Top 10 Modes of Disney Transportation
I have a love/hate relationship with some forms of Disney Transportation (not calling any names, resort buses), but overall Walt Disney World offers a great array of different transportation options throughout the parks and resorts. Sometimes I even take some time just to enjoy some of these ways to get from one magical place to another. Here are my top 10:
10. The Resort Bus.
Yes, sometimes I despise the resort bus. When I am the most tired and my kids are melting down it seems to take forever to come. And then it is full. And no one gets up so I have to stand holding my toddler. On a moving bus. But, some of that is due to my fellow guests, not Disney itself. However, to look at the positive, the buses do come regularly (as opposed to offsite shuttle transportation), and when I hear them and smell them I know I’m at Disney.
9. Disney’s Magical Express
One caveat—this is only a top 10 on your way to Walt Disney World from MCO, on the way back is a different, sad story. The convenience of Magical Express and the fact that it is a free transfer makes up for any timing issues you may have with it getting you to your resort. And the onboard video—how can that not get you pumped up for your vacation?
I’m a control freak, so one of my favorite modes of transportation is walking. That’s right, even after walking miles through Epcot I prefer a resort where I can walk back to my room in the evening. This is a huge perk for guests staying in the Epcot Resort area (Yacht & Beach Club, Boardwalk, Swan & Dolphin) to be able to walk to Epcot and even Hollywood Studios. If you stay at the Contemporary or Bay Lake Tower you can walk to and from the Magic Kingdom. The convenience of getting on my way as soon as I’m ready to go, and returning when I want makes walking a very high ranking way to travel for me.
7. Magic Kingdom Ferry
This one is a sentimental favorite. On my very first trips to Disney we took the ferry from the Ticket & Transportation Center over to the Magic Kingdom. It is so exciting to travel across the Seven Seas Lagoon on your way to the Magic Kingdom for a day of fun—my favorite part is the sound of the horn.
6. Carriage Rides
These are offered for an additional fee at Port Orleans and Fort Wilderness. These relaxing rides don’t really take you from one point to another, but give you a tour of the resort area. This is s a great way to spend a romantic evening, or to treat your family to a fun tour. Advance reservations are suggested.
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5. Tomorrowland Transportation Authority PeopleMover
This one is a bit of a cheat again because it doesn’t take you anywhere; it just offers a relaxing tour of Tomorrowland. This is one of my favorite attractions because there is usually no wait, it is nice and cool zipping by overhead in Tomorrowland, and you get to see some nice scenery (indoors & out) while you ride. Not to mention the cool magnetic technology that powers this “futuristic” transportation mode.
4. Friendship Boats
These are the boats that transport you across the World Showcase Lagoon in Epcot, and the boats that transport Epcot Resort Area guests from one resort to another, and to Hollywood Studios and Epcot. It is always fun to cruise on one of these boats, especially when it is saving your feet part of the 1.2 mile walk around World Showcase. I really enjoy the perspective and view that you get of World Showcase when taking the Friendship Boats.
3. Magic Kingdom Resort Boats
There are two types of boats that run the routes from the Magic Kingdom Resorts (Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Contemporary/Bay Lake Tower, Wilderness Lodge & Fort Wilderness) to the Magic Kingdom – the larger “cruisers” (usually just Fort Wilderness & Wilderness Lodge) and the smaller “launches.” Although I don’t think you can beat arriving at the Magic Kingdom by any type of boat for a relaxing mode of transportation, I do prefer the smaller launches. Riding in one of those you feel like you are right on the water. On either type of boat you get a great view of the area resorts and the Magic Kingdom as you approach.
2. Walt Disney World Railroad
I love the railroad. We do a “scenic trip around the Magic Kingdom” each time we visit, but it is also a nice way to get from one spot in the Magic Kingdom to another. It is cooling with the breezes blowing, you get to see parts of the park that you won’t see anywhere else, and the narration is so much fun. It is also a great spot for little ones to nap (but they can’t ride in their stroller), and to save a few steps if you are trying to get from Main Street USA to Storybook Circus. There is also a stop in Frontierland. And the sound of the train whistle, well that is quintessential Magic Kingdom. Boooooaarrd!
1. The Monorail
Of course. What mode of transportation is more closely associated with Walt Disney World than the monorail? This is a must do for us every trip even if we don’t “need” to ride it as transportation. Heck, I love it so much one of my ringtones is “Please Stand Clear of the Doors. Por favor mantengase alejado de las puertas.” Is there anyone who doesn’t go straight to their happy place when they hear that? My favorite is the loop from the Ticket & Transportation Center to Epcot because it is long and you get to ride through Epcot getting a great overhead perspective of the park. The monorail is also a great convenience and perk for those staying at the Contemporary/Bay Lake Tower, Polynesian and Grand Floridian.
What are your favorite ways to get around when you are in Walt Disney World?