Disney World Transportation
“The journey is better than the destination”! At Walt Disney World, there are several different ways to transport you and your party between parks, as well as from one of the parks to your hotel room! Below are just a few of the major ways of transportation. Don’t just pick one, try them all out!
My personal favorite method of transportation at Disney World is definitely by monorail. Several decades of design after design have brought the monorails at Disney World today. The monorail has an astounding maximum capacity of 365 passengers and is an attraction all in itself! There are 3 main services offered by the monorail system. The Express route takes passengers counterclockwise from the Transportation and Ticket Center straight to Magic Kingdom. The Resort route stops at multiple locations on a clockwise track, in order these locations are: Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the Transportation and Ticket Center, Disney's Polynesian Resort, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. The Epcot route runs between the Transportation and Ticket Center and Epcot on a clockwise loop. This transportation is fast, safe, and fun!
Buses are the most commonly used methods of transportation at Disney World. Buses can take you and your party from your resort to any of the five parks (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Downtown Disney), as well as both of the Disney water parks (Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon).
Disney's Magical Express is a bus transportation system that takes passengers (and their luggage) from Orlando International Airport to their Disney resort.
Strollers must be folded for boarding. A standard lift near the rear of the bus is available for those in wheelchairs/ECVs (bus drivers will assist these people onto the lift and into the bus).
Trams are vehicles available to park guests in the parking lot of the four Disney World theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios). Trams take passengers from the end of their parking row to the main entrance. At Magic Kingdom, trams can only take passengers from their parking row the the Transportation and Ticket Center where they will board either a boat or the Disney monorail to get to the main entrance of Magic Kingdom. Strollers and wheelchairs must be folded if you wish to board the tram.
The Ferry Boat, otherwise called a water taxi, takes passengers from the Transportation and Ticket Center across the Seven Seas Lagoon directly to Magic Kingdom. This service typically runs from 8:30 am to 45 minutes after the Magic Kingdom closes.
Other Boat Launches takes passengers from their resort to the Magic Kingdom. These launches are available at the following resorts:
Each of the above boat transportation services typically take about 10-15 minutes each way.
Friendship Boats takes guests to both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios from any one of the following resorts: Boardwalk, Beach Club, Yacht Club, and Swan and Dolphin. Note: These boats tend to run particularly slow, and there is a walking trail to both destinations from all of the resorts mentioned.
Inside Epcot two Friendship boats take passengers from World Showcase Plaza to either Germany or Morocco, and vice versa. These boats begin their scheduled running time at 11:00 am. The last boat from World Showcase leaves at 7:15 pm, and the last boat from the countries leaves at 7:30 pm.
Downtown Disney has an hourly boat that takes guests from Old Key West and Saratoga Springs to the Disney Marketplace. This service is available from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. At 4:00 pm a second boat is added which cuts the rotation in half to only 30 minutes. The last boat leaves the resorts at 11:00 pm and Downtown Disney at 11:30 pm. Port Orleans French Quarter and Riverside use the Sassagoula River Cruise as transportation to get to the Disney Marketplace. There is also a shuttle that connects the Marketplace marina to the West Side marina.