Disney’s Magical Express retired its service on December 31, 2021. How do you get to Disney World from the airport now that the Magical Express is gone? We run down your MCO to Disney transportation choices for you, including a new (but also old) bus service from Mears, Uber and Lyft, Private Car Transfers, and a new service coming to MCO!
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How Do You Get To Disney World Once Magical Express Is Gone?
Sadly, the Magical Express, the free airport Disney transportation system, has gone away.
Its last run occurred on December 31, 2021.
And airport car rentals are not only expensive but not typically necessary for a Walt Disney World trip.
So how do you get to Disney World from the airport?
Thankfully, there are still options you can explore that do not require a rental car from MCO.
How to Get to Disney From The Airport: Uber Or Lyft From MCO
If you are a fan of rideshares, MCO to Disney World is an option.
You can read all about the hows and whys covered in this article about taking Uber or Lyft from MCO.
- First, you’ll need to download the app of your choice. I have them both downloaded and accounts with each one.
Here’s how you can download (affiliate link) Uber.
And here’s how you can download (affiliate link) Lyft.
- Take a few extra minutes to determine which service has a closer driver, and which one might be charging more at that particular moment.
- Then type in your current location (or location services will choose it for you) and your destination choice.
- Choose to order the ride and wait for your driver to show up.
Mears Shuttle Service: One Of The “New” Magical Express Paid Options From The Orlando Airport
Mears Shuttle Service once took folks from MCO to Disney World every day.
Then Magical Express, a free option provided by Disney, came about and the Mears option kinda went away.
Well, it’s back!
And you can start booking your trips for post-January 1, 2022 travel NOW by visiting the Mears Orlando Airport site.
How Much Does Mears Shuttle Service to Disney World Cost?
The Mears Shuttle does have a charge, however, but otherwise looks to run similarly to the Magical Express. They have introductory prices listed on the site, but this could change as volume dictates.
- Adults are $16 each way
- Children cost $13.50 each way
- $200 round trip for Express service (up to 4 adults)
Using Uber, Lyft, or the Mears Shuttle, you’ll get to Disney World from MCO airport once Magical Express is gone.
Where Do You Board The Mears Shuttle Service?
It’s a familiar location for those that typically rode the Magical Express: you’ll go to the exact same place to get on your Mears Connect bus.
Look for Mears on the B side, Level 1. Follow the signs to the Mears Connect.
Be sure to book now for your runDisney race weekends.
The Sunshine Flyer Motor Coach Will Transport From The Airport to Disney World
A new option has arrived at MCO in February of 2022.
The Sunshine Flyer is now accepting bookings for trips to Walt Disney World.
How Much Does This Bus To Disney World Cost?
- $17 per adult each way ($34 round trip)
- $12.50 per child (age 3-8) each way ($25 round trip)
- Children under 2 are free on the lap of an adult.
- Gratuity not included
Where Do You Board The Sunshine Flyer?
In the same general place you’ll find the Mears Shuttle (and where Magical Express used to be).
You’ll board from the area located on Level 1 of Terminal B.
How Can You Get From Orlando Airport To Disney World? Use Private Car Services
Private limos and car services have been around for a long time and are a great option to get your family from the Orlando airport to Walt Disney World.
One option to consider is a Facebook group called Ear For Each Other.
This group formed when the cast members in Orlando were laid off and looking for side gigs to turn into moneymakers.
There are a few highly regarded, safe, and responsible cast members who are happy to help you get to Disney from the airport.
Another great option is Destination MCO, a private luxury car service that transports to and from Disney and the airport.
Vans, SUVs, luxury sedans, and limos can all be rented for your trips to the resorts at Disney World.
If you’re looking to arrive in style, this might just be the way to go!
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Patty Holliday has been running Disney since 2011. She knows just about every tip, trick, and hack there is to cover the runDisney Magical Miles at Disney World and Disneyland. She knows every mile isn’t *always* magical- but with training, tips, and a little bit of pixie dust, they can be a lot of fun! You can also find her at noguiltlife.com and noguiltfangirl.com