Hello again Disney friends!
Getting into the final stages of trip planning now and just trying to make best use of our time. Some questions on the fine details please, if you’d be so kind.
Overall plan (all parks are EMH+RDs, TPs, FPPs and ADRs are in place for all possibilities, dining is SS except where noted, third trip I’ve organised, but first since Pandora/TSL/SWGE):
Oct 14: Drive London to Manchester, stay overnight (no flights by the time we will arrive, around 2200, restricted by work hours)
Oct 15: Fly to MCO for 1355, DME to AoA, check in, if time looks good and there is availability then MK bus + ferry to 1815 HDDR, if not then try for Oga’s Cantina or a few shows at HS, or BTMR+CBJ at MK, back at AoA around 2030-2100
Oct 17: Hire car from DS, KSC, drop car at USF, HHN, HIE Universal
Oct 18: VB + HHN, HIE Universal
Oct 19: IoA, RPR
Oct 21: 0930 BoG breakfast, MK, 1750 Tony’s Dinner, MNSSHP, PCR
Oct 22: EPCOT, 2125 LC dinner, PCR
Oct 23: AK, PCR
Oct 24: Re-rides/mop ups: Bus to HS 0600-0730 (MFSR, TSM, SDD, RNRC), Walk to EPCOT 0800-0930 (FEA, S), Monorail to Poly for Capt. Cook’s 1000-1030, Monorail to MK 1050-1200 (CBJ, BTMR), bus to AK 1245-1320 (FOP FPP), bus to PC for around 1405, DME/taxi 1425 for 1625 flight to ATL and then 2000 flight home
And so the questions!
We are flying from the UK as standby passengers, and the LGW-MCO is rather full, so we may end up coming via ATL/JFK/BOS. Obviously we clear immigration/customs during the layover but how much time should we then allow from landing to resort via DME, and (as it will be a domestic flight) is there a way of getting hold of the yellow bag tags so we can leave the luggage to be picked up for us and get a cab to the HDDR if short on time?
Does getting to the 2030 HDDR from a 1720 international / 1840 domestic flight seem possible in the first place? Planned method is either DME + Minnie Van or cab straight from the airport, happy arriving at 2030. Seems a better bet than trying to hit HS before 2000…
Are there any shows at HS that it would be advisable to arrive particular early for? The plan without HDDR (ending 1905 at OC) is pretty much fine but the one with it (ending 1615) has sub-5min arrivals at IJ/Frozen/BatB and I wanted to check if we will actually get in to these shows on a CL8 day?
Does allowing 2h from HS to HDDR via Skyliner + quick change at PC + bus + ferry boat seem reasonable? Or better to do Skyliner to Epcot + walk + monorail + ferry boat?
Similarly, does 2h HS to MK via the same route seem like it would allow enough time to stop at Captain Cook’s for a quick bite on the way (while at the TTC to swap monorails)?
Thank you for any help at all!