Disney's Magical Express
  • On Sep 9, 2019
    Kristine from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hello! For those that have booked WDW flights during the Christmas holiday, when would be the best time to buy flight tickets? From the NYC/Philly area, round trips seem to be at least $450ish with checking bags/choosing seats/extras. Thanks in advance!

    Hi Kristine,

    Thank you for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question. The Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort is the most beautiful time of the year to visit.

    My family and I celebrated Christmas at the Resort this past year and we truly enjoyed every moment. We loved Candlelight Processional, and the best way to enjoy it is with a Candlelight Processional Dining Package. The whole Resort dresses up to celebrate the season and all the decorations are stunning. And a great way to enjoy a break from the Theme Parks is to tour some of the Resort Hotels.

    But visiting from New Jersey can be a challenge on our wallets. Airfare prices soar during this season and it may seem everyone is be visiting the Resort. The good thing is that most residents from the Garden State are close to several major airports such as Philadelphia, Newark and La Guardia, with many airlines to choose from. And don't forget about Trenton and Atlantic City. You can fly non-stop from all of them to Orlando International Airport, where you can take advantage of Disney's Magical Express, one of the many benefits for Disney Resort Hotel Guests.

    Now an option we've also enjoyed in the past is Amtrak's Auto Train. It does depart in the early afternoon from Virginia but will get you bright and early the following morning about 30 minutes from the Resort. What we typically do is drive however. We do stay overnight halfway through, or leave early in the morning and spend the night in northern Florida.

    One last tip: it is a busy time of the year to visit, so if there's a dining reservation that you were not able to make, keep checking. Many Guests change their plans frequently, even up to the last minute. And with the My Disney Experience mobile app, this process is super easy. Now, remind me. What exit? See you real soon!

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Meet the Panelist: Ricardo, New Jersey

Greetings! I'm Ricardo. Originally from Argentina, I am an IT geek by day, and a leader of the Galactic Empire by night. I'm a husband, and father to two Jedi Knights who share their passion for Disney and Star Wars. Join me and together we shall plan the perfect Disney vacation! Learn More About Ricardo

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