There was a time I used to take the bus to and from work everyday. It was simple, I didn’t have to worry about parking, and it was actually faster than if I was driving. I also use buses, subways and ferries while traveling on vacation. So, yes, I’m a huge fan of mass transportation systems. And here at Walt Disney World Resort, one of the great advantages of staying at a Disney Resort hotel is the transportation (the system is fabulous).
Walt Disney World Resort has a complimentary network of buses, boats and monorails transporting guests between Disney hotels, theme parks, Disney Springs, and Water Parks. How cool is it that you can either take the bus, the monorail or the ferry to go to Magic Kingdom Park? I think it’s quite magical to arrive at the park on the ferry and watch Cinderella Castle as it gets closer and closer.
Transportation at Walt Disney World Resort is air conditioned (you will be thankful during summer time), and there’s hardly any wait. My tip is to use free transportation, enjoy the scenic views with your family, your grandchildren and be stress free. On your next Disney vacation, leave the driving to someone else, honestly.
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There are lots of little tricks to getting around the property too. For example, if you’re planning to visit World Showcase in Epcot, say for dinner, you can take a bus to Hollywood Studios and then ride the boat to the back entrance by the UK instead of coming in the front of the park and walking all the way to the back. The boat ride is quite relaxing I find.
Similarly when leaving you can leave out the back and boat back to Hollywood Studios, or boat/walk to Boardwalk or the Yacht & Beach club and take a bus from there to another park.
Disney Springs is also the ‘secret hub’. There aren’t any buses between two resorts – but everything comes and goes from Disney Springs, and they’re open late. Many times I’ve used it as a transfer point to get between two locations with no direct connection.
At Magic Kingdom I find the ferries are often overlooked as everyone tries to pack onto the monorail. It is a nice, quick ride across to the Polynesian or Grand Floridian. When staying at Fort Wilderness I’ve used the ferry to The Contemporary, then the monorail to the TTC, then monorail to Epcot – instead of the bus.
Sometimes the trips take longer, but if you’re not in a rush they can be relaxing downtime too.
The bus wait times can be really taxing, especially in the Florida heat and humidity, no matter what shade is available at the bus stops. It can be especially galling to see, say, three half-full buses from your resort to Hollywood Studios stop by and leave while you’re waiting for a bus to Animal Kingdom, which winds up being full, or some such combination of many buses and few. Being a single line, the monorail is not so susceptible to such inconsistency based on destination, and one doesn’t tend to expect speediness on the boats.
For the most part, Disney transportation is awesome! Usually wait 5-10 minutes, rare occasions 20-40. Extremely rare.
The transportation is great, I just wish the Monorail would be expanded to actually be a transportation system around all of Disney World instead of just the Magic Kingdom area and between the transportation center to Epcot. Getting stuck in traffic while having to stand on a bus is a bit rough for the family.
We love the transportation that Disney provides. One of the main reasons we stay at one of the resorts. The only thing I noticed this year on our recent trip in late April was that the wait was longer then years before.? Not easy with a toddler and hot weather. Instead of 10 minute max wait we waited 20-30 minutes which made the buses crowded. Hope this changes