• On Mar 23, 2018
    Jessica from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are flying Southwest Airlines to MCO. Will the Magical Express transport our checked luggage directly to the resort? We were told that we must pick up our checked luggage prior to boarding the Magical Express because SWA is not a participating airline.

    Hi Jessica,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel with a great question.

    I am a big fan of Southwest Airlines and Disney’s Magical Express®. I can assure you that Southwest Airlines is a participating airline. As long as your flight arrives between 5:00 A.M and 10:00 P.M. you will not need to claim your bags before proceeding to Disney’s Magical Express Check-In. If your flight lands after 10:00 P.M. you will need to bring all your luggage to the motorcoach since the baggage service does not operate during those hours. Your motorcoach driver can offer you assistance with loading and unloading your bags. Remember to pack your MagicBands in your carry-on luggage. You will need them to unlock the door to your Resort Hotel Room and check-in with Magical Express.  

    Southwest also offers Resort Airline Check-In from select Disney Resort Hotels, for your return trip to Orlando International Airport. This service is offered at select resorts from 5:00 A.M. to 12 noon. You must have a valid ID and check your bags at least three hours prior to your scheduled flight. You will receive a transportation notice the day before your departure that will advise you of your scheduled pick-up time. If you choose to not use the Resort Airline Check-In, you must bring your luggage to the motorcoach along with your notice and the driver will again assist you with loading and unloading your bags.

    See ya real soon,
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Ohio

Hi there, I am Andrea from the Buckeye State. A very proud mom to my princess who is a former Miss Ohio. Friends and family describe me as a "Disney Nerd" and Star Wars fangirl. I have made 30 trips and counting to the Walt Disney World Resort in all stages of life since 1972 as a small child, a young mom with a toddler and now as an empty nester. The love of vacation planning runs strong in my family. My uncle had it, I have it and with my help, you will have it too. Learn More About Andrea

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