1. Welcome to the WDWMAGIC.COM Forums!
    Please take a look around, and feel free to sign up and join the community.You can use your Twitter or Facebook account to sign up, or register directly.
    Dismiss Notice

Magical Express Wait Time

Discussion in 'Ground & Air Transportation' started by Mista C, Oct 28, 2016.

  1. Mista C

    Mista C Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2013
    Messages:
    172
    Likes Received:
    295
    Quick question on the Magical Express, as I've never had to use it. Being from Fort Lauderdale, we drive every trip, but this year my wife is meeting up with my daughter and myself for one day and she's flying into Orlando Intl. Her flight lands at 8:05 am.

    Once she walks down to Magical Express, how does it work?
    Will she have a set time for one of the buses, or do they just put you on one once you check in with them?
    If she's landing at 8:05 am, about how long of a wait would there typically be? I'm just hoping that it's fairly quick and that she won't have to sit and wait at the airport for one or two hours. If that's the case, I'll reserve a towncar for her for $60.

    Thanks!
     
  2. hakunamatata

    hakunamatata Love Me Some Fast Passes Premium Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2003
    Messages:
    37,316
    Likes Received:
    53,105
    If she is flying in for the day and not on your vacation package or resevation I dont think she can use DME.
     
  3. Mista C

    Mista C Well-Known Member Original Poster

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2013
    Messages:
    172
    Likes Received:
    295
    She is on our reservation. My daughter and I are staying 4 days and my wife 1. I already registered her with DME and I received a confirmation email from WDW stating that her confirmation letter is being mailed. We just have not received it yet.
     
  4. RememberWhen

    RememberWhen Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2013
    Messages:
    303
    Likes Received:
    267
    The wait time can really vary. I've never personally seen it crazy busy, but I have heard of it taking 2 hours from plane landing to arriving at the resort. It's usually closer to an hour for us, but we try to go at quieter times of the year. In my personal experience it's usually a pretty short wait to get on a bus, but the bus sometimes waits a while to be full and then stops at several places.
     
    HurricaneHanna likes this.
  5. Mista C

    Mista C Well-Known Member Original Poster

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2013
    Messages:
    172
    Likes Received:
    295
    Great, thanks. If she arrives at our resort by 10am that's fine. One last question, when we get our confirmation letter in the mail, will it have an actual time on it, or do they just place you on a bus when you check in?
     
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2016
  6. hakunamatata

    hakunamatata Love Me Some Fast Passes Premium Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2003
    Messages:
    37,316
    Likes Received:
    53,105
    Ah. Agree with what RememberWhen indicated above.
     
  7. RememberWhen

    RememberWhen Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2013
    Messages:
    303
    Likes Received:
    267
    Just make sure she knows where to go. It's pretty well signed. Is she picking up her bag at he airport or heading straight to the bus? Picking up the bag will add a bit of time.
     
  8. Tuvalu

    Tuvalu Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2011
    Messages:
    16,589
    Likes Received:
    97,164
    It took us 2 hours from landing to arriving at our resort earlier this month.
    IMG_3874.JPG
     
    HurricaneHanna likes this.
  9. RememberWhen

    RememberWhen Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2013
    Messages:
    303
    Likes Received:
    267
    I was thinking of you. Sadly. It's so exciting to arrive at MCO. To then take so long to make it to the hotel would have made me very antsy.
     
    HurricaneHanna and Tuvalu like this.
  10. Tuvalu

    Tuvalu Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2011
    Messages:
    16,589
    Likes Received:
    97,164
    This is where the line began.... :jawdrop:
    IMG_3871.JPG
     
    HurricaneHanna likes this.
  11. RememberWhen

    RememberWhen Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2013
    Messages:
    303
    Likes Received:
    267
    I've never seen it like that! It's crazy!
     
    MickeyMomV, Plowboy and Tuvalu like this.
  12. Tuvalu

    Tuvalu Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2011
    Messages:
    16,589
    Likes Received:
    97,164
    And I hope I never see it this way again! Will see it for myself again in December.
     
    MickeyMomV likes this.
  13. Andrew C

    Andrew C You know what's funny? Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2014
    Messages:
    7,214
    Likes Received:
    19,814
    Wow...I never knew it could get like that. That is nuts. Guess I have been lucky.
     
  14. DisneyJoe

    DisneyJoe Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 31, 2006
    Messages:
    6,901
    Likes Received:
    2,337
  15. 21stamps

    21stamps Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2016
    Messages:
    12,506
    Likes Received:
    13,825
    If this happens can we take an Uber, even though we are already registered with ME? I can't wait for 2 hours, or even 1 hour.
     
    Weather_Lady likes this.
  16. 21stamps

    21stamps Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2016
    Messages:
    12,506
    Likes Received:
    13,825
    I'm very worried now bc almost every resort is sold out during my trip. I don't mind doing Uber if we have to, but I don't want to deal with our luggage. Maybe I should call and ask.
     
  17. Tuvalu

    Tuvalu Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2011
    Messages:
    16,589
    Likes Received:
    97,164
    Saturday, October 1st between 12:30-1:00 pm
     
  18. Tuvalu

    Tuvalu Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2011
    Messages:
    16,589
    Likes Received:
    97,164
    If you haven't called yet...
    You can change your mind at the last minute and use Uber instead of DME. It will not affect your return trip or your luggage delivery. If you put the yellow tags on your bags they will make it to your resort whether or not you board a DME bus.
     
  19. Weather_Lady

    Weather_Lady Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2012
    Messages:
    4,405
    Likes Received:
    8,302
    The day of the week (and time of day) can make a big difference. We're arriving mid-afternoon on Monday 11/14 (not on a weekend), so I'm hoping our wait won't be crazy long. If it looks like the picture above, you can be certain we'll be Ubering our way out of there! :) That being said, we have been in situations where the line looked really long (reaching almost to the end of the switchbacks, although not past the MB touch point, as in the photo! - that was when we arrived around 11am on a Saturday, which I assume is probably the busiest time of the week), but waited only 25 minutes to board a bus because so many buses were running...

    If it looks gnarly and you need to decide whether to wait or get alternative transportation, I'd ask the attendant at the check-in touchpoint for their opinion on the wait time.

    (UPDATE, after trip: We hit the jackpot - zero wait to board a DME bus! We landed on schedule around 1:30pm and it took our party less than 15 minutes after the last person deplaned to meet up, take the monorail to the terminal, cross the foyer, take an escalator down to the ground transportation level and arrive at the DME check-in desk. (We travel carryon only, so no stop at baggage claim.) We had to wait about 5 minutes to check in, and we were immediately ushered through the line to a bus to our resort (which was already boarding), which then departed within another 5 minutes. Our resort (CBR) was the first drop-off on the route, and I was standing at the resort check-in desk less than an hour after deplaning.)
     
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2017
    HurricaneHanna and 21stamps like this.
  20. 21stamps

    21stamps Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2016
    Messages:
    12,506
    Likes Received:
    13,825
    Thank you. I don't know if my kid would complain or not if we had that kind of wait.. But If the lines are like that, I don't want to find out the answer.lol.
     

Share This Page