Disney announced in January 2021 that it would be retiring the much loved Magical Express service. Many guests and fans were disappointed after relying on this transportation from the Orlando International Airport to their Disney Resort for years. (For more details on what the service is – visit my blog What is Disney’s Magical Express)
Mears (who operated Magical Express for Disney for 16 years) has announced they will be launching Mears Connect in January 2022 to coincide with the Magical Express shut down. Reservations for the new service are said to be available to book starting in May 2021.
In a news release, Mears said “Guests can expect scheduled service, luggage handling, convenient airport terminal staging, and return trips to the airport,” *
Mears spokesperson Roger Chapin said in a statement*:
“We plan to offer the same level of experience, service and convenience we’ve provided for the last 16 years, on behalf of our longtime partner, as returning guests and first-time visitors can expect nothing less,”
Pricing for these services are expected to be released later this year.
More to come – but I can’t wait to try out this new service!
Were you a fan of the Magical Express?
My family and clients loved the Magical Express and I hope Mears Connect will be able to offer the same service just under a different name. Having the “Disney bubble” extend all the way to the airport was a huge bonus. My big questions are: Will be able to offer the same luggage service that skips the baggage claim, unlikely. Price Number of passengers or wait time before the buses leave Number of hotels each bus will stop at? I don’t expect a dedicated bus for each resort but I really don’t want to stop at 10 resorts before getting… Read more »
I absolutely agree! Those are going to be big factors in how well this service “replaces” Magical Express. I do love having the ‘bubble’ at the airport too – it’s like your vacation starts right when you get off of the plane!