I'm in the final planning stages of my big trip to WDW for the Pirates Event and Gay Days next month. I'm wondering if any of you WDW experts/locals might be able to tell me more about the "Disney's Magical Express" service. The main questions:
1) How much does the service cost?
2) Do you have to book both ways (i.e. coming in from the airport and going back to the airport) on the ends of your stay?
3) We (myself and a friend, the two people on my WDW reservation) are coming in at different times on different airlines, is this a problem?
Leaving, I have another problem. Here is my situation: I'm meeting a friend at WDW for the Pirates Event. He's going to go home on Sunday, the day we check out of the Wilderness Lodge after the Event is over. He's flying home from Orlando International. I'm staying for another week, but have reservations at another hotel off property. However, I will need a rental car starting that day, and have found the best rate at the Orlando airport location. Can I ride with him on the Magical Express Bus, or book a return trip on the bus to the airport, even if I'm not getting on a plane? I ask because will have my luggage with me, and I know they check luggage directly with the airlines (I think).
As an aside and related if it doesn't work out... what's the best (cheapest) way to get a ride to Orlando International airport from a Disney Hotel? Any alternatives to a taxi, like local cheap shuttles?
Thanks in advance for any advice!