Disney’s Magical Express Is Officially GONE. Here Are Your Options

Goodbye Disney's Magical Express
Credit: Disney Dining

Well, Disney fans, we have said our final goodbyes to Walt Disney World Resort’s Magical Express. The complimentary transportation service that took Disney Guests to and from Walt Disney World Resorts and the Orlando International Airport is no more. So, what exactly are your options now?

Magical Express signs replaced
Images Credit: DisneyDining (left) / @followyourdreams_travels (right)

After Disney announced the Magical Express transportation service would end December 31, 2021, we learned that Disney decided to extend the return service to the Orlando International Airport (MCO) through January 10, 2022. Throughout the start of the year, we’ve seen Magical Express signage begin its replacement at Disney Resorts.

@GottaGoOrlando took to Twitter on January 11 to share, “Disney’s Magical Express is officially no more! Yesterday the last ever Magical Express bus departed Disney’s Pop Century, carrying Guests back to Orlando International Airport. Now you’re on your own for getting to and from the airport!”

Rather quickly, as shown in the video below by @TouringPlans, the Orlando International Airport has already seen Mears Connect take over the former Disney’s Magical Express location at Terminal B.

So, now that the Magical Express is done and we are on our own to get to and from the Orlando airport, what are the options? Two transportation services have stepped up but they will cost you.

At the start of the year, we started to see Mears signage begin its take over. The first and most popular option is Mears Connect which is a new service that comes at a fee. The Mears transportation service fees are $16 (per adult) / $13.50 (per child) for a one-way trip or $32 (per adult) / $27 (per child) for a round trip. For the express service, Guests can pay $250 for a round trip with up to 4 passengers, with an additional $55 per additional passenger.

Mears Connect
Credit: Disney Dining

Another option that adds a little fun to the experience is The Sunshine Flyer service. This new transportation option offers a bus experience with an old train feel! The fees will be $17 (per adult) / $12.50 (per child) for one-way service. Or, you can purchase round-trip tickets for $34 (per adult) and $25 (per child). This service is available as of February 1, 2022.

Sunshine Flyer
Credit: The Sunshine Flyer

Disney Resort Hotel Guests could also look at the option of using Uber, Lyft, or ordering a taxi to get to and from Walt Disney World Resorts. Thinking about renting a car? You may want to think twice about that option as we previously shared here.

Flying in for a Disney vacation soon? How are you planning to get to and from the airport and Disney Resort now that the Magical Express is a thing of the past? Let us know in the comments.

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.