So all along, we have planning to leave as early as possible on Thursday (1/2/20) morning, hoping to get to WDW and drop our bags at the resort and get in a solid 1/2 day at HS. We had planned to stay at a hotel near the airport the night before, assuming I can get a very early flight.
I’m keeping an eye on flights but can’t even price for some airlines because it’s too early, schedule isn’t released yet for our full trip dates (1/2 - 1/11). In other cases, some fares are already sold out… so I’m getting nervous.
While searching flights, I realized that MAYBE it will make more sense to fly down on WEDNESDAY 1/1 and stay a night at an inexpensive off-site hotel, rather than spend that night at a hotel here BEFORE our trip! DUH… it avoids having to get up SUPER early with stress about making a 7:00am-ish (or earlier) flight, we can get down there mid-day or early evening, get a good night’s rest; Uber to our resort on Thursday morning and proceed as planned! My initial research looks like flight cost won’t be much different, and I found a hotel option that looks good and is probably even cheaper than the one we would consider locally. And frankly, even if it’s just a wash on the flight costs, I would MUCH rather get to Orlando a day earlier and have the travel behind us for our first park/resort day!
So my question is: if we go this route, we obviously can’t take advantage of MDE on arrival, but would still want to use it on our departure day. Is there any problem or issue with just booking MDE one direction?