So, you’ve booked your trip to the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. You’ve decided that since Disney provides all of the transportation you might need once you get there, that a rental car is an unnecessary expense. But, how do you get to your resort from Orlando International Airport (MCO)? Simple, make use of Disney’s Magical Express service provided by Mears Transportation. Here’s how it works!
Once you have decided to fly into MCO, and have made your package booking at Walt Disney World, make sure that your travel agent has your flight information, both in and out of MCO, and they can call to make the reservation for use of Disney’s Magical Express. Doing this will simplify your transition from Aircraft to Motor Coach! One of the coolest benefits is that Disney will send you special bag tags to put on your luggage. You will check it in at your departing airport, and the next time you see it will be in your room at WDW. You may want to pack a few things in your carry-on in case your need to change once you arrive at your resort. Should you decide that you are more comfortable claiming our luggage at MCO, that’s fine, just leave the bag tags off of your luggage.
After you get off of your airplane, just follow the overhead signs to Disney’s Magical Express. It is on the ground level of the B side of the main terminal. It will likely take you about 20 minutes to get to this point by the time everyone makes a pit stop, gets acclimated, and find your way. Yea, it’s a bit of a walk, but trust me, it’s worth it!! Make sure you don’t pack your MagicBands in your checked bags, you will need them for smoother entry into the DME queue. Disney’s Magical Express operates between 5:00am and 10:00pm. So, if you arrive before 5am or after 10pm, you WILL NEED to claim your luggage to carry along on the motor coach.
When you check-in for your Motor Coach, you will be told which line to queue up in that will take you to your resort. Some coaches will service more than one resort, depending on the number of passengers. But, generally speaking, you will be at your resort within an hour after departing the airport. And, it’s an enjoyable ride! There is a welcome video to get you into the magical mood. And, you may have a driver that enjoys Disney as much as you do who will ask some trivia, point out some highlights, and interact with you along the way.
When the sad time comes to have to return to your ‘real’ home, Disney Magical Express will once again provide you with your ride back to MCO. There is a Resort Check-In desk in each resort. Just take your bags to that desk, and they will be checked through to your destination, and you will get your Boarding Passes. If you have a carry on, you can leave that with Bag Services so you can visit a park, grab a favorite snack, or visit Downtown Disney before you leave. Yes, we Disney fanatics call this the Tragical Express, but none the less, we all have to go sometime.
If you have any questions about Disney’s Magical Express, just ask!
Have a Blessed and Magical Day, my friends!!