Earlier today, it was announced that the Walt Disney World Resort would be discontinuing Disney’s Magical Express service from Orlando International Airport to your Walt Disney World Resort starting with arrivals on January 1, 2022. Disney has attributed this to the expansion of options for guests, including the rise of ride-share services.
While the change came as a surprise to many guests and brought up many questions on how they will get from Orlando International Airport to their Resort Hotel, we are here to settle your nerves.
Disney will continue to operate the service for new and existing reservations made at Disney Resort hotels for arrivals throughout 2021. Additionally, complimentary transportation options – such as buses, monorails, and Disney Skyliner – will continue to be available within Walt Disney World Resort for Disney Resort hotel guests, including to and from all four theme parks.
Mears Transportation has since released the following statement about the change in transportation. “Walt Disney made us aware of their decision,” Mears spokesperson Roger Chapin said. “While we are disappointed Disney will no longer offer this service, we intend to continue offering transportation services between the airport and all area theme parks and hotels to meet the demand of our visitors now and in the future.”
With this statement, it looks as though there may still be options of bus service in a different capacity from the airport.
Additionally, look for high speed rail to connect the Orlando International Airport to Disney Springs. The Brightline station is intended to provide a convenient travel option between Walt Disney World Resort and Brightline stations at Orlando International Airport (OIA), Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach and planned stations in Aventura, Boca Raton and Port Miami. The project is on track to be completed by 2022.