Orlando International Airport Posts Important and Cute Notice About End of Magical Express
It is the end of an era Disney friends. As of the end of this month (December 2021), Disney World is discontinuing its free airport to resort shuttle service known as the Magical Express. The Magical Express was a life-saver for families visiting the parks as it whisked you from Orlando International Airport to your Walt Disney World Resort at no additional charge for resort guests. It was considered by many to be one of the big perks of staying on property.
Now guests planning on visiting the theme parks in 2022 will need to book a paid-for service (we have a couple of options we’ll share with you below) or rely on taxi, Uber or Lyft to get to your resort from the airport. With this in mind, Orlando International Airport took to social media to remind guests of the end of the service in a lighthearted way and to share some important details regarding those who have pre-booked the serve through January.
Let’s take a look:
🎶 “Take on DME
(take on DME)
Take me on
(take me on)
I’ll be gone
In 2022…” 🎶
🚌 Disney Magical Express last day to take guests to the resorts from our airport will be Dec. 31. They will continue to bring Disney guests back to the airport until Jan 10. pic.twitter.com/rhEa0Ds0s7
— Orlando International Airport (@MCO) December 29, 2021
Playing on the famous “Take on Me” video from A-hA during the early 80s, the clip from MCO shares a series of nostalgic pencil sketches of the Magical Express. It definitely pulls at the heart strings of Disney travelers who have come to depend on the service over the years.
Sentimental message aside, there is also a very important bit of information for guests that will be staying at Disney through the end of the year. According to the post above, Disney will continue to offer Magical Express for RETURN TRIPS ONLY from the Walt Disney World resorts to Orlando international airport through January 10th.
Guests checking in on or after January 1st can pre-book one of the new shuttle services that will be in place to fill the hole left by the closure of Magical Express. The most popular option is Mears Connect. For those unaware, Mears is the company that used to work in conjunction with Disney on the Magical Express service.
The cost to use the Mears Connect service will cost $16 per adult and $13.50 per child (ages 3-9) one way or $32 per adult and $27 per child for roundtrip service. Reservations can be made and more information found on their website here.
Another airport shuttle option is the Sunshine Flyer which will also take guests from the airport to your Walt Disney World Resort. The shuttle is currently available to book for pre-sales. But, it’s worth noting that services do not start until February 1, 2022.
As you can see from the image above, pricing is comparable. The cost is $17 per adult and $12.50 per child for one-way service and $34 per adult and $25 per child for round-trip service on the Sunshine Flyer.
Again, further information and bookings can be made by visiting the Sunshine Flyer website here.
Readers are encouraged to keep following along with MickeyBlog for further information about airport transportation in 2022.
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