First Day - to Epcot's Akershus in time?


#1

Need some expert advise on first day. So we are set to land at MCO at 9:30am and the first ADR is at Akershus Royal Banquet at 1:45pm. First off all do you think that is pushing it? I figured land - MDE - Bay Lake Tower - checkin if possible - Monorail - Monorail - Epcot - and straight to Akershus should be about right hopefully a bit early and can get in a ride on the way there.

Then how long do you think it takes to get back to Bay Lake Tower from Epcot for a mid day break? early flight with DD4 & DD7 will probably require a break. I'm guessing the full "allow an hour" will come into affect. I trying to determine what to put into my touring plan for the break. Thanks.


#2

This sounds like too much in my opinion. You very well may make the reservation, but that is an awful amount of work to get there just to take a break after. It will take you awhile on the monorails, and then you still have quite a walk to Akershus. If you are committed to going to Epcot that day plan on staying the afternoon. Then make it an early evening so everyone gets a good nights sleep. If staying late in Epcot is more important, then I would cancel that reservation and go to Epcot a bit later after a rest. Just be prepared for kids who don't want to rest due to the excitement of having just gotten there. I just don't think it is worth several hours of travel each way just for a meal, princesses or not, but of course that is just my opinion.


#3

I agree I would love to move it to dinner time and just hang out at the resort in the morning because I don't think mom is skip on illuminations.
I guess I will just have to keep checking availability.


#4

Keep checking, people change their plans all the time. Good luck!


#5

I also wouldn't travel back and forth. If you can't get a later time - maybe just take a nap in Ellen's Energy Adventure. smile


#6

haha, "just take a nap in Ellen's Energy" so true. I just signed up for one of those dinning search programs so hopefully it will find a dinner time available. We'll see.


#7

bttriple - You said you just signed up for "one of those DINING SEARCH PROGRAMS"???????
What is that?
It sounds like something I could use! I find all the checking to try to get a better (or any time) SO frustrating
Forgive me if not the right area to ask - I tried to search the site and got no responses.
Thanks


#8

I don't know which one @bttriple uses but I use wdwtablefinder.com.

I booked my trip at like 165 days and it was during a free DDP time so all of the restaurants I wanted were booked. I was able to get EVERYTHING I wanted, included a BOG breakfast and dinner. Yeah you pay a small fee but I signed up for the 3 notifications and think it was well worth it. I wasn't looking every single day 7 times a day!


#9

Disney Dining Scout is what I'm using. Sounds just like what gmlauder used. You pay a small fee~ $4 for four searches and it notifies you when there is availability, you still have to book the reservation though. I have never used one before so we'll see. My trip is not till December so I don't expect to hear much until we get closer.


#10

@bttriple, be ready at ALL times of the day. I have my phone out at work and the second I get a notification I am on booking those ADRs!! I even got a notification at 2am before!


#11

Ok. Thanks for the heads up.