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‘The Sunshine Flyer’ officially launches as new transportation option from MCO to Disney World

by Brittani Tuttle

Transportation Management Services (TMS) has announced the launch of The Sunshine Flyer, a themed motorcoach bus experience that will transport guests from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) to Walt Disney World Resort.

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Photos courtesy of The Sunshine Flyer

The Sunshine Flyer’s buses are late-model, premium motorcoaches with themes that center around old-fashioned passenger cars and train engines. From the design of the buses, to the staff dressed as 1920s rail conductors and engineers, the Sunshine Flyer serves as a unique time machine, offering a glimpse into 1920s rail travel.

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“We’re incredibly excited to launch The Sunshine Flyer and give Disney guests the chance to kickstart their vacation with a fun, unique travel experience,” said Frank Sherman, CEO of TMS. “Everyone knows the magic of Disney once they’re inside the park gates. But, through The Sunshine Flyer, we’re able to give guests the chance to start their vacation from the minute they step off the plane and turn what used to be a procedural drive into the beginning of an adventure to remember.”

The buses will service all Disney resorts and are complete with a bathroom onboard, USB chargers and three-point seatbelts for the comfort and safety of all guests. Ahead of travel, guests will book their tickets online and receive a QR code that they will scan once they arrive at MCO. The Sunshine Flyer will begin service from MCO on Feb. 1, 2022.

“By combining our storied expertise in mass transportation management with a creative, themed experience, we have the unique opportunity to offer an experience that’s both stress-free and engaging,” added Sherman. “After all, Disney guests deserve a trip to remember, right from the start. Whether they’re young or old, traveling in a group or solo, we hope The Sunshine Flyer sparks the imagination and excitement of all of our guests from the moment they step on the bus.”

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To celebrate Disney’s 50th anniversary, The Sunshine Flyer will donate 50% of all revenue from the first 50,000 passengers during the first 50 days of business to Make-A-Wish Central & Northern Florida. As part of The Sunshine Flyer’s commitment to giving back, all Make-A-Wish children and their families will receive complimentary service for their Disney wish trips indefinitely.

This announcement comes nearly a year after the announcement that Disney would be discontinuing their own airport-to-resorts transportation service, Disney’s Magical Express. Mears has also announced their own form of transportation from Orlando’s airport to the parks, Mears Connect, which will launch in 2022.

Tickets for the new transportation option must be booked at least four days ahead of arrival, and are priced at $17 per adult and $12.50 per child each way. To learn more and to book, visit SunshineFlyer.com.

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