• On Jul 10, 2017
    Anna from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Am I able to use disneys free airport transportation if I spend the day in the parks after checking out of my hotel? Also, can disneys free airport transportation take me directly to the park vs going to my resort first?

    Hi Anna,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! How exciting to be in planning mode for your Walt Disney World vacation!

    Disney's Magical Express is a convenient way for Walt Disney World resort hotel guests to travel to and from Orlando International Airport and a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel. Your return time on the shuttle will depend on your flight departure time. Our return times have generally been three hours prior to our domestic flights. For this reason, we try to book a late afternoon flight so that our return to the airport is not early morning. My husband and I were both horrified when we once had a return time on Disney's Magical Express at 6:30 a.m. because our flight was 9:30 a.m. Lesson learned. 

    Disney's Magical Express service operates to resort hotels. You would need to travel first to your resort hotel, then take other resort transportation to the theme park. If you decide to make dining reservations or Fast Pass+ selections at a theme park on the day of your arrival, remember to allow enough time to get from the airport, to the resort and then to the theme park. I would allow at least three hours.

    Anna, I hope you take advantage of the luggage delivery service if flying on a participating airline. When traveling to the Walt Disney World Resort, just secure your luggage tags to your bags and you will see them again once they are delivered to your resort hotel room. When departing from the Walt Disney World Resort, be sure to check your luggage in at the resort airline check-in desk at least three hours prior to your flight departure time.

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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