Posts Tagged ‘Disney’s Magical Express’

Walt Disney World Preview — Week of January 6, 2018

by on January 5, 2018

I hope you’re all enjoying the start of 2018. If you’re celebrating with a trip to Walt Disney World, here’s what you have to look forward to this week.

Special Events

  • Friendly reminder that Disney Festival of Fantasy, the parade at Magic Kingdom park, is at 3:00pm for the foreseeable future.
  • Beginning January 11, Disney’s Magical Express will pick guests up 3 hours prior to their scheduled domestic flight. International flights will still pick up 4 hours before departure time.
  • Typhoon Lagoon will be closing for refurbishment January 7. Blizzard Beach will be re-opening the same day.

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Walt Disney World — Week of December 2

by on November 30, 2017

A new musical group at Epcot? Keep reading to see what else is new at Walt Disney World!

Special Events

  • To celebrate the release of Coco, there’s a new musical act at Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion. El Mariachi Coco de Santa Cecilia will be performing through January 6th. For more information, check out Rikki’s article.
  • Hours have been extended for Christmas Tree Trail! To check out these Disney-inspired trees, visit Disney Springs through January 7th. New hours below!
    • Monday – Thursday: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    • Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    • Sunday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    • Christmas Eve (12/24): 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    • Christmas Day (12/25): 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • IMPORTANT: Changes have been made to Disney’s Magical Express (DME) pick-up times. Due to new TSA protocols, DME will pick you up from your Disney resort hotel anywhere from 3 hours and 45 minutes to 4 hours and 15 minutes prior to your flight time. Read Rikki’s article for more details.

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Walt Disney World Preview — Week of November 25th

by on November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! Or Happy Thursday for my non-American friends! We’ve got changes to Disney’s Magical Express and more, so keep reading!

Special Events

  • IMPORTANT: Changes have been made to Disney’s Magical Express (DME) pick-up times! Due to new TSA protocols, DME will pick you up from your Disney resort hotel anywhere from 3 hours and 45 minutes to 4 hours and 15 minutes prior to your flight time. Read Rikki’s article for more details!
  • The SpectacuLAB has opened inside Innoventions at Epcot! This show is hosted by two REAL scientists who conduct experiments while educating you on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education.
  • Ale & Compass Restaurant opens today! This establishment replaced Captain’s Grille and is located at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.

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Changes Made to Disney’s Magical Express Pick-Up Times

by on November 20, 2017

Disney's Magical Express

©Rikki Niblett

If you are someone who is going to be using Disney’s Magical Express when visiting Walt Disney World this holiday season, you are going to want to take notice of an important update.

Due to security enhancements from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Orlando International Airport (otherwise known as MCO) has updated their advisory times and is recommending that travelers arrive at the airport earlier than they previously were supposed to. Guests flying out of MCO are now supposed arrive at least three hours prior to their scheduled departure time.

This means that there is now a change in the departure times for Disney Magical Express resort motorcoaches. Disney’s Magical Express will now be scheduled to pick up Guests approximately four hours prior their scheduled flight departure time for both domestic and international flights. This means that Guests may have a motorcoach departure time ranging anywhere from 3 hours and 45 minutes prior to flight time, to 4 hours and 15 minutes prior to flight time. This change has been enacted so that it will ensure the Guest’s luggage arrives at the aircraft in time for their scheduled flight departure time.

In addition, Guests using the Resort Airline Check-in service must now check in for their flight at least four hours prior to their scheduled departure time. Also, the Resort Airline Check-in desks at Walt Disney World Resort hotels will operate 4:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. daily.

Keep in mind that this is currently only a temporary measure. The Walt Disney World Resort is working closely with Orlando International Airport. This process is currently expected to be in place through early January 2018.


Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 7/9/14

by on July 9, 2014

Hello all! Today, I bring just a few smaller things you may need to know that are currently taking place at Walt Disney World. In addition, I’ve got some details that you may need to know if you have a trip scheduled for later this fall. These are just a few minor notes that could be beneficial for you to know as you progress with your planning process. So, here we go:

  • First, we have a couple of refurbishments I wanted to note. Currently, It’s Tough To Be a Bug at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is closed until August 10, reopening on August 11. Moving over to the Magic Kingdom, the Walt Disney World Railroad will see maintenance work from September 28 through November 8, reopening on November 9. Finally, Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park will see its annual refurbishment from January 4 through March 14, reopening on March 15.
  • We all know that Kouzzina will be closing at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn on September 30. The location will be re-open later this year as an all new restaurant. In the interim, Flying Fish Cafe will be offering breakfast beginning on October 1 and lasting until December 7. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and will include dishes like a waffle with tiramisu mascarpone, frittata with roasted red pepper and prosciutto, and soft polenta with fennel sausage.
  • Guests who are still cheering on their favorite World Cup teams will now have two more locations to watch the final games from. At Epcot, guests can choose to watch from the Festival Center (the former Wonders of Life Pavilion, which is located between Mission: SPACE and Ellen’s Energy Adventure). The Festival Center will open one hour before game timem and food and beverages will be sold at this location. Guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom can visit Restaurantosaurus to view the remaining games. There are three games remaining, with the World Cup Final taking place at 3:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, July 13.
  • The minimum age to travel alone on Disney’s Magical Express has been lowered. The age for unaccompanied minors is now 12. It had previously been 16.
  • Beginning on July 27, PhotoPass print packages will no longer be offered for sale table-side at select restaurants, including ‘Ohana, 1900 Park Fare, Chef Mickey’s, Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and Tusker House Restaurant. At Cindrella’s Royal Table and Akershus, PhotoPass print packages will be available until January 4, 2015. Beginning January 5, the inclusive photo package option will be discontinued. Once the PhotoPass print packages are discontinued, guests will need to view and purchase photos via the My Disney Experience app and website.

That’s it for this edition of Newsworthy Notes…what are your thoughts?