• On Feb 9, 2018
    Jennifer from MI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    How long will it take on Magical Express to get from the airport to Pop Century resort? Do they stop at the resorts in a certain order? Also if we arrive before 10pm, do we HAVE to have our bags delivered or can we bring them on the bus with us? Thanks!

    Hey, Jennifer! My daughters absolutely love hopping aboard Disney's Magical Express for the ride to our resort. However, the return trip back to the airport is our least favorite part of the vacation and has been called the Tragical Express! Anything that takes you away from the magic and back to reality must be Tragical instead of Magical haha!

    I usually time our trips from the airport and make a note of the stops along our way. In my experience, it has taken us anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours to reach our Walt Disney World Resort hotel via Disney's Magical Express. I have used this service for each of my stays at Disney's Pop Century Resort and I have had different stops each time. Once, the entire motorcoach was filled with just passengers headed to that resort! That made for a really short trip! The logistics of this service varies each day and just depends on the demand of what has been booked ahead of time. To be on the safe side, I would say give yourself an hour and a half to two hours to reach your resort from the airport, in case you are thinking of plans later in the day.

    You are more than welcome to bring your luggage with you to the motorcoach and not use the luggage transfer service. To do so, make sure you do not affix the provided yellow luggage tags to your luggage when you check in at your home airport. These yellow luggage tags are a way for airport personnel to know which bags need to be pulled off and sent straight to Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Without the yellow tags, your luggage will be sent to the regular baggage claim area. You will need to head there to retrieve your bags before heading to Disney's Magical Express check-in area.

    Thanks, Jennifer, for stopping by with your question! I hope you have a magical day and please let us know if you think of other questions as you continue to plan your trip.

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Meet the Panelist: Brandy, South Carolina

Hi, I'm Brandy, a speech pathologist and busy driver of daughters to marching band and dance events. My Annual Pass is used often to check out new Disney must-dos and resort changes. I enjoy giving advice about itinerary and FastPass+ planning, Epcot's fantastic festivals, Memory Maker, and transportation at the Resort. The time I spend at Walt Disney World Resort is distinctive because it is the one place I can forget other responsibilities and focus on having the time of my life with my family!

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