Staying on property while at Walt Disney World? One of the benefits of choosing to stay at a Walt Disney World hotel is that you get free Disney transportation while there. It can get a little confusing, so here is our quick and dirty, not too wordy guide to transportation at Walt Disney World.
How To Get Around at Walt Disney World
One of the biggest mysteries of any Disney Vacation is based in the question “Do you need a car at Walt Disney World? And while we sometimes recommend driving a car to Walt Disney World we are also big advocates for just taking the plane there and planning to be stranded at Disney for your vacation. Don’t worry, it’s actually quite liberating and not that scary. Here are all the ways you can get around at Walt Disney World.
Disney’s Magical Express
Magical Express Airport Shuttle for Walt Disney World Resort Guests did a guide to the Magical Express, so if you have any questions after reading that, be sure to reach out! Basically the Magical Express or DME will get you to and from the airport while at Walt Disney World if you are staying on site.
Buses are available at every Walt Disney World Resort. They are the most common type of transportation there and for many resorts, they are the only kind of transportation.
Buses are scheduled to come every 15-20 minutes, however I will tell you from experience, this is pretty untrue much of the time, especially if you’re going during peak season. If taking the buses anywhere, allow yourself about an hour or so of travel time.
Buses can be taken from the resorts to the Parks, Water Parks and Disney Springs. Buses generally cannot be taken from one resort to get to another resort. You will have to change buses in order to do this(or take the monorail)
If you’re taking the bus, be prepared to wait and be prepared to stand.
First time at WDW? Then you may be asking yourself what the monorail is. As WDW states, its a highway in the sky!
In all reality though, its kind of like a subway system, but built above ground. The monorail is available to be taken at The Grand Floridian, The Contemporary and The Polynesian, which creates one loop that will take you to Magic Kingdom.
A second loop will take you to Epcot and the TTC, or Transportation Ticket Center. If you want to go from one loop to the other, simply switch monorails at the TTC. The TTC is also where you will take the monorail to get to Magic Kingdom if you drove to the Park.
While the monorail is generally faster, keep in mind that sometimes they are delayed by general maintenance and sometimes they break down. Always allow enough travel time to accommodate these possibilities.
Depending on where you are going, you may be able to take a boat!
Ferry Boat to Magic Kingdom
You can take a boat to get from the TTC to Magic Kingdom if you drove to the Parks.
Boat Service from Magic Kingdom
There is also a boat service from Magic Kingdom to Wilderness Lodge as well as from Magic Kingdom to the Monorail Resorts.
Boats at Epcot
To get from one side of the World Showcase ( at the port of call shops) to the other ( America Pavillion) you can grab a boat.
Boats from Epcot to Hollywood Studios
You can also grab a boat from the International Gateway at Epcot ( between France and the UK) to the Boardwalk Resorts(Boardwalk Inn, The Yacht Club or The Beach Club), the Swan and Dolphin Hotels and Hollywood Studios
Port Orleans Boats
If you’re staying at either of the Port Orleans Resorts, you can also take a boat to Disney Springs.
While boats are definitely the least crowded of the options, they are also the slowest. Allow for about an hour of travel time to get to your destination.
Disney Skyliner Gondola
The Disney Skyliner Gondolas are only accessible from certain resorts within the Walt Disney World property.
Additionally, they only go to Epcot International Gateway and Hollywood Studios, but are a great way to skip the crowds and see the views while you travel across the sky. Check out our quick guide to the Disney Skyliner Gondolas.
Driving to Disney
In a hurry and don’t want to wait that long for a ride to get where you’re going? Here are some of your alternatives if you decide to bring a car to Walt Disney World.
Uber. Uber has gotten a lot more expensive since we first started taking it on property. And its a little tricky to use at WDW. But its a good option if you’re in a pinch.
WDW’s Minnie Vans. Yep its a van dressed up like Minnie. Super cute, but also a little pricey. About $35 one way will get you anywhere on property you’d like to go. Service from the airport is also available. It’s all accessible in the app.
Drive. Driving allows you the most freedom when you’re at Disney, but keep in mind, traffic can be stressful. You’re still in Orlando. If you’re an annual passholder or if you’re staying on property, the $20 parking fee will be waived.
Disney Transportation Options at Walt Disney World
So what questions do you still have about transportation at Walt Disney World? Let us know in the comments!