Disney’s Magical Express: The Most Magical Transportation to and from Orlando International Airport


Magical Express has been one of my most favorite things about staying on property.  I no longer have to shell out money for a cab, or wait for my luggage at the carousel.  It also is great for those of us who do not want to have to rent a car.

The process is easy. Anyone staying at an Official Walt Disney World Hotel ( Meaning any resort owned and operated by Disney. For example: Pop Century, Port Orleans Riverside, Beach Club etc.) is eligible. Simply call and add your flight details to the reservation . From there, you will receive a booklet with your baggage tags in. Your magic bands will serve as your boarding pass for the coach. When you arrive at the airport to go to Orlando, simply attach the bright yellow baggage tag to your suite case before you check it. Proceed at usual to your gate. When you arrive in Orlando, follow the signs to the Magical Express Welcome Center. One member of your party will need to present your magic band

to be scanned. You will then proceed as usual to the line that corresponds to your resort. From there, you will board your coach as usual. If you have any carry on’s, chose not to participate in the luggage service,  are arriving from outside the United States, or arrive after 10 p.m. you will need to collect your luggage and give them to the driver to put under the bus. When you arrive at your hotel, he will retrieve them for you. If you are participating in the return magical express, you will receive a voucher the morning before check out with a time you need to be at the bus for. I highly recommend also participating in the airline check in desk at your hotel to save time and to give your luggage so that you won’t need to deal with it until you arrive at your home airport. If you are departing to a destination outside the United States, or the said check in desk is close, you will have to check in at the airport.

Here are my tips for maximizing your magical express experience:

Always put valuables, medications, and at least a few outfits in your carry on bag as you will not get your luggage until later in the day, as well as for safety and security reasons.

If you accidentally pack your magic bands in your checked luggage, don’t worry! Simply stand in line and check in that way.Remember, most buses make multiple stops. Make sure you pay attention and get off at the right resort.It is only available to those arriving at Orlando International Airport.

Lastly, enjoy the movies.  They will get you excited about your vacation, and at the end, help relive the memories!

Do you have any additional tips or tricks about Disney’s Magical Express? Let us know in the comment box below.

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  1. Because I love riding the Magical Express and always have pleasant drivers, I always make sure to tip the driver as a thank you.

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