• On Sep 17, 2018
    Angela from MI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    If my plane arrives in Orlando at 11:15 AM, what time would you estimate we'd be at our hotel? Carry-on luggage only.

    Hi Angela,

    Thanks so much for visiting us at the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question about Disney's Magical Express transportation. You sound like my kind of planner! Each time I fly in to Orlando International Airport, I think through all of the steps to estimate what time I'll be able to set foot at the most magical place on earth - where I really want to be!

    I usually plan on about 20 minutes to make a bathroom stop after my flight and walk to Level 1 on side B to Disney's Magical Express loading area. Once you check in, they'll assign you a row and you'll board your bus once it's ready, but know that you could have a small wait until your bus departs. I usually plan on all of that taking around 30 minutes before we depart, although that time could certainly vary. The ride to your Disney Resort hotel is fun, with a cute video playing welcoming you to the Walt Disney World Resort and sharing some helpful tips, and usually takes around 45 minutes, give or take a little depending on traffic or any other stops before arrival at your Resort hotel. In all, I usually estimate about 1 1/2 - 2 hours from the time my plane lands until I'm at my Resort hotel, and if it's less than that, it's an awesome bonus! Do know, though, that this is all subject to change if you're traveling during a really popular season, at rush hour, or if there are traffic issues that can't be avoided like construction or an accident . I love that I can just sit back, relax, and anticipate all of the magic and fun I'll have on vacation, though, without having to worry about driving myself! My kids like to joke and say, "Mom, it's the first ride of our trip!" I hope that you enjoy it! 

    Please come see us again if you have any other questions as you're planning your visit, and have a truly magical vacation, Angela!

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Meet the Panelist: Missy, Virginia

Hi!  I'm Missy, a homeschool mom originally from Indiana, but recently transplanted to Virginia.  With a husband and five kids, I understand what busy family life is all about and how important it is to get away and create magical moments with your loved ones.  I also believe planning is half the fun, so I'd be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Missy

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