How long to go from airport to Poly with Magical express

Discussion in 'Transportation' started by Maavernon, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. Maavernon

    Maavernon Earning My Ears

    Mar 4, 2012
    We are scheduled to arrive at Orlando airport at 8:04pm Thursday 5/24. Can anyone tell me what time range I should anticipate arriving at the Polynesian if we are on the Magical Express?

    I'm trying to decide if I should make a dining reservation for a late dinner at the Poly's Ohana that night or not. Basically will we make it in time for a 9:35pm res?
  2. disneyeveryyear

    disneyeveryyear DIS Veteran

    Mar 12, 2003
    You might be calling it close. It all depends on when the next bus leaves ME and where in the delivery order the Poly is.

    90 minutes can be done if the stars line up, but I wouldn't bet on it.
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  4. chartle

    chartle DIS Veteran

    Jul 10, 2008
    and if there are no flight delays.

    The general rule is you shouldn't make any ADRs with a cancellation penalty on your arrival day. Or at least give yourself a huge buffer like 5 hours.

    OP I don't think you will make it and even if you do you may be very stressed out worrying if you are going to make it. Not a great start to a vacation.
  5. Polydweller

    Polydweller DIS Veteran

    May 17, 2010
    Exactly, I wouldn't bet on it. Add in the fact that the Poly may not be the first stop for the ME bus and you have to be at the restaurant 15 min before your ADR time, not going to happen. You also have to checkin as well. I would just decide you can't do it and start your trip more relaxed.
  6. goofy4tink

    goofy4tink No tags...not needed! Transportation moderator Moderator

    May 2, 2002
    Nope, way too close. If the flight arrives, ontime, at 8:04pm, you can figure on arriving at the Polynesian by 9:30...that's 'if' it arrives ontime. Not to mention that when most of us give you an average time of arrival, it's based on being at the gate already. If a plane lands at 8:04, you aren't going to be off the plane and leaving the gate area until closer to 8:30. I seldom land, taxi to the gate, and get off the plane in less than 15 mins.

    I wouldn't book an ADR that night. Just go down to Captain Cooks and grab something quick.
  7. dudspizza

    dudspizza I married in to a Disney crazy family... now I hav

    Jun 1, 2004
    Plus, OP would still have to check in and get into their room, unless they want to skip that and go straight to a dinner.

    I agree, cutting it way too close.

  8. KrazeeK120

    KrazeeK120 DIS Veteran

    Feb 29, 2012
    I also think you'd be cutting it way too close to set up that reservation.

    Also...JUST FYI...I don't know if Disney ever alters their ME routes (they very well may). When I went on 3/23, the order was: Poly, GF, WL, Contemporary. And I know that because I was staying at the Contemporary. The Poly people weren't on the bus very long, but that in no way guarantees that you would make your ADR. Plus, you have to think about your flight possibly being delayed, etc.
  9. CleveRocks

    CleveRocks Rock 'n' Roller Coaster worshipper

    Mar 5, 2005
    There are no pre-set groupings of resorts, and no pre-set order of drop-offs. It will vary even within a single day, let alone a week or month or year. When I stayed at Poly, the order was Poly-Grand Floridian-Contemporary. When I stayed at Contemporary, it was Port Orleans French Quarter-Contemporary-Poly. Just a tiny example of my point ....

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