I absolutely love Disney’s Magical Express (DME). The service is complimentary to guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel and provides transportation from Orlando International Airport to your resort. Guests also have the option of tagging their luggage before leaving home and “magically” finding it in their rooms once in Florida. This saves a lot of aggravation when traveling because you don’t have to drag suitcases around or wait at baggage claim. You simply hop on a bus and let Disney do the driving. While aboard, you’re treated to a video creating even more excitement for your vacation. For as long as I can remember, the film has been the same and definitely needed some updating. Low and behold, DME TV has been born and is ready to showcase some of the new offerings Walt Disney World has to offer.
DME TV is the updated version of the Magical Express video which debuted late last month and is now played on all DME buses en route to the World. It offers information about attractions, dining, ticket media, and special guests experiences. Guests learn about each park, major attractions they offer, and ways to make the most out of their vacation. This includes a brief overview of hard ticket events such as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party or special dining experiences for Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival. It’s fun to see the reactions of the children on board (both kid age and kid-at-heart). Many squeal when they see an attraction they like! Sibling rivalry is displayed at its best when the video talks of the Sorcerers of Magic Kingdom, an interactive game guests can play in the park.
DME TV introduces something new to the on board experience: an insider look at Imagineering. For those of you Disney veterans out there, it’s fun to learn the history of Walt Disney World and its most famous attractions. I was pleasantly surprised to see segments with the Imagineers responsible for “making the magic,” so to speak. They discuss how the rides were built and even offer some special things to look for when at the attraction itself. For example, do you know about the one-eyed cat at the Haunted Mansion? This feline friend was originally supposed to be inside the mansion itself, but never made it. Once the line queue was updated, he finally made his debut. Be sure to look for him!
Jason Surrell, a senior Imagineer and show writer, tells the story of Walt’s fascination with trains. Clips are shown of Walt enjoying them at Disneyland. Surrell then goes on to talk about how trains are a staple in the Disney Parks. I love how Disney history is mixed in now on the video. It really adds to the appreciation of all that goes into creating the parks’ attractions.
In addition to Imagineers, Disney animators like Ducky Williams also make an appearance and show us how Mickey and the gang come to life. It’s fun to see how the characters are drawn. If you want to try it for yourself, be sure to stop by Disney’s Hollywood Studios and visit The Magic of Disney Animation. There, you can learn about the animation process and work on your own character drawing.
Now that the new FastPass+ and MagicBand system is expanding testing throughout the resorts and parks, DME TV explains it to guests in detail. I really appreciated this as it educates everyone on how it works, what it can do for you, and where to access it regardless of whether you have a smartphone or not. This helps guests learn of what is available for them if they choose to utilize FastPasses during their visit.
Overall, I really appreciate DME TV and its role on Disney’s Magical Express. It’s fresh and modern. I also love how it lets you meet some of Disney’s best cast members and learn more about their lives at Walt Disney World (be on the lookout for the story of one who lost 60 pounds dancing with guests during the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Parade!). Enjoy your vacation, everybody!
Category: Disney World