Sunday, October 16, 2005

Disney's Magical Express Service

Here's something new from our Disney files. Since we stayed at a Disney Resort, we were able to take advantage of Disney's "Magical Express Service". A couple of weeks before our departure date, we received a booklet in the mail with special bright yellow tags to attach to any luggage that we would be checking for our flight to Orlando.

When we landed at Orlando, we did not go to baggage claim, but went to the "Magical Express Service" counter and checked in there. Okay, my husband did, so I'm not sure what he had to tell them. The line for that counter looked daunting, but it didn't take very long at all.

So then we got into a line for the busses. Disney employees asked what resort we were going to and then showed us where to wait. Now, we did have to wait probably a good 20 minutes here. Fortunately, our kids are good at entertaining themselves. (They played a lot of "Concentration 64" during this trip.)

Finally we were told which bus to board. Ours was the first resort on the list of stops. I was glad that we weren't the last stop! Our flight landed around 2:30 pm and we were at the resort by about 3:30 pm.

We checked in and got to our room about 4:00 pm. Everything really did go smoothly. We were always treated courteously and were given prompt, accurate answers to any questions.

So it's about 4:00 pm and we're in our room with only our carry on luggage. It was about 40 degrees (Fahrenheit) when we left Chicago and it was about 90 degrees in Orlando. So we had packed swimsuits thinking we'd hit the pool until our luggage showed up.

I reality, we had priority seating arrangements at Planet Hollywood in Downtown Disney so we scrapped swimming. In retrospect, I would have packed both shorts and swimsuits in our carry on bags so that we would have some options.

We had a fantastic dinner at Planet Hollywood (more about Disney dining in a future post) and got back to our hotel room around 8:30 pm or so. While we were out our luggage with the special tags "magically" had been delivered to our room!!

So that worked out very nicely in my opinion. If you are staying on Disney property and don't plan on leaving the property, you definately want to use this service. Look for my report on using the Magical Express Service for the trip home!

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