• On Jun 22, 2016
    Keith from CA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Magical Express page refers to "checking in" (using MagicBand, etc). Does that include "check in" for hotel (Port Orleans)? We have dinner res at Sanaa (AK Villas). Can we hotel check-in with the bus then get dropped off at AK Villas?

    Hi, Keith!

    Your magical vacation starts as soon as you land at the Orlando Airport. After deplaning, head to B-SIDE, Level 1. Follow the signs to the Magical Express check-in area. They will scan your MagicBands and lead to the queue for your motorcoach to Port Orleans.

    Once you get to Port Orleans, you can drop your carry-on bags in your room or at the Luggage Area if you room is not ready. You can then hop on a bus to any of the theme parks (just hop on the first one that comes along!) and then transfer to a bus to the Animal Kingdom Lodge. This journey will take up to an hour.

    If you find that time is a bit tight, inquire with a Cast Member at the front of your resort about hiring a taxi. This route will take you about 20 minutes, with a fare of around $20. Unfortunately, the Magical Express can only take you to your home resort, so you cannot take a motorcoach directly to Animal Kingdom Lodge from the airport.

    However you end up getting there, enjoy your dinner at the wonderful Sanaa restaurant. It is a very memorable dining experience!

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