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  • On Oct 15, 2023
    Amanda from NS Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Will the Magic Your Way Express be returning in 2024? Arriving from Canada I would prefer not to drive or rent a car to get to Disney World.

    Amanda,

    Thanks for asking your question to planDisney!

    Unfortunately, I do not see any signs that Disney's Magical Express service will return to Walt Disney World. Like you, I enjoy a Disney vacation where I never have to drive around, instead letting the monorails, buses, boats, and Disney Skyliner cars take me to my magical escapes every day. But the service ended in 2021, and I don't foresee a return. 

    So while it appears to have struck midnight for this complimentary service for Disney Resort Hotel guests, I can offer you some alternatives. They will cost money, but there are options for almost any budget. 

    Shuttle Services: There are several shuttle companies available to get you to your home in the magic! The Mears Connect service most closely matches the old Magical Express, though, of course, it is not free. I have used this service several times, and it is very similar to Disney's Magical Express. My wait times were about the same, and it is the most affordable of all the options listed here. 

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

    Rental Car: Of course, there is the option to rent a car. But the cost can be high, and you may not use it much during your stay. I know you indicated you did not want to rent a car or drive, so this solution is not ideal for you anyway.

    Car Service: Another option that is a definite upgrade on your trip is to reserve a car service. When you book a round trip the cost may not be as comparatively 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 grocery store stop on your arrival leg at no charge. This stop could save you money if you stock up on sodas, snacks, and breakfast bars that you might want back in the room.

    BOTTOM LINE
    If cost is the leading issue, then the standard shuttle services are your best bet. If you want to plus up your trip and can afford it, a car service can make an impression. 

    Please feel free to write me back directly if you have any follow-up questions.

    Have a Magical Vacation!

    Doug


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