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  • On Jan 14, 2010
    Barbara from VA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    When you arrive by air and stay at a Disney hotel, what are the advantages of using the Magical Express? Are there any disadvantages?

    Hi Barbara! What a great question!

    As you probably know, Magical Express is a complimentary airport shuttle service that delivers guests and their luggage to Walt Disney World Resorts.  There are lots of advantages to using the Magical Express:

    • It's Free! You don't have to pay for a rental car or a cab.
    • You can skip baggage claim -- Disney will retrieve your bags at the airport and deliver them to your hotel room, a real advantage for heavy-packers like me!
    • You ride to your Disney resort in a clean, comfortable Motorcoach while watching a fun video of Mickey and friends.
    • At the end of your trip, if you're flying on certain domestic airlines, you don't have to lug your bags back to the airport; just check them in at your resort.

    One potential disadvantage to using the Magical Express is that you will not have access to your luggage when you arrive at your resort.   Your bags are supposed to be delivered to your room within three hours after you check in, but in my experience, you may be without your luggage for much longer. If you use Magical Express, just make sure you bring your must-have items for your first day in your carry-on bag. The other potential drawbacks are that the Magical Express Motorcoach stops at several resorts so it can take a little while to arrive at your particular resort, and when you are heading back to the airport, the Magical Express will pick you up much earlier than you would probably leave if you were driving yourself. In spite of these drawbacks, I wouldn't hesitate to use the Magical Express again -- it's a good value for a budget-conscious traveler like me, and I just make sure that my checked bags don't contain any items that I'll need immediately.

    Hope this information helps you! Thanks for asking my opinion, and please feel free to ask me any other questions!

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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, North Carolina

I'm a busy mom of two from North Carolina who loves to find ways to stretch a Disney Dollar so that I can enjoy the luxury of Disney's deluxe resorts and fine dining. Learn More About Amanda

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