Disney’s Magical Express will stop in 2022, meaning guests will have to find another way to get from Orlando International Airport to their Disney hotels.
So far we’ve shared a glimpse of the cost of a shared travel service like Uber, and we’ve shared details about Mears Connect, a Mears service that basically aims to replace the Magical Express. But now a NEW Magical Express replacement service has been announced that even has themed buses!
According to a press release shared with PR Newswire, Transportation Management Service (TMS) has just announced the launch of a new themed bus experience that will take guests from Orlando International Airport to their Disney World hotels. It’s called the new service The Sunshine Flyer.
According to the press release, this new form of transport will do so “It allows guests to start the magic of their Disney vacation from the moment they get off the plane.”
The buses used by The Sunshine Flyer are top quality coaches themed around “old-fashioned passenger cars and train engines.” The buses feature fun designs on the outside and the staff is ready to dress up as railroad drivers and engineers from the 1920s, which really adds to that overall theme. The press release shares that the buses “will effectively serve as time machines, offering a glimpse of the rail travel of the 1920s.”
Frank Sherman, CEO of TMS, shared that “through The Sunshine Flyer, we can offers guests the opportunity to start their vacation from the moment they get off the plane, and turn what was once a procedural unit into the beginning of an adventure to remember. “Don’t you know TMS? They have 25 years of experience as a transport company for big events like the FIFA World Cup and month.
The buses will serve all Disney resorts, have a bathroom, USB chargers and 3-point seat belts. Guests wishing to use The Sunshine Flyer will book their tickets online and obtain a QR code which they will scan once they arrive at Orlando International Airport.
However, if you want to use The Sunshine Flyer, you’ll have to wait a while. Its service at the stations will not begin until February 1, 2022.
The Sunshine Flyer is also doing something special for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World. In honor of the special occasion, The Sunshine Flyer will donate 50% of all revenue from the first 50,000 passengers during its first 50 business days to Make-A-Wish Central & Northern Florida. In addition, all Make-A-Wish children and their families will receive a free service through the Sunshine Flyer for their Disney wishes indefinitely.
If you wish to book a trip through The Sunshine Flyer, you must do so at least 4 days prior to your arrival. Tickets are priced at $ 17 per adult and $ 12.50 per child for a one-way trip. Round trips cost $ 34 for adults and $ 25 for children. Children under 2 go free.
For comparison, here is the price of Mears Connect. Standard service is $ 16 in a way i $ 32 round trip per adult, and $ 13.50 in a way i $ 27 round trip per child (between 3 and 9 years old). Express service is $ 200 round trip for up to 4 people, and each additional person is an extra $ 55. There are currently there is no one-way express service – You can only use it for round trips.
The Sunshine Flyer website has more details about the service. According to its website, there will be entertainment available throughout the trip …
… and will be located in the main terminal building of Terminal B Airport.
The website states that guests should not wait more than 20 minutes to board the bus and the route is designed to be scheduled so that guests do not have to be on the bus for more than 65 minutes before to get to your stop.
There will be a 72 hour cancellation policy …
… and the website also shares details about the information you will need before your return trip.
As for car seats, the website points this out Car seats are allowed on the coach.
You can see a little more about The Sunshine Flyer buses in the video below.
We will keep looking for more updates on the Magical Express suspension and let you know what we find.
Click here for more information on the Mears Connect Magical Express replacement service.
Would you consider using this service to reach Disney World? Tell us in the comments!