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!
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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!
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 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!
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.
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!
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!
Coming Soon: Disney’s Skyliner
Coming soon in Fall 2019 will be the Disney’s Skyliner! I’m not exactly sure how I feel about this mode of transportation yet, although I think it will end up being pretty awesome. The new Skyliner will connect 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.
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!”
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!
If you want to go ahead and figure this all out on your own this WDW Transportation Wizard might help you! I used this when I was planning one of our trips and it was helpful, although now that I really know how to navigate myself I think there are better ways to get around sometimes then what the app says.
What is your favorite way to get around Disney World? Do you have any tips? Share them with us below!
Are you planning a trip to Disney World? Check out these other posts!
- Disney World Resorts Quick Guide
- Don’t Make These 10 Disney Mistakes While Planning Your Vacation
- 12 Ways to Save Money at Disney
- Important Disney Dates for Your Next WDW Vacation
- Lau Family Travels’ Walt Disney World Guide
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