Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Disney's Magical Express - How it Works

by Nikki Glinski

So you probably know that once you are on property at Walt Disney World, transportation is available from your resort to almost anywhere you want to go. But did you know that Disney also offers a complimentary round trip transfer from the Orlando International Airport directly to your resort? It's called Disney's Magical Express and here's how it works!

Whether you book a package or a room-only reservation at a Walt Disney World Resort, you are eligible for this service. A few weeks before your vacation, you will receive your Magical Express voucher and luggage tags - one per person in your travel party. After your bags are packed, attach one yellow luggage tug to each bag that you plan to check at the airport. (You should not put the yellow tags on your carry-on baggage.) Keep your voucher booklet with you during the flight. You will need it when you land!

When you arrive at Orlando International Airport, you can skip baggage claim and follow the map in your booklet directly to the Magical Express Welcome Center located in the Main Terminal Building, B side, Level 1. As long as your bags have been tagged properly, the Magical Express Service will retrieve them for you!

Once you arrive at the Welcome Center, you will need to have your vouchers handy. The castmembers will scan them and you will be directed to the bus line for your resort. After a short wait, you will be boarding the Magical Express bus! If you have any questions or concerns, there is also a counter with castmembers there to help you with any issues you may have.

If you have choose to not tag your luggage and retrieve them yourself, they can be stored safely under the bus. Once on board, the bus driver will introduce himself and let you know which resorts the bus will stop at and in which order. As if you aren't excited enough, during the ride, a video will play introducing you to your Walt Disney World vacation and before you know it, you will be pulling into your resort!! In my opinion, this bus ride is where your Disney vacation officially begins!

And what about your luggage? Well in just a few hours, your tagged luggage will be delivered right to your hotel room! You don't even have to be there when they arrive so go out and get started with your magical vacation and your bags will be waiting for you when you return!!

On the last full day of your trip, you will wake up to an envelope hanging on your door. This will have your Magical Express pick-up information for your return trip to the airport the following day. It will also include information on airline check-in. This service will allow you to check your luggage and print your plane tickets the morning of your departure right from your resort. Your pick-up time is generally three hours before your scheduled flight.

*Most major airlines participate with Magical Express. To sign up for this convenient service, let Disney know when you have your flight information or talk to your Mouse World Travel agent and let us set it up for you!


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