Disney’s Magical Express
March 20, 2019
Sometimes seen written as MDE, Disney’s Magical Express is that Magical (and completely FREE) Motorcoach from Orlando International Airport (MCO) to Walt Disney World Property.
Disney’s Magical Express – Commonly Asked Questions
Is Disney’s Magical Express really Free? Are there any hidden costs?
No! Using Magical Express is completely 100% FREE for all Guests staying in one of the Walt Disney World Resorts.
It is one of the perks of staying on property.
There is no need to rent a car, pay for Uber, and you get out of paying for the new Parking Fees now being enforced at Walt Disney World.
Does Disneyland in California also have Magical Express?
Unfortunately, Disneyland does not offer this service.
Disney’s Magical Express is only offered in Florida and only available if you fly into Orlando International Airport (MCO).
What if my plane gets in late?
No worries. Buses are continually running, so there is no fear about missing your bus.
Go potty, shop in the stores, or wait for loved ones coming in from other cities. The buses will be there for you when you need it.
What do I do with my luggage if I want to go right to the Parks?
If you want to go right to the Parks or you simply don’t want to carry your luggage around, Magical Express offers free Luggage Service (another benefit of staying on property and using Disney’s Magical Express).
You will receive your confirmation letter and yellow tags in the mail shortly after your balance is paid in full.
If you want Disney to handle the transportation of your luggage, attach the yellow tags to your luggage. Your belongings will be delivered to your room about 3 hours after you reach your Resort.
So, make sure to use a carry-on for anything you will need immediately after landing in Orlando (including Magic Bands!)
Luggage Service is completely optional, so if you prefer to pick up your own luggage at the airport, simply leave the yellow tags at home. Magical Express has plenty of storage under the motor coach to store your luggage.
Note: Luggage Service is available if you arrive at the airport between 5AM and 10PM.
If you arrive outside of those times, you will have to go to Baggage Claim to get your bags. If you’re arriving at night, even if you arrive before 10PM, it might be easier to just pick up your own luggage.
It can take a few hours for luggage to be delivered so at least this way you can have your jammies and toothbrush for bedtime.
No one wants to be tired for Rope Drop!
How long will it take to get to my Resort?
Leave plenty of time between landing and any plans you make for that day, especially Fastpasses and Dining Reservations.
There is almost always a line for Disney’s Magical Express every time I fly to the Orlando International Airport. However, there are plenty of buses, so even with a crowd, a motorcoach has always been available for us to get on right away.
But, even with being able to board a motorcoach right away, time adds up and before you know it, it’s been 2 hours since you landed in Orlando and you’re just arriving to your Resort.
How do I make my Reservation?
If you hired a Disney Travel Agent, then this is a step you don’t have to worry about. As one of those Agents, I make sure that all my Guests who want a reservation have one before they leave for their Vacation.
Planning your vacation by yourself? Here is the information you need! Have your Flight Information and Resort Confirmation Number ready when you make the reservation.
Reserve online: Disney’s Magical Express
USA and Canadian Guests: (407) 939-1936
UK Guests: 0800 16 90 730
It is best to reserve your Magical Express at least 30 days prior to your departure.
Along with your confirmation letter, and yellow tags, you should also receive a Map of how to navigate the Orlando International Airport.
Of course, Disney has the best customer service, so they’ll never leave you stranded.
If you reserve Magical Express less than 30 days before your trip, your information will be sent to you via email.
You will not receive your yellow tags, so if you’d like Disney to handle your luggage, submit your baggage claim ticket at the Magical Express desk and they will take care of the rest for you.
How do I find the Magical Express back to the Orlando International Airport?
The day before you check-out, the front desk will give you your Transportation Information (they usually leave it hanging on your door).
This letter will give you your Departure Time and location of your motorcoach. You will need to hand this letter to the Bus Driver. You can not use your Magic Band this time around.
Your Departure Time is usually 3 hours before your flight leaves, so you will have plenty of time to make it through security.
To make sure you don’t miss your bus, it is recommended that you arrive at the Bus Stop at least 15 minutes prior to the time listed on your paper.
If you’d like to have Disney arrange for the transportation of your luggage, just look for the Airport Check-in area at your Resort.
You will not see your luggage until you reach your final destination, so if you need anything, make sure it’s on your carry-on.
Check-out is at 11AM, so sometimes we have some time to kill before it’s time to catch our bus. We use this extra time to grab some lunch or possibly take another quick trip back to Disney Springs. This would not be possible if we had to drag our luggage around with us, so I highly suggest checking your bags in at your Resort.