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Late Check Out
As an owner I get many requests (mainly from guests who have never been to Orlando before) asking if they could have a late check out as their flight does not leave until 6pm. Plain fact is (excuse the pun) all flights to the UK leave at around 6 pm.
Number one: This will mean you will need to be at the airport, usually, 3 hours before your flight leaves = 3pm.
Number two: You will need to take back your hire car, this usually takes about half an hour = 2. 30pm
Number three: Your journey to the airport it is safest to leave minimum 45 minutes to get there (please do allow for unexpected hold ups, other people's accidents, road closures, heavy traffic jams, your own break down etc) so leave yourself an hour. Any way, the airport is a very interesting place to wander around. There are many lovely shops and even Disney, Universal and Kennedy Space centre shops for last minute shopping for souvenirs. There are restaurants, cafes and bars =1. 30pm
Number four: However well organised you are, it will probably take an hour to load up the car, check all the rooms for forgotten personal items etc. etc. = 12. 30pm.
Most villa check outs are between 10am and 11am so the most time you will have to spare is two and a half hours.
You will need lunch - half an hour minimum = 12 noon
You are now left with just one or two hours to kill. This is easy. Most people I know go straight back to Downtown Disney for a last nostalgic look at all the Disney Magic. Your luggage will be quite safe in the trunk of your car as the car parks are patrolled by very formidable looking staff.
We usually start at one end and walk right through to the other. A last look at the shops in West Side, a coffee at the Columbian cafe (if you can take the strength of the brew!), maybe a sweet treat for the children, toffee apples from The Magic Cauldren or a churro - my personal favourite. Walking past the Irish bar and restaurant and the smell of the fish and chips has me drawn towards the door for lunch.
How many children can resist a last look in the huge Lego shop, or a wander through the Disney store, or an ice cream at Ghiradellis. Of course if you keep walking you will find the Toy Shop, The Cook Shop and the magical Christmas All Year Round Shop.
Me? After the fish and chips I head to Ghiradellis for a sumptuos ice cream sundae then buy some of the most divine chocolates I have ever tasted
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