Cheapest Way From MCO to Disney World Once Magical Express Ends

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Disney’s Magical Express is one of the best parts when arriving at Orlando International Airport. The complementary mode of transportation brought magic to Guests before they even arrived at Walt Disney World property.

However, it wasn’t long ago that Disney World confirmed this service would be coming to an end in 2022:

Disney’s Magical Express service will no longer be offered starting with arrivals January 1, 2022. The service will continue to operate for new and existing reservations made at Disney Resort hotels for arrivals throughout 2021.

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Related: OpEd: End of Disney’s Magical Express Pushes International Guests Offsite

With this being said, many are now wondering how they will get from Orlando International Airport to Walt Disney World, all without breaking the bank.

Here are just some of the options (along with pricing) that you can utilize once Magical Express ends in January 2022.

Mears Connect

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Related: Magical Express Shuttle Operator Still Offers 2022 Reservations 

Mears — the third-party company that operates Magical Express — announced Mears Connect, a new shuttle service that will begin as soon as Magical Express ends in January 2022.

If you are looking to utilize Mears Connect, round trips will cost adults $32.00 each and children $27.00. One way travel will cost adults $16.00 and kids $13.50. If you want premium direct service, you will have to pay $200.00 for four Guests and an additional $55.00 per extra Guest.

For more information on Mears Connect and pricing, visit our website here.


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If you would prefer to take an Uber, here is an estimate of what it would cost. Keep in mind that this can change depending on the time of day you are looking for a ride.

As an example, an Uber from Orlando International Airport to Disney’s Pop Century will cost $31.93 — but that is only up to three Guests, as seen in the screenshot below. Something else to keep in mind is that this is the cost for one way, meaning when you are looking to return to Orlando International Airport to head back home, you will need to request another Uber.

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If you have a fourth passenger, you will need to ensure you are choosing a car that is able to transport more than three people (for example, an UberXL), meaning that this will also cost more. From what we have seen, an UberXL typically costs approximately $50.

If you need a car seat, Uber does offer vehicles that are equipped with one — just make sure when you request an Uber, you select the car seat option.


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When we looked online to find some of the cheapest options to and from Orlando International Airport and Walt Disney World, one website stated that a taxi service would cost approximately $66.51. Again, keep in mind that this would only be for one way, meaning once you are ready to return to Orlando International Airport, you would need to request another taxi.

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At this time, Disney has not announced a complementary replacement for Magical Express, but Inside the Magic will update you as we get information.

Which of these transportation options will work best for you and your family? Let us know in the comments below.

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