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So you’ve just landed at MCO, and you’re eager to walk through those turnstiles at your favorite park. Here are a few obvious but fun tips in the spirit of the latest WDW Today episode.
1. Deplane Quicker
This one is pretty simple: a) don’t check a bag and b) sit towards the front of the plane. Personally, I’ve sworn off checked-bags for expediency’s sake (I hope to get away with this for at least a few more years). And now that most airlines give you a financial incentive to do this, it’s doubly rewarding. Only caveat when when bringing a roller bag on board is: try to board as soon as possible. Those overhead spaces fill up!
2. Speedier Rentals
First, it goes without saying that you should be using Mary Waring’s MouseSavers when you’re booking a rental car (I’ve personally saved hundreds of dollars this year alone using their codes). Mary also provides good tips for getting the car quicker–namely a) using an onsite agency and b) registering online with the rental agency (most of which are free). You have to trust them with your Driver’s License & Credit Card, but being able to use their kiosks and preferred queues in the airport can save easily 15-20 minutes. I used Alamo for my last trip in August and found a healthy line at the desk but was able to storm through the kiosk rental within 2 minutes and was off to the garage.
3. Use Disney’s Online Check-in
Disney recently introduced an Online Check-in system for its resort hotels. Basically, you can “check-in” online 10-days out, and upon arrival at the hotel, you use a different queue that typically has an expedited process. Further, if your room isn’t ready yet, you can have them text your cell phone with your room number once available (this worked fine for me). I’ve heard that some people have actually found longer waits at the hotel with this online check-in process–it worked brilliantly for me at the Caribbean Beach Resort. Eager to hear how’s it worked for other people (could be a hotel-specific thing).
OK–that’s it! Three tips to make it to the Parks faster! In August, my dad and I made it to Epcot in an hour and twenty minutes after our flight landed; we were holding fastpasses for Soarin’ and eating at Sunshine Seasons (a fave) after 90 minutes!
What are your tips for making it to WDW faster? Anyone have any good Magical Express tips or Online Check-in stories?