Disney's Magical Express
  • On Oct 23, 2019
    Sarah from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Can you fly in the night prior and stay in a non-disney resort hotel, and then return to the airport the following morning to take the magical express to the disney resort hotel for the remainder of the stay? What happens to the luggage?

    Hi Sarah!

    Thanks so much for sharing your question with the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    I can tell you from personal experience, you can do this, and it's a simple and easy process.

    When I made my reservation with Disney's Magical Express, the Cast Member assured me the process would be seamless and she was right. The best way to do this is to call Disney's Magical Express at (407) 939-1936. Make sure you have your vacation package reservation number, as well as your flight information, readily available when you call. Explain your situation and plans so the Cast Member can make a note on your reservation. Approximately two to three weeks before your departure, you will receive Disney's Magical Express luggage tags. Save them as a fun souvenir. You do not want to put them on your luggage as you will need to grab any of your checked bags when you arrive at Orlando International Airport. When you return to the airport the next morning and board your motorcoach, your items will be stowed securely with the other Guests' carry-on bags, strollers, etc.

    I remember landing in Orlando really late. I went to the airport hotel with the plan of sleeping late and then making my way to Walt Disney World Resort. That, of course, didn't happen as I was too excited to sleep. The next morning, I woke up early and took a hotel shuttle to the airport. The driver was great and dropped me off as close to Disney's Magical Express as he was able, and my vacation officially began!

    Regardless of where you are dropped off, proceed to the Ground Transportation Area on Side B, Level 1. There are signs conveniently located to help you find your way to the Disney's Magical Express check-in area. Upon arrival, the Cast Members will greet you and you will be on your way to Walt Disney World Resort.

    When your vacation is concluding, your departure will be just like any other Disney's Magical Express departure. Your Transportation Notice will be delivered to your Disney Resort hotel room the day before you are scheduled to check out. On the day of your departure, be sure to take advantage of the Resort Airline Check-In service if you are flying with a participating airline. Then, enjoy your day at Walt Disney World Resort before the motorcoach arrives for your return trip to the airport.

    I'm so excited for you! I love how detailed you are being with your planning. Please let me know if you need any other information as you plan your magical Walt Disney World Resort vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Kari, Texas

"Welcome home," Disney friends! I'm Kari, a wife and mom from Texas. In 1997, we became Disney Vacation Club Members and have enjoyed every magical moment. We have also set sail on the Disney Cruise Line, enjoyed the benefits of Annual Passes and put our best foot forward with runDisney. I love helping Guests add pixie dust to their vacation plans! How may I help you add magic to your next Disney vacation?

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