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  • On Feb 26, 2015
    Jennifer from IN Asked

    We have decided fly to WDW in May! I've never used the ME so I'm a bit confused. Our flight home isn't until 8:30pm but checkout is at 11. Can we leave our luggage at BLT, go to DD and then go back to BLT later in the day for ME pick up?

    Hi Jennifer!

    Greetings from a fellow Hoosier! My family usually flies to Walt Disney World, and when we do, we always use Disney’s Magical Express service. Like you have planned, we prefer to take a later flight home to maximize our vacation time.

    Walt Disney World really does try to make traveling as simple as possible for Guests. That is one of the many reasons my family returns year after year! On check-out day, we pack up our luggage and head downstairs to the Resort Airline Check-in Desk.  Most major airlines participate in this service. It actually allows you to check-in to your flight, get boarding passes and check your luggage right at your Walt Disney World Resort! Any bags that we plan on checking are then securely taken to the airport, and we do not see them until we land at our home airport. Next we visit the Bell Services Desk. This is where we leave any carry-on baggage that we do not want to carry with us in the parks for the day.

    Once that is done, we head to the park for some last minute magic!  Disney’s Magical Express generally picks you up at your resort approximately 3 hours prior to your flight time. Although you will receive your final Disney’s Magical Express boarding time the night before check-out, you can reasonably expect that your pick-up time will be around 5:30 p.m. This should give you plenty of time to enjoy a theme park or Downtown Disney on the day of departure. Remember if you are headed to Downtown Disney or a theme park other than the Magic Kingdom, to leave yourself plenty of time to return to Bay Lake Tower and collect your things from Bell Services. I recommend at least an hour and a half travel time to be extra safe.

    Enjoy your vacation, Jennifer, and I hope you decide you love Disney’s Magical Express and Resort Airline Check-in as much as I do!

    - Kate
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Meet the Panelist: Kate, Indiana

A lifelong Disney fan, joining Disney Vacation Club opened a world of vacation possibilities for our family of six. I’ve traveled with young children and those young at heart, groups both large and small, and during every season of the year. Whether meeting a Disney Princess, training to be a Jedi or dining with Mickey, our family enjoys it all. For this nurse, every day is better with a little dose of Disney! Learn More About Kate

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