Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Disney's Magical Express: Transportation and More!

Disney World can be described in one simple word: magical.  This magic goes far beyond parks and rides; Disney's cast members want your entire visit to be so carefree and convenient, that it all feels like magic!  One of my favorite benefits for onsite guests is how easy it is to transport luggage.

Disney's Magical Express
Included with your resort stay is a feature called Disney's Magical Express (see? it even has the word "magical" right in the title!).  These are buses that efficiently transport guests back and forth between Orlando International Airport and Walt Disney World property.  It is available at no charge- and it couldn't be easier, both for you and your luggage.

Your vacation begins the moment you walk out of your home and take that first step toward Orlando.  After you put the special yellow Magical Express tags on your checked bags, you won't have to carry them again until you get back to that same airport!

Close your eyes and imagine this:
Make sure to put the yellow DME tag on your bag
  1. You arrive at your home airport and turn your luggage over to the airport employee at baggage claim.  
  2. You get ready to board the plane for your magical trip to Disney World, knowing that each piece of checked luggage had the Magical Express tags on them. 
  3. Upon arrival at the Orlando International Airport, you skip the crowded baggage claim area and go right to the Magical Express Bus departure area. 
  4. You board your coach and have a relaxing ride to your resort of choice.  
  5. The wonderful staff at Disney’s Magical Express will grab your luggage and deliver it directly to your room within a few hours. 
You don’t even have to wait for it!  Go start enjoying the parks, the pool, or Downtown Disney, and your luggage will arrive soon.  All you need to do is unpack, and start enjoying your vacation.

Are you switching resorts?  That's easy too.  Don't even think about hauling your luggage around; simply press the bell services button on your room phone, and a cast member will show up to magically transport it to your next resort. 

Call bell services for assistance with all that luggage!
After you have had a wonderful vacation filled with excitement and entertainment, you can pack up your bags and leave them inside the room next to the door.  Just as if you were switching resort, you'll make a call and have them bring your luggage down to the airline check-in located in or near the lobby of your resort.

You may think that this is where the magic ends, and you'll now have to shuffle your bags back through the airport and wait in the airline lines again, while reality starts to set in.  Not so fast!  You can check your luggage right at your resort, and watch it be magically whisked away, and sent ahead to the airport to be loaded onto your plane.  You won't need to touch it again until you retrieve it from luggage claim at your home airport.

Keep in mind that the resort airline check-in desk has limited hours (5 am to 1 pm) and your luggage needs to be checked at least a few hours before your flight.  It also may not be available for all airlines.  On your final day, just plan accordingly!  If you have a late flight, bell services can store your carry-on items so you're free to enjoy the day until your Magical Express bus arrives, which will be scheduled approximately 3 hours before your flight.

What a wonderful, hassle-free (and magical!) way to begin and end your vacation!

Tara

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