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Old 09-10-2012, 02:15 PM   #1
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Question about Disney's Magical Express...

Do you needs carseats for children on the Magical Express for the ride from the airport to the resort? I know there are some modes of transportation where you don't need a carseat for children and this just looked like one of them to me. It'd be great if we didn't! We just had to travel with carseats and it was a pain! Not to mention we aren't renting a car so we wouldn't need them at any other point in the trip. Also I was wondering how long the ride is from the airport to the resorts?
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Old 09-10-2012, 02:18 PM   #2
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No carseats are needed for the ME, and most of the buses don't have seatbelts to install a carseat anyway. I only recently heard that some of the buses now have 3 point belts, but that's a relatively new development.

ETA: I missed your question about the time from the airport to the resorts. The actual ride from MCO to WDW is about 30 minutes, but expect for the transportation time from airport to your resort to take about 90 minutes from when you land. You have to walk to the ME area, get loaded on a bus, and if you are one of the first ones on that bus, you will have to wait until the bus fills before it leaves. Each bus usually services 3 resorts and your resort may not be the first stop. So all of that takes time.
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Old 09-10-2012, 02:24 PM   #3
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Thanks! I was just referring to the ride from the airport to the resort itself. On the website it said 60-75 minutes or something like that and I was like uuuh, I don't remember the airport being THAT far away but I get it now if they're taking into account walking, getting your bags, getting to Magical Express etc. etc. I was just talking about driving time itself!
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Old 09-10-2012, 03:31 PM   #4
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Thanks! I was just referring to the ride from the airport to the resort itself. On the website it said 60-75 minutes or something like that and I was like uuuh, I don't remember the airport being THAT far away but I get it now if they're taking into account walking, getting your bags, getting to Magical Express etc. etc. I was just talking about driving time itself!
Straight driving time is probably about 20 minutes, but varies by resort. However, unless you are lucky and your resort is the first one, it's going to take longer than that. They say 60-75 minutes because if you are at the second resort, you ride to the first resort and then it stops and takes about 10 minutes for people to unload and to have their luggage/carryons/strollers/etc removed from under the bus, then the ride to the second resort, etc.
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The actual ride can be that long depending on if your bus stops at other resorts first. We were technically the 4th stop (AKL Jambo and Kidani are 2 separate stops) on our bus, so from the time we pulled out of the airport until pulling up at our resort, it was at least an hour.
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Old 09-10-2012, 03:39 PM   #6
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We took a cab from the airport because our wait was going to be over an hour just to get on the bus. There was literally over 100 people waiting and some sort of problem. But on the way back we took ME and it to about 90 minutes because they stopped at 4 resorts total.
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We took a cab from the airport because our wait was going to be over an hour just to get on the bus. There was literally over 100 people waiting and some sort of problem..
There are enough resorts for four bus routes, and each bus holds about 50 people, so 200 people waiting does not imply that there is a problem.

Depending on time of day and crowds, three or four buses could be loading at the same time.

Which resorts are grouped for each individual bus trip can vary, although the resorts in each group are usually close to each other.
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This is a normal situation having enough buses for that many people. However the day we arrived we were told there was some sort of problem causing the buses to be delayed. I had no problem with a cab especially since my daughter was so excited.
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At this risk of getting You can't beat the price of DME, but lately I've been pretty keen on getting a car. We've tried two companies - Happy Limo and Star (bundled in a WDTC package). Happy is less expensive and provides a fine service. No issues with Star either.

I realize not everyone wants to spend $65, and that's cool - it's your money spend it the way YOU want to!

I started using the town cars after I had a late arrival, had to wait about an hour for the bus, was the third stop (another hour or so) and last one off so I had to wait in line at registration for what was probably about 30 minutes. Given it was a late arrival, 2.5 hours was a bit frustrating.
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