Dec 172013
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Remember last month when I told you all about the Magical Express?  The Magical Express is complimentary round-trip airport transportation and luggage delivery for guests who are staying at Disney resorts.   The day before your flight, you’ll get an envelope on your door with the time your bus leaves the resort for the airport.  It’s usually two to three hours before the flight.

Let me start by saying that the Magical Express isn’t so magical on the return trip back to the airport.



But did you know that you can check your luggage and receive your airline boarding pass right at your Disney Resort hotel with their Resort Airline Check-In Service. You have to be departing from Orlando International Airport and flying on one of these airlines, though:

  • AirTran Airways
  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Southwest Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • US Airways

We always fly Southwest when we go to Disney, so we check in our bags at the resort before we leave & don’t see them again until we get home.

At Orlando International Airport (MCO), it’s so large that you need to take a shuttle to get from one side of the airport to the other.  Security is on one side and the gates are all on another.  Here are the boys on the shuttle.


They played their DS’s quietly and had some snacks (or in my oldest’s case, an entire sandwich) while we were waiting to board.



Our flight was around 9 am because I wanted to get home early enough in the day that I would have time to do some laundry and get back into the routine.


Somehow the kids ended up with all the snacks that Chris & I got, but at least they enjoyed them.


We made it back to Providence around 11:30 am and after an exhausting week, we actually were happy to be home.

Until next year…….

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  57 Responses to “Time to Say Goodbye – To Disney That Is”

  1. Always sad to leave Disney

  2. Wow! I really enjoyed reading about your family’s Disney adventures! There are so many attractions at the park that I had never heard about!

  3. Blah. The ride home is the worst. Until next year.

  4. Had so much fun seeing your whole trip the last few weeks and thanks agin for sharing with us!! 🙂

  5. I think the end of a vacation is always hard, but I imagine it’s especially hard to leave Disney!

  6. I agree. It was sad for us to leave Disney behind too. (I love your boys matching sweatshirts. Too cute!)

  7. It looks like you all had a fabulous time!

  8. I could sense the sadness there in leaving thanks for sharing your Disney experience it’s been interesting as I have never visited 🙂

    Have a seasonaltastic week

  9. the realization that vacation is over is always a bummer. looks like they had a great time though

  10. Awe, until next year! I thoroughly enjoy reading your Disney experiences- you guys pack a whole lot of fun into your yearly Disney vacation!

  11. I love that service. We’ve used it before too!! Look at your transfer ride across the airport almost empty. Lucky!

  12. Glad to see all went well. Have a wonderful holiday .Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  13. That’s so nice that you got to take the kids to Disney again. I hope to take our kids one day soon!

  14. It was great following your Disney adventure!

  15. Your husband’s face in that first picture is hysterical! It says, magical? I think not!

    Lanaya | xoxo

  16. AWWW! that must have been a hard trip back – I have been begging hubby to take us to Disney!

  17. We usually take a tiny plane service, so we don’t get those get benefits of going with a larger airline. And you amaze me having the energy to do laundry when you get home from Disney! When I come back from a trip, I just lay around for days until the energy builds back up.

  18. I hate flying home from trips 🙂 It sounds like you guys had a great vacation!

  19. That is so great that you can check your luggage and receive your boarding pass right at disney. Saves a lot of hassle and time

  20. That was quite the adventure you took us on! Makes me want to go away yet also reminds me how good it is when we return home from a trip, that “It’s good to be home” feeling. Glad you enjoyed it!

  21. The Resort Airline Check-In Service sounds awesome! A great time saver. The boys look so cute in their matching Old Navy zip ups!

  22. Cool to have fun. But, hey, you’re going home for Christmas!

  23. Cute travel photos. Welcome back! I love vacations, but it’s always nice to get back to my own bed.

  24. We love the happiest on earth. Sounds like a great vacation

  25. I did that last time too, it is cool they they take care of the luggage 🙂

  26. It’s sad going home. Of course the worst part about a trip is doing the laundry and putting everything away when you get home!

  27. and we’ll be back :D…I;ll bet I;ll say the same whenever I visit Disneyland…wherever it is..

  28. I have completely enjoyed the travels you have posted about. You gave great advice and you were able to show the good with the bad, (mostly good) experiences with your fun, personal critique or advice for future travels. Man, I would love to be one of your kids!!! ♥

  29. So jealous you went to Disney. We went last year and it was so much fun!

  30. I am glad that you all had a wonderful time! Lovely pictures. Have a great Wednesday.

  31. It’s nice that you can check in and check your bags from the resort. I would be worried that I wouldn’t see them again though.

  32. The check-in service is pretty cool! We usually fly Spirit out of Atlantic City though so wouldn’t be available to us.

  33. I guess all good things must come to an end! Glad you had a great trip though!

  34. Aww I bet it was amazing, always wanted to take mine to Disney 🙂

    Merry Christmas to you all 🙂

  35. That’s a nice feature! Glad you had a great time.

  36. Very cute!
    It looks like you all had a fabulous time!

  37. They look too happy to be heading home 🙂

  38. Going home is never fun!

  39. Always sad to leave Disney! We also use the Magical Express which really is a great convenience! I Have a Merry Christmas!

  40. awe 🙁
    we’re hoping to go soon!

  41. The ride leaving Disney is always so sad.

  42. We drove to Disney but we flew in my MIL. She experienced the Magical Express and it is fabulous! They printed out her flight info and gave her a shuttle time based on the info. Basically, they did it all which gave my hubby and I a LOT of relief.
    Happy WW!

  43. I’ve been on that Orlando airport shuttle a million times it seems. It’s nothing like Disney though 🙂

  44. Wow that is wonderful! I love how you can check your bags at the resort, one less thing you have to do when you get to the airport!

  45. Never heard of it, but sounds convenient. Anything to simplify life is wonderful. Have a great week! 🙂

  46. Must have been so fun.. 🙂

    Happy Wordless Wednesday! My entry is here.

  47. You had so much fun though and look forward to that trip every year I bet. I just want to visit, just once haha! Thank you for sharing everything with us!

  48. Leaving Disney is never any fun, but looking forward to your next trip is always exciting 🙂

  49. It’s always sad to say goodbye but so nice to get home! Thanks for sharing your amazing trip with us!

  50. Sounds handy … but it looks like you guys got up waaaaaaaaaaaaay too early!

  51. Sounds like you had a wonderful experience!

  52. That seems like an amazing service Disney offer! I’ve never been to Disney, even the European one. Am aiming to go to Orlando in a couple of years when my daughter is old enough to appreciate it though!
    Thanks for linking up with Wordless Wednesday at Single Mother Ahoy!

  53. I think I’ve said this before but your posts make me want to take my kids to Disney more than any other Disney advertising has ever done LOL

  54. What a sad day 🙁 Disney needs a time stop clock.

  55. looks 🙂 awesome! Is it a train? lol

    I am in India and my boys will turn 9 this fall. What do you suggest is a good time to fly to USA with them..(tips for Disney??)

    Also, remember it’s going to be a LONG transatlantic flight 😉

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