• On Mar 22, 2013
    Brittany Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi! We are flying down to Disney in June and are being picked up by the Disney shuttle bus. Will our luggage arrive at the hotel with us or after us? I was told it could take 4 hours??? Thats crazy. Please help. Thank you so much for your time.


    No, your checked luggage does not travel with you on the Magical Express from the airport to the resort hotel. That is all handled separately. As such, your bags are going to get to the resort a bit after you arrive. The hotel will not just receive your bags for you, but they actually take them directly to your room, even if you are not there to receive them. A nice convenience, especially if you have a large traveling party.

    As to the time lag before the bags arrive, the last official statement I heard said that your checked luggage CAN arrive as much as 3 hours after you do. I have never had it come that late, but it can happen, and you need to plan accordingly. What our family focuses on is packing those things we know we will need during that time frame into our carry on baggage.

    There is another solution you may prefer. If you choose NOT to use the luggage tags that they mail to you, you can gather your luggage off of the baggage carousel at the Orlando airport before heading to the Magical Express area. When you go to catch your bus, they will then let you take that luggage with you on the Magical Express bus. They will put it in the bus' storage area, and that way all your belongings are with you when you check in.

    Of course that means you don't get the benefit of having someone else handle your bags, but it sounds as if this might be your best plan.

    Feel free to write me back if you have any follow-up questions!

    Have a magical vacation! 
thumbnail image for Doug

Meet the Panelist: Doug, Indiana

I am one of the Dads on the Moms Panel, and I love to help parents plan their vacation, with a focus on showing them how it can be fun for them too. I am also here to help Dads plan some nice surprises for the Moms in their life (they deserve it!). Learn More About Doug

Didn't find what you were looking for?

To submit your question, please sign in now if you have not already done so.

Ask a QuestionOpens the Ask a Question dialog box.

Update Browser

For a better experience browsing this website, please download an updated version of Internet Explorer.

Or you can continue browsing without updating.