This email comes from Lee, who asks:
We’re going to WDW in February for our first trip as a family and our first stay on site. We’ll be there for at the Polynesian. Our flights leave Orlando at 3:00 pm. What do you recommend for a half day? I know that we have to be on Magical Express three hours before our flights leave.
Thanks for reading and for your question. There’s so many fun things you can do with just a morning. Since your trip is seven days long, I’m going to assume you have at least a 6-day ticket. Adding another day would only cost a few more dollars and give you some extra time in the parks. Since you’re at the Poly, consider checking out of your room at around 7:30 or 8:00; go as early as possible, as many other guests will have the same idea. You can leave all your luggage, including your carry-ons, at Bell Services; make sure they know which bags you want to take on the plane with you and which you want to have checked. Then head over to the Magic Kingdom. If you want to get into the park a little early, consider scheduling an early morning breakfast at the Crystal Palace before the park opens. That would give you some time to take pictures before the crowds come in, eat a good meal, and spend a few hours visiting the attractions.
The Magic Kingdom before the park opens.Plan an early breakfast to enjoy the park this empty.
If you’re not interested in going into the parks, you can always enjoy your resort’s pool, nap in a hammock on the beach, or do a character meal in one of the nearby resorts. You could also head over to Downtown Disney to do a little more shopping. Don’t do anything that’s too hard to accomplish. A character meal at a resort that you can only reach by taxi is too stressful this early in the morning and attempting to do too much in the parks will just tire you out. This is the time to slow down and regroup. Wherever you decide to go, unless it’s a quick monorail ride back to your resort, give yourself an hour to get back, pick up your luggage, and head over to the Magical Express stop.
A hammock at the Poly with a view of the Grand Floridian.
I usually try to schedule my flights for early afternoon so I can have a little time to wind down and say good-bye. Going into the parks for a few quick rides, a leisurely breakfast, or just a walk around the resort is a nice way to cap off your vacation. You might even get some ideas for your next trip.