One of the most convenient perks of staying at a Walt Disney World Resort is going away soon.
Disney’s Magical Express is a bus service that transports Guests to and from Orlando International Airport to their Disney Resort at Walt Disney World. The service brings Guests on a Disney-themed bus that plays Disney shorts, has trivia, and gives Guests a taste for what they can expect to see on their vacation.
Unfortunately, that free service is coming to an end.
Mears Connect, the company that currently operates Disney’s Magical Express, previously announced that they would continue to provide transportation to and from the Resorts and they would have several paid options.
The Standard service is a shared-ride service on a bus, van, or small vehicle, similar to the current Magical Express. The Express service is a direct service to your Disney Resort and back to the airport with limited to no wait time.
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.
However, another transportation services announced today that they would be providing regular trips to and from the Resorts, as well.
Transportation Management Services (TMS) announced the launch of The Sunshine Flyer, a themed motorcoach bus experience that will transport guests from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) to Walt Disney World Resorts. The Sunshine Flyer’s buses are late model, premium motorcoaches with themes that center around old-fashioned passenger cars and train engines. From the bus designs, to staff dressed as 1920s rail conductors and engineers, the motorcoaches effectively serve as time-machines, offering a glimpse into 1920s rail travel.
The Sunshine Flyer offers transportation to all Walt Disney World Resort destinations, including Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s All Star Movies Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and more.
“We’re incredibly excited to launch The Sunshine Flyer and give Disney guests the chance to kickstart their vacation with a fun, unique travel experience,” said Frank Sherman, CEO of TMS. “Everyone knows the magic of Disney once they’re inside the park gates. But, through The Sunshine Flyer, we’re able to give guests the chance to start their vacation from the minute they step off the plane, and turn what used to be a procedural drive into the beginning of an adventure to remember.”
Guests who choose to use the Sunshine Flyer will pay $17.00 per adult, $12.50 per child each way. The transportation service will start February 1, 2022. For more information and to book tickets, visit www.sunshineflyer.com.
If you’re using Orlando International Airport, how will you be transported to and from the airport?