From the first time I visited Disney World in Orlando back in the mid 1980's, I was hooked. I had never experienced anything like it in my life, and when it came time to board the bus back to the airport, I was really bummed out.

But over the next couple of decades, I returned to relive the magic, not only in Orlando, but also Disneyland in Anaheim, California. That trip was really special since I grew up seeing the California theme park a lot on television during the weekly shows on ABC with Walt along with other specials that aired.

I've always been impressed with how the company reinvents itself over and over again, making sure the visitor experience never gets boring. And that included the little things, like taking advantage of the Disney shuttle from the airport to the resort, rather than having to find my own transportation, along with the various modes of transportation within the park system, so you can get from point A to point B effortlessly.

Earlier this week, Disney, through the Disney Parks Blog, a few upcoming changes and offerings were announced. Many good, and  a couple that that may not go over well with some visitors.

Beginning January 1st, 2022, they will cease offering the Disney Magical Express service for airport transportation. You will need to make plans to get from the airport to the parks. Taking other options though, may get you to the parks quicker, depending on what you choose. And they will no longer be reintroducing the extra magic hours option (suspended during the pandemic), instead offering  a new 30-minute early entry service to any of their theme parks.

I have actually driven to the parks a couple of times when I had more days to spend on vacation, and I preferred that to flying. They say it's the journey, not the destination that sometimes is better. I wouldn't apply that to a vacation at Disney so much, but I love driving long distance and getting to see a portion of the country along the way. Having my own vehicle to visit other tourist attractions in Florida makes it much easier to get around quickly.

And of course on my journey through the Atlantic coast states, I have to make a stop at South of the Border. Pedro told me to on endless billboards along the way, so how could I not?

via Disney Parks Blog

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