United States Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

One day visit to Magic Kingdom - staying at Dolphin hotel and other Qs

Jump to last reply

Hi all,

We are planning to be in Florida in April 2014 staying in the Fort Lauderdale area for 5 days. We are thinking of adding on two nights to spend a full day at WDW - specifically at the Magic Kingdom (MK). We have two girls (7 and 9). We have been to Florida numerous times but have never done WDW.

We can use our points to stay at the Dolphin Hotel. I know it is not a Disney property per se but apparently you can still take advantage of the free shuttle to the park and extended magic hours. If we paid money to stay at the closest hotel to MK it would be $700/night at the Polynesia or Contemporary?!?!

Does anyone have any advice to share on the following:

1. Does the free shuttle from the Dolphin run early enough to take advantage of the 8 a.m. extended opening at MK?

2. Tip for the best way to see MK ine one day (il.e., what specific attractions to hit first or hidden gems). My kids are early risers so 8 a.m. start time is fine -- my youngest would likely not make it to the fireworks (and that is ok).

3. Should we plan dinner back at the Dolphin (maybe Bluezoo or Kimono's?) or is it worth it to eat at the "Be our Guest"?

Thanks in advance!

Lisa

19 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Fodor's 100 Hotel Award Winners Announced
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Sep 17, 14 at 01:05 PM
View all United States activity »
  1. 1 Don't rent from Avis Car Rental
  2. 2 Cost of living in Incline Village NV
  3. 3 Halloween in California on Hwy 1
  4. 4 Hotels for 21 yr old near Portland? Help!!
  5. 5 Zion NP - Grand Canyon North Rim - Las Vegas
  6. 6 Maine Road Trip for fall foliage and moose sightings
  7. 7 Long Island Advice
  8. 8 Monterey and Napa
  9. 9 Scenic Route from Washington, DC to NC Outer Banks
  10. 10 Rittenhouse restaurants?
  11. 11 Breckenridge in October
  12. 12 LA to SF via Yosemite- help with itinerary
  13. 13 Public transportation SLC to Marriott City Creek?
  14. 14 St Augustine Hotels, what area?
  15. 15 East Coast in December
  16. 16 Need to claim baggage in Canada when flying from BOS to CPH via YYZ?
  17. 17 New England in the fall
  18. 18 Salem public transportation- how early or late??
  19. 19 Weekend in Indianapolis, any pretty drives you can suggest?
  20. 20 N California trip questions
  21. 21 Broadway Banter 2014: Starting off with book recommendation
  22. 22 New York City with 3 teens!! Need help!!!
  23. 23 Nantucket, Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and/or Boston Honeymoon
  24. 24 Need Bryce Canyon Advice
  25. 25 National Forrest Service - Photography Restrictions
View next 25 » Back to the top