first things first. you get off the airplane. you take the monorail to baggage claim. BUT if you’re staying on property— YOU DON’T GET YOUR BAGS! why? because the Disney Cast Members will gather your luggage for you and deliver them straight to….wait for it… YOUR ROOM! not only will they get it and transfer it to your resort, they will bring it right to your room. oh and by the way, this service is complimentary. however, remember that it’s nice to give your driver and bell man a little tip.
what do you do in the meantime? you pass baggage claim and check in at the MAGICAL EXPRESS counter. they will direct you from there. hop in your line as directed, get on your bus and enjoy the show (yes, there are videos played for the commute).
now. there are PRE-ARRIVAL, ARRIVAL and DEPARTURE reservations that must be made, so check it all out, but know that the service is available and yes, I’m gonna say it again, “it’s magical.”
because you may arrive before your luggage does, be sure to have your MAGIC BANDS, a few clothes, maybe some toiletries in your bag, and depending on the time of year you are there, your swimsuit. if there is a delay in your luggage, you don’t want it to postpone your time in the parks, so as in the words of Scar, “be prepared!” 😉 just in case
the WDW buses run approximately every 20 minutes (although I don’t think we have ever waited that long). keep in mind, at some places it can take up to 30 minutes travel time (I believe the longest distance is from Animal Kingdom to Magic Kingdom). a safe rule of thumb is: allow an hour. for example, if you have reservations for breakfast in Epcot at 9:30am, be at your bus stop at 8:30am. it’s always better to arrive a bit early and avoid the stress.
and remember, if you are eating at one of the RESORT RESTAURANTS, you’ll need to take your WDW bus to the resort’s nearest park, and then catch transportation from there. for example, if you are eating at Chef Mickey’s and staying at Saratoga Springs; you’ll need to catch the WDW bus to Magic Kingdom and then take the monorail to the Contemporary (where Chef Mickey’s is)– don’t let it scare you, it’s super easy, and if you are ever in doubt, ask a Cast Member.
more to cover…. stay tuned 🙂