Have you ever wondered “How and I going to transport my baby and all of their things while at Disney?” Well look no further I am here to let you in on an amazing service that Disney offers if you are staying at a Disney resort and arriving/departing from the Orlando airport (MCO)!
We all know (or can imagine) how difficult it is to travel with small children. Babies and toddlers need bottles, sippy cups, bibs, burp cloths, diapers, wipes, diaper cream, etc. Toddlers and other young kids love to get messy, and sometimes (o.k. most times) they don’t even have to try to hard, it’s like a skill they were born with. There are usually 2-3 changes of clothes that we must pack per day, pull ups, favorite blankies, pacifiers, beloved Mickey stuffed animals (you know the one that you have sewn the arm back on at least 5 times in the past year?!)
The thought of not only packing all of these things into a suitcase (that you surely will be charged for if it is over the weight limit) can be quiet overwhelming. If packing is overwhelming; then start thinking about getting the suitcases, stroller, car seat from plane ride, and child/children to Disney. Sure you can rent a car, or pay an astronomical fee for a cab ride or a limo (and you may also have to deal with quirky drivers), or you can use Disney’s Magical Express.
The Magical Express is a free service given to guest’s that are staying on Disney property. When you book just include your flight info (this info can also be added after booking if you do not yet have flights). and you will be set up in the system. Up to 45 days before your trip you can expect a packet in the mail containing easy to follow instructions and tags that will need to be attached to each piece of your luggage before you check your baggage. Once you check your baggage you will not have to worry about it again! Just take your magical express booklet on the plane and relax.
Once you land take your carry on items and family to Terminal B to the Disney Magical Express Welcome Center. Here they will scan your booklet and direct you to the correct holding area for the buses. Once your bus arrives you can store large items like strollers, car seats (they are not allowed on the bus). and large suitcases underneath the bus. Then sit back and enjoy the ride! The bus ride takes about 40 minutes to get to Disney World. While on board they play a fun movie complete with tips and tricks to make your stay easier…and it even has your favorite characters as the stars of the movie! I love hearing the happy screams of the kids on board when they see Mickey and Minnie! The bus ride will take you directly to the entrance to your resort (there could possibly be 3 hotel stops along the way). Here you will collect your carry on items and head to check in.
Well wait a minute…What happened to my luggage? Don’t worry Disney thought of that too! They use that pixie dust and within a few hours of arrival your luggage will magically appear in your hotel room (or if you are waiting on your room to be ready it will be stored at bell services and a bellman will be happy to bring your luggage to your room once it is ready for you!)
The best part is this service is available for your ride back to the airport at the end of your trip also! If you are flying on a participating airline you can even check your bags for your return flight right at your resort and you won’t have to worry about your luggage until you arrive home. Now how is that for service!
I cannot even begin to express (pun intended) how valuable this service is, especially when traveling with small children. I usually have at least one extra large suitcase filled with my children’s belongings in addition to the suitcase that my husband and I travel with. I could not imagine having to transport all of the suitcases, strollers, and other items, oh yea and the kids through the entire airport and then to the resort. Disney’s Magical express really helps to make your life less stressful, much more simple, and it really helps you to start your vacation off on the right foot!
One final perk: The kids usually LOVE the bus ride!
Have you used the DME? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below.
Heater is a Disney, who loves the chocolate smell of pop century in the morning, dreams of being Snow White in a parade, and happily skips down the middle of Main Street USA while wearing Mickey ears!
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