UPDATE: The glitch that we were experiencing when booking transportation to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter has since been fixed on the Mears Connect website.
We’ve finally got more details on the new transportation service that is set to replace Disney’s Magical Express in 2022!
Though Disney has decided to discontinue the complimentary transportation service, Mears (which is the company that operates the buses now) will be continuing to offer shuttles between the Orlando International Airport. Today, reservations for January 1st, 2022, and beyond became available, and now we’ve got a better idea of how much it will cost.
Of course, the biggest difference between Disney’s Magical Express and Mears Connect is that the shuttle service will no longer be free. Instead, prices will vary based on when you’re traveling, which Disney World Resort you’re staying at, how many people are in your party, and which level of service you choose (Standard or Premium).
So, the trip can cost as little as $16 for one adult one-way or up to $200 for a family of four using the Premium Service.
And, it looks like the prices can vary quite a bit. We put in a test reservation to see how much it would cost for one adult to travel round trip to and from Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas — Jambo House with the Standard Service and got the total cost of $32 (as the chart suggested it would be).
However, when we input information for a one-way trip from the airport to Disney’s Port Orlean’s Resort — French Quarter using the Standard Service in early January, the cost came out to $150.
It’s not clear whether the $150 total is a glitch in the Mears Connect system or the prices can fluctuate that much for the Standard Service, but be prepared for some varying prices when making your reservation.
Of course, we’ll continue to keep an eye out for more information on the new shuttle service and pricing, so be sure to stay tuned to AllEars for the latest!
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