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Disney’s Magical Express Halts Service in 2022 and brings in Early Park Entry

In a major breaking announcement Disney’s Magical Express will end for 2022. When Disney Resort hotel bookings open for stays in 2022, Disney will no longer offer Disney’s Magical Express service for airport transportation, starting with arrivals Jan. 1, 2022. They will continue to operate the service for new and existing reservations made at Disney Resort hotels for arrivals throughout 2021. Additionally, complimentary transportation options – such as buses, monorails and Disney Skyliner – will continue to be available within Walt Disney World Resort for Disney Resort hotel guests, including to and from all four theme parks.

In an attempt to soften the blow WDW announced another big change.

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Early Theme Park Entry: Disney Resort hotel guests and guests of other select hotels will be able to enjoy more fun with 30-minute early entry to ANY theme park, EVERY day. It’ll be a great way to get a jump start on your Disney day, no matter the day! As a reminder, the Extra Magic Hours benefit was suspended when Walt Disney World Resort reopened last summer, and as we continue to manage attendance with health and safety top of mind, Extra Magic Hours will not return. The new early theme park entry benefit helps Disney to better spread visitation across all four theme parks, while providing added flexibility by giving guests extra early park time on each day of their vacation and in the park of their choosing. Please note that guests need valid admission and a park reservation made via the Disney Park Pass system to enter a theme park.

What do you think of this newest change? Let us know in comments.

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6 Comments

  • Nancy
    Posted January 11, 2021 8:32 pm

    I don’t care that the parks open a half hour early……..I always liked the fact of being picked up from the airport and taken directly to my resort.

    • Linda Gardnet
      Posted January 12, 2021 12:55 am

      Please reconsider I LOVE THE MAGICAL EXPRESS… and it is so easy when I take all 4 of my grandchildren 💖🚌

    • mommyzones3
      Posted January 13, 2021 1:43 am

      I wish and really hope they reconsider this was the first part of the magic starting for the kids

  • Just Rohde
    Posted January 12, 2021 2:08 am

    I think it is a HUGE mistake to eliminate Magical Express!! It’s one of the best perks Disney has added as long as I’ve been a travel agent which is over 40 years!!

  • Dorothy
    Posted January 14, 2021 8:32 pm

    I am very upset about this. Now we have to pay even more to get transporstion, or pay for a rental which is a waste of money. It was exciting to begin our vacation this way. It was our “yay, finally, our vacation is beginning!” It was a big stress reliever on us to have the Magical Express pick us up, and drop us off, especially after a long flight. I get jet lag easily, so it was nice to able to relax a little on our ride. One of the best perks about Disney. Now we will have to do more research on transportation for our next trip, which kind of sucks. The hassle of having to lug car seats, because rental car car seats are awful, and some uber or whatever will not take you if you have car seats, or we would have to pay for 2 vehicles to take us to and from. Just an bad idea all the way around. 🙁

  • DDThorne
    Posted February 17, 2021 7:51 pm

    This is really a game changer for us. If I now have to pay to get to Disney from the airport I’m thinking it might just be better to rent a place off Disney property AND will be less expensive than staying on property. Disney really isn’t making it more enticing to pay the high price to stay there. Can’t see the reason to pay more now that we’re not getting the perks! I bet this will involve more that half the people going to Disney who fly in. Speak up people and let Disney know your not happy about this.

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