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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?

Editor’s Note: Disney will no longer offer Disney’s Magical Express service for airport transportation, starting with arrivals January 1, 2022. Disney will continue to operate the service for new and existing reservations made at Disney Resort hotels for arrivals throughout 2021.

The transportation options are available to everyone.  The only transportation option that is exclusive to Walt Disney World resort guests is Disney’s Magical Express, which is transportation from Orlando International Airport.  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?

Editor’s Note: Due to construction at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, the monorail station at the resort is closed through summer 2021. 

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 – What is Disney’s Magical Express?

Editor’s Note: Disney will no longer offer Disney’s Magical Express service for airport transportation, starting with arrivals January 1, 2022. Disney will continue to operate the service for new and existing reservations made at Disney Resort hotels for arrivals throughout 2021.

Disney’s Magical Express is the service that takes guests staying at one of Walt Disney World’s resorts to and from Orlando International Airport.  When guests arrive at the airport, they make their way to the area of the airport where Magical Express is at.  They scan their Magic Band and are placed in queue to board a bus that will take them to their resort.  At the end of their stay, a time is given to board the Magical Express at the front of their Disney resort and it will take them back to the airport a couple hours before the flight departs.  It is a super convenient way to get to and from Walt Disney World and helps completely eliminate the need for a rental car or to have to drive anywhere once you arrive.


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 the Minnie Van service (see #4).

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 the Disney transportation.  Guests can also take taxis, Uber or other services 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 they can 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 secondary 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 at 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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Christy Caby

Hi! I’m Christy, and I am a wife and mother of 2 young boys (ages 5 and 2). I first fell in love with Disney when my mom took me when I was a child. After that I proceeded to go to WDW for my senior trip with my friends, and I completed a year in the Disney College Program (working in merchandise at Mickey’s of Hollywood at Disney’s Hollywood Studios). I shared my love of Disney with my now husband and sucked him in. He proposed at Disney, we honeymooned at Disney, we started bringing our boys before they were born and then as early as 8 weeks old. We then continued to vacation to Walt Disney World 2-3 times per year. We decided that what makes more sense than just moving to Orlando so that we could live the Disney life and be here for all of our favorite events and seasons every year. That is exactly what we did! Now we are at the parks a couple times a week and go for most events and major holidays. We can’t get enough and get to experience Disney in a whole different way. I love to share this love and passion for all things Disney with the world and hope that I can help others appreciate the magic that Walt Disney World has to offer!
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