Old Key West Pool
  • On Mar 10, 2022
    Katie from IN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi Doug! With the Magical Express no longer running and the Minnie Van service temporarily unavailable, what do you suggest as the best way to get from the airport to where we are staying at Old Key West?

    Katie,

    Thanks for asking your question to planDisney!

    Even though Disney's Magical Express service expired at the end of 2021, there are still a lot of choices for getting from the airport to your home in the magic at Disney's Old Key West Resort.

    Options for you include shuttles, ride share services, cabs, rental cars, and even car services. There are choices to meet every need and budget.

    Shuttle Services: Several Magical Express-like services have appeared in recent months. For many Disney veterans, the Mears Connect service most closely matches the old Magical Express service, though of course it is not free. I recently used this service, and it was very similar to Magical Express, though it did not have the fun video that gets you excited for your vacation! It is likely the most affordable of all the options listed here. My wait times were about the same as with the Magical Express service, and they also have an expedited version, so look at both options.

    Ride Share / Taxis: Ride share services like Uber & Lyft, as well as taxis are obvious choices. They will be more expensive than the larger shuttle services, but more direct, and you are not typically riding with other travelers.

    Rental Car: Of course, you can rent a car. But the cost can be high, especially if you are not really using it much during your stay. For many guests, after they arrive, they rely on the Disney Transportation services to get from resort to park. In their case, a rental might just be sitting idle in a parking lot at the resort. Consider how often you will use it when weighing this option. Also check what the daily parking charge is at Old Key West and factor that in as well.

    Car Service: One option that is often overlooked is a car service. When you book round trip the cost may not be as high as you would think, and it will shorten travel times, since you are the first and only stop. Many, like Quicksilver, also offer a 30-minute stop on your arrival leg at no charge.

    BOTTOM LINE
    My suggestion is to check out the costs of each of these different options, and then decide. We enjoy riding the monorail, the boats, and the Disney Skyliner, so don't really find a use for a rental car, and opt either for the shuttle service, or a car service. Since you are staying at a Disney Vacation Club resort, there is a chance that you are getting a room that has some kitchen facilities. If so, the car service option could be an ideal choice, as you can swing by a grocery store on the way for some in-room provisions.

    Write me back if you need any other suggestions!

    Have a Magical Vacation!

    Doug
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Meet the Panelist: Doug, Indiana

I am one of the Dads on the planDisney Panel, and I love to help parents plan their vacation, with a focus on showing them how it can be fun for them too. I am also here to help Dads plan some nice surprises for the Moms in their life (they deserve it!). Learn More About Doug

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