• On Mar 28, 2018
    Heather from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    How does the Magical Express work for return flight? Do we take our bags from hotel room to the ME bus and then bring them in the airport ourselves? Or does Disney take them from our room for us and we pick them up at baggage claim when we arrive home?

    Hi Heather, and welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel with a great question.

    I absolutely love the convenience of using Disney’s Magical Express® Transportation to and from Orlando International Airport. The departure process is just as easy as the arrival process but slightly different. The day before your departure, you will receive a transportation notice telling you when Disney’s Magical Express Motorcoach will be picking you up. Make sure you have provided any changes in your return flight information to the Cast Member during your check-in process. You will need to give this notice to the driver, when boarding the motorcoach.

    I typically contact Bell Services the night before to schedule a pickup time for my luggage. If you are flying with an airline that participates in Resort Airline Check-In and your departure is between the hours of 5:00 A.M. and 12 noon, Bell Services can assist you in delivering your luggage directly to the Cast Members who can check your bags, print your boarding passes and bag claim tickets. The following airlines participate in Resort Airline Check-in Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines (U.S. Domestic Only), JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines. You must have a valid ID and your bags must be checked three hours prior to your scheduled departure.

    If you are not traveling an airline that offers this service, you will need to bring your luggage with you to the motorcoach. The driver can assist you with getting your bags on and off the motorcoach. Once you arrive at Orlando International Airport, you will need to check your bags with your airline for the return flight home.

    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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