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  • On Jan 9, 2020
    Desiree from NH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I was wondering if its possible to go right to one of the parks on the Magical Express Bus? Airport to Animal Kingdom to be exact. We're staying at the Contemporary. Thanks in advance!

    Hi Desiree! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. I'm sure you are counting the day until your magical vacation begins. I will do my best to assist with your arrival plans.

    A stay at Disney's Contemporary Resort, beginning with a day at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park? Sounds fabulous! Every since I was a child I wanted to stay in that famous a-frame tower with the monorail passing right through the main concourse. Last summer I finally got close with a stay at Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort, and I fell in love with the convenient location and modern aesthetic of the resort. With the view of Space Mountain from my window, I felt like I was spending the night in Tomorrowland!

    My family and I love using Disney's Magical Express. From the minute I see the signs leading to it at Orlando International Airport, I feel like my vacation has started. I love the convenience of having Disney take care of my checked luggage. What could be more carefree and magical than your checked bags meeting you in your resort room?

    Here's the important part for you, Desiree: Disney's Magical Express will only drop you off at the Walt Disney World Resort Hotel on your reservation. There are no buses directly from the airport to the theme parks. But hakuna matata - I have been in your shoes before, and this is what I do. When I want to get to a theme park as soon as possible after touching down in Orlando, I make sure to check my luggage with the yellow Disney's Magical Express tags that I received in the mail back home. I pack a carry-on bag that I don't mind taking into the theme parks with me, and when I disembark Disney's Magical Express at my resort, I walk directly to the theme park transportation. At Disney's Contemporary Resort, the Disney's Magical Express motor coach will drop you off in front of the resort lobby. Simply walk to the resort bus stop - located in between Disney's Contemporary Resort and Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort, and wait for a bus headed to Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. It should be fairly quick. Buses generally depart for the theme parks every 20 minutes, and you can now use the My Disney Experience App to check bus times. You may even have a few minutes to stop at the Contempo Café to pick up a refillable mug or a snack to energize you before exploring Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

    Bon voyage, Desiree!

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Greetings! I'm Betsy, a middle school teacher, wife, and mom of two. My family and I love to travel the world, but our best memories are those made when we're visiting Walt Disney World. No matter how many times we visit, there is always something new to see, ride, or eat at the Disney Parks. Learn More About Betsy

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