Disney's Magical Express
  • On Oct 4, 2019
    Josie from AL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Our flight lands at 1:05pm. We have tickets to HS for that day. How long do you think it will take to get to the hotel, check in and ride to the park? What is the earliest FP I should try for? I don't want to book one too early and miss it.

    Hi Josie!

    It sounds like getting ready for a magical Walt Disney World Resort vacation where you will be using Disney's Magical Express for your airport transportation. I love Disney's Magical Express and in fact, it's one of my favorite benefits of staying at a Disney Resort hotel!

    I recommend that you plan three hours between the time that your flight is scheduled to land and when you will be at your Disney Resort hotel ready to start the first item on your vacation itinerary. This will give you plenty of time to get through the airport, board your bus, travel to Walt Disney World Resort and make stops at other Disney Resort hotels before arriving at your vacation "home". If you are planning on starting your vacation at Disney's Hollywood Studios, I recommend that you plan an additional hour of travel time to get from your Disney Resort hotel to the theme park. If your first FastPass+ reservation will be for an attraction in Toy Story Land or another attraction in the back of the theme park, you may want to allow an additional 30-45 minutes to walk through the theme park to enjoy your reservation.

    While I have found that this trip can occasionally be quicker depending on factors such as how fast I can get through the airport, crowds and traffic on the highways, I like to plan plenty of time into my itinerary so we don't feel rushed during the start of our trip. So I recommend that you plan your first FastPass+ reservation for no earlier than 5:00 p.m. and if you get to the theme park earlier, that gives you some free time to explore before your reservation!

    Come back to see us if we can help you again as you continue planning. T-T-F-N, ta ta for now!

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Meet the Panelist: Crystal, Colorado

Hi! I’m Crystal and I’m a wife and mommy to two little Mouseketeers. My husband and I have been enjoying Disney Parks since before we were married, and now we take our children to see Mickey and the gang as often as we can, while  managing my oldest son's food allergies. Planning is key for my family to ensure that everyone has a safe and fun trip to our favorite place and it can be just as exciting as the trip itself. I can’t wait to help you plan your next adventure there, too! Learn More About Crystal

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