Magical Express is a wonderful, free service that Disney offers to its customers who are staying at a Disney resort. It’s one of my favorite benefits to staying on Disney property. But I know some people ask me how to use Magical Express, so I figured I’d explain it here! The Magical Express is a bus service that will pick you up at the Orlando International Airport and bring you right to your Disney hotel. It will also bring you from your hotel back to the airport at the end of your vacation. Another great bonus? They’ll take care of your luggage too. Just put the magical express tag on your bags when you drop them off in your home airport and you don’t have to worry about them anymore. Disney will pick them up in Orlando and bring them directly to your hotel room!
Sign up for Magical Express.
If you have your flight information when you book your Disney hotel you can choose to add on Magical Express right when you book. You just need to provide your airline, flight number, and arrival/departure times. If you book your flight after the hotel you can always call to add it on later, or give your information to your travel agent and they can set it up for you.
Receive your packet in the mail.
Usually about 2-3 weeks before you leave you’ll get an envelope with your Magical Express information in it. This will have the luggage tags, a letter explaining how everything works, and a map of the airport to show you where to go when you arrive in Orlando.
Put your tags on your bags.
Attach the yellow Magical Express luggage tags to your bags. You don’t even have to go to luggage claim once you land if you do this, you can get right on board the Magical Express! But make sure you pack anything essential in your carry on – it can take up to 4 hours after you land for them to deliver your bags to the room.
When you land, go to the Magical Express area.
Make sure you have either your magic band or the ticket they sent you in the mail for Magical Express. The area is located on the B side of the terminal – just follow signs for “B” and take the escalators or elevator all the way down to the bottom level.
Get on the bus!
Once you check in they will direct you to which line you need to get on for your resort. Many of the buses do combined resort stops, so your bus will probably be going to several locations. Once on board it takes anywhere from 30-60 minutes to get to Disney depending on traffic.
The Magical Express will then bring you right to your resort! If your room is ready you can check in (though keep in mind that your luggage will probably not be there yet if you used the Magical Express tags). If your room isn’t ready yet you can head right to the parks and know that your luggage will be waiting for you when you get back!