Hey! I’m only a few days away from my second trip to WDW (yippee!!). There were SO many things I stressed out about the first time I did WDW solo. This time, I feel totally at ease about my trip, am looking forward to a more relaxed pace this time around, and can’t wait to enjoy it without the jitters I had last time.
There is really just one thing I keep stressing out about. I have never been to Disney Springs and am worried that I haven’t left myself enough time to get to my ADR at Raglan Road on my arrival evening. My reservation is exactly 2 hours and 5 minutes after my plane is scheduled to land at MCO. I will have a checked bag to retrieve (probably) and a rental car to pick up. I am staying off site in the Lake Buena Vista area and was hoping to check in and drop off my luggage before dinner. Supposedly my hotel is a 5-minute drive from Disney Springs…but I have no idea what to expect in terms of parking, crowds (is it busy on Thursday evenings?), and how long it will take me to walk from parking to the restaurant.
I really don’t want to start off my vacation by rushing around and worrying about missing my reservation time. If anything, I would like to arrive in DS with enough time to leisurely make my way to Raglan Road and pop into a shop or two while waiting for my reservation time. Should I skip the hotel and go straight to DS from MCO? Or will 2 hours be plenty of time? (Also, last time my arrival was a bit earlier in the afternoon and I had no issues with traffic, but I’m thinking that might not be the case this time since I will be arriving right around rush hour.) My dinner reservation is already on the late side, so I’d rather not push it later into the evening unless I have to. Thoughts?