Top 10 Q&A About Disney World Transportation
Disney transportation is definitely a great perk and amenity at Walt Disney World. The transportation gets you to just about anywhere you need to get on property if you know how to navigate it. Here are our top questions and answers about Disney transportation:
10 – What transportation options are offered at Walt Disney World?
There are a wide variety of transportation options available at Walt Disney World. There are buses, boats, the monorail, and Disney Skyliner. The options vary for each individual resort, theme park, and location around Walt Disney World. The transportation is meant to connect guests between their resorts and the different theme parks and attractions around Walt Disney World.
9 – What are the costs associated with Disney transportation?
Mostly all of the Disney-operated transportation is free. (The only exception to this is if you are traveling on the Disney Cruise Line and taking one of the Disney buses to get to the port.) For all regular transportation offerings, there are no additional costs associated with using Disney transportation, even if you aren’t staying at a Walt Disney World resort. However, there is now a resort parking fee for overnight resort guests, which varies from resort to resort.
8 – Who is eligible to use Disney’s transportation?
The transportation options are available to everyone. The bus, boat, monorail, and Skyliner transportation options are available for everyone to make their way around property. The transportation is used to help move guests around and help make their transition to different parks and resorts as smooth as possible. It alleviates the pressure of driving in an unknown area and the need for a rental car.
7 – Does the monorail go to all of the parks?
No. The monorail actually only goes to Magic Kingdom and Epcot. The monorail also goes to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The monorail is a classic mode of transportation that is a nostalgic part of the Disney experience. Guests love riding the monorail, almost as much as many of the attractions on property. If you want to ride the monorail, you will have to visit one of these parks and resorts or the Transportation and Ticket Center. The Epcot monorail is probably my favorite, so definitely try to take the monorail to Epcot.
6 – What if I have a stroller, wheelchair or ECV?
All of these items are able to be transported on Disney transportation. If you take the monorail, guests won’t have to fold up or leave any of these transportation devices. When taking a bus or boat, the guests typically have to transport from what they are riding in so that the stroller, wheelchair or ECV can be safely loaded and stored on the bus. For ECVs, they are strapped into the bus. Wheelchairs and strollers are folded and the guests hold onto them or store them if there is a place to do so. Disney is great about accommodating all of these needs and making it as simple as possible for the guests.
5 – Now the Magical Express is no longer offered – what are my options?
Now that Disney no longer offers guests a complimentary ride from Orlando International Airport to the resort, guests now need to find their own way to transfer from the airport. Options include renting a car, taking a cab, Uber or Lyft, or guests can choose to use one of a few coach transportation options. Click here to learn more about alternatives to Magical Express.
4 – How do I travel from my resort to another resort?
If you need to get to another resort at Walt Disney World, that can be a little trickier. If you aren’t staying at one of the monorail resorts or a Disney Skyliner resort, there isn’t a lot of direct transportation from resort to resort. Typically you would have to determine the closest theme park to where you are trying to go and then take a bus, boat, monorail, or Skyliner directly to the resort that you are trying to get to. The best way to do this can vary greatly depending on which resort you are staying at and which resort you are trying to get to. Guests can ask the concierge at the resort if they need help determining the quickest way to get to another resort. Another option when traveling from resort to resort is to use Lyft or Uber.
3 – Do I have to use Disney transportation?
No. If you have your own vehicle, you can always drive to and from your locations. Some guests prefer this since they feel like they have more control over when they leave and go places. I like the convenience of Disney transportation but can completely understand how guests would rather not risk waiting around on Disney transportation. Guests can also take Disney Minnie Van Service, taxis, Uber, or other services to get around property at their own expense.
2 – What is the Transportation and Ticket Center?
The Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) is the parking lot for Magic Kingdom. Tickets can be bought there, and guests can take the ferry or the monorail to get to Magic Kingdom. Guests can also travel to Epcot from the Transportation and Ticket Center or park directly at Epcot. When Walt envisioned Walt Disney World, he didn’t want to ruin the magic of Magic Kingdom by guests seeing parked cars and trams when they first arrived, so the second location was created for parking so that guests could arrive at Magic Kingdom in grand style.
1 – How long will it take to get to my location using Disney transportation?
That is almost impossible to predict. There are a ton of variables at play when it comes to Disney transportation. It really all depends on where you are and where you are going. Disney has since installed handy monitors at each of the bus stops at the resorts so that guests can see when the buses will arrive from each of the different theme parks. This has been a great addition to help set expectations for arrival times and such.
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