Our options for getting to Disney World are going to look a little different next year.
We just reported that Disney’s Magical Express will be discontinued in 2022, but that doesn’t mean that a similar option won’t be available. Mears, the company that operates Magical Express, has released a statement on the announcement.
Mears spokesperson Roger Chapin told Spectrum News, “Walt Disney made us aware of their decision. While we are disappointed Disney will no longer offer this service, we intend to continue offering transportation services between the airport and all area theme parks and hotels to meet the demand of our visitors now and in the future.”
We also reached out to Mears and an employee said that “this service was here before the Disney Magical Express and we will be continuing to cover the whole Orlando area. So for sure, for sure, for sure we will continue to cover that service after the next 11 months when Disney discontinues the Magical Express. For sure that service will be around in 2022 and beyond.”
So, it seems that even if we CAN’T ride on the Magical Express come next year, other Mears services will be an option.
Do keep in mind that a Brightline Train is also in Disney’s future. Disney has previously shared that the,“Brightline’s expansion from West Palm Beach to OIA is on track to be completed in 2022.” And in Brightline’s November monthly ridership report, they revealed that the goal is to start revenue service on the Disney World connection during the second half of 2023.
According to theme park reporter Carlye Wisel, Mears found out about the Magical Express decision the morning that the announcement was made.
EXCLUSIVE: Mears Transportation, who operates Disney's Magical Express, did not find out about the decision until *this morning*.
According to a spokesperson, the notice coincides with the expiration of their current contract.
— carlye wisel 🍭 hosts Very Amusing! 🍓✨🙃 (@carlyewisel) January 11, 2021
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