Late Arrival and Late Departure... Thoughts?

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by JKeenz, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. JKeenz

    JKeenz Mouseketeer

    Mar 20, 2013
    So I typically like to take an early morning (6 or 7 am) flight to MCO, so that we can get to the resort by noon, but we are doing things a bit differently this time. DH is not a morning person, so we decided to take an afternoon flight which arrives at MCO at 6:50 pm. We will be using ME, but I'm thinking we won't use the luggage service so we won't have to wait for our bags. Thoughts, agreement, disagreement on this?

    On our departure day, our flight actually doesn't leave MCO until 8:00 pm, so we will be heading to MK one last time that day. (Also not typical for us since we usually leave in the morning too.). I'm assuming the hotel will hold our luggage until we come back from the park and check in for ME to go back to MCO? Or do you know if we should check our luggage with ME before we leave for the parks? Also wondering around when we should head back to the hotel? We are staying at CBR. Thanks for your input!
  2. dvcHammer

    dvcHammer Drinking at Disney

    Dec 12, 2001
    Great plan! Take your bags to the bus on the way in and check them in the morning before hitting the park on the last day.
    No wait on the way in and no worries on the way out. Perfect plan.
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  4. kaytieeldr

    kaytieeldr Post hoc, ergo propter hoc

    Jun 11, 2005
    Disagree about not tagging the bags inbound. Pack your carry-ons with travel documents, medications, valuables, and whatever you'll need for the first 24 hours at WDW. That way, if your checked luggage gets misdirected you'll still be able to function.

    For the return, you can bring your luggage to the Resort Airline Check-in counter (not bus) any time between 8 and 1 on departure day to check it and check in for your flight. The day before departure, you'll get your DME pickup time. You need to be waiting at the stop with your entire party 15 minutes before that.
  5. serene56

    serene56 DIS Veteran

    Dec 4, 2004
    Your ME return time is usually 3 hours before your flight-- so factor in if your flight is at 8pm you will get a bus time of around 5pm you want to be waiting at the bus -- ready to go about 4:45
  6. tinkbyday

    tinkbyday DIS Veteran

    Apr 3, 2008
    We grab our bags as well - We prefer to have our "stuff" with us rather than wait for delivery to the room, especially when we arrive later in the day.
    It isn't a big deal at all, matter of fact, there were several others that did the same and the driver seemed perfectly fine with it :)

    I believe the PP is correct that ME picks up 3 hours prior to departure - they will provide you the time before you check out - just plan accordingly for time to get back to CBR - I would say to give yourself an hour, just in case.
  7. DisneyRunner2009

    DisneyRunner2009 DIS Veteran

    Jul 15, 2009
    Last year, we had a pick up time around 5pm. I took my checked bag down to the airline check in desk early. Then when it was time to check out, we stored our belongings with bell services. No problems. We have an 8pm flight planned again this year.
  8. sahickman

    sahickman Earning My Ears

    May 10, 2012
    We had an 9:30 pm return flight last trip. It was wonderful. We were able to stay at a park until almost 5 pm before returning to resort for pick up to airport. So we got a nice park day out of day that could of just been a traveling day. They held the luggage no problem and I made a separate bag to hold any clothing changes or anything else that might be needed before heading to airport and left that with the luggage. I then just threw that bag in my luggage before heading to airport. Easy.

    As for the taking a late flight there...I am debating this to for next trip. Other trips we were in Orlando by 9:30 am, which is a nice start to having a slow day at Disney. I'm not liking the idea of paying a night for a room to just sleep in one night and not really have any Disney time that day....

    I will keep checking back to watch these posts! :goodvibes
  9. Sue M

    Sue M DIS Veteran

    May 27, 2009
    I usually am flying into Ft Lauderdale first, then drive up to wdw, but a few times I've done my trip in reverse, and flew into MCO late afternoon flight. I packed change of clothing, PJs, bathing suit, toothbrush, etc in carry on. But we were always pleased with DME service, and luggage. Never had to wait long.

    Our last day we check our luggage before leaving for a park with airline desk ( they close at 1:00) and leave carry on with Bell Service.

    I always like to be back at resort an hour before DME. Have to get carry on from bell service, then we go to food court to grab a snack or light meal, and buy some stuff to eat on flights. Then one last peak at gift shop, lol, and wait for DME. As mentioned your entire party should be at DME bus stop 15 min before pick up time.
  10. GaSleepingBeautyFan

    GaSleepingBeautyFan DIS Veteran

    Aug 12, 2007
    I normally take an early afternoon flight to MCO and arrive around 4pm. I let Magical Express handle my checked bags and they have always been in the room by the time I return which is normally between 10pm and midnight.

    If you let Magical Express handle your bags, you will receive them within 3 hours of checking in at your resort (not 3 hours from the plane landing as I used to think). As long as you are fine with getting them some time between 11pm and midnight, I'd just let someone else handle your bags.

    The day you leave, you will need to take any bags that will be checked to the Resort Airline check in. They will collect any baggage fees if you have them and give you a bag claim check for when you reach your home airport.

    Also if you have bags that you plan to carry on, those can be left with Bell Services. Just be sure you return early from the park with enough time to collect those (I usually time it so I'm back at the resort with an hour to spare) and still be ready to go for Magical Express 15 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.

    I normally leave MCO in the evening so this is what I do.

    Have a great trip.
  11. benji2012

    benji2012 Mouseketeer

    Apr 22, 2013
    We usually take late flights both ways; though we don't always use Magical Express.

    I definitely think you have the right plan. Grab your bags before getting on magical express. You never know when or why your flight may be delayed, so I like to be prepared.

    We love having a full day before flying out...though our flight last night awas delayed and we didn't get home until after midnight. Sure was tired at work today!
  12. nkereina

    nkereina Last chance to lose your keys.

    Feb 11, 2009
    We are doing the same thing as you this year! We also plan to get our own bags, however we have almost always done this regardless of our arrival time. If it's just you two, it should be no problem to roll your bags through the airport to get to the ME area but if you have kids, it might be tricky. Also, allow for the extra time to wait for the bags. We have found the baggage claim to be very slow at MCO.

    I would have your hotel store your bags on your last day and then you can just pick them up when you come back for ME. I don't think you can check them with ME before your ME bus arrives. ME will likely pick you up around 5pm for an 8pm flight, so you should be at the bus stop by 4:45. I would leave MK by 3:30 to ensure you give yourself enough time to get on a bus and get back to the resort to get your bags. It should be more than enough time, but I would hate to be rushing and nervous you'll miss ME!
  13. DevonsDisneyMom

    DevonsDisneyMom DIS Veteran

    Aug 1, 2009
    We usually take morning flights too but the last few times the evening flights to and from we're cheaper. I think you will still be fine having ME deliver your luggage on your arrival. 6:50 isn't late at all. I bet you'll have your luggage before 9p. As for leaving. If you are doing resort check in you have to have that done before 1p I believe. Bell services can hold any bags you are not checking in. That's what we have always done in the past

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