I don't want to be out $10 per person!
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Old 07-07-2014, 10:14 PM   #11
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What we do is to wait till we are at the resort (mostly around 3-4) and go to the service desk and see what is available at Epcot. We are willing to take what we can get at Epcot and have ended up trying and loving some new things we might not have chosen. The Cms at the resorts are great at working with us and it has become a great favorite tradition.
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Old 07-08-2014, 02:05 AM   #12
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You should be okay. I had an outpatient (15 minute) parathyroid surgery in Tampa the morning of our first day @6am and had rare complications (my luck!) so we missed 2 of our afternoon and evening ADRs -- but calling Disney was great. They rescheduled both with no charge (later Ohana dinner and CP next morning) and even offered to keep the first Ohana time open in case I could make it if I wanted to wait and see. I didn't want to hang up the restaurant though so went with the later time.

Really they were awesome. As long as you contact them if a delay happens you should be good to go.

Have a great trip!
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My flight is supposed to land at MCO at 1:53, but it's United lets call it 3:30. We are using Magical Express shuttle, staying at BLT, checked in online already. Is it nuts to think we can make a 5:35 at Chef Mickey even though we don't have to travel to get there since we're staying there?
Hopefully your flight will arrive closer to 1:53, but even if it arrives at 3:30 you would probably be able to make a 5:35 res. Typically MCO to a DW resort via Magical Express is 60-90 minutes with 70 minutes about average. As long as check in is quick, you'll be able to take your carry ons to your room and then walk over to CM.

If you don't arrive at BLT/CR until just before your CM dinner, you can get off the DME at the CR, check your carry ons with bell services, have dinner, then check in. As long as you are not on the dining plan this will work.
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Old 07-08-2014, 12:36 PM   #14
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We arrive at MCO at 230-ish (direct flight) on a Saturday. We're staying at YC and booked a 725p ADR at Rose and Crown. ME was fairly quick for our last two trips (Poly in '12 and WL in' 13) so I figured we'd get to YC and checked in around 430-ish. Am I underestimating our travel time?

Do most people plan ADRs on their arrival day? Or do they avoid this in case of delays?

I thought it would be a nice start to our trip with an Illuminations viewing HOPEFULLY at a patio table in R&C (although we'd be fine with the viewing area too).
A lot of people advise to avoid ADRs on arrival day since travel time can be out of your hands if flying. I don't think it's really necessary to avoid ADRs on your arrival day, as long as you are ok with potentially eating the cancellation fee should you have to miss the ADR due to unexpected travel delays. In your case, I think you should have ample time. We've arrived on a Saturday before when DME is very busy (Saturdays are a busy arrival day), and the longest it has taken us from leaving the plane to arriving at the resort was about 2 hrs 15 mins. I agree with PPs warning that you likely won't have your luggage by then, so pack in your carry on anything you might want to freshen up.


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My flight is supposed to land at MCO at 1:53, but it's United lets call it 3:30. We are using Magical Express shuttle, staying at BLT, checked in online already. Is it nuts to think we can make a 5:35 at Chef Mickey even though we don't have to travel to get there since we're staying there?
I think you should be ok. Same warning about the luggage - you likely won't have it in time, so pack in your carry-on any clothes to change into, etc. Also remember that you'll still need to check-in at the desk when you arrive even though you did it online. In our experience, online check-in has saved maybe 2-3 minutes at the desk.
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