Disney World Transportation

Walt Disney World property is pretty massive, so it can be confusing to figure out how to get everywhere you want to go.  Below you’ll find information on all the types of transportation found in Disney World.

If you open the My Disney Experience app and touch the map or the locator icon (second from the right at the bottom), then touch the drop down at the top and change it to Transportation.  You might have to then touch “show list” at the top far right, but it will then give the options of Disney Skyliner, Minnie Van Service, Parking, WDW Monorail, WDW Bus Service, and WDW Water Transportation. If you are unsure of how to get somewhere it’s probably easiest to select Bus Service. Then select “Get Directions.”  It asks for your destination and then for your starting point. Type in both locations, then a map will pop up and at the bottom select “See Transit Directions.” This will show you directions.

While using Disney transportation please allow yourself at least 60 minutes to get from place to place.

In the My Disney Experience App, you can also change the drop down to resort hotels.  If your destination is a resort on property, you can select the resort you’d like to get to, then type in and select your starting location.  Both of these will only take you to your destination via a bus though since that is the selection made

Buses

Buses can often seem like the least complicated way to get from one place to another. Here is some general information about the bus system at Walt Disney World Resort.  

  • Buses run about every 20 minutes
  • Buses start 45 minutes before park opening and ends from each resort 1 hour before park closing. Buses back to each resort ends 75 minutes after park closing
  • At all resorts there are buses to each park and Disney Springs.  
  • Disney Springs has buses to each resort and each park.

Water Transportation

Water taxis are another transportation option to and from certain locations.

Get to Magic Kingdom by water taxi from

  • Grand Floridian Resort 
  • Villas at Grand Floridian Resort
  • Polynesian Village Resort
  • Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground
  • Wilderness Lodge
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Wilderness Lodge

**If you are driving yourself and parking at the Magic Kingdom, please note that you will take either a monorail or a ferry over to the park.  The parking lot does not butt up to the park like the other parks.  

**If you are using some sort of ride sharing option to get to Magic Kingdom, you can save yourself some time by requesting to be dropped off at The Contemporary Resort instead of at Magic Kingdom.  You can simply cross the street from The Contemporary instead of waiting for and then riding the ferry or monorail.

Get to Epcot and Hollywood Studios by water taxi from

  • BoardWalk Inn
  • BoardWalk Villas
  • Beach Club Resort
  • Beach Club Villas
  • Yacht Club
  • Swan Hotel
  • Dolphin Hotel

*There is a walking path that connects Hollywood Studios and Epcot at the International Gateway entrance.  This path also connects to all of the resorts and hotels listed above. So you can take the water taxi, but you can also walk.  To find this path when leaving Hollywood Studios, walk toward the buses but stay to the far left and just keep walking past the end of the bus area. You will walk along the water and then onto the Boardwalk, then you’ll see the Skyliner just before the entrance to Epcot.  Any Cast Member would be happy to point you in the right direction of the path if you are confused at all. It is just over a mile to walk between the two parks. It can actually be slightly faster to walk than take the ferry. I have walked it while a few other members of the party rode the ferry, and the walkers made it inside Epcot first by a few minutes.

Get to Disney Springs by water taxi from

  • Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
  • Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • Old Key West Resort
  • Saratoga Springs Resort

Monorail

There are three monorail lines in Walt Disney World and they are the Resort Monorail, Epcot Monorail, and Express Monorail.  The monorail starts running 30 minutes before the earliest park opening and ends 1 hour after the latest park closing.

Resort Monorail makes stops at

  • Magic Kingdom park
  • Contemporary Resort
  • Grand Floridian Resort
  • Polynesian Village Resort
  • Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC)

Epcot Monorail stops at

  • TTC
  • Epcot

Express Monorail stops at

  • TTC
  • Magic Kingdom

If you are planning a trip from one park to another and are unsure what the fastest way to get to the next destination is, simply ask a Cast Member. A CM will be happy to help you and can save you time trying to figure it out yourself, or accidentally taking a longer than necessary route.  The fastest route may include any combination of walking, a bus, a water taxi, the Skyliner, and/or the monorail.

Disney’s Skyliner

The Skyliner is a state-of-the-art gondola system that connects Hollywood Studios with Epcot’s International Gateway (secondary entrance to the Epcot). This system also makes stops at the following resorts

  • Art of Animation Resort
  • Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Pop Century Resort
  • Riviera Resort

The Skyliner station at the International Gateway is also just a short walk from Disney’s Boardwalk entertainment district, Beach Club Resort, Yacht Club Resort, and Boardwalk Inn.

Minnie Vans

Last, but not least, for Disney transportation is the only one that is not free.  Minnie Vans are Disney’s version of Lyft. You actually request one directly from the Lyft app.  Simply open the Lyft app anywhere on WDW Property and request a Minnie Van (if there is a different vehicle showing, swipe through to select the Minnie Van). A Minnie Van will take you from anywhere on Disney Property directly to anywhere on Disney Property.  These vans can accommodate up to 6 people and include up to two child seats if needed. These vans are run and operated by WDW and driven by Cast Members.  Prices vary based on distance between requested locations.

The other option Minnie Vans can be used for is if you prefer not to use the Magical Express. You can reserve a Minnie Van to take you from Orlando International Airport directly to your WDW resort or any Good Neighbor resort. If you’d like to use this service, let me know and I can help set it up for you.

Think outside the box to get from one place to the next the most time-efficient way possible. 

For example, if you want to get from Animal Kingdom to Epcot, you definitely do not have to take a bus back to your home resort to then wait for the Epcot bus there.  You could take a bus to the Boardwalk Inn and walk from the Boardwalk to the International Gateway entrance of Epcot. Or if you want to get to Hollywood Studios, take a bus to any resort that the Skyliner stops at and hop on the Skyliner to Hollywood Studios. 

If you want to quickly get to Magic Kingdom, you can take a bus to the Contemporary Resort and simply walk across the street and be right at security.  

Again, a Cast Member can help you with any trip you might need assistance with, and the My Disney Experience app will give you directions too.

If you are ready to put your transportation knowledge to use and start planning your next pixie dusted vacation, let me help! Email me at Jill@ThinkTheHappiestThoughts.com or fill out the form under “Free Quote” at the top of the page and start your countdown to experiencing the magic with your loved ones.

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