No tags...not needed! Transportation moderator
- May 2, 2002
I have to agree with AngiTN....I fly out of MCO about every other month, have TSA precheck, and have never been in line longer than 10 mins...ever. Even using the non-precheck line has never taken me longer than 30 mins. Sure, it can happen, but not routinely. And boarding usually starts 30 m ins prior to departure. I have yet to fly on an airline that starts boarding sooner than that.The key word here is 'boarding'.....which is usually 30-40 minutes prior to departure.
Personally, I don't like to cut it that close. I would rather have extra time than to be worried about being late. If it where me I would be leaving WDW property no later than 2hr and 45min before flight departure time. MCO is large, busy and things there are unpredictable. Even the TSA pre check line can be 30 minutes long. Depending on how late in the evening the flight is you may also need to allow additional time for traffic.
So, if your flight is at 4pm, on SW. You don't have any bags to check since you've left them with RAC that morning. You all have precheck. SW may start boarding 30 mins prior to departure but since it's by group, you will pretty much know how early you need to be at the gate. So, if you're in the A group, or family boarding (after the A group), you need to be at the gate by 3:15, latest, to line up. B or C group, a wee bit later. That means you need to be at the airport by 2:30, plenty of time to get through security and to the gate. Which means leaving WDW property by 2:00. If you want to have spare time, leave a bit sooner. Many like to leave 90 mins prior to their flight...that's cutting it too close for me. But, then again, I have no problem sitting at the gate for a bit.