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  • On Apr 25, 2020
    Megan from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    How does the airport Minnie Van service work? Will Magical Express still take care of my luggage, or will I need to go to baggage claim first? Can I go directly to a theme park from the airport with this service?

    Hi Megan!

    How delighted I am to see you stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel again! 

    Airport transportation is one of those things we do need to pre-plan, so I am glad to know that you are giving it such thoughtful consideration. Disney Minnie Van™ Service Connected by Lyft is one of our favorite ways to get around the Walt Disney World Resort. The vehicles are super cute, and our drivers have always been fantastic.

    Since we have not used the service to travel from the Orlando International Airport, I called to confirm this answer with a Cast Member. The Cast Member I spoke with said that you will need to gather your luggage and take it with you. The driver will take you and the luggage to your resort hotel. On your departing trip back to the airport, consider using Resort Airline Check-in to send your bags straight to the airport. Be sure to check-in early to verify that they can accommodate your bags and double-check the participating airlines.

    Since it sounds as if you have some enticing park plans and need to get to the park quickly, I suggest that you complete online check-in. As soon as you arrive to the resort hotel, drop your bags with Bell Services and make sure you keep your claim ticket (I snap a photo just in case). Then head off to the park(s). You can always arrange for additional transportation with Disney Minnie Van™ Service Connected by Lyft.

    On our last visit, we left our bags with Bell Services because our room was not yet ready when we arrived. We headed to the parks, had a fabulous time, and when we returned our bags had been delivered to our room! I love that kind of magic. Given that you will have a direct ride to your resort hotel, I actually think having your bags with you will be great since, when using Disney's Magical Express®, the Luggage Delivery service could take several hours.

    Megan, it sounds as if the direct Minnie Van service to your resort hotel will work well with your plans. As it gets closer to the dates of your trip, feel free to call 407-939-7529 to verify the current procedures. Also, review the luggage instructions on their website to be sure you have enough room for your luggage. My family is notorious for overpacking. 

    Sending pixie dust to my fellow North Carolinian as you plan! 

    Magic and memories,

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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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