Check-in to Pop, then Epcot

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  1. shyjade

    shyjade DIS Veteran

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    Not sure where to post this...

    I just realized Epcot is open till 10pm the night we arrive at Pop. Our plane lands a 7:30 and we will take ME to Pop. We have already done online check-in.

    Considering rushing over to Epcot to catch Illuminations (have never seen before) with FP+ (already reserved). Do you think it can be done or should we not even bother? It's just DD15 and I, so no little ones to slow us down.

    In the past we've arrived to the parks around 2 hours after landing (with taking ME and stopping at the resort to check in first), but we have always arrived late morning and this time we arrive at night, so not sure what to expect for timing.

    If we try it, should we grab a taxi outside of Pop to get there quicker and if so, are there taxis standing outside of Pop that time of night (8:30-9pm)?

    What would you do?
     
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  3. purpledisneyprncess

    purpledisneyprncess DIS Veteran

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    I'm not sure I would use a park ticket just to go see Illuminations. Illuminations starts at 9 right? Assuming your plane doesn't get delayed, you still might be cutting it short with time. I'm not sure if there are taxis in front of Pop. I would call Pop and see if they have a list/name of Taxi companies that they recommend and then call the taxi co. when you are on your way to Pop.
     
  4. shyjade

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    It actually starts at 10pm that night, which is the only reason I'm considering it.
     
  5. purpledisneyprncess

    purpledisneyprncess DIS Veteran

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    Oh, okay I'm sorry didn't realize they had a 10pm Illuminations. Maybe it will work. For me, I wouldn't want to be rushing around like that but I'm sure there are others that do it and it's fine.
     
  6. shyjade

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    We get excited when we arrive and like to dive head-first into the parks. We also have trouble with "downtime" during our trips! :rotfl:
     
  7. standleyent1

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    There should be taxis in front of POP but the buses will be running as well, and if your early enough just take the bus.
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  8. AuroraRora

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    If you've already done online check-in, I would get off the DME and jump straight into a cab and not even set foot into any Pop buildings until I got back from Epcot. Based on how quickly a bus came, you might be quicker with that than a cab though - personally I've never seen cabs outside Pop and when I've taken cabs from both AKL and Poly, we had to have a CM call for one.

    You could always take a cab directly from the airport which would be far faster and I believe your luggage would still be delivered fine, although obviously it'd be a more expensive journey.
     
  9. curlz2tite

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    Not the same , but you can see some of the Epcot fire works from the back corner of POP. When we land late we head to DTD to start out Disney magic. Have a great trip
     
  10. DisneyWisher

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    If you chose to take a cab take it to Boardwalk and walk to Epcot. It's not even a 5 min walk plus I read once where a taxi was charged to park when entering Epcot and the price was then passed on to the customer. You'll enter Epcot through the International Gateway (between France and England). It's a shorter walk than from Epcot's parking lot.
     
  11. Marthasor

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    THIS!! Yes, take a cab to BWI and walk through International Gateway to EP. Then you don't have to walk all the way through FW!
     
  12. shyjade

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    Good to know! The FP+ viewing area for Illuminations is by the bridge, so this will be perfect. Thanks!
     
  13. Patrickiii

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    Why not just take ME bus from airport right to Beach club . It would be faster yet
     
  14. lustergirl

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    Can't do that. You have to take the DME bus to your resort that you are staying at.
     
  15. CraftyMommy

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    Magical Express can be hit or miss. I personally would not count on it. But it would be a pleasant surprise if I arrived in time to make it to Illuminations. The fastest I've ever made it to Pop using ME it was an hour after the plane landed. I've had it take as long as 2 to 2.5 hours to arrive to the resort after plane landing time. Then add the time it takes to get from Pop to Epcot.

    This will greatly depend on how busy they are. Sometimes you sit on a ME bus waiting for other people to show up and fill the bus before it will leave the airport. If they are busy you might wait 30 - 40 minutes in line before getting on the ME bus. So many unknown factors.

    You probably won't make it to Illuminations on time but I won't say that its impossible.
     
  16. catra121

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    I would do it this way:

    If you get to Pop by 8:30...then go to Epcot for Illuminations.

    If you get there later than 8:30...skip it and do something else.

    It would be great if you could make it but I wouldn't stress too much over it. If it happens, then it happens. If not...it's not a big deal. I've set up a similar plan on my trip with my cousin in September. I'm spending the day at Epcot the day he flies in (his first time to Disney). I would love his first experience at Disney World to be a fireworks show...but his flight gets in at 6:30. So...I will meet him at the resort and IF he gets there by 7:30 we will go to Epcot and if not then we go to DTD. I think DTD is the more likely options...but it's Disney and sometimes the stars align and some pixie dust gets sprinkled your way and magical things can happen.
     
  17. focusondisney

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    I'm assuming you need to check in & get your park tickets. I'd then take a cab to the Beach Club. It's even closer to the International Gateway than Boardwalk is. Walk thru the BC lobby & the gate is about a 3 min walk. And you have to dodge fewer people than you would on the Boardwalk. If you are at the BC by 9:30- 9:40, you should have time to walk to the gate, pass security & get to the reserved site.
     
  18. ronfin

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    Personally I wouldn't waste a ticket just to see Illuminations. You can see it any other night you're already at EPCOT. Rushing over just to catch that, then dealing with the crowded buses to get back and unpack/unwind? Different strokes for different folks I suppose. I don't think you'll the time based on what time you're getting to the airport, but it's still possible. However, "if" you really MUST see Illuminations, and want to skip the bus lines after EPCOT closes, just walk to the Boardwalk Resort and hail a cab. It's less than $20 back and completely worth it. I'm assuming you're taking your carry-on luggage with you if you're rushing right there? Pack light. Aside from that, I wouldn't do it. I'd rather unpack, unwind, and get to bed early and get out first thing in the morning rested and ready for a full day, but that's just me.
     

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