Driving to Magic Kingdom? The Trick to Skipping the Transportation & Ticket Center

Skipping the Transportation Ticket Center
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It’s finally happening! After months of planning and saving up, you’re finally headed to the “most magical place on earth”… Magic Kingdom, of course!

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When staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Guests are welcome to take advantage of complimentary transportation such as buses, boats, Monorails, and the Disney Skyliner to and from the Disney Parks and Disney Springs.

Magic Kingdom Resorts including Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa are conveniently located on the Monorail loop making access to and from Magic Kingdom a breeze. Plus, walking to Magic Kingdom from these Resorts is now easier than ever.

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But, let’s say staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel wasn’t in the budget this time around. That means you’ll be driving to Magic Kingdom Park. While it’s nice to visit a Disney Park and not see the eyesore of a massive parking lot directly outside of the Park, it is good to note that Magic Kingdom’s parking lot is roughly 1.5 miles away from the Park entrance.

If driving to Magic Kingdom, you’ll need to park your vehicle at the Magic Kingdom parking lot which is called the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC). Guests park at the massive TTC and can take a tram to two other forms of transportation including the Monorail and the Ferry. When the TTC is extra busy, Disney will also have bus transportation in operation to take Guests to and from the Magic Kingdom entrance.

Transportation Ticket Center
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From your personal vehicle to a tram, then to a Monorail or Ferry… gaining access to Magic Kingdom can be a pain… not to mention the long security lines. But, here’s our trick for avoiding the TTC altogether!

Time to make a breakfast reservation, and no, we’re not talking about at Magic Kingdom! Remember those Magic Kingdom Resorts we mentioned above? Our favorite way to avoid the TTC is to make a breakfast reservation well before the Park opens at a Magic Kingdom Resort restaurant.

By making a Disney Resort breakfast reservation, you will be allowed to Park your car at one of the Magic Kingdom Resort parking lots, meaning you’ll get to avoid the TTC!

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One of our favorite breakfast spots is Steakhouse 71 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. We enjoy our breakfast and simply take a brief walk over to Magic Kingdom. With security along the way, you can avoid not only the TTC traffic but also the security lines that go along with it.

Keep in mind, you’ll need to make an advance dining reservation for this trick to work. Cast Members at the entrance of the Magic Kingdom Resorts typically don’t let Guests in if they aren’t Resort Guests or have a dining reservation.

Walking to Magic Kingdom
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Of course, as with anything, follow Disney’s guidelines. If they note a parking lot is full for the day and are only allotted a designated time for dining Guests, follow along with protocols. Thankfully, we have yet to experience any hiccups to this easy way to avoid the TTC.

Start your day off right with an excellent breakfast, take the brief walk to Park opening, and know you’re car is an easy walk away from Magic Kingdom. Happy vacationing, Disney fans!

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, and weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.