• On Apr 9, 2014
    Michelle from MD Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Our plane arrives at 10:15am. The Magical Express will take us to the French Quarter. When should I expect to arrive at our resort? We were hoping to visit Epcot the day we arrive. Is it worth it to visit a park on our arrival day?

    Hi Michelle:

    My family always takes advantage of Magical Express, Disney's free transportation from Orlando International Airport to your Disney Resort.  In my experience, the wait for a Magical Express bus takes anywhere from walk on up to about 20-30 minutes, depending on crowds.  Also in my experience, once on the bus, the drive to the Resorts takes about 35 minutes.  Magical Express buses stop at more than one Resort, and schedules and routes can change throughout the day due to demand.  So if French Quarter is the first stop on your route that day, expect about a 35 minute door to door drive.  However, if French Quarter ends up being the last Resort stop on your route, then you can expect up to a 60-75 minute ride.  Luckily, there will be a fun welcome video to watch and Disney music to listen to while on the bus.

    Depending on how long your trip is, I usually take it easy  the first day and relax by the pool or hit Downtown Disney.  I don't like to feel rushed on a travel day or use a Park ticket for less than a full day.  However, if you feel energetic or your trip is short and you want to pack as much Park time in as possible, I would feel free to visit the Parks that first day.

    Enjoy your vacation.

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Meet the Panelist: Jonas, New York

I am a family man and huge Disney fan raising two awesome and rambunctious boys.  As Disney Vacation Club members, we travel to Walt Disney World often. Learn More About Jonas

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