Fun, Time-Saving Ways to Get Around Walt Disney World

Lisa Mendillo

by , Sr. Manager, Digital Integration

There truly are so many ways to easily get from one location to the next at Walt Disney World Resort. Perhaps you and your family even find the complimentary transportation from your Disney Resorts Collection hotel as fun as an attraction in your favorite theme park. And if you are that guest, planDisney supports you!

From monorails to buses, water taxis and more … knowing you have transportation covered and so many options to get you to your destination, truly takes away the stress of planning.

We think planDisney panelist Amy C. says it best, “why drive when you can sail, soar, or glide to your theme park destination? Disney transportation can pick you up and get you right where you belong while you relax, snap pictures, and enjoy time with your family.”

Buses

Walt Disney World Bus Service is one of the easiest modes of transportation to spot around property. Thanks to the wonderful cast members driving these iconic buses, traveling from your Disney Resort hotel to your Walt Disney World destination is a snap. Guests who have visited recently might even have noticed some of the new buses that were just added to the fleet. While planDisney panelists are excited about new features like charging stations and updated accessibility for guests in wheelchairs and other mobility devices that will make the boarding process smoother, they are even more excited about spotting the new bus wraps on the roads!

From Zootopia to Ratatouille, 101 Dalmatians and fan-favorite characters, new and updated wraps will be rolling out throughout the year. Did someone mention Orange Bird?

“As a parent, there is so much that goes into planning and executing a vacation for your family,” said Jenna J. “I love that once I arrive at Disney World, transportation is something I don’t even need to think about. It feels like I have a chauffeur making sure my family is wherever they want to be whenever they need to be there.”

Monorail

Which color monorail is your favorite? planDisney panelists could debate this topic for days, but one thing they all agree on is the magic of traveling to your destination aboard the Walt Disney World Monorail System. There are three separate lines that travel throughout the resort, making stops at three Disney Resort hotels, two theme parks, and the Transportation and Ticket Center. Another complimentary transportation option for guests of Walt Disney World Resort!

Panelist Lizzie B. fondly remembers catching her first glimpse of Cinderella Castle from aboard the monorail as a little girl.

“In that moment I knew everything about Walt Disney World Resort was truly magical. Now, as a Disney adult, the Resort Monorail has saved my legs after many runDisney race weekends. Can’t stand up at your stop because of weak race legs? No problem! Simply take in the views as you enjoy another loop around Seven Seas Lagoon, acting as if that was the plan all along.”

Disney Skyliner

One of the newest complimentary transportation options, Disney Skyliner, offers guests the opportunity to travel from several Disney Resort hotels to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT. Traveling high above the parks means some incredible views of your favorite Walt Disney World locations. All while traveling in a gondola that features some of your favorite Disney characters.

“My kids love staying at resorts connected to the Disney Skyliner because our transportation becomes our first and last rides of the day!, exclaims Jen W. “My oldest child still talks about the time we had a “VIP view” of an EPCOT nighttime spectacular while we were riding the Disney Skyliner back to our resort at the end of a fun-filled Disney day.”

Water Transportation

Looking for a different way to travel from Magic Kingdom area Resorts to Magic Kingdom Park on your next vacation? Try the water taxis that travel to four Disney Resort hotels. There are also ferryboats connecting Magic Kingdom to the Transportation and Ticket Center. EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are also accessible via FriendShip Boat making stops at five different hotels. And let’s not forget the Sassagoula River Cruise that is accessible from four Disney Resort hotels and travels to Disney Springs!

For panelist Prince, the water is the way to travel around Walt Disney World property. “Take it from a seasoned sailor who’s lived on the open seas, there’s nothing like being out on the water to experience all the forms of water transportation at Walt Disney World Resort! From the winding waterways of a Sassagoula River Cruise, a leisurely launch across the Seven Seas Lagoon or drifting past the evening lights of Disney’s BoardWalk – I always recommend finding a seat where you can enjoy the breeze for a leisurely sail away!”

More Ways to Travel Across Walt Disney World Resort

Lastly there are a few options offered on property that are not complimentary but might be a great solution for your party. Minnie Van Service, connected by Lyft, is a great alternative for many guests. These fun, themed vehicles are also driven by Disney Cast members. Hours of operation and costs vary, so be sure to check the Lyft app when requesting a ride. For guests who really enjoy having a car on hand to travel from park to park, there is a car rental facility on property with our preferred car rental partners: Enterprise, Alamo and National. When booking through the Car Care Center, you have access to a convenient, complimentary shuttle with door-to-door service from Disney Resort hotels to the facility. And remember, if you have driven to your Disney Resort hotel, you will receive complimentary parking at your hotel and all theme parks!

One Extra Transportation Tip for Magic Kingdom Park

Okay, so it may only travel within Magic Kingdom Park, but it is definitely a mode of transportation that Jason K. can’t recommend enough.

“All aboard! The Walt Disney World Railroad is an intra-theme park transportation option that takes an enchanted trip around Magic Kingdom Park. With spectacular views of attractions and scenes along the Rivers of America, Mouseketeers of all ages will enjoy this relaxed journey. The round trip 20-minute journey is the perfect way to travel between lands or to take a quick break from the sun or walking. There are three train stations connected to the attractions of that land. For tiny travelers, the thrill of riding aboard the Walt Disney World Railroad gives them an adventure they have only read about or seen in books and television.”

We have covered a lot when it comes to transportation, but if you still have questions, be sure to visit us at planDisney.com to ask your question and receive a personalized answer from one of our panelists. You can also follow us on Instagram at planDisneypanel.com for more tips and recommendations.

Panelists receive compensation for their participation on planDisney.

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