Navigating with Disney World Transportation

Did you know that Walt Disney World spans over 40 square miles, including 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, Disney Springs, over 20 resorts and much more? That is a lot of ground to navigate while on vacation! We hope that this breakdown of all the options, including how to get from place to place will help you.

There are 4 modes of complimentary transportation provided on site, as well as options that cost. Follow this guide to know your best routes.

BUS - complimentary

There are two types of buses, regular Disney Transportation bus and Disney’s Magical Express. (There is a separate article for Disney’s Magical Express, which is the roundtrip airport transportation)

Disney Transportation Bus – these provide transportation all over Disney Property. You can navigate from resort to park, resort to Disney Springs, and park to park. You can not, however , navigate from resort to resort. (see below on how to get around this) Every bus is handicap accessible. You should see a bus for each destination about every 20 minutes. Tip: strollers MUST be folded prior to boarding the bus. When you see your bus arrive, go ahead and fold it up!

TIP: There are no buses that go from Disney Springs to park, or vice versa until after 4pm.

MONORAIL - complimentary

The “highway in the sky” is a quick way to get around, but there are a few things you need to know first. There are 3 monorail tracks, all of which stop at the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC)

  • The Resort Monorail: This monorail loop has 5 stops, in this order:
    • TTC
    • Polynesian Village Resort
    • Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
    • Magic Kingdom
    • Contemporary Resort
  • The Express Monorail: This monorail is mostly used for guests not staying in a Disney Resort. These guests will drive and park at the TTC, and board the Express Monorail which only goes to Magic Kingdom. The track follows side by side with the Resort Monorail, but does not stop at the resorts, just continues through them only stopping at TTC and Magic Kingdom.
  • Epcot Monorail: This monorail goes from the TTC to Epcot and back. If you are riding the Resort Monorail, you will get off at the TTC and switch to the Epcot Monorail.  Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is walking distance to the TTC, so those guests could just walk over and hop on the Epcot Monorail versus having to switch monorails.

Monorail Tip: You do NOT have to fold a stroller up to get on the monorail. If your child is sleeping, this is very convenient!

WATER TRANSPORTATION - complimentary

There are 5 different types of water transportation, some of which have multiple routes. Here are photos of each type, along with their different routes.

  • Ferryboats – run between Transportation and Ticket Center and Magic Kingdom
  • Motor Cruiser – has 2 different launches:
    • Green Flag: Fort Wilderness Campground and Magic Kingdom
    • Red Flag: Wilderness Lodge and Magic Kingdom
  • Launch Boats – servicing several resorts on Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon:
    • Gold Flag: loop from magic Kingdom to The Grand Floridian to Polynesian Village Resort.
    • Red Flag: Magic Kingdom and Wilderness Lodge and back
    • Blue Flag: loops from Contemporary Resort to Wilderness Lodge to Ft. Wilderness, then reverse that order after 3pm.
  • Friendship Boats – 3 different launches, servicing Epcot, Hollywood Studios and several resorts in between.
    • Epcot’s World Showcase Lagoon:
      • From World Showcase Plaza West to Morocco  and back
      • From World Showcase Plaza East to Germany and back
    • Crescent Lake – loops from World Showcase Entrance in Epcot to Boardwalk, Beach and Yacht Club, Swan and Dolphin then Hollywood Studios. This can be quite a long boat ride, which is relaxing, but that also means you might have to wait a while to get on this boat as well.
  • River Boats – servicing Disney Springs and 4 resorts on the Sassagoula River
    • Yellow Flag: loops from Port Orleans Riverside to French Quarter to Disney Springs Marketplace
    • Green Flag: from Old Key West Resort to Disney Springs West Side
    • Blue Flag: from Saratoga Springs to Disney Springs West SideRiver Boats – servicing Disney Springs and 4 resorts on the Sassagoula River
    • Red Flag: from Disney Springs West Side to Disney Springs Marketplace.
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FERRYBOAT

MOTOR CRUISER

LAUNCH BOAT

FRIENDSHIP BOAT

RIVER BOAT

DISNEY SKYLINER - complimentary

The “most magical flight on Earth” connects Epcot’s International Gateway (the entrance in World Showcase, not the front entrance) and Hollywood Studios to Art of Animation Resort, Pop Century Resort, Caribbean Beach Resort and Riviera Resort.

There are 5 stations, as shown on the map to your right.  Caribbean Beach Resort is home to the “HUB” for the Skyliner system. There are 3 “tracks”, all of which originate/end at Caribbean Beach, hence it being the hub.

TRACK 1: Caribbean Beach to Epcot’s International Gateway and back. This also stops at Riviera Resort, but you do not have to get out there.

TRACK 2: Caribbean Beach to Hollywood Studios and back

TRACK 3: Caribbean Beach to the shared station between Art of Animation/Pop Century and back

Example: If you want to travel from Hollywood Studios to Epcot, you would switch to a different gondola when you arrive at the Caribbean Beach station. When looking the travel times below, that would give you an approximate 17 minute travel time on average.

APPROXIMATE TRAVEL TIMES:

**These are average times, as they can vary slightly.

Caribbean Beach to Hollywood Studios: 5 minutes

Caribbean Beach to Epcot: 12 minutes

Caribbean Beach to Pop Century & Art of Animation: 4 minutes

 

DISNEY MINNIE VAN SERVICE - pay per ride

This service is a unique way to travel anywhere on Disney property. There will be a Disney Cast Member that is driving, and of course the fun Minnie Mouse themed vehicle! This is an awesome way to travel from resort to resort, especially for a breakfast reservation! Follow these steps to reserve your Minnie Van:

  1. Download the Lyft app on your smart phone before your travel starts. Link up your form of payment.

2. Once you are on Disney property, the Minnie Van option will “magically appear” for you to be able to select.

3. Wait for you ride to arrive!

Minnie Vans hold up to 6 guests, and also come with car seats! You will pay a premium cost for this VIP service. The flat rate cost is $15, plus a cost per mile that varies depending on the current demand. That will put you at roughly $30 – $40 for a ride.

UBER / LYFT - pay per ride

Uber and Lyft are competing ride share companies. You can download both apps and compare prices, as the prices change throughout the day. Please note that taking Uber or Lyft to Magic Kingdom,  you will only be dropped off at the Transportation and Ticket Center. If using a Minnie Van, you will be dropped off at the park entrance.

Note that if you need a car seat, not all vehicles are equipped with that. Be sure to select the right vehicle for your needs.

WHICH TRANSPORTATION TO USE AND WHEN...

Below is a list to help you navigate. Select the location you are leaving FROM, to learn how to get around!

CONTEMPORARY RESORT / BAY LAKE TOWER

Magic Kingdom – walk or monorail

Epcot – monorail to transportation and ticket center. Switch to Epcot monorail.

Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon – bus

Wilderness Lodge & Fort Wilderness Resort – water transportation

Polynesian & Grand Floridian – monorail

Any other Disney Resort – walk or take monorail to Magic Kingdom, then board a bus there.

GRAND FLORIDIAN RESORT & SPA

Magic Kingdom – monorail or water transportation

Epcot – monorail to transportation and ticket center. Switch to Epcot monorail.

Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon – bus

Polynesian Resort – monorail or water transportation

Contemporary Resort – monorail

Wilderness Lodge & Fort Wilderness Resort – take monorail to either Magic Kingdom or Contemporary Resort then board water transportation.

Any other Disney Resort – take monorail to Magic Kingdom, then board a bus there.

POLYNESIAN VILLAGE RESORT

Magic Kingdom – water transportation or bus

Epcot – monorail to transportation and ticket center. Switch to Epcot monorail. OR I HIGHLY recommend the short walk to the transportation and ticket center!

Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon – bus

Wilderness Lodge & Fort Wilderness Resort – take monorail to either Magic Kingdom or Contemporary Resort then board water transportation.

Any other Disney Resort – take monorail to Magic Kingdom, then board a bus there.

WILDERNESS LODGE / BOULDER RIDGE / COPPER CREEK / FORT WILNDERNESS CAMPGROUND

Magic Kingdom – water transportation or bus

Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon – bus

Contemporary Resort – water transportation

Polynesian Resort & Grand Floridian – water transportation or bus to Magic Kingdom, then water transportation or monorail to resort.

Fort Wilderness Resort or Wilderness Lodge – walk, internal bus or water transportation

Any other Disney Resort – take water transportation or bus to Magic Kingdom, then board a bus there.

BEACH CLUB RESORT / YACHT CLUB RESORT / BOARDWALK INN

Magic Kingdom – bus

Epcot & Hollywood Studios – walk, take water transportation, or Skyliner!

Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon – bus

Any other Disney Resort – walk or take water transportation to Epcot or Hollywood Studios and board bus.

ANIMAL KINGDOM LODGE / CARIBBEAN BEACH / CORONADO SPRINGS / ALL STAR RESORTS / POP CENTURY / ART OF ANIMATION

Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon – board bus

Contemporary Resort, Polynesian Village Resort, Grand Floridian Resort and Spa – board bus to Magic Kingdom, then board monorail to resort.

Wilderness Lodge, Fort Wilderness Resort – board bus to Magic Kingdom, then board water transportation to resort.

Any other Disney Resort – board bus to any park (preferably Disney Springs) then board bus to resort

Caribbean Beach/Pop Century/Art of Animation– use Skyliner to get to Epcot, Hollywood Studios or in between these resorts.

PORT ORLEANS RIVERSIDE & FRENCH QUARTER / OLD KEY WEST / SARATOGA SPRINGS

Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon – bus

Contemporary Resort, Polynesian Village Resort, Grand Floridian Resort and Spa – board bus to Magic Kingdom, then board monorail to resort.

Wilderness Lodge, Fort Wilderness Resort – board bus to Magic Kingdom, then board water transportation to resort.

Disney Springs – water transportation or bus (can walk from Saratoga)

Any other Disney Resort – board bus to any park or water transportation to Disney Springs, then board bus to resort

MAGIC KINGDOM

Epcot – either Express Monorail or water transportation (whichever has shortest line) then board Epcot Monorail at Transportation & Ticket Center.

Contemporary Resort – walk or Resort Monorail

Polynesian Village and Grand Floridian Resort – Resort Monorail or water transportation

Wilderness Lodge or Ft. Wilderness Campground – water transportation or bus

Any other park or resort – bus

EPCOT

Magic Kingdom – monorail to Transportation Center, then switch to either Express Monorail or water transportation (whichever has shortest line)

Hollywood Studios – Walk, bus, water transportation or Skyliner.

Beach Club, Yacht Club, Boardwalk – walk, water transportation, or Skyliner

Any other park or resort – bus

HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

Epcot, Boardwalk, Beach Club or Yacht Club – WALK, bus, water transportation or Skyliner.

Any other park or resort – bus

ANIMAL KINGDOM

Must take a bus every where, no other transportation options

IF going to Disney Springs prior to 4pm, must go to a resort first and switch buses.

DISNEY SPRINGS

IF going to park prior to 4pm, must transfer at a resort first. After 4pm there will be a bus going to and from every park.

Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter, Old Key West, Saratoga Springs – water transportation or bus (you can walk to Saratoga)

All other resorts – bus

 
 
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