couple checking in Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • On Apr 5, 2019
    Dan from WA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are taking Magical Express for our trip. Our flight leaves late on our return day, so we want to hit a park in the morning and get back to the resort to take the Magical Exprees back to the airport that evening. Is there a system in place for this?

    Welcome, Dan! On the last morning of our family's Disney vacation, we want to squeeze in as much Disney magic as possible. We try to book the latest flight and visit the parks for one more adventure before we head home.

    You'll be assigned a Magical Express departure time a few hours prior to your flight. You can get that exact time from Guest Services at your Walt Disney World Resort. Keep that in mind so you plan to be back with plenty of time to spare. That morning, check out of your resort room and leave your luggage with Bell Services at your resort. Then, head out and enjoy the parks! When you return to your resort, you can pick up your bags and meet the Magical Express for your ride back to the airport. You'll want to have some cash available, as it is traditional to tip the bellhops who bring your bags.

    Just a word of warning because it happened to us: Don't wait until the last minute to leave the parks and assume you'll be able to catch a bus quickly back to your resort. Once, we were enjoying Disney's Animal Kingdom and decided on one more ride before we headed back to the resort. Well, we shouldn't have because we missed the bus back to our resort by a few seconds, and the next bus took quite a bit to arrive, so we were stressed out that we'd miss our Magical Express at the resort and then miss our flight. Luckily, we arrived back at the resort just as the Magical Express was about to leave, and they waited a moment while we grabbed our luggage from Bell Services. Whew! We just made it! No one likes to end their magical Disney vacation with stress like that. So, plan better than I did, and allow plenty of time to travel back to your resort!

    You're in for an amazing trip, Dan!

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Meet the Panelist: Marcy, Ohio

Welcome aboard! I'm the mom of two tween/teen Castaway Clubbers who would live on any of the Disney ships if they could. I would love to help your family discover the magic that awaits you on the open seas with Disney Cruise Line. Learn More About Marcy

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