I’m not going to lie, when you plan a trip to Walt Disney World you should plan on A LOT of walking. While walking is basically the only way to get around while you are inside the parks, there are many other modes of transportation outside of them. Here’s a guide to all the different modes of transportation at Disney World and where you can use them.
Transportation Options at Walt Disney World
Monorail: The Monorail runs through the Magic Kingdom and connects some resorts (The Contemporary, The Polynesian and The Grand Floridian) with the park and the ticket and transportation center. It connects the Magic Kingdom theme park, with the contemporary resort, the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and the Polynesian Resort. Switch at the Transportation Center to get to Epcot.
The Magic Kingdom and Epcot are the only two Disney World park that can be reached by monorail.
Bus: The bus system runs from each and every resort on the Disney property to the parks & Disney Springs (formerly known as Downtown Disney). They run from one hour before the theme parks open until an hour after it closes and come by each bus stop at the parks about every 20 minutes all day long. Busses also run until 2:00 am from the Disney Springs area. The busses are all air conditioned and can be a a really nice respite on a hot day.
Boat: You might be surprised to learn that the ferry is one of the most common means for people to get around in Walt Disney World, the connecting theme parks, and the park’s resorts. You can take a Ferry Boat from the Magic Kingdom to the Transportation Center. You can also take a ferry boat from the following resorts to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios:
* Disney’s Boardwalk Inn and Villas Resort
* Disney’s Beach Club Resort
* Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
* Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
* Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
Ferry Boats also go from the following resorts to Disney Springs:
* Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
* Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
* Disney’s Old Key West Resort
* Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort
And a good old fashioned water launch will take people to the Magic Kingdom from:
* Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
* Disney’s Polynesian Resort
* Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground
* Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
You can also walk, jog, or bicycle from resort to resort on many of the walking paths. All transportation is complimentary for resort guests. Bus and boat stops are clearly marked and transportation runs continuously throughout the day. It’s common to need to change busses to reach your desired hotel or theme park and all of the Disney Cast Members can point you in the right direction if you need to make a switch.
When you’re at Walt Disney World take the time to enjoy all of the modes of transportation that are available. They’re part of what makes a Disney vacation special and can be a comfortable way to get from one point to another.