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Mears to Launch Mears Connect to Replace Disney’s Magical Express in January 2022

Mears to Launch Mears Connect to Replace Disney's Magical Express in January 2022

Mears has announced it is launching a new service, called Mears Connect, that will offer transportation between Orlando International Airport and resorts in and around Walt Disney World.

Service is expected to begin in January 2022, which is when Disney’s Magical Express ends its years of service for Walt Disney World guests.

Mears said in a press release that guests can expect “scheduled service, luggage handling, convenient airport terminal staging, and return trips from resorts to the airport.”

Looking at the website for the service, there are two levels of transportation available for purchase:

The Standard level of service is a shared ride service on a Mears Connect bus or van, and the fare includes all tolls and other surcharges. The transportation will make a limited number of stops and Mears says it will have you on your way to your resort within 20 minutes of your check-in to the Mears Connect reception area.

The Express level of service is a direct service with limited to no wait time. This service also includes all tolls and other surcharges.

Mears states that both the Standard and Express service will be wheelchair accessible.

Rates for Mears Connect are in an introductory phase, but currently pricing is as follows;

A Standard booking for a single person priced at $32 per adult/$27 per child roundtrip, while an Express booking prices at $200 for 1-4 people roundtrip, with surcharges for every person above that. Rates may go up after the introductory period, or due to demand and dates.

Also it appears that to start, Mears Connect will service the Walt Disney World resorts, Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin, Hotel Plaza resorts, Bonnet Creek, Four Seasons, and select Lake Buena Vista resorts.

“We plan to offer the same level of experience, service, and convenience we’ve provided for the last 16 years, on behalf of our longtime partner, as returning guests and first-time visitors can expect nothing less,” said Roger Chapin, a Mears spokesman in the press release. “It is important for visitors to know they still have many of the same safe transportation options for their Orlando visit, all offered by the same company who has been providing seamless, economical, and hassle-free transportation for decades.”

If you’re interested in utilizing Mears Connect on an upcoming visit to Walt Disney World, bookmark for more information and to book.

2 thoughts on “Mears to Launch Mears Connect to Replace Disney’s Magical Express in January 2022”

  1. Wondering how many stops the MEARS bus will make for standard….Magical Express-was divided into just a few resorts for each bus and that took 45 minutes…one bus didn’t go to every resort….will MEARS do the same or will we been that bus for 2 hours or more stopping at every resort?

    1. Hi Barbara! I’m thinking since it’s essentially the same company, they might stick with the same formula, since they know it already works. But I like that they’re offering the Express service, too. It’s pricey, but if you’ve got 4 people, it’s $50 roundtrip vs $32 for standard, and you don’t have to make extra stops.

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