Disney’s Magical Express is a complimentary airport transportation service for guests visiting the Walt Disney World Resort. The Magical Express will whisk you away to your Walt Disney World Resort, and even deliver your luggage right to your room! When you arrive in Orlando, we want you to be prepared, so we are sharing some tips this week on using Disney’s Magical Express when arriving in Orlando so you can begin your Walt Disney World vacation stress free!
Magical Express services one airport. Guests who want to use Disney’s Magical Express must have flights into and out of Orlando International. The airport code for Orlando International is MCO, so look for that when you are booking your flights. If you choose to fly into Sanford, which is a smaller Orlando based airport, you will need to rent a car or take a private shuttle service to your Disney Resort.
Guests are entitled to one roundtrip voyage on the Magical Express. This means you can take it to your resort, and back to the airport once. If you have members of your travel party arriving on slightly different days or flights, that is fine. However, you cannot take it to the resort, back to the airport to pick up a rental car, and then back to the resort after returning your rental. So be sure to plan accordingly.
The Magical Express runs as long as the airport is open. That being said, if you have a flight arriving in Orlando after 6PM, you may want to get you baggage yourself from the luggage carousels. It can take up to 3 hours for your baggage to be delivered to your room by the Magical Express, and you may not want a CastMember knocking on your door late in the night with your baggage.
Plan plenty of time when using the Magical Express. Disney’s Magical Express is a wonderful service, but it can also be time consuming. Plan two hours from the time your plane arrives in Orlando until you arrive at your resort. The Magical Express motorcoaches drop guests off at several resorts. So for example, if you are on a Magical Express motorcoach to Port Orleans Riverside, you will likely stop at Port Orleans French Quarter, Saratoga Springs, and maybe Old Key West as well. On your departure day, you will be picked up at your Disney resort 3 hours before your departing flight.
If you don’t receive your yellow Magical Express tags for your luggage, don’t fret. These are a great convenience, yet they can cause a lot of stress. These are the tags that signal to the airline employees that your bags need to be set aside and taken to Disney property. However, if you do not put your tags on them, you have two options. First, you can collect your bags from luggage claim yourself, take them to the Magical Express motorcoach with you, and when you arrive at your resort they will unload them right there with you. The second option is to not collect them from luggage claim, and instead proceed straight to the Magical Express Welcome Center. Give them your baggage claim tickets from the airline, and they will collect your bags for you and deliver them to your resort.
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