When Disney World ended the Magical Express service in 2022, many people wondered. “What is the best way to get from the airport to my Disney resort?”
The Magical Express service allowed guests at Disney World Resorts to reserve free transportation from the Orlando International Airport to their Disney World Resort. Mears Transportation operated the Disney Magical Express shuttle service since 2005. For several reasons, Disney ended its partnership with Mears beginning in 2022.
So, where does this leave Disney Resort guests?
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Ways to Get from the Airport to Your Resort
Several options get you from the Orlando Airport to your Disney Resort.
Rent a Car
You might consider renting a car if your trip includes other Orlando tourist destinations. Remember that renting a car comes with additional expenses like gas, insurance, and parking fee at resorts.
Once you arrive at Disney World you can easily get around without a car by using their on-site transportation.
Mears Connect has merged with Sunshine Flyer to offer Mears Connect Driven by Sunshine a paid shuttle service to Disney Resorts.
Currently, Mears Connect provides two levels of service:
Standard – a shared service that makes multiple stops and may have a moderate wait. Pricing is around $20 per adult per way and around $14 per child per way.
Express – a shared service that makes one stop (your hotel) and shouldn’t be delayed. Pricing is around $250 round trip up to four passengers and $55 per additional passenger.
Uber or Lyft
Uber and Lyft are both reasonably priced ride-share services that will transport your directly from the airport to your destination.
The wait time for an Uber or Lyft to pick you up at the airport is between 5-10 minutes. Currently the average price for a one-way trip from the Orlando Airport to Disney World is around $40 (not including tip). During peak seasons/time prices may surge upwards of $100.
*If you have a child under too I’d suggest bringing your own car seat as Ubers available with car seats are very limited and often only provide booster seats.
Private Car Service
If you aren’t comfortable with a ride-share service and don’t want to wait for the shuttle consider booking a private car service. A private car service will meet you at a predetermined location at the airport and will take you directly to your resort. They often have an option to add multiple car seats or boosters if needed.
The average cost of a private car service is between $75-250 depending on the size of your party.
Taking a traditional taxi is also an option. Taxicabs picking up from the Orlando airport are regulated by the City of Orlando’s Vehicle-for-Hire ordinance. Fares are determined by taximeter therefore you don’t have to worry about surge pricing.
Prices for a Taxi from the Orlando Airport to your Disney Resort will range from $60-80 (not including tip).
Things to Consider Before Booking Transportation
Determine how long you are willing to wait for your transportation. If your flight arrives during busy times or really late at night you may have to wait longer.
How much are you willing to spend on transportation? If you need to pay per-person each way the overall price can add up quickly. If you choose to rent a car consider the additional costs of gas and parking at your resort.
Size of Your Party
If you have a larger party the price of transportation can increase drastically. If you have a large group it may be a better option to hire a larger private car service instead of booking a shuttle or a ride-share.
Do You Need Car Seats?
If you are traveling with small children that need car seats consider bring your own from home or book a private car service that include car seats. Car seats are not needed on Disney World’s provided transportation like the buses, monorails, boats, and the Skyliner.