We are only 18 days, almost 17 now, from wheels up to WDW for the first time . Our flight is scheduled to be at MCO at 1223, we are taking ME to AKL. Originally, I was planning to leave carry-ons at bell services and head to MK, planned hours were until 10pm. Now hours are extended until midnight. The following day we are planning RD at HS with AM EMH. I have been concerned for leaving right after Wishes with a CL9. I am now wondering about resting in room for a couple of hours prior to heading out (of course, all depending on room availability), and staying until 11 or midnight. It will be me, DW, DD7, and DD9.
I'm wondering if waiting to leave an hour after Wishes would be much difference (time wise) in getting back to AKL than leaving right after Wishes and battling crowds. This will be the only night we will see the regular Wishes, however we will be going to MNSSHP and will see Hallowishes, so we could hang out at the train station to see Wishes for a quick departure.
I am planning to make a plan for both and playing it by ear.
I know everybody is different, but I'm asking what you would do? Watch Wishes from closer (Main St. or Hub) as intended and battle crowds, watch from that area and stay until at least 11, or watch from front of park and make quick exit to get back to room earlier.