If you are flying into Orlando International Airport and are staying at one of 22 selected Walt Disney World Resort hotels then you will be able to take advantage of Disney's Magical Express service which offers a complimentary round trip shuttle service and baggage delivery service.
Note that a few of hotels are excluded from the Magical Express service (see below).
Disney launched their deluxe air-conditioned motor coach Magical Express service in May 2005 during Disney's "Happiest Celebration on Earth" year and it looks set to continue as a complimentary service to most Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests
It is reckoned that Disney's Magical Express handled nearly 2 million passengers in its first year and its popularity has had an effect on other shuttle bus operators and rental car companies as people make use of the service.
If you staying in Orlando and do not want to rent a car in Florida then it is another good reason to stay at a Walt Disney World Resort.
You must make a reservation to use Disney's Magical Express at least 30 days prior to arrival either through your travel agent or through Disney themselves; you cannot simply turn up when you land in Orlando. You will then be sent a Magical Express Service information packet containing your vouchers and luggage tags.
Note that the service operates with all airlines flying into Orlando International Airport but it does not run from the nearby Sanford airport.
If you are arriving on a domestic flight into Orlando, then you do not need to worry about reclaiming your bags, simply make your way to the Disney Welcome Center which is in the Main Terminal Building B side on Level 1.
The Magical Express bus will take you straight to your hotel and your baggage will be collected and delivered to your room within 3 hours of your arrival. You do not need to be there to receive it.
Travel time between the airport and the Walt Disney World Resort is around 45-75 minutes and the coaches may make up to three stops as they drop guests off at the various hotels.
If you are arriving on an international flight then you still have to claim your baggage in the International terminal, take them through U.S. Customs and Border Protection control and then hand them back to the airport officials. You can then make your way to the Magical Express bus and your baggage is then delivered direct to your room.
With most domestic flights you can check-in your baggage at the Resort Airline Check-in Desk at your hotel on the day of your departure and receive your boarding card. If you have a flight late in the day, you are then free to spend the rest of the day baggage free and no more queuing when you reach the airport.
Participating domestic airlines currently are American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines/Song, JetBlue, Northwest Airlines and United Airlines/Ted.
Note that international travellers can take Disney's Magical Express but you still have to check-in at Orlando airport.
Pick-up time will be approximately three hours before departure time for domestic flights and four hours for international flights.
Starting in February 2018, guests staying at Club-level at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts or Disney’s Boardwalk Resort can book a Disney Minnie Van back to the airport for a flat $150 fee.
Magical Express - Excluded hotels
Guests staying at the following Walt Disney World Resort hotels cannot use Disney's Magical Express service: the Walt Disney World Swan, Walt Disney World Dolphin, Shades of Green and the seven Disney® Springs Resort area hotels. The service is also not available for guests staying at Disney's Vero Beach Resort and Disney's Hilton Head Resort.