Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Oct 17, 2012
    Glorian from PR Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Which hotels are closer to which parks? And, if we use the Magical Express, could we take care of our luggage ourselves and bring to our Hotel in the bus with us? Any tips on Magical Express?

    Hi Glorian! When looking for the best location to the parks from a Disney resort hotel your best bet is one of the many great Deluxe choices. The Polynesian, Contemporary, and the Grand Floridian are right at the Magic Kingdom door with a quick connection via monorail or boat. Not too far from this park you will find the Wilderness Lodge which is a short boat ride or Fort Wilderness Campgrounds which is a bit longer of a boat ride but both easy access.

    The Boardwalk, Yacht, and Beach Club resorts are right next to Epcot and only a five minute walk to the International Gateway entrance which operates the same hours as the main entrance. What is great about these three resorts is that you are also within walking distance to the Hollywood Studios park or a short boat ride.

    The Animal Kingdom Lodge is close to the Animal KIngdom park but not within walking distance.

    The moderates and the values are only accessible to a park via the Disney bus transportation.

    Some guests do prefer to pick up their own luggage at the airport. I was pleasantly surprised on my last visit that the luggage came out right away but have had to wait up to 30 plus minutes in the past sometimes. Do not put the tags on your bags if you are going to pick them up yourself but still get your reservation for the bus. One thing to think about is if your flight arrives on the opposite side of the airport where the Magical Express area is you will either need to spend money for baggage help or be strong and do it yourself. OVer the years they have improved to speed up the time from the airport to the resorts and also for the luggage to arrive to your room. It is a nice amenity if you choose to use it. If your flight comes in after 10pm you have to pick up your bags but beyond that it is your choice.
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