I've in the past flown in from the UK, done our usual night at Epcot to see Illuminiations and then found out there was extra magic hours at the Magic Kingdom, then before I knew it, its 2am, I've been awake for 24 hours!Our UK flights always seem to get in on the afternoon by the time we are through security and get to the resort with the time difference we dont do a park.
You wrote 'drop bags with bellhops', you don't use Magic Express for your bags to be delivered to your room? Just asking because I'm debating if I want to use this service.I fly in, usually land by 8:30am. I go right to the parks as soon as I get off DME. I drop my bags with the bellhops and just go . I change into shorts at the bathroom in the airport if I don’t wear them on the plane I pack my park backpack with any necessities for the day and put it in my carry on bag. I’m wiped out by late afternoon/dinner time (I’ve been up since 2:45am and probably got a lousy nights sleep on top of it), so I head back to the resort about then and eat dinner, get unpacked, am passed out before 9:00
One year I flew in a day earlier than originally planned because airfare was so much cheaper. I did what you do and have a resort day/DS day. Just relax and wander.
FWIW, we do something very similar to the poster you were replying to. We go carryon-only and never check a bag or use DME luggage delivery. If traveling during cold months, we put a pair of shorts in an outside pocket of our luggage and change into them during our airport potty stop, en route to the DME counter. Once at our hotel, we leave our bags with Bell Services and we're off! (*Note that our not using DME luggage delivery is just a matter of personal preference: from what I've read on here, it's very reliable. I just prefer not to check bags whenever I can help it, and we pack very light, so hauling our own bags is not burdensome.)
My carry on bag(s), i should e specified that. I use DME for my checked bags. it’s great. Bags go right to your room
This is a nice service, which we do use. The only drawback is that it can sometimes be a few hours after check in to get those bags to your room, depending on how busy they are at the time. So, if you are planning a pool day or need to change clothes before heading to DTD or a park I would have that change of clothes or pool attire packed separately in a carry on. Unless you are flying in your bathing suit, in which case rock on!