Disney's Magical Express
  • On Jul 16, 2021
    Ben from UT Asked

    What's happening with Magical Express in 2022? We're planning a summer trip now, and we're curious about what options we have.

    Hi there Ben, and welcome to planDisney

    I'm so happy to hEAR that you're planning a vacation during Olaf's favorite season. I love kicking off summer with a visit to the Most Magical Place on Earth!

    Since 2005, my family and I have enjoyed trips aboard Disney's Magical Express®, and we are sad to see this service come to an end after this year. At home, I'm a busy, working mom, shuttling my Mouseketeers from place to place, and it's so nice to sit back and let Disney do the driving once we arrive in Orlando. Additionally, being able to leave the kids' car seats behind on vacation adds to our relaxation. 

    We have high hopes for Mears Connect, a new service that will be offered by Mears Transportation starting in 2022. Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog and official Disney social media outlets for news and more information about booking Mears Connect when it becomes available. I'm sure it will provide the same safe and reliable services families are accustomed to with Disney's Magical Express®.

    If you want to consider other options for ground transportation, rideshare services like Uber and Lyft as well as taxis are plentiful at Orlando International Airport. You'll want to collect your luggage from baggage claim and head to Level 2 - Arrivals to meet your ride. Use your preferred service's fare estimator tool on their website to calculate approximate costs, and if you have a little one in your group, check out Uber Car Seat. If you have several youngsters in your party, or any infants, consider bringing your own child seats, as Uber Car Seat will generally only provide one forward-facing car seat.

    Finally, if having a car during your vacation appeals to you, there are several rental car companies based out of Orlando International Airport. If you plan on visiting the beach or other area attractions during your stay, or if stopping at a grocery store en route to your hotel is part of your plan, having a rental car is convenient. 

    I hope this is helpful, Ben! My family was pretty disappointed to hear about the end of Disney's Magical Express®, but we are anxiously awaiting more information about the new Mears Connect service, and we are hopeful it will meet our needs. Best wishes for a wonderful summer getaway, and if there's anything else we can do as the planning process continues, don't hesitate to reach out again.

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Meet the Panelist: Betsy, Maryland

Greetings! I'm Betsy, a middle school teacher, wife, and mom of two. My family and I love to travel the world, but our best memories are those made when we're visiting Walt Disney World. No matter how many times we visit, there is always something new to see, ride, or eat at the Disney Parks. Learn More About Betsy

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