Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Red. Enjoy the ride as we discuss different types of Disney transportation.
There was a discussion the other day on the Magical Blogorail Facebook page on what we deem the official start of a Walt Disney World vacation. Is it when you first go through the turnstiles? When you arrive at your resort hotel? When you see Cinderella Castle for the first time.
For me, the official start of my Walt Disney World vacation is the moment I step foot on Disney's Magical Express. I am a terrible flyer, so I only start relaxing when I'm off the plane. Disney's Magical Express makes flying into Orlando International Airport so incredibly easy, it helps ease any stress.
What's Disney's Magical Express? It's a free airport transportation and luggage service for Walt Disney World Resort guests. It allows you to bypass luggage pickup and head directly to your resort.
How does it work? When you make your resort reservation, provide the Cast Member (or through the website) with your flight information. Don't know your flight information? You can add it later. Just remember, your luggage tags will be sent approximately three weeks before your vacation. Can't get your tags in time? It's still not a problem. You can pick up your own luggage and take it with you.
Arrival at the Airport. When you arrive at your home airport, make sure each piece of checked luggage has a Magical Express luggage tag before checking them with your airline. This will be the last time you'll see your luggage until you are in your resort room later. Do not pack anything that you may need on the bus. I always pack my medication and a bathing suit in my carry on.
Arrival at Orlando International. You've made it! Now simply proceed to Disney’s Magical Express Welcome Center, located on Side B, Level 1. You will need only your voucher OR your Magic Band to check in. An air conditioned motor coach (with restroom on board) awaits you. You'll line up according to resort. Remember, you do not need to get your luggage! (Exception: If your flight arrives before 5:00 AM or after 10:00 PM get your luggage and bring it to the bus.)
On the bus. Welcome to your motor coach! Remember, there may be multiple stops, but you can expect a 30-40 ride. During this ride, you will be entertained with a video. Looking for a photo when you enter the Walt Disney World gates? Sit toward the front on the right side of the bus. Sit back and relax!
Waiting for your luggage. Your luggage will arrive in approximately three hours. You do not need to be in your room to receive your luggage. Go about your magical vacation and have a great time!
Departing Walt Disney World Resort. All good things must come to an end. The night before you check out, there will be a letter and vouchers delivered to your room which will list the pick-up time and place. It will be approximately three hours before your flight.
Certain airlines participate in Resort Airline Check-In, which allows you to check in for your flight and check your luggage right from your resort. You must arrive with your travel documentation (the TSA will screen you) at least three hours before your flight. Here are the participating airlines:
- Alaska Airlines
- American Airlines
- AirTran Airways
- Delta Air Lines
- JetBlue Airways
- Southwest Airlines
- United Airlines
- US Airways
Have any questions about Disney's Magical Express? Write to me in the comments section below. Also, feel free to share your opinion of this service.
Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Magical Mouse Schoolhouse.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
1st Stop ~ The Disney Point (You are here!)
2nd Stop ~ Magical Mouse Schoolhouse
3rd Stop ~ A Disney Mom's Thoughts
4th Stop ~ My Dreams of Disney
Final Stop ~ Home is Where the Mouse Is