Disney’s Magical Express is a transportation service provided to guests flying into Orlando International Airport (MCO) and staying at a Disney World resort. It’s a wonderful way to kick off your vacation and could save you some money along the way!
Today we’re sharing FOUR reasons why we love taking Disney’s Magical Express to Walt Disney World!
Perhaps the biggest advantage to taking the Magical Express is that it’s completely free. It is a complementary method of ground transportation to your resort when you stay on Disney property.
Alternatives such as taxis, shuttles, ride sharing, Minnie Vans, and renting your own car can be costly. Disney World vacations are pricey enough, so the fact that you can save on ground transportation is a relief for many!
The Disney magic starts as soon as you arrive at the airport.
As soon as you step off of the plane at Orlando International Airport, you’ll want to start your Disney vacation right away! With the Magical Express, you can begin to experience the Disney magic long before you arrive to your resort.
Cast Members greet you upon checking into Magical Express at MCO, and you are whisked away on a bus that’s completely decked out in Disney magic. From the character wraps on the bus to the fun cartoons, trivia, and videos played on the TVs inside the bus, you can get into vacation mode immediately!
Even better: the Disney magic begins before you even leave home. A few weeks before your check in date, your Magical Express luggage tags will arrive in the mail. Much like receiving your MagicBands in the mail, the DME luggage tags are a fun milestone on the way to your vacay!
You don’t have to worry about your luggage.
When those yellow Magical Express luggage tags arrive in the mail, attach them to your bags before you leave home. Once you drop off your bags at your home airport, you don’t have to worry about picking them up at baggage claim at MCO!
When you take advantage of Magical Express, you get to skip baggage claim altogether! Your bags will magically appear in your resort room a few hours after your arrival. (Okay, it’s not expressly magic; DME staff will collect them for you and they’ll be loaded onto a transport to the World and then delivered to resorts from there.)
Be prepared and pack what you need for your first day in your carry-on bag, though, as luggage delivery can take several hours on busier days. And if you’re arriving late at night (after 10PM) or very early in the morning (5AM or earlier), you’ll need to pick up your own baggage, too. If you need or want to collect your own bags, just do that before you head over to the Magical Express check-in. You’ll be able to store your bags under the bus during your ride to Walt Disney World property, collect them when you are dropped off at your resort, and go on your merry way — bags in hand.
Magical Express will bring you back to MCO, too.
When it’s (sadly and all-to-quickly) time to leave Disney World and return home, Magical Express offers return service to Orlando International Airport. This is also completely free, and you can even check into your flight and print your boarding passes at your Disney World resort on participating airlines before you depart. This allows you to skip checking in at the airport, and you can head straight to security!
The day before you check out, a note will be delivered to your room with information on when you will be picked up. Buses will arrive 3-4 hours before your departure time. You will have plenty of time once you arrive to Orlando International! Beginning and ending your Disney vacation with the Magical Express is a convenient option to consider next time you visit!
Do you take Magical Express every time you travel to Disney World? How has it made a difference for you in terms of convenience? Let us know in the comments!