I think it was 2005 it started.I don't think it will impact DCL because DCL already charges for the transfers, unlike ME which was "free." Of course, if there is more behind the scenes such as Mears and Disney parting ways, it could impact DCL.
I don't recall when ME began, but it's been within the past 20 years because on our honeymoon ~20 years ago there was no ME and we paid for a Mears shuttle to the resort. I don't remember if it was the next trip or the 2nd trip after that which we first encountered ME service to the resort.
I suspect Disney is still hemorrhaging money.** Charging for things that used to be free increases their revenue stream.So are the geniuses on the board seeing true Disney buses in the future, or a giant boom in the UBER capacity at MCO?
I could see changing, but taking away Magical Express is a big deal to us, even if it is only a $100 difference for the trip. Transportation and the old taking our bags was a giant perk with little ones.
Not yet. Suposedly ME is only ending due to the new train line that will go to Disney Springs around the same time. There is talk of the train going out to the cruise terminal - eventually - so MAYBE Disney would stop with bus service at that point if it is an effective system. Since we already pay each way though, I dont see why they'd stop offering it. If they DO, then likely Mears will keep doing it anyway. I don't see what Disney loses by slapping advertising on the buses and passing the cost on to us though.
If I am not mistaken, most luggage came with Magical Express so I wouldn’t be surprised to see that ending as well.I love the magical express and losing it will be a big loss for the whole Disney experience. Didnt Disney also do away with luggage transfers too? Not sure if this is Disney trying to cut cost or what but this is disappointing. I doubt Disney will do away with the DCL bus transfer because the distance to the port is much greater and you have to pay for the bus.
The MCO/WDW luggage service was contracted with a 3rd party, BAGS, and I believe they either went out of business of laid off most workers. The service ended back in the summer when the resorts opened. I suspect the current cancellation of ME is due to a contract with Mears that likely didn't renew with the terms Disney wanted. I agree it was convenient and will be missed. It was nice to not have to think about planning transportation as part of the vacation planning.Didnt Disney also do away with luggage transfers too? Not sure if this is Disney trying to cut cost