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  • On Mar 11, 2013
    Kelsey Asked

    I read online that airline check-in is available for flights that leave at 8:00am and later. Ours leaves at 7:50am. How strict is the 8:00 rule? Will we have enough time to check-in at MCO if we use ME and leave at 5:00am? Can we check-in the night before?

    Hi, Kelsey!  To address one part of your question, your scheduled pick up time for Disney's Magical Express will be approximately three hours prior to your flight departure time.  So, if your flight is at 7:50 AM, you will probably be asked to meet your Magical Express shuttle just before 5 AM, give or take a few minutes.  That gives you plenty of time to check in at the airport when you arrive, grab a snack and a drink, and maybe even do a bit of souvenir shopping for those things you forgot to get at the theme parks.  

    Now, with that information, you can see why if your flight is before 8 AM, you won't be able to use the Resort Airline Check-in service.  The service is only available beginning at 5 AM, and there must be at least three hours between your check in and the flight to insure that your bags make it to your flight on time.  With a flight that leaves prior to 8 AM, you may very well be on your Magical Express Shuttle before the check-in desk is open.

    You are not able to check in the night before, as they don't have facilities to store luggage at the Resort Airline Check-In areas.  

    I hope this helps with your planning!
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