Magic Behind the Music: Travel – Disney Magical Express – Preshow & Postshow

Let the music of Disney whisk you away to your vacation in Florida on the Magical Express and on the D-COT Jukebox!

Being the most popular resort destination in world means that the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida has a lot of visitors from everywhere every day of every year, and that means the vast majority are flying into the area, and a great many of them are flying into Orlando International Airport. While this had been a fact for decades, Disney’s Magical Express wasn’t founded until 2005. It was a big business move by Disney that really paid off and, understandably, faced great opposition from competitors and public transportation companies.

Disney knew that the best way to keep the income going was to not just keep guests happy, but also to keep them on their property. Posting ridership in the millions, this service offers guest who fly, a no-hassle, complementary way of arriving in Florida and letting Disney whisk them away to their vacation (provided they are staying on Disney property or going on a Disney Cruise  from Port Canaveral of course). As a bonus, guests can tag their checked luggage with specially marked tags provided by Disney at their home airport and skip the baggage claim in Orlando. Disney picks the bags up and delivers them directly to their room!

Of course, if this was just a shuttle bus, it wouldn’t be very magical. It’s a motor coach complete with a video to get you excited about your vacation ahead. When the video isn’t playing, your ears are treated to a plethora of instrumental Disney songs. Those songs are what make up our feature track. It was added to the D-COT Jukebox on February 5, 2009 – one of the years the Magical Express reached a peak ridership of 2.2 million people! Many D-COT Members are familiar with and fond of this music. 550 Members have added it to their Favorites. Supporters have added it to 33 Custom Playlists. It has a total play count of 550,569 and a weekly play count of 17. This makes it #1 on our Top 25 Played Overall playlist! The track has a 4.7/5 average rating across 215 votes, making it #9 on our Top 25 Rated Playlist!

But what about the saddest part of every Disney fan’s vacation: leaving for home?  It’s no less Magical, nor is it less of an Express, but because of the timing, some fans call it the “Tragical Regress”. The same service will also take you back to Orlando in time for your return flight and, depending on which air service you’re using, you may also be able to check your luggage at your resort before you leave. Unfortunately when you get home, you will have to stop at baggage claim. This same music plays apart from the video on the way back to the airport. The video gets you excited for that future vacation that Disney really hopes you’ll book with them… and maybe, just maybe, you’ve already got one planned!

RocketEAR99 is one of our contributors that specializes in Disney music in the series we call "Magic Behind the Music". You will find some fun and exciting information about the music you can listen to in the jukebox.


  1. The one downside to being local is that the ride to Disney is way less magical because there’s no Magical Express LOL

    • But yours is quality time with your family and not a bus full of strangers ;)

    • And you get to go at a moments notice! I’d take that over 1+ years advanced planning it normally takes me haha :D

  2. wow i didn’t realize they only started it in 2005! i feel like i’ve been riding it my whole life LOL

  3. The Magical Express track is definitely one of my ALL TIME favorites! Was there in December and we had the best driver too! He was so fun and very helpful getting my 89 year old parents on/off.
    So happy that track is part of the D-Cot lineup! :minnie: :clap:

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