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    Cool Magical Express - can I arrange to take an earlier bus?

    That may sound like an odd question, after all, who want's to leave earlier.

    But here's the situation. For our Sept 20-27 trip, I have the flight down secured. I am still shopping for a favorable fare for the trip home. On the 27th, so far, the best I can find for an afternoon flight is $154 on SW, or $130 on AirTran. However, if wait until the next morning (Monday) and catch an early flight, I can get a 6 a.m. flight on AirTran for $64 that gets in at 9:29. That's early enough to still get to work (late) for that day (if I had a job that is, but my daughter does).

    So here's where my question comes in. I don't have a room reserved for that night, and with a 6 a.m. flight, the Magical Express bus would leave a 3 a.m.. That's not hardly worth getting a room for, or even going to bed. So is possible to arrange to take an earlier Magical Express bus? I wonder if they perhaps have a midnight bus, or whatever the latest time is on the 27th, then just hang out at the airport?
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    Re: Magical Express - can I arrange to take an earlier bus?

    Give them a call and see if you can take a "later" bus, like midnight, for the day you check out.

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    Re: Magical Express - can I arrange to take an earlier bus?

    There are buses as long as there are flights leaving the airport I believe - so the last bus of the night would be three hours (give or take) before the last flight leaves the airport.

    Your best bet is to find the flight number of the last flight out of Orlando airport, and just give them that information as if you are actually taking that flight.
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    Cool Re: Magical Express - can I arrange to take an earlier bus?

    I made a couple of calls, and I have the answer.

    If I check out on Sunday, September 27, but have a 6 a.m. flight on Monday, September 28, Disney's Magical Express would take me to the airport on September 27. I could arrange to catch their last bus of the day, probably around 10:30 or 11:00.

    This would put be at the airport well before the flight. However if I were to reserve and additional night at WDW, with a 6 a.m. flight, the DME bus would depart at 3, meaning I had to get up at 1:30 or 2:00. Getting up at 1:30 to me doesn't seem worth the cost of a room.

    If we choose to do this, which we haven't yet, we could stay in the parks (MK had EMH that evening) until time to go catch the bus. Catch the bus to the airport, and then find a "comfy" seat in the airport to catnap until boarding.

    Not sure what I'm doing yet, but now I know how DME would handle it. Thought I'd pass it on in case anyone faces a similar situation.
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