How To Navigate Disney Transportation When Staying at a Disney Resort

You would think that after navigating myriad transportation methods to get to Walt Disney World that your odyssey would come to an end when you set foot on Disney property, but your options remain as varied as they were before. There is much you need to keep in mind when making decisions about how to navigate around the resort. Keep these tips in mind on your next visit to make traveling a little bit easier!

Resort Monorail – when making the decision to visit the Magic Kingdom, be sure to consider using the resort monorail. We make this suggestion because there have been many times when we have gotten to the Transportation and Ticket Center and have discovered a long line for both the Express Monorail to the Magic Kingdom, as well as for the ferry boat. However, the lines for the resort monorail are very short at the TTC for the resorts – you will have to make two stops at the Polynesian Village Resort and the Grand Floridian Resort, but you’ll be able to enjoy a much less crowded ride to the Magic Kingdom.

Boat Transportation – at times, you may want to consider taking boat transportation to get to the parks. Generally, we make this recommendation if you are at a resort that offers dedicated boat transportation to a destination. For example, we love taking the boat from Fort Wilderness Campgrounds to the Magic Kingdom or from either of the Port Orleans Resorts down the Sassagoula River to Disney Springs. The boat transportation takes a little bit longer, but it offers wonderful views of the Disney scenery and also offers direct transportation between parks and entertainment centers and resorts.

Don’t Be Afraid to Walk – there are times that we recommend walking to your destination because it may be the quickest and easiest way to get where you want to go. We suggest walking when you are getting to a park first thing in the morning and there are lines for the parking lot tram – it is often much quicker to just walk to the gate of the park than to wait for a tram – it is also a great way to work up a little bit of an appetite so you can get a snack when you get inside! We also recommend walking between Epcot and Hollywood Studios if you miss the Friendship Boat between the parks – it is a nice walk along the water and offers some amazing views of the Crescent Lake resorts!

Be Flexible With Your Destination – headed to the Magic Kingdom after seeing the Star Wars fireworks at Hollywood Studios? Consider taking a bus headed back to the Contemporary Resort and making the short walk between the two. You’ll avoid a long line and a crowded bus using this tip! Running late for a dinner reservation at Beaches and Cream and just missed the bus to the Beach Club? Consider taking a bus for the Swan and Dolphin Resort and taking the short walk between the two.

Busses Very Useful – even though the can be crowded and don’t always seem to run as often as we like, the bus system on property is very useful. At the end of a long day in the parks, there is nothing better than climbing aboard an air-conditioned bus, grabbing a seat, and dozing off on our way back to our room. Some of the deluxe resorts have screens indicating when the next bus is going to arrive for a particular destination. We have heard rumors that Disney is attempting to make improvements to the MyDisneyExperience app to allow guests to view the bus arrival times so they can make ever better use of their time when at the parks!

The transportation system at Disney can be confusing and there are many options for you to make when you are there, but keep these tips in mind to help you get the most out of your next trip!

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About Tyler

Tyler is a lawyer living in South Florida who visits Disney World at least once a month. He enjoys re-living classic Disney experiences and discovering new things about the parks when he visits. Friends and family always ask him to plan their trip for maximum Disney magic!