[QUOTE=CleveRocks;960908]I disagree with both points mentioned above.
DME doesn’t allow you to take a bus to a resort that is not the one you’re registered at. I suppose someone could always try begging and pleading, but it is against DME policy.
I can’t imagine that the OP should EXPECT not to reach Epcot 'til 2:30 p.m. for a 10:45 a.m. flight arrival. DME averages 70 minutes from airplane to resort. Even if we say they don’t get to their resort until 12:15 p.m. (90 minutes), let’s say check-in is quite slow and takes 30 minutes, it’s now 12:45 p.m., then 45 minutes MAXIMUM for the wait at the bus stop and the ride to Epcot, and they’re at Epcot at 1:30 p.m., assuming long waits everywhere. That’s one whole hour before 2:30 p.m.
On the flipside, they could possibly have a 60 minute DME experience (all of mine have been in a range of 56-63 minutes), a 10 minute check-in, and a 15 minte bus experience, getting them to Epcot at 12:10 p.m. I readily admit that I would never EXPECT they’d be at Epcot at 12:10 p.m., but 2:30 p.m. would be horribly later than should be expected.
How does your timeline differ from mine? I’m curious how you arrived at 2:30 p.m.[/QUOTE]
Point 1: What do I know? I drive up from South Florida so I have no need of ME, and therefore no direct knowledge.
Point 2: I padded in an extra hour of “Oh S***” time.
I’ve gotten clammed up for a half hour a couple times while checking in at WL.
It’s possible that the plane will be late, especially during a thunderstorm, including not even being allowed to pull up to the jetway if lightning is within a certain distance from the airport. I have had to wait on the apron several times due to storms.
God forbid there is a bad accident on the highway between MCO and WDW causing traffic to be stopped or significantly delayed.
And then there’s the need of some people to check out their room (and use the private bathroom) before heading out.
Another factor is how long it will take to walk from the bus, get through the bag check and turnstile, and how long it will take to walk from the gate to the restaurant, especially World Showcase pavilions.