8 Ways Disney World Transport Changed in 2021

Last year was a great year for Disney transportation!

What a year for Disney transport!

We had monorail stops and Skyliner crashes, the return of Park Hopping and the loss of Magical Express. In fact, there were so many changes during the 12 months that it was hard to keep track of them all.

So today we go back in time (a week or so) to complete the full list of ways Disney World transportation changed in 2021!

EPCOT monorail reopened

A much-anticipated change at Disney World was the reopening of the EPCOT monorail. We understood why it wasn’t open at first (not Park Hopping!), But even after Park Hopping returned, we had to rely on the bus for six months before the monorail service resumed from EPCOT to to the TTC. It makes traveling in the park a little easier, especially for guests of monorail resorts.

EPCOT monorail

Monorails have a new look

And speaking of monorails, this year they have had a new look! One by one, the different trains received interior upgrades, with new seats, upholstery, paint and graphics. They look seriously cool and much more up to date and modern!

The yellow monorail has a new look!

50th anniversary wrappers

For the 50th anniversary, Disney was determined to celebrate it in every way imaginable, so the decorations even extended to the different transportation options. Several gondolas and Skyliner buses received 50th anniversary wrappers, as well as one of the monorail trains, Monorail Gold. Stay tuned for special designs for the next 18 months!

It’s the most magical Skyliner on Earth!

Buses receive funny messages

And speaking of the 50th anniversary, the buses received some unique messages for the occasion! Instead of the front screens reading their usual slogans, you might take a bus that says “Celebrating 50 years of castle proposals” or “Celebrating 50 years of turkey legs.” (Although we’re not exactly sure who’s celebrating!)

Buses carry funny messages!

The trams are back … Almost

A big change that moved us a lot was the return of the trams from the car park. They were locked up and hidden in the back corners of the parking lots for almost two years, and in December they returned to Magic Kingdom. Disney has not yet announced the dates for the return of the trams to the other three parks, but we are ready for them to return in 2022!

They’re back!

Park-to-park transportation returned

When Park Hopping resumed on January 1, 2021, it made sense for park-to-park transportation to return with it. At first, we were limited to buses, Skyliner and Friendship Boats, but the EPCOT monorail came back later. Please note that some of these options only run in the afternoon, closer to this Park Hopping time limit at 2 p.m.

You can get (almost) anywhere with Disney transportation!

Tons of rule changes

And throughout the year, we’ve had a lot of changes to Disney’s transportation safety and health regulations. Even when masks were not needed for a while at Disney World, they were still required on some means of transportation. We’ve also noticed a big fluctuation in capacity limits for things like Skyliner buses and gondolas: now buses and monorails are getting as many guests as possible and the gondolas are hosting more than one party again.

Changes in health and safety occurred frequently.

Magical Express was carrying its final passengers

And finally, we have to talk about the big … Magic Express. This free round trip transportation to and from the airport ended on December 31, 2021, and guests now have to use a paid service or rent a car. It’s a loss that many Disney fans keep crying about, so it’s definitely a hot topic of discussion.

Disney’s Magical Express

These are some of the most important transportation changes we had last year! We look forward to seeing what 2022 has to offer in terms of change, so stay tuned to AllEars for the latest Disney World news!

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Which of these changes was the best? What was the worst? Tell us in the comments!

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