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CO And Disney's Magical Express?  
User currently offlineCOEWRNJ From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1065 posts, RR: 18
Posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3076 times:

As the topic states, how does Disney's Magical Express work when I go to check in at the CO counter in EWR. Is the bag tagged WDW or something other than MCO? I will be going to Disney at the end of May and was just wondering what I'm supposed to do with my bags when I'm at EWR?

Any help would be great!


David

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User currently offlineDaus From United States of America, joined May 2005, 289 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3054 times:

You are provided additional Magical Express bag tags from Disney which go on the bags. So they are tagged for MCO as normal but also have the Magical Express tags as well.

Works well, but be forwarned the lines are SLOW to get on the bus to your resort.


User currently offlineEALflyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3034 times:

We used Magical Express and flew in on CO from EWR last June. You will check in normally at EWR, and CO will put normal bag tags on your suitcases. In all our haste, we forgot to attach the Magical Express baggage tags to our suitcases. I was worried that we would not get our bags delivered to us at Disney, but when we got to MCO and went to the luggage office they told me not to worry. I gave them my CO bag tag numbers and our bags were delivered to our room a couple of hours later. Disney has the ME process pretty organized, and it worked well. Have fun in the Magic Kingdom!

User currently offlineCOEWRNJ From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1065 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3008 times:

Thank you both so much! How long did you have to wait for the bus? Also how early do they require you to leave for the airport on the way back?

User currently offlineDaus From United States of America, joined May 2005, 289 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2970 times:

We ended up waiting in line for the bus for about 45 minutes. We landed noon'ish on a Sunday so I guess it was a somewhat busy time, but it was a disappointing experience. They coral you into one of 15 or so lines, with each line corresponding to a group of resorts. So there isn't much "Express" to the Magic, they are just saving you the hassle of lugging the bags, but it won't trim much time off your transfer to the resorts.

As for the pickup time, they quote you a pretty unpleasant 2 1/2 hours before departure resort pickup time on the literature, but when they actually scheduled us, it was a reasonable 90 minutes.


User currently offlineEALflyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2955 times:

I guess this will depend on when you arrive. We arrived at MCO about 9pm -- there weren't too many people on line, but we still had to wait at least 40 mins for our bus. Each resort has a separate line (we stayed at New Orleans Riverside, which was OK/nice), so you will wait until the bus running to your resort arrives.

Leaving DW, our flight was at 5:30pm, and my memory indicates we were on a 2pm bus. Our bags had already been checked in earlier with ME, and we just hung by a pool until we had to leave.


User currently offlineEALflyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2928 times:

One more note -- last year on account of Disney' s 50th anniv celebration, the Magical Express was FREE. In addition, we were only staying 3 nights so had no plans to do anything outside of Disney. Otherwise, we may have opted for a cheap rental car.

Off topic -- make sure you use FastPass on the Disney rides -- a little bit of planning will save you hours standing in line.


User currently offlineCOEWRNJ From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1065 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2901 times:

Again thank you both so much! We are staying at eh Port Orleans Riverside which I have never stayed at. Both times I have stayed on property, I stayed at Coronodo but they didn't have the Magical Express last time. When I go to check in for my return flight, is there an area in the lobby? Also do you get your boarding pass at the hotel?

Off topic- Isn't FastPass the Best!  Smile


User currently offlineNkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2696 times:

Quoting COEWRNJ (Reply 7):
We are staying at eh Port Orleans Riverside which I have never stayed at

Hey, that makes 2 of us, me and the wife will be their in 10 days.... I can't wait!!!

Like the other poster said, make sure you have the yellow disney tags attached to your bags when you check-in, it has your hotel info on it so Disney knows where to send your bags... enjoy your trip.



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User currently offlineATCT From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2345 posts, RR: 38
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2641 times:

Port Orleans is a nice resort. Ive never stayed there but ive eaten there a few times. Family members of mine have stayed there. Im personally a fan of going cheap when im hotelling at Disney so I stay at the All-Star resorts. Otherwise im in my camper at Ft. Wilderness. (Disney's awesome campground).

Anywho have fun at WDW, its one of my favorite places to go...im doing Disneyland this summer in August....Have fun!

ATCT



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User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21580 posts, RR: 59
Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2499 times:

We booked to late to get the Magical Express tags, but there was no problem giving them the luggage at the MCO airport after collecting it. Our bags came soon after we arrived in our room, likely because we arrived late at night. And of course, checking in can take a while, even late at night. Not sure why it takes so long to check in at Disney resorts, but it always seems to.

Quoting COEWRNJ (Reply 3):
Thank you both so much! How long did you have to wait for the bus? Also how early do they require you to leave for the airport on the way back?

I came in at 11pm, and the wait for the bus wasn't that long, but then we waited on the bus for 15 more minutes for more people to show up. We ended up leaving about 12am, I think.

Magical Express is contracted to the Mears company, basically taking over for the Mears shuttles and painting Disney logos on it and offering welcome videos.

Quoting Nkops (Reply 8):
Hey, that makes 2 of us, me and the wife will be their in 10 days.... I can't wait!!!

Port Orleans is a good family hotel. We stayed at French Quarter, which is much smaller, but they are on the same bus route and share the same sit down restaurant. Both have their own food courts. There is a boat to downtown disney and a couple of pools, and the resort has little golf cart based transport vehicles to transport you if you don't want to walk a long way.



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User currently offlineDTWAGENT From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1283 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2356 times:

I works great. As they said. You check in with your airline as you would do. When you get your Disney documents their will be special tags with our hotel name on them. You put that on your bags. When you get to MCO you collect your baggage and they take it over to the line area for your hotel. At that time they will take you baggage and you will not see it again until you get to your room. When you go to leave WDW. You will have to have your bags packed the night before and they will pick them up and have them ready for you to check in at the airport the next day.

However, some of the airlines are not offering check in at the WDW hotels. So you are able to check you bags and get your boarding passes all at the hotel. No not all the airlines are doing this only a few and it is in the testing mode right now. WDW Cruises does this allready with CO, AA, DL. So you check in for your flgiht at the dock area after collecting you baggage. I tell ya it works great. In fact now other Cruise Lines are looking into doing this for their customers.

Chuck


User currently offlineCOEWRNJ From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1065 posts, RR: 18
Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2343 times:

I'm sorry If I'm misunderstanding, but do you have to claim your bags at MCO or are they just brought straight to your room? I'm very excited. I'm a huge Disney fan and have been making yearly trips to WDW for the past few years as well and since I met my bf who is from LA I've been able to experience Disneyland.  Smile

Thank you everyone for your help!

Dave


User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21580 posts, RR: 59
Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2255 times:

Quoting DTWAGENT (Reply 11):
You will have to have your bags packed the night before and they will pick them up and have them ready for you to check in at the airport the next day.

Depends on how early in the morning you are leaving. If you are leaving later in the day, you can give them in the morning. And since they hold your bags, you can go do stuff until your bus is supposed to come.

And they can check you in for CO at your hotel. Most legacy full service carriers, but not WN or other LCCs, at least not when I was there.



Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
User currently offlineSinlock From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1652 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2166 times:

Quoting Daus (Reply 4):
So there isn't much "Express" to the Magic, they are just saving you the hassle of lugging the bags, but it won't trim much time off your transfer to the resorts.

Your only other choice is to pay the twist your arm shuttle/taxi rates or rent a car that you don't use unless you decide to go off the Disney property.

Quoting COEWRNJ (Reply 7):
We are staying at eh Port Orleans Riverside which I have never stayed at

Make sure you go to Boatwrights for breakfast, I make my poor wife get up at 5am when we drive up from FLL just so I can get a nice stack of Sweet Potato Pancakes before going to the parks. Make sure you make reservations or you can wait over an hour for a table.


One thing for the people who read this thread, You must make reseverations for the M Express when you book your "WDW" hotel. The Express can't take walk-ups as it's prepaid when you book.



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User currently offlineCOEWRNJ From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1065 posts, RR: 18
Reply 15, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2135 times:

Quoting Sinlock (Reply 14):
Make sure you go to Boatwrights for breakfast



Is this at Port Orleans?


User currently offlineNkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2088 times:

Quoting Sinlock (Reply 14):
Make sure you go to Boatwrights for breakfast



Quoting COEWRNJ (Reply 15):
Is this at Port Orleans?

Yes , it is.... good food there from what others tell me...

If you have the yellow tags on your bags, you do not have to claim your bags in MCO... just present the baggage receipts at the Magical Express counter , and your bags will "magically" appear at your room later.

I do suggest, however, if you plan on going directly to a waterpark or pool, put your bathing suit in a carry-on.



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User currently offlineSinlock From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1652 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2043 times:

Quoting COEWRNJ (Reply 15):
Is this at Port Orleans?

Port Orleans is actually 2 hotels under one name. Riverside and French Quarter. Boatwrights is at Riverside but is only 5-10min walk from French Quarter.



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User currently offlineKYAir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 362 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2019 times:

Just to clear up a few things from earlier posts, but the Magical Express service is "free" - as in included with your resort stay. And no, you do not collect your bags at MCO. You check them at your originating airport and don't see them again until they arrive in your room. As to check out, all the legacies except US allow check-in at the resorts. Check-in times vary by day and time of departure, but could be as much as 3 hours - usually on Saturday morning.


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User currently offlineWalter747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1440 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1998 times:

Quoting COEWRNJ (Reply 3):
How long did you have to wait for the bus?

I waited around 10 mintues. Not long.



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User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21580 posts, RR: 59
Reply 20, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1923 times:

Quoting Sinlock (Reply 14):
Your only other choice is to pay the twist your arm shuttle/taxi rates or rent a car that you don't use unless you decide to go off the Disney property.

For more than a few people, taking a private car from Mears is a good deal. It was a better deal when you had to pay for the Mears shuttle buses, but now that they are called "Magical Express" they are...

Quoting KYAir (Reply 18):
Just to clear up a few things from earlier posts, but the Magical Express service is "free" - as in included with your resort stay

Right. It is free.

http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/wdw...ail?id=BenefitDMEDetailPage&bhcp=1

It's meant to make your stay start when you check in for your flight. You put on the tags, they arrive at MCO, they go to your hotel, and you get them after you arrive. Saves a LOT of hassle with families.

Sometimes, this doesn't work, and you have to manually take your luggage over (there's a cutoff, so late reservations at a hotel means they can't send you the tags). It's still not a hassle.

Checking in at your resort is EASY, and it lets you leave the bags all day and go do something, and not worry about them until you arrive at your home airport.



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