The Orlando Business Journal reports today that dozens of employees who work as Mears Transportation shuttle and Disney’s Magical Express shuttle drivers have been laid off.
The Biz Journal states that, according to three Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification letters filed with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, 104 employees were laid off. Those effected include shuttle drivers for Mears Transportation and Disney’s Magical Express.
Among those locations affected:
- Corporate headquarters at 324 W. Gore St.: 74 employees were laid off in rounds on July 16, 27 and 31.
- One Airport Blvd./9202 Jeff Fuqua Blvd. Orlando International Airport: 19 employees were laid off July 31. Affected employees include those who help with the company’s shuttle and taxi operations, as well as the Disney Magical Express service.
- 3840 Vineland Road, Suite 200:11 employees were laid off July 31. Those affected include sales and customer service roles.
If you are a frequent traveler to Walt Disney World Resort, chances are you have had the opportunity of taking a shuttle to your Disney Resort hotel after arriving at Orlando International Airport. Guests of Disney Resort hotels at Walt Disney World Resort often take Disney’s Magical Express, a complimentary shuttle service that will bring Guests from Orlando International Airport to their Disney Resort hotel and back again. It is also not uncommon for Guests to ride in a Mears Transportation shuttle, as well.
Mears shuttle services also accommodate Guests who are vacationing at not only Walt Disney World Resort, but Universal Orlando Resort and other major Orlando theme parks and resorts, as well. They provide shuttle services, coach buses, taxis, luxury vehicles, and limousines.
Prior to the pandemic, the company employed over 950 employees; now, they have around 650. At this time, it has not been indicated whether these layoffs will affect the transportation availability for Guests at Walt Disney World Resort, but we will update Inside the Magic should any changes occur.
Our well-wishes go out to all of the Mears Transportation employees who have been affected by these layoffs.
For official information on airport transportation for Walt Disney World Resort, visit the website here.