One thing we value as Seniors above almost everything else is our independence. We have grown up in an era where we were required to depend on ourselves for almost everything. Unfortunately, this may lead to a feeling of reluctance to let others take total control of something that is personally very important – our luggage while flying. Certainly we trust the airlines (sometimes with mixed results) to get our luggage from point of departure to point of arrival but then we can get our hands on our stuff and control it from there. That gives us our independence back because now, we can get our stuff where it needs to go.
Sorry fellow Oldies, here is where I am willing to surrender this particular part of my independence and let Disney handle my stuff!! Disney’s Magical Express is a free service that handles your luggage from the time you arrive in Orlando until the time you leave. They pick it up at the airport, deliver it to your resort, and the resort then delivers it to your room. The only cost that you may incur will be a tip for the bellman if you happen to be in the room when it’s delivered. When it’s time to leave you check your luggage in at the resort and they take it from there. As if by Magic, this is Disney after all, your luggage will be at your home airport baggage terminal when you arrive. This, of course, depends on the airlines doing their job.
Did I forget to mention that the service also includes free transportation to your resort on comfortable air conditioned buses normally operated by very friendly and entertaining drivers. There is also an entertaining video played while in transit – it gets you in the mood. I’m not just repeating the Disney company line, I’ve used the service on every visit since it was instituted. If you want the official information you can find it here: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/resorts/benefits/airport-service/
Word of caution – always pack a carry on with essentials (change of clothes, MEDS, etc) because there are occasionally delays of up to a few hours, depending on airport traffic, in getting luggage from the airport to your room. If you do take a carry on with you on the Magical Express bus please tip the driver when he retrieves it for you from under the bus. These people work hard and you will notice that they receive very few tips.
To answer my question posed above, should Seniors use Disney’s Magical Express – Yes! Yes! Yes!