Finding Disney’s Magical Express at Orlando International Airport (MCO)

Finding Disney's Magical Express at Orlando International Airport (MCO)

Finding Disney’s Magical Express at Orlando International Airport (MCO) can be challenging.  In four years, my family has visited Walt Disney World five times, and it never fails us to have trouble finding the terminal where Magical Express is located!  Maybe I’m just directionally-challenged, but I think it is worth going over finding Magical Express so you can start your vacation off on the right note.

Disney’s Magical Express – What It Is

Disney’s Magical Express is the free service Disney provides its on-site guests to get from the airport to their resort. Guests simply provide Disney or their travel agent with their flight information ahead of time to make their Disney’s Magical Express reservation.  If arriving between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., Disney will also retrieve your luggage (as long as you attach the provided yellow tags in advance or provide your baggage claim numbers upon arrival) and deliver them to your resort room within 3 hours of your flight’s arrival. Disney also provides the bus for your trip back to the airport about 3 hours before your flight’s scheduled departure.

Magical Express Check-In Desk

The check-in desk at Disney’s Magical Express

Finding Disney’s Magical Express

There are two terminals at Orlando International Airport, labeled A and B. At present, Frontier, JetBlue, and Southwest are some of the major airlines that use Terminal A; American, Delta, Spirit, and United are some of the carriers that use Terminal B. Magical Express is located on Level 1 of the B side. Follow the instructions for your situation below and you’ll be on your way!

MCO Shuttle Terminal

Entrance to the shuttle taking you to the main terminal at MCO

From Terminal A, Collecting Your Own Luggage

  • Once you deplane, follow the signage to the train that takes you to the main terminal/baggage claim.
  • Take the train (your first “monorail” ride!) to the terminal.
  • Depart the shuttle/monorail on the A side, Level 3.
  • Follow the signs to Baggage Claim on Level 2 and collect your bags.
  • Take the elevator or stairs to back to Level 3.
  • Cross the large, open concourse to the B side.
  • Take the elevator or stairs to Level 1.
  • Follow the signs to the far end of the terminal to Disney’s Magical Express.

From Terminal A, Disney Delivering Your Luggage

You must be arriving between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on a domestic flight and have your yellow tags attached to your bags or provide the baggage claim numbers at the Magical Express check-in desk for Disney to deliver your luggage to your resort.

  • Once you deplane, follow the signage to the train that takes you to the main terminal/baggage claim.
  • Take the train (your first “monorail” ride!) to the terminal.
  • Depart the shuttle/monorail on the A side, Level 3.
  • Cross the large, open concourse to the B side.
  • Take the elevator or stairs to Level 1.
  • Follow the signs to the far end of the terminal to Disney’s Magical Express.

From Terminal B, Collecting Your Own Luggage

  • Once you deplane, follow the signage to the train that takes you to the main terminal/baggage claim.
  • Take the train (your first “monorail” ride!) to the terminal.
  • Depart the shuttle/monorail on the B side, Level 3.
  • Follow the signs to Baggage Claim on Level 2 and collect it your bags.
  • Take the elevator or stairs to Level 1.
  • Follow the signs to the far end of the terminal to Disney’s Magical Express.

From Terminal B, Disney Delivering Your Luggage

You must be arriving between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on a domestic flight and have your yellow tags attached to your bags or provide the baggage claim numbers at the Magical Express check-in desk for Disney to deliver your luggage to your resort.

  • Once you deplane, follow the signage to the train that takes you to the main terminal/baggage claim.
  • Take the train (your first “monorail” ride!) to the terminal.
  • Depart the shuttle/monorail on the B side, Level 3.
  • Take the elevator or stairs to Level 1.
  • Follow the signs to the far end of the terminal to Disney’s Magical Express.

What to Do Once You’ve Found the Disney’s Magical Express Location

Once you have arrived at the Magical Express terminal, have one member of your party scan their MagicBand with the Cast Member.  (The Cast Members will let all your kids scan their bands if they wish – for first-timers, this is the first time you get to use them and it really gets your trip started on the right note!). If you don’t have your bands at the ready, be sure to have your reservation letter from Magical Express. If you don’t have anything, visit the Magical Express counter and an agent can help you.

Once you are checked in, you will follow the proper queue to your bus and you should be on your way soon.

Want to learn more about why you should utilize Disney’s Magical Express? Check out this blog post.

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