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  • On Aug 28, 2009
    Nancy from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We have 7 coming Thanksgiving week, and we've never used the Magical express. Realistically what is the travel time from the airport to hotel, and how early before our flight are we picked up to go home?

    Hi Nancy!  The ME is great and I got to use it twice this year, for the very first time.  Realistically you are looking probably at about an hour to a hour and a half from the time you arrive at the airport until the time you reach your resort.  I had one fast experience and one rather not so fast experience.
    What will happen is you will depart your plane and head over to the ME counter.  You will check in and then wait in line for a bus headed to your resort.  A nice CM will guide you to the correct bus and then you will wait for the bus to fill up or until the driver decides he or she has enough passengers.  The actual trip is about 30 minutes, but you just never know if you will have to wait for the bus to leave or not.
    And with regards to departure.  ME will place an information sheet on your door the evening before your departure telling you what time your ME is departing.  They will have you on a bus three hours before your flight departs, as they know that most airlines ask for you to arrive two hours before your flight.  So yes there is some waiting time involved but it really is a fantastic thing to take advantage of while traveling from the airport to WDW.
    I truly hope this helps and that you have a great WDW vacation, and I'll keep my fingers crossed that you don't have to wait very long for a bus!
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Meet the Panelist: Jennifer, Georgia

I am Jennifer, a Georgia native, wife and mother to 3 incredible young women.  I own my own marketing and public relations firm and absolutely love my job. In my spare time (ha!), I enjoy hanging out with family and friends, reading, playing tennis and occasionally running a runDisney race.  For my family it doesn't get any more magical than a Walt Disney World vacation. Learn More About Jennifer

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