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  • On Mar 21, 2021
    David from MS Asked

    Realistic travel time for Magical Express from MCO to The Contemporary Resort Hotel?

    Hi David,

    Welcome to planDisney! 

    I am so happy to hEAR that you have an upcoming trip planned to the Walt Disney World Resort! This is an excellent question. Under normal circumstances, I would say to allow at least an hour and a half to get from the airport to Disney's Contemporary Resort using Disney's Magical Express®. If considering the time it will take to deplane and walk to Disney's Magical Express area, I would actually plan for two hours. Given that you are visiting soon after the launch of The World's Most Magical Celebration, I am a little worried about crowds. 

    On our last visit our flight landed at about 10:40 a.m. We were on Disney's Magical Express by 11:00 a.m. and at our room by about 12:10 p.m. We stored our luggage, refreshed, and walked from Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa to Magic Kingdom. We made it to our 1:00 p.m. lunch reservation at The Plaza Restaurant just a few minutes late.

    We like to live on the edge, so we always have a dining reservation we are trying to make, but I typically do one that is at the resort hotel or at a theme park within walking distance of our resort hotel. And, we have been fortunate enough to not have any serious flight delays. So, I love that you are carefully considering your arrival day plans.

    I have also never been one of the lucky ones whose resort hotel is the first stop on Disney's Magical Express, so also consider that you may have to sit through drop offs at several other resort hotels before arriving at yours. We love Disney's Magical Express, so we are patient. But, if you would prefer a more direct route, consider using a ride share service like Uber or Lyft. 

    David, remember also that the time of day could affect the crowds at Disney's Magical Express. We usually arrive on morning or evening flights. The crowds in the middle of the day could be more intense. At any rate, enjoy the ride. It always seems like the magic has begun when boarding Disney's Magical Express!

    Magic and memories,
    Donyell

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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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