Your Guide to Disney’s Magical Express

A favorite travel perk of mine is Disney’s Magical Express.

The Magical Express is bus transportation from the Orlando International Airport taking both you and your luggage to your Walt Disney World Resort hotel.

On the surface, this isn’t anything groundbreaking. But two main points make the Magical Express unique:

It’s FREE.

and

They take care of your checked luggage for you.  All the way to your hotel room!

Let me walk you through the beauty of the Disney’s Magical Express experience.

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When you make your hotel reservations online or with your travel agent, you will be asked to include your flight information. Don’t panic if that’s not available. You can add the information later through this link or by calling (407) 939-1936.

Your travel documents and Magical Express tags will be mailed to you about 2-3 weeks before arrival.

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One tag per person is typically sent, but you can request more than one! I had packing issues and needed to do just that on my last trip. You MUST attach these bright yellow tags to your bags if you want them transported to your hotel by Disney.  If you arrive between the hours of 5 am and 10 pm, these tags signal the airline attendants to grab your bags and take them to your resort.

*If you are arriving outside those hours, you MUST pick up your luggage at baggage claim and carry them to the Magical Express.*

GUYS: this is the magical part!  Once you check your luggage at your departure airport, you will not have to worry about them again!  They will magically appear in your room 2-3 hours after your arrival.

It’s my favorite thing EVER about traveling to Walt Disney World.

You will need your Magic Bands.  When they arrive at my house, I put them immediately in my purse or laptop bag as I know both will go on the plane with me.

I don’t usually put the band on until landing, but you can certainly wear that durable arm candy for the whole flight.

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When you land, you will arrive at level 3.

Take the mini-monorail train to the main terminal and exit to the center of the airport.

Look for Side B.  The Magical Express is located on Level 1, Side B, Ground Transportation.

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Follow the signs! There are plenty of them lining the way to your destination. You’ll walk quite a ways after exiting the elevator or escalators. Just keep walking past all the rental car counters.

Once you arrive at the Magical Express check-in kiosks, you will start using that Magic Band. I believe there were three opportunities to scan my band and to make sure I was going to the right bus line.

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If at any point there was a mistake, it was handled quickly right at the kiosks.

Finally, you will get in line.

If you are lucky with the timing, you might walk right through the queue and board a bus.

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It’s happened to me many times.  If your motorcoach is not ready for you, the wait is typically 10-30 minutes (but it can be a longer).

The ride to the Walt Disney World takes approximately 25 minutes. Your coach may make a couple of stops and let other guests depart at their resorts.

My estimation based on my personal experience is 45 minutes from the time we pull away from MCO to the time I’m getting off the Magical Express.

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Disney takes care of you from the moment you land until the moment you leave.

The Magical Express motor coach service is one of many reasons why I stay onsite at Walt Disney World. It may even be my number 1 reason, to be honest. I’m a diva, what can I say?

(I mean, you’ve seen the size of my bags, right?)

Have you used Disney’s Magical Express before?  What did you like the most about the service?

About Patty

Patty Holliday is a wife and mother of four. She's a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)

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