Looking at a Thurs to Mon long weekend, and can’t really expand the number of days. That means 3 full park days, with one park crammed into either arrival or departure day. AK and HS are penciled into Sat and Sun due to the crowd calendar, so the options are:
Super early flight in on Thurs (if I can find the right one), land at MCO around 10am, and go to EP which has the latest opening time. (Would leave my house at 3:30am to pull this off, and using uber and not DME) MK would be Fri. Relaxed departure day.
Same super early flight, get to MK a couple hours after opening, but stay until closing. EP would be Fri. Relaxed departure day.
Any normal flight on relaxed arrival day, no park. Late departure flight, RD MK and stay as late as possible before leaving for MCO on Mon.
I don’t necessarily need a full day at MK. I would consider 8 of the 10 open hours there to be worth it, as we would hit some highlights and take in the decorations but not have a lot of must-do’s. We were there 2 days last year.
Thanks! I want to make sure I’m not overlooking anything that would tip the scales as far as what is most ideal. Gotta book the right flight (and everything else) very soon. If these all seem too flawed or cumbersome, I might give in and try for a late Wed flight in, but that’s another night’s stay of cost that I was hoping to avoid and possibly too much time away from home in our situation.