Last Updated on June 20, 2023 by Happily Ever Park Hoppers
Getting Around Walt Disney World
If you are a first time Walt Disney World guest; or haven’t been in a while, you’ll definitely want to familiarize yourself with the different types of transportation at Walt Disney World. I am a firm believer that maximizing your time is the key to having a fantastic Disney vacation. And taking the proper mode of transportation is going to be a factor in that.
Know what your options are
Depending on where you’re staying or where you are within Walt Disney World and where you’re trying to go, you may have only one option or you might have multiple options. The My Disney Experience mobile app is the best tool when trying to determine what your best option is, or for route guidance.
On the My Disney Experience app, go to the map find the location you are wanting to go to (or you can search for it) and tap “Get Directions”. The app will then show you all the options and give you transit directions.
So let’s go over all the different modes of transportation at Walt Disney World and when and where you’d use them.
Like I said, Walt Disney World has multiple transportation options that include:
- Bus transportation
- Monorail transportation
- Disney’s Skyliner transportation
- Water transportation
- Ferryboat, Water taxi or Boat
Most first time guests, or those who have never stayed on Disney property, think that the Disney busses are only for guests staying on property. All of these options are complimentary and available to anyone, not just Disney resort guests!
Subscribe and stay up to date on all things Disney
Follow Disney Parks Snob on Social Media!
Other Great Topics
Probably one of the most iconic things at Walt Disney World, behind Cinderella Castle, is the Monorail. The Monorail has 3 separate lines that will take you to either Magic Kingdom or Epcot. The Magic Kingdom line has 2 of the 3 lines. The 3rd line is the Epcot line; which only stops at the entrance of Epcot and the Tickets and Transportation Center.
The “Monorail Loop” is the route that the Monorail takes from Magic Kingdom to the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC). You can either take the Resort Monorail line; that goes from Magic Kingdom, then Disney’s Contemporary Resort, then the TTC, then Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, then Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and finally back to Magic Kingdom. Or you can take the Express Monorail line; which will only take you to the entrance of Magic Kingdom or to the TTC.
- It is important to know which line you are getting on because if you are staying at one of the resorts on the Monorail loop or you are attempting to visit one of those resorts, you will want to make sure you get on the Resort line. Or if you don’t wish to stop and just want to get to the TTC or Magic Kingdom, hop on the Express line to skip the resort stops.
Whether you’re staying at a Disney resort, traveling between parks or to Disney Springs, sometimes taking a Disney bus is the only way to get there. Each resort has its own bus that will take you to any of the 4 parks. At each park’s bus station, there will be a big board with all of the resorts and other parks listed with a designated number so you know where to wait.
Remember you can take a Disney bus anywhere on property, not just if you’re a guest at a specific resort. Say you have a reservation at a resort’s restaurant. You can leave a park and hop on a bus and arrive at that resort. Or if you just want to walk around different resorts on a break day, no one is going to be asking for ID or to scan your magicband.
- Just remember if you hop from a park to a resort that you are not staying at, there will not be a bus to take you directly to your resort. You will need to take a bus (or some other form of transportation) back to a park and then transfer on a bus/boat/skyliner to get to your resort.
Water transportation comes in a different forms. Like I mentioned above, you can take a
Ferry (travel between the TTC to Magic Kingdom)
Water Taxi (travel between the Magic Kingdom and the resorts on the Monorail Loop & Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground/ Disney’s Wilderness Lodge)
Boat (travel between Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Epcot, stopping at The Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin, Disney’s Boardwalk and Disney’s Beach & Yacht Club Resorts. OR travel between Disney Springs, Disney’s Old Key West Resort, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa and both Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts)
Again, all of these options are open to everyone not just resort guests. If you’ve never used any water transportation before and are uncertain of where the water launches are, there is a convenient map that shows you all the different lines and where they run at the bottom of the water transportation page.
Disney’s Skyliner Transportation
The newest form of transpiration is the Disney Skyliner. The Disney Skyliner is a gondola system that connects guest from Disney’s Hollywood Studios to the International Gateway at Epcot (the backside of Epcot closest to the UK Pavilion). Traveling from Disney’s Hollywood Studios you will have to disembark at the Transfer Station (at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort) and either take the Epcot / Disney’s Riviera Resort line or you can head to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort or Disney’s Pop Century Resort on that line. Both lines are marked very clearly and there are multiple Cast Members there to assist if you are unsure.
As always, this is available to anyone. You don’t even have to be going in to the parks that day and can hop on the Skyliner at any of the stations and ride it anywhere you please. Resort hopping is one of my favorite things to do on a break day and taking the Disney Skyliner is a fantastic way to do so.
So I hope this helped you familiarize yourself with all the different options on how to get around Walt Disney World. Depending on where you’re going, there may be multiple modes involved or just multiple ways to get there and what your preference is.
If you have any questions on transportation, please drop a comment below and I will be sure to respond as quickly as I can.
Spreading magic one post at a timeKristin