More Changes for the Walt Disney World® Resort

More Changes for the Walt Disney World® Resort

Disney announced today that, beginning with reservations arriving January 1, 2022, Disney’s Magical Express service will no longer be available. Citing the advent of ride shares and multiple transportation options, the complimentary round trip airport-to-resort transportation will cease operations next year.

The Magical Express was introduced in 2005, when Disney entered a contract with Mears, to provide 24-hour ground transportation to and from the Orlando International Airport (MCO). With bright yellow tags attached to their bags, Disney vacationers could simply exit their plane, board their motor coach, and find their luggage delivered to their hotel room later in the day. The return trip, often dubbed “The Tragical Express” shuttled guests back to the airport at the conclusion of their visit.

Since the Walt Disney World® Resort resumed operations after their March-June closure,  Disney’s Magical Express service has required passengers to collect their own luggage before boarding their motor coach to the resort. 

Brightline, a high-speed passenger train system, is planning a new route from MCO to the Disney Springs shopping area of the Walt Disney World® Resort, but construction for the new route has not yet begun. This route will provide another option for transportation between the resort and the airport, but details on how Disney might handle the subsequent transfer to their resort hotels have not been announced.

Lee Altpeter