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Disney Increases Magical Express Return Time To 4-Hours Prior To Departure

This past Summer, we announced that JetBlue was recommending customers show up 3 hours early to Orlando International Airport. This recommendation came on the heals of the large amount of renovation happening at the airport. I made a comment about what Disney’s response would be for Magical Express return times. Today, Disney announced that guests would be picked up 4 hours prior to their departure time. I am surprised to see it has taken almost 4 full months to be announced.

The added hour to Disney’s Magical Express comes to no surprise.

With guests being told to show up 3 hours prior to departure, you are unable to do so today when using Magical Express. Beginning tomorrow 11/17/2017, guests will be picked up an hour earlier.

Chip & Co stated:

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Disney is reporting that the need to deliver guests earlier to the Orlando airport is due to longer wait times for the new, stronger screening procedures for carry-on items by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The new procedure (implemented across the country) requires travelers to place all electronics larger than a cell phone in bins for X-ray screening in standard lanes. The new security measures do not apply to passengers enrolled in TSA Pre✓® who are using TSA Pre✓® lanes.

It seems that it is a combination of the two. Added security measures and the amount of construction that caused resulted in the new policy. Disney also stated that it would re-evaluate the new policy after the holiday season.

What are your thoughts on the added hour?

[Source: WDWNT and Chip & Co]


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