What Is Disney's Magical Express And How Much Does It Cost

Everything You Need To Know About Using Walt Disney World’s Complimentary Airport Transportation

Disney’s Magical Express is Walt Disney World’s free service for transportation between Orlando International Airport and the Walt Disney World resort hotels.

Here are some important things to know about Magical Express

– You do need to make a reservation to use Magical Express.  This is something I’ll take care of when we book your trip.

– Prior to your trip you will receive some yellow Magical Express luggage tags.  You will be sent one tag per person.  If you think you’ll need additional Magical Express luggage tags, let me know and I’ll take care of that.

Those tags need to go on your bags before you arrive at your departure airport.  If you do that you won’t need to worry with your bags again until they show up in the resort room later in the day after your arrival.

Remember to keep necessary items in your carry-on since you and your luggage do not travel together, and you may get to your hotel 2-3 hours before your bags.  Lots of people put swimsuits or changes of clothes in their carry-ons to have for the pool or the parks when you arrive.

Also, don’t put your Magic Bands in your luggage – you’ll need them to board the Magical Express and for check-in at the resort.  I always put mile after I’ve gone through security at my departure airports.

If you would like to get your own bags once you get to Orlando International Airport and take them with you on Magical Express you can do that, just don’t put the yellow tags on your bag.

– At the Orlando International Airport Magical Express is on the B Side, Level 1.  When you get to Level 1 go right, all the way past the rental car desks.

If you arrive at Terminal A (like Southwest), it’s an easy walk across the lobby atrium of the airport to the B Side.

– Plan on at least a 90-minutes from the time you arrive at the airport to your Walt Disney World resort.  There’s a good chance your bus will stop at more than one hotel; don’t let that throw you.

– For your return trip on Magical Express you will receive a letter on your hotel room door the night before with your scheduled departure time.  Plan on boarding the bus at least 3 hours before your flight’s scheduled departure time (if it’s really busy at Orlando International Airport it may be 4 hours before).

You do not need Magic Express luggage tags for the return leg, but you are responsible for your bags.  You can either take your luggage with you to the bus, or the much better option is to check you bags at your Walt Disney World resort the morning of your departure.

Out front at each resort is an airline check-in desk that serves most airlines.  At this desk you can check your bags and print your boarding passes.  That way, when you get to the Orlando airport all you have to do is go through security and to your gate.

Check at your resort for the airport desk hours and the cut off time to use this service based on your departure time.

Note that the people working this desk are airport employees, not Disney Cast Members, so I always tip them like I would tip curbside at the airport.

– Disney’s Magical Express only services Orlando International Airport (MCO).  If you choose to fly Allegiant it goes to the Sanford airport – about 50 miles from Walt Disney World – so you’ll will have to purchase other transportation.

– If Magical Express doesn’t sound like it’s for you, there are other options.

If you’ve followed along for a while you know I always use a car service for airport (and Port Canaveral) transfers.  It’s fast, (the driver greets you at baggage claim and takes you straight to a waiting car) and it’s great, personal service.  The car services will make a stop at the grocery store for you on the way to Walt Disney World to pickup water, snacks or whatever you might need.

You can read more about using a car service here: http://bit.ly/WDWSplurge

You can book Walt Disney World’s super fun Minnie Van service for airport (and Port Canaveral) transfers as well.

You can rent a car at the airport and drive to Walt Disney World.  You will, however, have to pay a nightly parking fee at your resort.  There are also two Alamo Rental Car locations on Walt Disney World property where you can drop-off or pick up a rental.

Taxies, Uber and Lyft are all available at the airport and at the Walt Disney World resort hotels.

OK, that was a lot of information.  If you have questions about any of this don’t hesitate to reach out to me – that’s what I’m here for.

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