Walt Disney World Transportation Quick Guide

Getting around the parks, resorts, & activities at Disney World can be a nightmare for some people.  There are SO many options when it comes to Disney World transportation!  You can take your own car, buses, ferry boats, water taxis, and monorails!  However, there are multiple routes and types of each transportation options for each.  Hopefully this guide will help clear it up a little bit!  

Pick The Best Transportation To Take You And Your Family Around The Exciting Disney World

Once you get to Disney World, getting around the sprawling park is another challenge for some people. After all, you want to make the most of your trip and visit all the attractions Disney World has to offer.

The good thing about Disney World’s transportation is that there are a number of options for you to choose from. Opt for your own car or take a bus for your convenience; you can also take advantage of the ferry boats, water taxis, and monorails for an added element of adventure.

Our Disney World transportation guide helps you figure out which one will suit your needs best. Each one offers a variety of routes and the costs can greatly differ. Making the decision on your own can be overwhelming; that’s why we’ve provided you with a comprehensive guide to assist you.

You don’t have to figure all of this out by yourself. Lau Family Travels helps clear all your confusions and makes your trip-planning a smooth, hassle-free process.

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There are A LOT of Disney World transportation options…

We’ve been going to Disney World on a regular basis since 2012 and I have to say that I didn’t realize how complicated writing this post would be.  There are SO many different options when it comes to Disney World transportation that you probably need a special degree to understand it all.  We have traveled around Disney using all of the different options, but I never really stopped to think about the complexity of it to someone who is unfamiliar with how it all works!

Some Disney World transportation options include taking your own car, buses, ferry boats, water taxis, and/or monorails.  My husband LOVES the type of vacation where once we get there he doesn’t have to drive anymore.  Disney is that type of vacation!  Hopefully this post will help you decide which transportation options will work best for you!

Just use your own car.

A lot of people use their own cars while they are at Disney because the thought of anything else overwhelms them.  I have clients that choose to drive to Disney and then drive all over the parks each day/night.  Although I understand this way of thinking – I’m here to tell you that you can SAVE money (and maybe sanity) by using the free transportation that the parks have to offer.

Parking your car at Disney now will cost you per night AND per day (if you park at one of the theme parks).  Each night depending on which resort level you are staying at you will be charged $13-24 while parking at the theme parks will cost you between $25-50 per day!  That adds up if you are staying at Disney for more than a couple of days!

Driving at Disney

Disney World buses are basically a ride all their own.

We love using the buses at Disney World.  Ashtyn actually thought they were part of the fun during our first couple trips to Disney!  You can take the complimentary bus from your Disney Resort to any of the parks (including water parks) or to Disney Springs.  There are also now buses between the Disney Parks as well, although sometimes it may be easier to take a different route.

I have to admit the only time I don’t like using the bus is after fireworks at ANY park.  Typically we are the ones that end up having to stand from the park back to the resort after walking all day long – but we deal.

Ferry boats & water taxis are a relaxing way to get around Disney World.

This is probably one of the most relaxing ways to travel between parks & resorts (the ones that have it available of course).  Boats typically run in 15-30 minute intervals.  The boats seem to start a little later than the bus transportation though.  So if you are in a hurry to get to the park you might want to hop on the bus instead.

Disney Springs

Disney Springs has ferry boats that transport between Port Orleans Riverside, Port Orleans French Quarter, Old Key West Resort, and Saratoga Springs Resort!  We have taken the ferry-boat between the Port Orleans Resorts & Disney Springs and it was so relaxing!

Riding on the ferry to Port Orleans

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom has a water taxi from Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.  The great thing about this water taxi is the views of the Magic Kingdom Resorts!  It’s a great way to get some awesome pictures!

*There is also a Ferryboat from the TTC to Magic Kingdom as well.

EPCOT/Hollywood Studios

There is also boat transportation provided between EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, & the EPCOT area resorts (Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club, and Walt Disney World’s Swan & Dolphin Hotels).

Don’t forget about that monorail!

The monorail is definitely a fan favorite.  When I asked my Instagram followers to tell me what their favorite mode of transportation was around Disney World this was it!  There are three different monorail routes at Disney:  the Resort Monorail, the Express Monorail, and the EPCOT Monorail.

The Resort Monorail stops at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, TTC, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.  This is our favorite way to resort hop!  It takes about 30 minutes to complete the loop from start to finish.

The Express Monorail is the same stops as the Resort Monorail, but in the opposite direction and it doesn’t stop at the resorts.  It goes through their stations, but keeps on going straight to the Magic Kingdom.

The EPCOT Monorail goes from the TTC (Ticket & Transportation Center) straight to EPCOT.  The ride takes about 15 minutes & it actually takes you through part of EPCOT!  We took the EPCOT Monorail for the first time during our 4 Park Challenge & I want to do it again!

EPCOT Monorail

Minnie Vans, Lyft, & Uber are available too – but at an extra cost.

You can always pay extra for a Minnie Van, Lyft, or Uber if you want to get somewhere specific and don’t want to figure out how to do it.  We have never used any of these services at Disney World however because we never had the need.  I’ve seen quite a few people on message boards say that they do though!

Disney’s Skyliner

The new Disney Skyliner connects Disney’s Hollywood Studios & EPCOT to these resorts:  Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Riviera Resort.  The first few weeks were a little bumpy, but now this seems to be the trendy way to get around Walt Disney World!  For more information check out the website here:  https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/skyliner/

Are you looking for transportation from the airport to Disney World?  Disney’s Magical Express will get you to and from Disney World & MCO at no extra cost!

Our first two trips to Disney World we used the Disney’s Magical Express & it’s one of my favorite memories.  We got off of the plane and onto the DME and Ashtyn looked out the window and said “Mom…  I think we’re in the jungle!”

Disney's Magical Express

The bus is really comfortable & there is a little video that gets you all pumped up.  It takes a bit longer than driving yourself to or from the airport, but it’s a stress free way to get there.  Just sit back and relax and you’ll be there before you know it!

You don’t have to figure this all out by yourself!

I understand that this post probably didn’t clear ANYTHING up if you are already confused about how to get around Disney World.  I may have actually confused you more!  However, remember if you use me as your Travel Agent that I will be your personal concierge and make sure you know exactly where you are going during your trip!

What is your favorite way to get around Disney World?  Do you have any tips?  Share them with us below!

WDW Transportation Quick Guide

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This Post Has 19 Comments

    1. Taryn

      They are so cute!

  1. Amanda

    There are definitely so many logistics around transportation. Good job laying them all out.

    1. Taryn

      It was harder than I thought it was going to be!

  2. Erica

    this post is fantastic. I definitely didn’t realize how much there was either or that even if you’re off site or local you can use all of these options for free!

    1. Taryn

      Right?! I didn’t realize how involved it truly was until I started writing about it all!

  3. Samara

    The Skyliner looks like so much fun! It will be neat to see DHS and Epcot from above.

    1. Taryn

      Yes I agree! I definitely will want to try it out!

  4. Jennifer

    A good breakdown of the options for first time visitors. We used uber a few times on our last visit and found it really excellent as a time saver to get to dining reservations. Ie Animal Kingdom Lodge has great food options but is a fit far to get too. Also handy when we had to get to the Boardwalk quickly.

    1. Taryn

      I’ve never used an Uber before in my life! However, I know a lot of people love it, especially for getting to dining reservations quickly around WDW!

  5. Carrie

    This is fantastic! I get asked SO many questions about Disney transportation. Sharing this with my followers!

    1. Taryn

      Awesome! I’m glad that it could help! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  6. paperangelsvlog

    We usually just drive around but these are such great tips. I do love the ferry boat ride to Magic Kingdom!

    1. Taryn

      The boat is an attraction in itself!

    1. Taryn

      Yes! Me too!

  7. dustlesspixie

    Love the boats! If time permits, they are the best. We use them all of the time to get from dinner at a resort to late magic hours at Magic Kingdom or to hop over for a resort break/lunch. Minnie Vans are a splurge but can be well worth it. The Cast Members that drive them are a wealth of information.

  8. Anonymous


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