Transportation at Walt Disney World can seem complicated, especially if you have never been before. It really is not all that hard to understand. You just need to know the basics of what the different types of transportation are, and then you’ll be able to easily get around. If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, ask at the front desk if you have questions. The Cast Members will be able to help you to get where you need to go. Also, download the My Disney Experience App so that you will be able to see routes, times, stops, etc. It can be less confusing when you have that information at your fingertips.
The monorail is the iconic Walt Disney World transportation system. It serves Epcot and the Magic Kingdom. If you’re driving to the Magic Kingdom you will park at the Transportation & Ticket Center, and then you can take the monorail to the park. A second line runs between the Transportation & Ticket Center and Epcot. There are also monorail stops for Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
2. Water Transportation
There is also a ferryboat between the Transportation & Ticket Center and the Magic Kingdom. You can take a water taxi to the Magic Kingdom from Disney’s Contemporary, Grand Floridian, Polynesian Village, and Fort Wilderness Resorts, as well as Wilderness Lodge. Over in the Epcot Resort Area you can take a boat known as a Friendship to either Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Friendships service Disney’s BoardWalk, Beach Club, and Yacht Club Resorts, as well as the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels. There is also boat transportation at Disney Springs down the Sassagoula River. These ferryboats service Disney’s Old Key West and Saratoga Springs Resorts, as well as the two Port Orleans Resorts.
Perhaps the most common type of transportation at Walt Disney World is a bus. You can take buses from most of the hotels to the theme parks and water parks. If you want to go from one resort to another, you’ll need to change buses at a theme park or Disney Springs. There are two things that you need to keep in mind when it comes to buses. First, if there is other transportation to a park from a resort, there may not be a bus that will also go to that park. Second, there are no buses that run from Disney Springs to the theme parks. There are buses from the theme parks to Disney Springs, but only late in the day.
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You’ll find trams at all four theme park parking lots. They are there to take you to the front of the park from your car, and then back again when you are ready to leave.
5. Minnie Vans
If you are staying at a Walt Disney World resort hotel, you don’t have to wait for a bus or a boat if you don’t want to. You can order a Minnie Van. Each van seats up to six people, and there are two car seats available. Minnie Van drivers are Cast Members, and your ride will be there in a matter of minutes. You’ll use the Lyft App to order a Minnie Van, and they are exclusively for those who are staying on property. There are also Minnie Vans for those using a wheelchair or scooter. To order one of those, call 407-828-3500.
6. Walking Paths
You do not necessarily need to use transportation to get to three of the four theme parks. There is a walking path from Disney’s Contemporary Resort to the Magic Kingdom. You can also walk from the Epcot Resort Area Resorts that are along Crescent Lake to either Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The path to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is by far the longest walk. Remember that you cannot park at a resort and then walk to a park to avoid the theme park parking fee.
7. Disney Skyliner
A new form of transportation is coming to Walt Disney World in the fall of 2019. Disney Skyliner will feature gondolas that will double as transportation and a thrill. The Disney Skyliner will service Disney’s Art of Animation, Caribbean Beach, Pop Century, and Riviera Resorts. The two parks that it will transport to are Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Disney Skyliner will feature colorful gondolas with Disney characters on the outside. The views are going to be incredible.