Today, the Walt Disney Company announced that the Magical Express, a free shuttle service for Walt Disney World Resort guests traveling to and from Orlando International Airport, would no longer operate as of January 1, 2022. The service will continue to operate for new and existing reservations made at Disney Resort hotels for arrivals throughout 2021, but luggage delivery and Resort Airline Check-In is no longer available.
My family and I have used the Magical Express countless times and will definitely miss the complimentary shuttle service to Disney. I loved the Disney videos that played, putting me in the Disney mindset before even stepping foot on property. I guess we’ll all have to play Disney music in our alternative forms of transportation!
With a few trips on the horizon, I did some research on the many ways you can get to the Walt Disney World Resorts, plus any Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels. Transportation from Orlando International Airport to Walt Disney World varies in price, travel time, and luxury, but you’re sure to find a method that will work for you.
Getting from MCO to Disney World
Take a Taxi
Taxis are available at the pick-up area of the airport and both sedans and vans are available. The cost of travel will range anywhere from $50 – $70+ one way and does not include tip.
Pro: You won’t be sharing transportation, meaning you should get to your resort within 30 minutes depending on traffic.
Con: Taxis can be expensive and you will need to ensure that you don’t pack too heavy if you have a full taxi.
Rent a Car
Cars can be rented right at the airport and dropped off when you come back for your return flight. Kayak estimates that a rental care costs $361 per week, but that does not include the cost of gas or parking fees that you may incur. Be sure to check any membership clubs you might a part of when renting a car (Costco, BJ’s, AAA, etc.) as they often have the best rates.
Pro: You’ll have the freedom to go where you want, when you want!
Con: Parking is not free at all Walt Disney World Resorts. Check here to see what the cost is for you to park a car overnight at the resort you will be staying at.
Mears is the shuttle service that ran Disney’s Magical Express and does offer paid shuttles from the airport to Disney World. You can walk up to the Mears desk upon arrival in Orlando Airport, or you can make a reservation online. The shuttle will cost you $39 per adult and $30 per child one way. For more information about required age for child pricing visit their website.
Pro: You don’t have to book anything in advance and there is plenty of room for your luggage. This is a great option for large parties.
Con: You might have to wait a while for a shuttle to arrive and then have several stops before getting to your resort.
Uber and Lyft both operate within the Orlando International Airport area and cost approximately $30 – $40 one way. Pricing may vary based on the type of ride sharing you select, the time of day, and the number of passengers.
Pro: You can call an Uber/Lyft upon arrival, ensuring you won’t have to wait terribly long to get to your resort.
Con: Depending on the size of your party, this may not be a great options, as you might have to call for multiple cars.
If you have a large party traveling together, a limo or town car might be the best option in terms of price and ease. Limo/town cars cost anywhere from $175 – $375+ round trip and can fit a varying amount of people. Mousesavers is an excellent resource for finding a limo/town car that fits your needs.
Pro: You can schedule your round trip travel from MCO to WDW ahead of time and will get to your resort as quickly as traffic allows.
Con: The cost can turn some people off if you are not traveling with a large group.
Believe it or not, you can take public transportation to Walt Disney World if you are up for a bit of a walk. For $4, you can get from Orlando International Airport to Walt Disney World property in just over 2.25 hours. There are several different routes available.
Pro: The trip will only cost you $8 round trip.
Con: You will have to walk with your luggage to the first stop and it will take a few transfers for you to get to your resort.