I have traveled to Disney World by both car and plane. Each mode of transportation has its advantages, but there is a definite advantage to flying. It’s called the Magical Express and it’s a great perk to have when flying.
The baggage claim area can be a bit of a nightmare, depending on what time your flight is scheduled to arrive. The Magical Express will take away of the annoyance of having to deal with baggage claim, because Disney will pick up your bags and bring them right to your room.
You read that correctly, when you fly to Disney and you are staying at a Disney hotel not only do you get complimentary transportation to your room, your checked bags will be picked up for you as well.
Disney will send you luggage tags to put on any checked luggage you will be traveling with. That makes it easy for them to identify where the luggage needs to go, so make sure the tags make it on your luggage or you probably will have to go pick it up yourself.
I do have some tips for the Magical Express:
- After you book your flight, call and make reservations for the Magical Express. It’s easier to take care of everything at once, so you don’t forget to set up the Magical Express reservations.
- Since the luggage can take up to 3 hours to arrive in your room, carry things you will need for that day in your carry-on. We usually carry a change of clothes, bathing suit, jewelry, and things like that on the carry-on. It’s good to plan ahead, just in case you don’t have your luggage quickly.
- Disney only picks up the luggage during certain hours. So if you would like to take advantage of the luggage pickup service, make sure your flight arrives between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m.
- Wear your MagicBands on the plane. The cast members will need to scan your bands in order for you to get on the Magical Express. So make sure you wear your MagicBand on the plane or keep it in your carry-on. You will also need your MagicBand to get into your hotel room.
Here is a map of the Orlando International Airport from Disney’s website. It shows you how to get to the Magical Express check-in.
If you are flying to Disney World and staying on Disney property, you should definitely take advantage of this service. It’s so nice not having to worry about baggage claim and getting your bags to your room!
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