Long Missed Free Transportation Returns to Disney World

Family of Guests getting off Sky ride
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Free perks are coming back to Walt Disney World! As we previously covered, a trip to Disney World can cost a pretty penny. While there are plenty of ways to save and spend while at “The Most Magical Place On Earth,” some free perks can help lessen the sting.

Walt Disney World offers four Parks: Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, and Hollywood Studios. In addition, there are two water Parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, along with Disney’s BoardWalk and Disney Springs. With eight eventual places to visit, Disney also offers onsight Resorts ranging from Value Resort Hotels to Deluxe Resort Hotels. What’s more, these Resorts offer unique experiences with themes, dining options, recreation, and activities for Guests of all ages.

Disney Skyliner

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Guests are entitled to perks as part of visiting Walt Disney World. As a Guest visiting a Park and staying at a Disney Resort Hotel, some offer early entry into select Parks. Furthermore, all Resorts offer free transportation to and from the Parks, which comes quite handy after a long day of walking. Similarly, standard theme Parking is included in Annual Passholder passes and for Florida resident tickets.

One of Disney’s biggest offerings is free transportation. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, this was a fruitful experience for all. Regardless if you drove to the Parks, were staying at a Resort, wanted to Park Hop, even Resort Hop, or get to and from the airport, Guests had options. Some options were buses, trams, the monorail, and the skyliner. Due to the global pandemic, Disney decided to shut down one free transportation service. Now, the service has returned to Disney World!

Trams at Walt Disney World

As a part of the free transportation system at Disney, offered at all four theme Parks were trams. The trams allowed Guests who drove to the Parks to hop on and be brought to the Park’s entrance instead of walking. Gearing up for a day at a Disney Parks or returning after a long one of walking, trams were a lifesaver for those who drove.

Disneyland Monorail Refurb

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Due to the closure in March 202o due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the trams stopped running. “When the parks eventually reopened several months later, the suspension of tram services continued, primarily due to the need for physical distancing and challenges related to labor shortages,” Inside the Magic noted.

Previously, we reported that the trams would return to both EPCOT and Hollywood Studios, but there was no specific date listed for the resume. Beginning yesterday, the trams are up and running in all four Parks! This is the first time trams are available to Guests in 42 months or three and a half years. Wow!

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As the Orlando Sentinel pointed out, “Park-goers have walked that span when the trams were not in operation.” Of course, this was always an option, but trams provided a service of convenience. As Inside the Magic wrote, it was “designed to streamline guests’ journeys from the expansive parking lots to the entrances of the theme parks.”

Although it is not the return of Disney’s Magical Express, which transported Guests to and from the airport, it’s still a win for Disney visitors. What are your thoughts on the tram returning to all four Parks now? Leave your comments on our Facebook!

About Sarahfina LoFaso

Sarahfina is an author, and adjunct professor with a passion for writing and of course, all things Disney! Cinderella is her favorite princess and movie, both the animated and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1997 version. In close second place is Hercules, tied with Saving Mr. Banks. Sarahfina enjoys writing about the history of Walt Disney and all the parks, along with food, dining, and resorts. Her favorite ride is the Tower of Terror, and her favorite restaurant right now is the San Angel Inn, in EPCOT. Most importantly, her must-have snack every Disney trip is the controversial turkey leg, because it reminds her of her family trips as a kid with her grandparents.