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Say it isn’t so! Today, Disney World announced it will be ending its Magical Express airport bus service and Extra Magic Hours this year.
Disney’s Magical Express
Disney’s Magical Express, the free bus transportation from the airport for on-site resort guests, will be discontinued starting on January 1, 2022. Guests with resort reservations in 2021 can continue to use this free bus service.
I’m sure that this will be a major cost savings for Disney World. But, my family will miss the Magical Express. It’s just so easy to step off the plane and board a bus right to our destination. There’s something magical about watching the Disney cartoons play on the tiny TVs inside the bus. And, seeing the entrance to Disney World through the giant front window of the bus is incomparable.
In late 2022, guests will have the option to take the new Brightline train from the airport to Disney Springs. And of course, there’s always Lyft or personal rental cars. But, I doubt the train will be free, like the Magical Express. And, there will be a gap between the discontinuation of the Magical Express and the opening of the train.
Universal Orlando and other local attractions must be salivating at this news. More rental cars at Disney means more opportunities for travelers to leave the Disney bubble and visit other nearby sites.
Note: Bus transportation from on-site resort hotels to the parks is not being discontinued. Only the free airport bus transportation is being discontinued.
Extra Magic Hours
On-site resort guests used to have Extra Magic Hours at select parks on different days. These hours were usually one hour before park opening or two hours after park closing.
Extra Magic Hours have not returned since Disney World re-opened this past summer. Later this year, they will be replaced “early theme park hours”. Resort guests will be allowed to enter all four parks 30 minutes early.
As a resort guest, I did not use Extra Magic Hours that much. But a few years ago, my kids and I took advantage of the extra early hour at Animal Kingdom and got a lot done during that hour.
What do you think of these changes?
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.