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  1. Larry
    January 14, 2014

    We have a one night reservation at the Coronado Springs resort and then transfer to SOG for 6 nights. How do we get our luggage to the SOG? Thanks.


    • Dave
      January 15, 2014

      Larry, I cna’t think of a good option other than a cab. There’ll be a cab stand outside of the main lobby…ask a cast member where it is…


  2. Lori
    January 26, 2013

    We are booked for our first trip to Disney this April with our soon to be 5 yr. old daughter. I booked the Shades of Green for our entire stay. How much should we expect to pay for meals every day (2 adults, 1 child) eating at character meals or nicer restaurants ever night? Also, 3 character breakfasts? Will we be disappointed to not stay at a Disney resort? We do not want to split our time between 2 resorts, having to move during our stay. Is the Grand Floridian worth the extra $3,000 for a week just for the room? (that’s where we would stay but now there is construction). How much will Disney dining deluxe plan save us vs paying full prices? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.


  3. Steve From MilitaryDisneyTips.com
    January 9, 2013

    Just heard back from my travel agent friend, and you are only eligible for the Magical express on the day of check in to your Disney hotel…

    So you could only use it on the way home.



  4. Steve From MilitaryDisneyTips.com
    January 9, 2013

    Hi John,

    Dave asked me to chime in.

    I have done split stay sat Shades/Disney resort and Disney resort/Disney resort.

    First know that doing Shades/Disney is a little harder logictically. You will be on your own for baggage transfer as you mentioned. Where if you were doing Disney/Disney you could have the bell staff at your first resort pick up your bags and they would magically appear in your new room.

    You’ll need to check out of Shades by 1100 and get your bags to the Poly. As Dave said if you have roller boards the walk could work, it’s about a 15 min walk without luggage. Shades does offer the Shady Shuttle which will take you to the Shades entry gate cutting about half of your walk off. You could take the Shades bus to the TTC but the walk to the Poly would be about the same.

    Once at the Poly you’ll need to get the bell staff to store your bags until your room is ready. You can pre-check in, then you can get on with your day.

    Upon return to the Poly at the end of the day or after check in time, you’ll find out your new room number and arrange for you bags to be delivered. as I said I’ve done this (once) for the price savings as Dave mentions on this page.

    As far as the Magical Express, you might have an issue (I’m checking with a third resource now). The Magical Express is supposed to take you to the Disney resort you are staying at, in this case the Poly. This past summer I had a reservation at Allstar Sports but wanted to go to Riverside as I’d left my car there and had to get management involved. My question is, arriving several days before your Disney reservation would they even have you in the ME system. I’ll report back with what I hear.

    If it does work out, you’d need to get from the Poly to Shades.



    • Dave
      January 10, 2013

      Thanks a million, Steve!


  5. john
    January 9, 2013

    Great site! I am considering a split stay between SOG and poly but wondering how I can still use magical express airport shuttle both ways?

    Also, could I easily walk with all my luggage from SOG to poly?



    • Dave
      January 9, 2013

      Hey Tom, and thanks! No on the second, unless all you have is rolly bags. It’s a real hike with luggage. On the first, I’m not sure–I think you can but am going to see what I can find out.

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