The way we live looks very different right now because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ways we travel and interact with others has completely been turned upside down. Walt Disney World is doing everything they can to safely reopen, because the safety of the guests and cast members is their number one priority. Here’s what to expect with Walt Disney World transportation during the pandemic.
1. Disney’s Magical Express
If you’re flying into Orlando International Airport and are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel you can still take advantage of Disney’s Magical Express. They will pick you up from the airport and take you to your resort. The difference right now is that you are responsible for your bags, they will not get them for you. Once you’re at your resort you don’t even need to go into your room if you don’t want to. Drop off your bags with Bell Services and they will take care of them for you. You can start to enjoy your vacation right as you arrive. NOTE: Disney’s Magical Express ends service on January 1, 2022.
Walt Disney World is still running their buses to and from the resorts and the parks, but they may look a little different than when you were last there. They are social distancing on buses and making sure people are safe. This means there will be fewer guests on each bus. Standing is no longer allowed. The wait times for the buses might be longer than usual, especially first thing in the morning or at the end of the day. Just make sure to plan ahead so you can get to your destination on time.
Monorails are still running from the Transportation & Ticket Center to the Magic Kingdom and to Disney’s Contemporary and Grand Floridian Resorts. There is no monorail to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort at the moment because of refurbishment. Note that social distancing is also being strictly enforced on monorails, so a cast member will tell you where to stand while waiting to board. There is only one party per row, and there is no standing on the monorail at this time. Since fewer people are allowed to be on at a time your wait times may be a bit longer than you’re used to. Again, please be patient, and know that everyone is doing what they can.
4. No Epcot Monorail
There is also no monorail from the Transportation & Ticket Center to Epcot right now. Even with modified Park Hopping available this monorail line has been temporarily shut down. There are buses running to Epcot from resorts that are on the monorail line.
5. Disney Skyliner
The Disney Skyliner is the newest way to get around Walt Disney World Resort. It is such a gorgeous view as you fly high above the property! The Skyliner is a great way to get from some resorts to Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios. For the time being they are only putting one party in each Skyliner cab to maintain social distancing. Make sure to check the weather before, because if there are storms it is not safe to operate.
6. Water Transportation
Boats and ferries are a classic way to get around the Walt Disney World property. Many resorts offer boats to the parks, and they are also a great way to get from the Transportation & Ticket Center to Disney’s Magic Kingdom. They are making sure that people are socially distant and wait times may be affected because of this. It could be that every other row is blocked off, or you might have a large circle that you and your group need to stand on. It depends on the boat.
7. Walking Paths
Some resorts having a walking path to a park. It is something to definitely take advantage of if you are able to. Walking is a great way to be able to social distance and get in some extra steps, although you will get plenty of walking in at the park. The nice thing about walking paths is you are able to just go at your own pace and not have to wait on anyone. You just walk out of your room and you’re on your way. The newest walking path is from Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa to the Magic Kingdom. It recently opened, and it is a beautiful walk.
8. Minnie Vans
Minnie Vans were a very popular option before the COVID-19 pandemic. Using the Lyft app, you could get your own personal ride anywhere you wanted around the Walt Disney World property. For the time being Minnie Vans have been put on hold. There are rumors that they will not return, but Disney has not said anything, plus they are still on the Walt Disney World website.
If you drive to Walt Disney World then you have one of the most convenient forms of transportation accessible to you. If you flew but want a car there are plenty of reliable rental car companies at either Orlando International Airport or on Disney property. If you have a car you can explore other parts of Central Florida, the state has a lot to offer. If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel you will receive free parking at the theme parks. In most instances there is an overnight parking fee at the Walt Disney World Resort hotels, so make sure to keep that in mind when budgeting for your next vacation.