Change is coming to Walt Disney World Resort, as it has announced that Extra Magic Hours will not return, and that Disney’s Magical Express will be retired in 2022.
Extra Magic Hours, which were suspended when Walt Disney World reopened last summer, will not be returning. Instead, guests will be able to enjoy a new perk for the 50th anniversary: Early Theme Park Entry.
Later this year, guests staying at Disney Resort hotels and other select hotels will be able to enjoy 30-minute early entry to any Disney theme park, every day. Guests will still need valid admission and a Park Pass reservation to enter a theme park. This new offering should help spread out visitation across all four parks, while offering more flexibility for guests to get extra time at the park of their choice during their vacation.
As for Disney’s Magical Express, in light of the multitude of options guests have for transportation like ride-sharing services, the service will no longer be offered for airport transportation starting with arrivals on Jan. 1, 2022. The service will continue to operate for new and existing reservations for arrivals throughout 2021, so no need to worry if you’ve got a trip coming up.
Other transportation options, like buses, monorails, and the Disney Skyliner, will still be available at Walt Disney World for guests. The Minnie Van service, however, has been temporarily discontinued, though Disney hopes to have it return in the future.
“As consumer needs and preferences change, we will no longer offer Disney’s Magical Express service starting with arrivals in 2022,” said a Walt Disney World Resort spokesperson. “At the same time, we’re also introducing new ways for guests to enjoy their visits, including early theme park entry for Disney Resort hotel guests.”