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News Disney's Magical Express to end after 2021

seabreezept813

Well-Known Member
I am assuming that these 2 quotes are coming from people without kids who a) are young and have accidents in their pants so that multiple changes of outfits per day are needed. or b) have kids who are a little bit older and love to spill spaghetti, ice cream, insert favorite snack here, all over their clothes also requiring the multiple outfit packing. or c) have babies which leads into the changing of clothes for spit ups and such, but also require the diapers, bottles, formula expansion pack, which might be a bag all its own. I will also admit that when we go in the summer there are many times we have to pack multiple outfits per day for ourselves as we generally will be sweating like crazy in the Florida heat, and want to change in the afternoon evening. And/or if we are going to V&A or another dressier event, are not going to be wearing the shorts and teeshirts we wore in the morning.
I actually always share a suitcase with one of my kids and pack a suitcase with all the stuff we need—cosmetics, sun lotion, medicine, food and snacks, booze, ponchos, etc etc. It always works out great for us and helps us save quite a bit of money. Some stuff we could do without when trying instacart last trip but that was not as smooth as we hoped. Due to plane delays our food didn’t get delivered until a day late and even then was tough to track down.
 

Bill in Atlanta

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MickeyLuv'r

Well-Known Member
Wonder if shipping luggage in advance (such at all one has on the plane is a carry-on and backpack) is feasible?
Yes, many people do this, but at present, many WDW hotels charge guests for package deliveries - by the box.

There's also (or was) a service in Orlando that will keep a locker's worth of stuff (small lockbox) for frequent WDW travelers for a small monthly fee. The general idea is to use it to store toiletries and maybe a few foods that won't expire before your next trip, like maybe granola bars or applesauce packets. i've not used them, but perhaps they'd also be able to hold a carseat.

There are also companies that rent carseats, strollers, and even some medical devices.

There are also a host of grocery delivery services. I haven't used them, but they will deliver anything the big grocery stores carry: sunscreen, over-the-counter meds, water. The downside is they often charge a fair amount, and usually an adult has to be at the hotel to receive the groceries. One upside though is that they will usually deliver beer/wine, if one is so inclined. I'm not sure they deliver other alcohol, but from what I've read, the beer/wine prices are lower than what you'd pay at a resort pool bar, so that potentially offsets the higher prices on other items. I've only had water delivered. I used one of the big box office stores, I don't remember which one, but they no longer deliver water.

Suffice it to say, WDW has been losing out to other companies in this area. I could potentially see WDW wanting to bring this service in-house.

Oh, on the tail end- WDW will (or at east used to) ship some items to your home. It usually costs something, but I seem to recall it was included or a reasonable price for the more artsy/collectables items. At least some of the DS retailers will also ship purchases, I think for free if you spend over a certain amount.
 
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zero creativity

Active Member
Last time on DME (2019) the bus was only 1/3 full and it took almost 3 hours to get to my resort. Not a value of my time.
We live about a 12.5 hr drive away. A flight is usually about 2 hours, but with the time required to drive to the airport and all of the other delays including DME it would take a total time of at least 8 hrs. Last time we flew, it was closer to 9. We generally like driving better, but I understand that it doesn’t work the same for everyone.
 

wutisgood

Member
We live about a 12.5 hr drive away. A flight is usually about 2 hours, but with the time required to drive to the airport and all of the other delays including DME it would take a total time of at least 8 hrs. Last time we flew, it was closer to 9. We generally like driving better, but I understand that it doesn’t work the same for everyone.
I only go during the slow season but usually I am from my house to my hotel on idrive in around 4 hours if the flight isn't delayed. That is taking an uber and having family drop me off at my home airport.
 

jaklgreen

Well-Known Member
I am assuming that these 2 quotes are coming from people without kids who a) are young and have accidents in their pants so that multiple changes of outfits per day are needed. or b) have kids who are a little bit older and love to spill spaghetti, ice cream, insert favorite snack here, all over their clothes also requiring the multiple outfit packing. or c) have babies which leads into the changing of clothes for spit ups and such, but also require the diapers, bottles, formula expansion pack, which might be a bag all its own. I will also admit that when we go in the summer there are many times we have to pack multiple outfits per day for ourselves as we generally will be sweating like crazy in the Florida heat, and want to change in the afternoon evening. And/or if we are going to V&A or another dressier event, are not going to be wearing the shorts and teeshirts we wore in the morning.

You assume wrong. We started taking our kids when they were 1 & 2 years old and we only take 2 suitcases for the 4 of us. It never was an issue for us needing so many clothes. We did things like make sure they went to the bathroom before we got into lines, so they never had any potty accidents. I did a load of laundry half way through while we were having a pool day and that was enough clothes for the trip, even with changing out outfits when needed. I don't know what to say to you other then we did not have the issues that you described with accidents or being messy with food. I also don't see the point of changing into fresh clothes when you are still sweaty and nasty. Your body is still nasty so why waste the clean clothes on it. Now if I went back and showered, then of course I would put on new clothes. But we did not go back to the resort mid day and just stayed until we were ready to leave, then take our showers for the night so we did not go to bed nasty but by then we were in for the night and not needing another set of clothes.
 
Retiring Disney's Magical Express without an alternative in place is a very short-sighted, cost-cutting idea. This kind of cut is showing how Disney is losing more than its quality touch and will lead to financial downfall. It ****es me off more than charging guests to park in their resort parking lots. Are there any perks left to staying on-property left? The theming was deemed to be too upsetting to business types. Pretty sure any Marriott offers complimentary continental breakfast.
 

MisterPenguin

Rumormonger
Premium Member
Retiring Disney's Magical Express without an alternative in place is a very short-sighted, cost-cutting idea. This kind of cut is showing how Disney is losing more than its quality touch and will lead to financial downfall. It ****es me off more than charging guests to park in their resort parking lots. Are there any perks left to staying on-property left? The theming was deemed to be too upsetting to business types. Pretty sure any Marriott offers complimentary continental breakfast.
There are non-free alternatives in place already. And Mears or other companies have 11 months to figure out what services they want to provide for those who want a MDE type experience (for a fee).
 

Buck Wheelie

Well-Known Member
Retiring Disney's Magical Express without an alternative in place is a very short-sighted, cost-cutting idea. This kind of cut is showing how Disney is losing more than its quality touch and will lead to financial downfall. It ****es me off more than charging guests to park in their resort parking lots. Are there any perks left to staying on-property left? The theming was deemed to be too upsetting to business types. Pretty sure any Marriott offers complimentary continental breakfast.
The new perk for staying on Disney property is getting let into parks a half hour early. It doesn't seem like that much of a perk when there are thousands of other people let in early.
 

dreday3

Well-Known Member
The new perk for staying on Disney property is getting let into parks a half hour early. It doesn't seem like that much of a perk when there are thousands of other people let in early.

Resort guests (which there really aren't many of right now) spread over all 4 parks, 30 minutes early, every day.

I think that's better than one park, one hour early
 
How was Disney doing before Covid? Say Jan 2019-Feb 2020 time frame? I thought the parks were busier than ever and they were filling hotels. My point is if this was the case why wouldn't you get back to what was working? I get change is always needed in certain regards, but why fix what wasn't broken?
 

Chi84

Premium Member
I am assuming that these 2 quotes are coming from people without kids who a) are young and have accidents in their pants so that multiple changes of outfits per day are needed. or b) have kids who are a little bit older and love to spill spaghetti, ice cream, insert favorite snack here, all over their clothes also requiring the multiple outfit packing. or c) have babies which leads into the changing of clothes for spit ups and such, but also require the diapers, bottles, formula expansion pack, which might be a bag all its own. I will also admit that when we go in the summer there are many times we have to pack multiple outfits per day for ourselves as we generally will be sweating like crazy in the Florida heat, and want to change in the afternoon evening. And/or if we are going to V&A or another dressier event, are not going to be wearing the shorts and teeshirts we wore in the morning.
For tips on how to properly parent your children so they don't get messy or have accidents, see the "WDW with Kids" forum. If you're looking for people to tell you the best time to shower or change clothes, try "WDW Trip Planning." ;)

Seriously, though, what works for some doesn't necessarily work for others. I'm 100% with you on the need for extra clothes at WDW - and when the kids were little, it would have been difficult without the bus from the airport. I trust some option will fill the void, but it probably won't work as well as DME.
 

Chip Chipperson

Well-Known Member
I am assuming that these 2 quotes are coming from people without kids who a) are young and have accidents in their pants so that multiple changes of outfits per day are needed. or b) have kids who are a little bit older and love to spill spaghetti, ice cream, insert favorite snack here, all over their clothes also requiring the multiple outfit packing. or c) have babies which leads into the changing of clothes for spit ups and such, but also require the diapers, bottles, formula expansion pack, which might be a bag all its own. I will also admit that when we go in the summer there are many times we have to pack multiple outfits per day for ourselves as we generally will be sweating like crazy in the Florida heat, and want to change in the afternoon evening. And/or if we are going to V&A or another dressier event, are not going to be wearing the shorts and teeshirts we wore in the morning.

We usually travel to WDW in the winter, so we always have a change of clothes available because we take the first available flight in the morning which means leaving the house around 3:30ish in the morning and being dressed accordingly. When we get to the resort, the weather is MUCH nicer so we need a change of clothes just to avoid sweating buckets while wearing jeans and sweatshirts.
 

mattpeto

Member
Resort guests (which there really aren't many of right now) spread over all 4 parks, 30 minutes early, every day.

I think that's better than one park, one hour early

Disney has been allowing all guests to enter their parks up to an hour lately for several months.

Guessing this perk is simply disabling access for non-resort guests. It doesn't seem like an added benefit, but assuming they enforce it - it will be a nice add.
 

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