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How to Use Disney’s Magical Express

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Millions of guests of Walt Disney World Resort hotels have used Disney’s Magical Express since the innovative airport shuttle, luggage delivery, and airline check-in service since it launched on May 5, 2005. This great service is just one way to utilize Disney transportation to make your Disney Vacation as stress-free as possible. Here is everything you need to know about Disney’s Magical Express.

Disney’s Magical Express

Everything You Need to Know about Disney’s Magical Express

One amazing perk of being an on-site guest at the Walt Disney World Resort is Disney’s Magical Express.  If you do not live geographically close to Disney and you fly into the Orlando International Airport (MCO)– Disney’s Magical Express is there waiting to take you to your vacation – no extra fee and no rental cars needed! It is the easiest way to get to Walt Disney World from the Orlando International Airport.

How Disney’s Magical Express Service Works

How to Book the Magical Express.  When you make your Disney hotel reservation, you will be asked if you want to use Magic Express.

In order to request Magical Express service, you’ll need to have your flight information available. If you don’t have your flight info when you book your resort don’t worry Magical Express can be arranged at any point prior to your trip by visiting the WDW website Airport Transportation Page or by calling 866-599-0951 or 407-939-1936 in the United States and Canada. You should, however, be aware that in order to have Magical Express luggage tags mailed to you, you’ll need to make your ME reservation at least two weeks in advance.

Check Your Tagged Luggage In.  Once you’ve reserved Disney’s Magical Express, Disney will mail you details and luggage tags approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to your arrival. After receiving the tags, please attach them to each bag you would like Disney’s Magical Express to deliver to your Resort hotel room. Then check them into your airline as normal.

Skip Luggage Claim. Upon arrival in Orlando, guests bypass airport baggage claim and go directly to the Disney Airport Welcome Center. Disney takes care of gathering your luggage for you.

Enjoy the Ride. Guests board state-of-the-art motor coaches that take them to their Disney hotel. On board the bus there is a welcome video that is really cute!

Using Magical Express to Go Home. Once your Disney Vacation is over you get a note on your resort room door letting you know information regarding departure. You should try to go to the airport about 2 hours prior to your flight because of TSA and how busy MCO is.

Magical Express Participating Airlines

Disney’s Magical Express service makes guests’ return to MCO hassle-free as well. This convenient system lets guests flying with participating airlines on domestic flights avoid airport check-in lines by enabling passengers to check their luggage and receive a boarding pass before departing their Disney hotel. Airline partners include Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines.

Magical Express Information and Tips

When Does the Magical Express Run? It runs 24-hours a day, so long as the airport is open.

While the bus service runs all day, the luggage delivery service does not. If your flight arrives before 5:00 a.m. or after 10:00 p.m., because it was scheduled to do so or because of a delay, then you must collect your luggage from the carousel on your own and bring them with you to the Magical Express check-in desk.

Magical Express Resorts. Disney’s Magical Express is available to all Guests staying at Disney Resort hotels with the exception of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel, Shades of Green, and the Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels.

Where Can the Magical Express take You? The Magical Express can only take you to the resort you have a reservation at. The Magical Express cannot take you directly to a park or another resort so keep that in mind while making dining and entertainment reservations.

Does the Magical Express work at Other Airports? Disney’s Magical Express only provides service to Orlando International Airport (MCO). It does not provide service to the Sanford airport or Tampa.

How you ever used Disney’s Magical Express? Let me know about your experience in the comments below!

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