BREAKING: Disney’s Magical Express Service Ending in 2022 at Walt Disney World

UPDATE: Mears Transportation has issued a statement on the suspension of Disney’s Magical Express, confirming that the company will continue providing their own transportation options to the theme parks and resorts. For more information, click here.


Disney’s Magical Express service, which provides guests with transportation between Orlando International Airport and the Walt Disney World, will be ending in 2022.

The service is set to end on January 1, 2022. While Disney’s Magical Express service is still available for stays through that date, DME is no longer providing luggage delivery for those arriving to and departing from Orlando International Airport. Resort airline check-in service is also no longer available.

Below is the official statement from Walt Disney World regarding the cancellation of this service:

Vacationers have more options to choose from than ever for transportation, including ride-share services that save time and offer more flexibility to go where they want, when they want. In light of this shift, when Disney Resort hotel bookings open for stays in 2022, we will no longer offer Disney’s Magical Express service for airport transportation, starting with arrivals Jan. 1, 2022. We will continue to operate the service for new and existing reservations made at Disney Resort hotels for arrivals throughout 2021. Additionally, complimentary transportation options – such as buses, monorails and Disney Skyliner – will continue to be available within Walt Disney World Resort for Disney Resort hotel guests, including to and from all four theme parks.

Disney’s Magical Express service was launched back in 2005, offering guests complimentary motorcoach transportation between MCO and Walt Disney World Resort hotels as a benefit of staying on-property. The service was operated by Mears Transportation, which has seen a number of layoffs due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other popular benefits for Disney Resort hotel guests have also been modified or suspended:

In recent months, Disney and Brightline have reached extensive agreements on the development of future train terminals at MCO and Disney Springs, with expected completion dates of 2022 and 2023, respectively. This new Brightline expansion would link Central and South Florida by way of a 3.5 hour high-speed train ride between Miami and Orlando, and once completed, it may well become the new way Disney opts to shuttle in its guests from the airport… especially if the ever-contentious Minnie Vans fail to return.

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Tony W
Tony W
7 days ago

They really need to do a better job at anticipating the response from these kinds of announcements so people don’t feel so abandoned. Put out a comprehensive press release, guide, Q&A, etc. so people who relied on this know what they’re supposed to do in the future. Will the train be open? Am I supposed to take a taxi/Uber/Lyft? What if I have a group of 30?

Instead, implication from Disney is, “don’t know, don’t care.”

Meg
Meg
7 days ago

What the heck? Are people not utilizing the service?? Any time we flew, we used the magical express. And it was always magical. Even when our bags came super late! This is disappointing.

Hunter
Hunter
7 days ago

Man, Disney just keeps handing me more reasons not to spend my money there.

Scott
Scott
7 days ago

Because money …… Now most people need to rent a car – thus pay $25 per night for parking at the resorts

Keith Cremer
7 days ago

So as resort, ticket and food prices continue to skyrocket, less and less is being offered in value. We’re losing complimentary magic bands, Magical Express busing, luggage transfer, daily mousekeeping, etc. Am I missing anything else they have ended?

Tana
Tana
7 days ago

They really don’t want people to come do they….

Remco Kamerman
Remco Kamerman
7 days ago

Saving for a trip in 2022… It’s the small things that make a trip special. Shame to see this go. Would have loved to keep that magic and go into the Disney Bubble from the start.

Kai Kami
Kai Kami
7 days ago

Damn that sucks, coming all the way from the west coast and doing that long flight it’s a tiring day. There was nothing was more magical than getting out on the magical Express bus and going to Disney World. It made it feel like the magic had already begun as soon as you landed at the airport especially after a long day of travel

Justin Sitko
Justin Sitko
7 days ago

Does this mean disney will lower prices since i will be paying for a ride to and from the resort. Also does this mean the train will be done in time for 2022 to replace this service?

Meagan Lewis
Meagan Lewis
7 days ago

This is a huge mistake and part of the magic of the Disney vacation!

Prince Naveen
Prince Naveen
7 days ago

Wow, this is HUGE. Shame on Disney. Magical Express what a pretty significant benefit for staying onsite. This, coupled with the new “Early Theme Park Entry,” is there any real benefit to staying onsite anymore? Again, this is the “new” Disney, folks…to take away the magic. What fools.

Randy W
7 days ago

I’m so glad I was able to take my kids to WDW in 2019, it really feels like we caught Disney at the height of its glory. I guess they expect the MCO train to WDW to be up and running for 2022. Even most hotels out have a free shuttle to/from the airports. I’m looking forward to Tom’s (justified) rant on this on the YT channel.

Mailen Iskandar
Mailen Iskandar
7 days ago

nooooo, such a bad news!! Suddenly I wonder, what is the beneffit of staying in a disney hotel? It gets more expensive everytime. :(

yuk
yuk
7 days ago

HUGE MISTAKE! IT’S WHY WE ALWAYS CHOSE DISNEY RESORTS ONCE THEY STARTED TO OFFER TNHE SERVICE! SO WHAT’S THE DRAW AND APPEAL? WILL THEY SOON CHARGE TO RIDE ON THEIR BUSSES TO THE PARKS? How about you cut some of the bloat of exec bonuses, and think about the rest of us? smh

Nick Esposito
Nick Esposito
7 days ago

And will that also put an end to their luggage service?

Keith W Cremer
Keith W Cremer
6 days ago
Reply to  Nick Esposito

The luggage transfer service has already been discontinued.

Ronald Rose
Ronald Rose
7 days ago

My initial comment should be re-moved.
I felt this move was coming for a while now or it was going to be turned into a pay ride.
No free Magic bands, no free bus or even a lousy luggage tag. While all this was never “free” it added to the magic of traveling to WDW. It will all be gone, very sad thing.
I was traveling to WDW twice a year, did not go in 2020 and saved a ton of money.

Jones44
Jones44
7 days ago

Where is it stated that luggage delivery and resort check in are no longer available? I don’t see this noted on any other site that’s breaking the story

Tom Corless
Admin
6 days ago
Reply to  Jones44

They haven’t been since last year, this is a thing that already happened.

Jones44
Jones44
6 days ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

Thanks, Tom. My last visit was in 2017. Sorry for not keeping up with the details!

Ron Johnson
Ron Johnson
7 days ago

Does this mean Richard Branson’s Virgin Trains will have a WDW stop?

franklin
franklin
7 days ago
Reply to  Ron Johnson

Brightline and Virgin Train are the same thing. They decided to use Brightline instead of Virgin: https://www.tampabay.com/news/business/2020/08/10/brightline-ends-relationship-with-virgin-trains/

Randy W
6 days ago
Reply to  Ron Johnson

There’s already one planned, possibly at Disney Springs, which makes sense, since all the buses go there from the resorts.

franklin
franklin
5 days ago
Reply to  Randy W

But according to a press release that I saw at Brightline’s site the line from MCO to WDW isn’t supposed to open until “late 2022.” Which means that people staying on site will need to find another way to get to the World for quite a while until the trains start rolling.

Frank W
Frank W
7 days ago

Sad day when Disney continues its policy of offering fewer and fewer services and perks to its guests. Does anyone think price increases will slow down?

Tim Alcoser
7 days ago

Watching Disney executives continue to descend Disney into “just another theme park destination”. All the things that make Disney special, unique and a good value for the extra price you pay is going away but by bit.

No current plans to return to Walt Disney World or even Disneyland.