Monday, June 27, 2005

Magical Express Service

As of May 2005, Disney is offering a complimentary service called “Magical Express” that allows us to check our baggage in at our hometown airport and bypass baggage claim when we arrive in Orlando. Instead our bags are whisked away by Disney representatives and magically appear in our hotel room.

Upon our arrival in Orlando, we will be met by a costumed Disney representative and directed to the Disney Welcome Center. Okay, realistically I know this isn’t going to happen, but in my mind I’m picturing Mickey Mouse waiting for us at the gate as we step off the plan holding up a sign with our names on it.

Next we board a themed, air-conditioned luxury motor coach for the 45 minute drive to the resort. During the ride, we can enjoy a video presentation which is shown on the video monitors located at each seat.

Once we arrive at the hotel, we go directly to the check-in counter. Our luggage will be delivered directly to our rooms within three hours of our arrival in Orlando.

When it’s time to go home, we check our luggage and get our boarding passes at the hotel before boarding the bus back to the airport. Our luggage is transported to the airport and loaded directly onto the plane.
What great about this (besides being greeted by a costumed Disney representative), is that we don’t have to worry about hauling our luggage around while we’re there. On the downside, this is a very new service and there have been a few bugs to work out, such as delays in getting luggage delivered to the rooms. It’s been recommended that you carry a few basic necessities and a change of clothes on the plane with you in case your luggage is delayed. I think this is a good idea. Hopefully, by the time we travel, things will be working smoothly.


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