When planning your Walt Disney World vacation one thing that you need to think about is transportation. If you’re flying into Orlando International Airport how are you going to get to your resort, and how are you going to be getting around the Walt Disney World property? Disney has you covered, so you don’t need to stress. You do not need to be staying on property to use most forms of Disney transportation. Here are ten tips and tricks about Walt Disney World transportation.
10. Disney’s Magical Express
If you’re flying into Orlando International Airport and staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel you are able to use Disney’s Magical Express. They will pick you up at the airport and drive you on one of Disney’s Magical Express buses to your resort. They will send your bags to your room and you will have nothing you need to stress about. You can start enjoying the parks right away, they’ve got you covered. Disney’s Magical Express is a pretty awesome perk of staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, but the hotel needs to be owned by Disney. Make sure you book Disney’s Magical Express in advance.
9. Parking Lot Trams (temporarily unavailable)
You will do a lot of walking when you are at any of the Walt Disney World theme parks. If you drove to the park, there is one less place where you need to walk. You can take a tram from the parking lot to the park’s entrance! This can be your first ride of the day. It also comes in handy at the end of the night, when all that you want to do is to get off of your tired feet.
The monorail is a form of transportation unlike anything you’ve seen. These trains are a magical ride for many guests! You can use monorails to get from the Transportation & Ticket Center to the front of the Magic Kingdom. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort also are on a monorail line. You can step outside of your hotel and hop on the monorail to get to Magic Kingdom as well. There is a monorail line from the Transportation & Ticket Center to Epcot, but that is temporarily unavailable.
7. Walking Paths
At some Walt Disney World Resorts you don’t need to get in a vehicle at all. If you stay at Disney’s Contemporary Resort you are just an easy walk from the Magic Kingdom. Also, if you stay at Disney’s BoardWalk or Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts you are a short walk away from Epcot, and a doable walk away from Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Sometimes the best transportation option is your own two feet.
If you’re a fan of the water you will love this one. In addition to the monorail, there are also ferry boats that take you from the Transportation & Ticket Center to the Magic Kingdom. Also, select resorts have boats that can take you around different parts of Disney’s property. The Magic Kingdom has a few different options. Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios do as well. Not all boats are always available, so check at your resort to see if and when something will be running while you are there.
5. Rental Car
Disney’s Magical Express can save you money because you can get to and from Walt Disney World from Orlando International Airport without the expense of renting a car. That said, some people decide they do want to have a car for part of their vacation, since there is so much to do in Central Florida. There is a safe and secure rental car spot on Disney property. It’s known as The Car Care Center, and you can arrange for a complimentary shuttle to get you there. You do not need to be staying on property to rent from The Car Care Center.
You won’t be on Walt Disney World property for long before you see an official Disney bus. Disney buses are all over and take you wherever you need to go on the Walt Disney World property. They run continuously during the day and well into the evening. The buses will take you to and from the theme parks, as well as to Disney Springs. Check at your hotel to see how late the buses run, you don’t want to miss the last one!
3. Getting From Disney Springs to the Theme Parks
There is one thing that you need to know about the buses at Walt Disney World. They do not run from Disney Springs to the theme parks. Since parking is free at Disney Springs they want to discourage people from parking there and just taking a bus to the parks. Sometimes there could be a bus from a theme park to Disney Springs, but they do not run the other way around. Make sure you keep that in mind while you’re planning your day. If you hope to go back-and-forth between the parks and Disney Springs, you’ll need to return to your hotel and catch the bus from there.
2. Disney Skyliner
The Disney Skyliner is the newest way to get around Walt Disney World property. You can hop on from Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios and get to many of the different resorts on Disney property. There are three different lines, and the main hub for all three is at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. It’s a gorgeous view, especially around sunset. You’ll want to have your camera ready! Make sure to keep an eye on the weather, because Disney cannot safely operate the Skyliner if the weather is bad. If that’s the case, alternate forms of transportation will be made available.
1. Minnie Vans (currently unavailable)
Minnie Vans are a great option if you’re in a hurry and need to get somewhere fast. It is basically Uber or LYFT but Disney’s version of it. Your driver is a Cast Member and is full of Disney knowledge. He or she can answer any questions you may have. It’s a great service if you are running late for your dinner reservation, or you want to make sure that you’re at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in time to try for a Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group. There’s an extra fee for Minnie Vans, but if you’re in a hurry it’s worth every cent. A Minnie Van is your own personal ride, Disney style.