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The 8 BIG Updates From Walt Disney World (and Beyond) This Week (January 3 - 8, 2018)

4. Magical Express to returns to pickup 3 hours before flight departure time

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The saddest bus trip in all of history, the trip back to the airport via Disney's Magical Express, began picking guests up four hours before their flight departure time earlier this year due to enhanced Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security measures, and advisement from the Orlando International Airport.

However, this change proved to be very unpopular, with many guests complaining that the extra hour was spent simply waiting around at the airport, as they could not check their baggage that long before their flight, and had nothing to do during this extra time. Fortunately, thanks to guest feedback, Disney has rolled back this change, and is now once again picking guests up who fly domestically three hours before their flight time. International departures continue to use the extended 4-hour window. 

5. New temporary car entrance coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios

Image: South Florida Water Management District

A temporary new car entrance will be opening on January 18th on the Buena Vista Drive side of the Disney’s Hollywood Studios parking lot. In order to prepare for this, a lane shift around the current entrance will go into effect next week that guests will be able to use to enter the parking lot. This temporary entrance will be used while work is ongoing to expand and improve the Disney's Hollywood Studios parking lot (the new entrance plans can be seen above), and it is unknown how long this new, temporary entrance will need to be used while all these changes are being made. 

6. Magic Kingdom First Aid moving to Tomorrowland during refurbishment 

Magic Kingdom First Aid 

Beginning this week and lasting until the middle of February the Magic Kingdom's First Aid station on Main Street, U.S.A. will be temporarily relocated to Tomorrowland, adjacent to the entrance of Space Mountain, while the Main Street USA location is refurbished. The Baby Care Center will not be affected by this change. 

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About #4 on the list. Leaving the resort at the end of your stay is always a bummer. You have to be out of your room early and you're plane may not be taking off for quite a while. However I don't mind going to the airport early anymore. Ever since I found out that the Hyatt at MCO offers day rooms for $100. These rooms Avail you of all the use of their amenities including the pool. Now I just go check in at the Hyatt, hang out at the pool and wait for my check in time at the gate. Tip the bellhop and he'll help you with your luggage. very relaxing. Even though you have an assigned time for your bus trip taking an earlier bus is simply a matter of asking the bus driver and if there's room on the bus.


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