Apr 182018
 

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.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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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.

  31 Responses to “How to Get Around at Walt Disney World (Transportation Options)”

  1. This is something everyone who’s planning a trip to Disney should bookmark. I tried pixie dust once, but that did nothing…

  2. I only took the monorail when I was at Disney to get from place to place. I think a ferry ride would be so much fun and so convenient. Air conditioned buses sound like a way to get cool and comfortable.

  3. I’ve never been to Disney, but I’ve always wanted to go! Now I know the best ways to get around if I ever do make it.

  4. Great transportation advice for those going to Disney. It’s been a while since I went and it’s a good refresher.

  5. I have always taken the buses from the resort to the actual parks but never any of their ferries! I gotta try it out on my next trip.

  6. This is such a great post, I have to admit I wouldn’t know how to start getting around such a big place, so having ideas ahead of times is a must.

  7. I think taking a ferry boat would be loads of fun especially since you’ll be seeing quite a good view of the parks! It’s been a long time since I visited any Disney theme parks and I sure would love to go to Disney World.

  8. I would love to visit Disney someday. I need to make this happen sooner than later to experience this magic.

    • It is so full of magic and you’ll totally love it! Also, this guide to Disney transport is really great so keep it in mind when you do go.

  9. That monorail seems like it would be a ton of fun. I love hanging at Disney World.

  10. We did a ton of walking at our last two trips to WDW, but definitely took advantage of the various forms of transportation. The shuttles made it so easy as did things like the boat.

  11. We have used the buses and the rail. The bus just picked us up right at the front door of the hotel and was super easy. The rail is pretty fast and easy as well.

  12. We have done all of these! We normally just do the buses, but sometimes we’ll hop on a boat or a monorail. We’ll be back at Disney World in October, and I can’t wait.

  13. I’ve been to Disney World a few times and the monorail is the way we love to travel.

  14. This is great information to know. When we visited Disney, we used the monorail to get to Magic Kingdom.

  15. I have not been to Disney World since I was a kid. There’s definitely more options than when I was a kid to travel around. What does the world is so big you really do want to take transportation to get to certain parts of the park. I’m definitely going to bookmark this.

  16. We love Disney World and we can’t get enough of it. I think it’s awesome to experience the transportation options available, it just adds to the fun!

  17. i’m all about the ferry rides myself. the kids would certain,y love it too. i’ve heard you can lose a tone of pounds walking in that place!

  18. I am so behind on the Disney happenings – I didn’t know they had that many options. Definitely will keep this in mind.

  19. Wow I didnt know about many of these transportation services for Disney. I think I am going next month!

  20. I would imagine it is really useful to know how to get around Disney, between the heat and wanting to make the most of your time there. Great tips!

  21. When we go to Disney, we always stay on property so we can take the bus. It’s so much more convenient and less of a hassle since you don’t have to park.

  22. Awesome information! Love that there are transportation option around. It can get overwhelming especially for those who are not familiar. Great timing for us as we are planning our first trip with our son.

  23. There are lots of great things about WDW transportation. I love knowing that when my Mom goes down there (which is often) she can be independent and get around fairly easily.

  24. We used the shuttle and the ferry when we were there few years ago. My very fond memory of it was our journey going to Epcot.

  25. I had some friends who went to Rome recently. There was a ton of walking to do there as well and not as many options. Disney World has more options and we definitely loved it lol!

  26. I love the Disneyworld Monorail and love it even more because it’s FREE! My 1st trip to Disneyworld alone I rode the monorail each night to go watch the fireworks.

  27. Great tips! I have never been to Disney World. I am sure my kids would love to visit this place and would love to ride on a boat.

  28. Depending on the season is the reason for the ride. Babushka has had the good fortune to ride each transportation type, many times, and they each have their pluses. Mainly that they’re in Disney World! BB2U

  29. We go to Disney several times per year and we always use their buses. We also stay at Disney resorts which makes the visits so easy and fun.

  30. I am so glad that you have shared the transportation options. Every trip to Disney seems to have been different in some way for us.