Disney’s Magical Express and Resort Airline Check-In

Updated NOVEMBER 2017: Disney's Magical Express is now picking up guests four hours before flight departure time due to new TSA security measures at Orlando International Airport. This applies to both domestic and international flights.

Magical Express

In December 2004, Disney announced a new service called Disney's Magical Express which offers free airport shuttle service, luggage delivery and airline check-in for Disney hotel guests. The service began May 2005 and will remain complimentary indefinitely.

Service is only valid for Orlando International Airport. Resort Airline Check-in Service (see below) is only available for resort guests flying with participating airlines.

Magical Express SignageHow Disney's Magical Express ARRIVAL service works:

* Disney's Magical Express must be booked at least 10 days prior to arrival through disneyworld.com or by calling your travel agent. You can also book directly through Disney:

U.S. and Canada Reservations: (407) 939-1936

United Kingdom Reservations: 0800 16 90 730

International Guests should make reservations through the same travel agent or tour operator used to book the trip.

Be sure to have your Arriving Flight Number and time into the Orlando International Airport as well as your Departing Flight Number and time out of the Orlando International Airport as well as the name of the airlines you are flying. We HIGHLY recommend booking this service a minimum of 6 weeks in advance!

NOTE: Guests must be 16 or older to travel unaccompanied on the Disney’s Magical Express transportation service.

* Before you arrive, about two to three weeks, you will receive in the mail an Airport Transportation Booklet containing general information and special Disney's Magical Express luggage tags for your bags.

Disney's Magical Express will mail only one luggage tag per person, as travelers are now flying with less luggage due to various changes on the airlines. If you need additional luggage tags, you can request them by contacting Disney's Magical Express at 866-599-0951.

Also, Disney's Magical Express will only mail the Airport Transportation Booklet and luggage tags to guests located in the United States and Canada. If you are located in countries other than the United States and Canada you can still use the full extent of the Disney's Magical Express service, including the resort luggage delivery. You will receive all the pertinent information, including transportation vouchers, upon check-in at the Disney's Magical Express Welcome Center. These vouchers are used for transportation to the resort and then back to the airport. You can either collect your luggage at Baggage Claim and it will travel with you on the motorcoach or you may have Disney's Magical Express collect the luggage and deliver it to your room. The luggage delivery time may take up to four hours to be delivered to the resort room.

NOTE: Do NOT pack MagicBands in checked luggage. They will be used to check in with Magical Express.

* Check your specially tagged luggage at your departure airport. NOTE: If you did not receive luggage tags in advance, provide your baggage claim numbers to Disney's Magical Express when you arrive at the Orlando airport.

* Upon arrival in Orlando, bypass airport baggage claim and go directly to the Disney Airport Welcome Center (Level 1, "B" Side). Present your MagicBand or documents to check in with Magical Express.

Disney's Magical Express offers luggage delivery service for arrivals to the Orlando International Airport between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Guests arriving at the airport before 5 a.m. or after 10 p.m. will pick up their luggage at the baggage claim and take it with them to the Magical Express motor coach to their resort. This will allow late-arriving guests using Magical Express to have more immediate access to their luggage.

* Car seats are not permitted on the motor coaches and must be stowed underneath the motor coach.

* You will board state-of-the-art motor coaches that will take you to your Disney hotel. A video is shown during the ride. Your motor coach may make up to FOUR different stops at various Disney resorts.

* A team of Disney representatives at the airport will pick up your luggage and transport it to your Disney hotel room. Your luggage will travel separately, and it may take up to THREE hours after you arrive at your Disney Resort hotel for your luggage to be delivered to your room. Please pack any valuables, medications or anything you need immediately upon your arrival in Orlando in a carry-on bag, and have your MagicBand with you and easily accessible at the airport and when you arrive at your Disney Resort hotel. You do not need to be in your room to receive your luggage.

* International Visitors – If the Orlando International Airport is your first point of entry into the United States, you will follow the U.S. Customs & Border Protection process and claim your luggage upon disembarking the airplane. Once you have completed this process you will proceed to the main Terminal building where you will be met by a Disney Representative. Your luggage will be transferred to the Baggage Claim area, where Disney will collect it if tagged with Disney's Magical Express luggage tags. If you have already completed the US Customs & Border Protection process in another US city or before entering the US, you will proceed directly to the main Terminal building; and Disney will claim your luggage.

How Disney's Magical Express DEPARTURE service works (from your Disney hotel):

* You will be notified of your motor coach pick-up time and location the day prior to checkout.

* Motor coach pickup time is approximately FOUR HOURS prior to your flight departure for domestic flights and FOUR HOURS for international flights. Bring your luggage to the Magical Express pickup point and present your Transportation Notice. MagicBands can not be used to go from the hotel to the Orlando airport.

* The motor coach has 4 drop-off locations in all four quadrants of the airport (Gates 1-29, 30-59, 60-99, and 100-129).

* The service also assists you when it's time to depart. If you are flying one of the participating airlines, you can avoid airport check-in lines by checking your luggage and receiving your boarding pass before you leave your Disney hotel as described in the Resort Airline Check-In Service section below.


Travelers in wheelchairs can be accommodated. You must ask for wheelchair transport when you make your Magical Express reservation. Magical Express does NOT, however, provide wheelchairs at the airport.

Service animals are allowed on the motor coach to and from the airport as long as they are accompanied by the owner.

You don't have to book Magical Express round-trip; you can book one way, either to or from your Disney hotel.

You can not book luggage transfer only. You must be on the motor coach to have your luggage transported.

Your luggage will not be transferred separately to the airport as it is on the inbound service from the airport to the resort. However, you may request Bell Services or Luggage Assistance to help with your luggage.

If you do not have your flight information and wish to make a Magical Express reservation, you may do so. Don't forget to let them know your flight information once it is confirmed!

If your flight information changes, call Disney to update the correct info.

If you miss your flight or it is significantly delayed TO Orlando, call Disney's Magical Express Guest Services. Disney Representatives will retrieve your luggage and confirm your arrival before transferring it to your resort.

You may be able to use the service upon arrival at the Orlando International Airport if it's possible to accommodate you. If you decide to do this be sure to PICK UP your luggage from baggage claim yourself!

Resort Guests should contact Disney's Magical Express Guest Services at (866) 599-0951.

Resort Airline Check-In Service

Resort Airline Check-In Service at your Disney resort is available if you are flying domestically (including Puerto Rico) on the following airlines:

— Alaska Airlines
— American Airlines
— Delta Air Lines
— JetBlue Airways
— Southwest Airlines
— United Air Lines

This service allows you to check your luggage and receive your airline boarding passes right at your resort on the day of your departure.

* This service is separate from Magical Express. You do not have to participate in Magical Express to utilize the Resort Airline Check-in Service.

* Each Disney resort has a dedicated Check-In Desk located in or near the Lobby or near the outside entrance to the resort. If you can't locate the Resort Airline Check-in Desk, ask at the Front Desk. For example the Polynesian Village Resort's check-in desk is outside just pass the valet stand on the right as you exit the hotel.

* The desks are open every day from 5 a.m. to Noon. You can check in no more than 12 hours and no less than 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight departure time.

* A parent or guardian may check in for all family members traveling together on a domestic flight. All guests must be present at check-in for international flights. You must present a government-issued photo I.D. (e.g., driver's license, passport for international travel, Military ID). Note that due to security procedures, some may be selected to check in at the airport and may not be able to use the Resort Airline Check-In service.

* The Resort Airline Check-In desks can provide some of the same services and information as the airline ticket counters at the airport, including checking seat assignments, and verifying flight information and status. The Resort Airline Check-In Desks cannot make any changes to flight arrangements or make new flight reservations.

* This service is not provided by Disney. A third-party company approved by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) operates the Resort Airline Check-In on behalf of the participating airlines.

* Some have reported a wait of more than 30 minutes at the Resort Airline check-in desk during peak times. If you are within 3 hours of your departure time, you should bypass this service and get your boarding passes at the airport.


* This service is also not offered for the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, Shades of Green, or Disney Springs Area resorts.

* It is not valid for Disney's Vero Beach Resort and Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort.

Who is really providing this service? In addition to partners at Orlando International Airport, Walt Disney World developed this innovative service in conjunction with private and public sector leaders including: the Mears Transportation Group, the largest provider of ground transportation to the Walt Disney World Resort; BAGS Inc., the provider and innovator in off-airport passenger check-in services for the hotel, convention, cruise and airline industries; ARINC Incorporated, a leading global provider of technology systems for airports and airlines; the Transportation Security Administration; and airline partners.