An important piece of any Disney World vacation is getting around the Most Magical Place on Earth.
Yep, we’re talking transportation! With boats, buses, the Skyliner, the monorail, and rideshare in Disney World; figuring out how to get around can be daunting. Well, there are some changes coming to Disney World transportation this year — and we’re taking a look at what to expect.
Airport Transportation Changes
First, we have to talk about a 2022 change that has already come to pass — the discontinuation of Disney World’s airport transportation service, Magical Express.
Prior to 2022, guests of Walt Disney World Resort hotels could take the Magical Express to and from the airport as a complementary perk of their stay. Now that the service has been discontinued, you’ll have to use other methods — some of which are new!
New options include the shuttle services Mears Connect and The Sunshine Flyer. Guests can also use rideshares and taxis, rent a car, or use private car services. There is also the return of Minnie Vans to look forward to (more on that in a sec) and the upcoming Brightline train between Disney World and the airport!
Minnie Vans Returning
Speaking of Minnie Vans, 2022 is bringing us the return of Minnie Vans! Minnie Vans are polka-dotted vans that are a ride option in the Lyft app. They were popular prior to the park closures, but have yet to return since reopening.
Disney World hasn’t announced an official date for their return, but you can keep an eye on AllEars to make sure you hear as soon as it’s announced!
Health Measure Changes
Another big change is that mask mandates have been lifted on all forms of Disney World transportation. While masks had not been required on boats for quite some time, they were still required on the Skyliner, Disney World buses, and the Monorail until recently.
Of course, if Disney deems it unsafe, mask mandates could return.
Potential Return of More Parking Lot Trams
Though some parking lot trams have returned to Disney World — specifically the ones at the Transportation and Ticket Center (where you’d park for Magic Kingdom), they have yet to return to the other parks.
While Disney World has not made any announcement about their return, trams could potentially return to the other three parks as we head into the heat and crowds summer season this year. Fingers crossed!
Finally, you might notice some changes to crowds on transportation. For instance, at the current time, our reporters have noticed higher crowd levels on the boats, and we are attributing this to the fact that the boats don’t require masks. Now that the mask mandates have been lifted on other transportation options, we expect to see less crowded boats. External factors like this can certainly affect which mode of transport people choose, so keep an eye on AllEars so you don’t get any surprise crowds!
And that does it for announced and potential transportation changes in Disney World! Stay tuned for more Disney news!
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