Disney's Magical Express
  • On Oct 25, 2020
    Kim from CO Asked

    I'm planning my restaurant reservations for my WDW trip. I was wondering how much longer does it take to get to my resort, now that we need to pick up our own luggage at airport and I'm sure they are not letting as many on the Magical Express.

    Hey there, Hi there, Ho there Kim!

    Welcome to planDisney, we’re so happy to hEAR from you today! I’m also very excited to hEAR that you will be visiting the Walt Disney World Resort very soon, you must be so excited. I honestly cannot think of anything better than a vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort, especially when the vacation includes staying at a Disney Resort hotel. Which resort will you be staying at? My family’s personal favorite is Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. The theme there is so incredible, my Mouseketeers always feel like they have been drawn into the animation!

    When it comes to Disney’s Magical Express, I’ve found that wait and travel times have always varied for us. Picking up our baggage, ourselves, doesn’t seem to increase our wait time by much. I would say it takes an additional 20 minutes of our time. During this time though, we usually give our Mouseketeers a quick restroom and stretch break! Once we arrive, at the boarding location, I find that this is where the time varies the most. There are so many other factors that impact our resort arrival time such as traffic and the amount of people also waiting to board for the same resort.

    Since you are looking to book a dining reservation, on the day you arrive, I recommend giving yourself enough travel time to get there. I usually plan a dining reservation 2-3 hours after our expected arrival time. This gives us enough time to arrive at our resort, freshen up, and travel to where we need to go (since most of the time the restaurant is at a resort other than the one we are staying at).

    Kim, I hope this helps give you an idea of the amount of travel time you may experience during your upcoming visit. If you have any more questions as you continue to plan, you know where to find us!

    -Shantel
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Meet the Panelist: Shantel, Arizona

Hi ya Pals! I'm Shantel from Arizona. I am a mom of two and a military wife. I grew up going to the parks, and now we're sharing that tradition with our kids. When I am not visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, I'm at home researching and planning for our next trip! One of my favorite things to do is search for new snacks to try, especially if they are Mickey shaped. I'm definitely living the dream my heart wished for! I cannot wait to answer your questions and help make your vacation even more magical! Learn More About Shantel

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