3 Ways to get from the Orlando Airport to your Disney World Resort
Disney announced in 2021 that they would be ending their complimentary Magical Express service, and they held true to their word. As of 2022, guests are no longer offered free transportation between the Orlando airport and their Disney World resort. So now what? Thankfully, there are lots of great options! Here are the 3 I’m recommending to clients… and I saved the best for last.
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1. Lyft or Uber
Rideshare services like Lyft and Uber are probably the most obvious services to use to get from the airport to your resort. They’re convenient, especially if you need a car seat but don’t want to travel with one. And if you’ve never used either service before, there are often first-time discounts. For a regular Lyft ride, you’re looking at about $35. If you’re bringing the family and need an XL Lyft, you’re looking at about $50. Uber pricing is about the same. The ride takes about 30 minutes. Remember, you’ll be paying those prices again to get back to the airport at the end of your vacation, so budget $70-$100 for transportation!
2. Mears Connect
Mears is the company who ran Magical Express for Disney. They have lots of busses, shuttles and vans available to get you to and from the airport, just without the Disney wrapper now that their agreement has ended. They offer two levels of service (plus private transfers): Standard and Express.
The Standard service is a shared ride service with monitored wait times and limited stops. The pricing for one-way transportation is about $16 per adult, and per child about $13.50. Remember to double that if you’re doing roundtrip transportation!
The Express service is still a shared ride but with limited wait times and direct service to your resort. This is only offered as a round trip service. This service is $250 for up to 4 people.
3. Sunshine Flyer
The Sunshine Flyer is a brand new service beginning in February 2022. It offers a bus service between the Orlando airport and the Disney resorts. One-way service is $17 per adult and $12.50 per child (double that for round trip transportation!). Wait times at the airport are no longer than 20 minutes and the longest bus ride is about an hour. The best part about this service is the theme! The buses are designed to look like old-fashioned passenger cars and train engines. The staff is dressed as 1920s rail conductors and engineers. It’s just a great added bit of magic to start and end your vacation!
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