Getting Around Disney – An Overview of Disney World Transportation
When planning your Walt Disney World vacation, one question that might come up is, “How will we get around Disney World?” I know it can be a challenge sometimes, but Disney World Transportation has the answers for you!
If you’re staying at a WDW Resort (which I highly recommend, as it has comes with many perks!), then you have a free ride from Orlando Airport to your Resort via Disney’s Magical Express, a bus and luggage service that brings your and your bags from the airport to your resort and back again at the end of your stay.
Once you’re at WDW, there are several ways to make it from point A to point B:
Bus – this is one of the more common modes of transit at WDW (and the one I am most familiar with, since it’s the only way to get from any of the Value Resorts to the Parks). Buses travel from all Resorts to the Theme Parks, Downtown Disney, ESPN Wide World of Sports, and the Water Parks. The buses are large and offer a lot of seating and standing room, and usually run around 15 minutes apart (or more often during high volume times). It’s definitely not a speedy way to get around, so be sure to plan for extra travel time in your schedule when utilizing the bus system.
Monorail – This is a fun way to travel, high above the ground, and you get some great views along the way! The monorail travel from the Magic Kingdom to the Grand Floridian, Polynesian, and Contemporary Resorts in a loop, and another monorail makes the trip between the Transportation and Ticket Center and Epcot, and a 3rd travels from the Transportation and Ticket Center to the Magic Kingdom. It’s a quick and convenient way to travel, and the Resort monorail gives you almost instant access to the Magic Kingdom, and what could be better than that?
Boat – There are several ways to travel by sea at WDW. From the Magic Kingdom you can take a water ferry to the Transportation and Ticket Center, The Grand Floridian, The Polynesian, Wilderness Lodge, and Fort Wilderness. If you’re staying at the Boardwalk, Beach Club, Yacht Club, or Dolphin and Swan Resorts, then you can take a boat to Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Downtown Disney has boats that service Port Orleans French Quarter, Port Orleans Riverside, Old Key West and Saratoga Springs Resorts. It is a fun way to get around, and the view is definitely better than the view from the bus!
On Foot – Not always the most practical way to travel (especially if you have kids and you have just spent all day walking around the Parks!) but some Resorts are within walking distance of theme Parks, and it may be faster than waiting for that bus or boat to come.
Car Rental – You can bypass all the above transportation methods in favor of a rented car, which are available at the local airports as well as on WDW property. Many people say it’s worth the expense, as it’s much faster to drive from park to park (and if you’re a WDW Resort guest, the parking is free!). If you aren’t thrilled about the extra cost it may incur, you can always rent a car for a day or two to explore the world outside WDW.
One thing I love is Chip has a really cool map to check out that shows all of the Walt Disney World Transportation. Check it out.
What about you – what mode of transportation do you prefer?