WALT DISNEY WORLD TRANSPORTATION
When staying on property at a Walt Disney World resort you receive complimentary transportation to all theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs (shopping district). There are several different methods of transportation Disney provides. Inside your My Disney Experience app you can tap “get directions” or type “directions” into the search bar. The app will then provide the best method of transportation and time estimate for your chosen destination.
Buses are the most common form of transportation on Disney World property. There is a designated bus stop (or several) at every Disney resort. Buses run approximately every 15-20 minutes to the theme parks and Disney Springs. They begin running at least 45 minutes (usually earlier) before park open and an hour after park close. You will see the destination listed clearly on the front of the bus as it arrives. For instance, if going to Magic Kingdom you will board a bus that says Magic Kingdom. There are designated and clearly marked bus areas at each theme park. At certain times of the year or day several resorts may share a bus. If this is the case, each resort will be listed on the bus. If you wish to visit a Disney water park then you will ride a bus to Disney Springs from your resort and transfer buses there.
There are several different monorail routes you may find yourself using while at Disney World:
The Resort Route- The resort route makes stops at each of the 3 monorail resorts (Grand Floridian, Polynesian, and Contemporary) plus the Ticket and Transportation Center and Magic Kingdom.
The Ticket and Transportation Route- Does not stop at the resorts, and is a direct route between Magic Kingdom theme park and The Ticket and Transportation Center.
Epcot Route- Direct route between The Ticket and Transportation Center and Epcot theme park.
There are several different boats that offer an alternative method of transportation to select theme parks and resorts.
Magic Kingdom Boats- You can ride a ferry boat from Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Contemporary, Wilderness Lodge, and Fort Wilderness Cabins and Campground to the Magic Kingdom theme park. You can ride a ferry boat from The Ticket and Transportation Center to the Magic Kingdom theme park. You can also ride a ferry boat between the resorts listed above.
Epcot Boats- You can ride a water taxi to Epcot from Boardwalk Inn, Beach Club, Yacht Club, and The Swan and Dolphin resorts. You will enter Epcot in the back entrance at The World Showcase. There are also boats within The World Showcase of Epcot you can ride from one section to another once inside the theme park.
Hollywood Studios Boats- You can ride a water taxi taxi to Hollywood Studios from Boardwalk Inn, Beach Club, Yacht Club, and The Swan and Dolphin resorts.
Disney Springs Boats- You can ride a water taxi from Old Key West, Saratoga Springs, and Port Orleans to Disney Springs.
Disney’s newest form of transportation is the Skyliner gondola system. The skyliner is comprised of several routes with Caribbean Beach resort station acting as the transfer area or “hub”. The skyliner runs continuously through out the day beginning at least 45 minutes before park open and one hour past park close.
To go to Epcot or Boardwalk area
From Pop Century/Art of Animation resort shared station ride the skyliner to the Caribbean Beach hub. Exit your gondola and board another headed for Epcot. You will make another stop at The Riviera resort, but you do not have to exit and can stay on and continue your ride directly to the World Showcase entrance to Epcot. When exiting the skyliner station here you can also walk over to the Boardwalk area in the opposite direction.
From Caribbean Beach resort you can board the skyliner at the Hub, stay on past the Riviera station, and ride on to Epcot.
From Riviera resort you can board the skyliner at the resort station and ride directly to Epcot.
To go to Hollywood Studios
From Pop Century/Art of Animation resort shared station ride the skyliner to the Caribbean Beach hub. Exit your gondola and board another headed directly to Hollywood Studios.
From Caribbean Beach resort board the skyliner and head directly to Hollywood Studios.
From Riviera resort ride the skyliner to the Caribbean Beach hub. Exit your gondola and board another headed directly for Hollywood Studios.
If you would rather walk than ride transportation there are many walking paths available to you on Disney World property.
Magic Kingdom area- There is a paved walking path between the Contemporary resort and Magic Kingdom. There is also a paved walking path from the Polynesian resort to the Grand Floridian resort, and the pathway continues on to Magic Kingdom theme park.
Epcot area- You can easily walk to Epcot from all Boardwalk area resorts: Boardwalk Inn, Beach Club, Yacht Club, and Swan and Dolphin resorts. There is also a paved walking path to Hollywood Studios from the Boardwalk area, which means you can also walk from Epcot to Hollywood Studios.
Disney Springs- There is a paved walking path from Saratoga Springs resort to Disney Springs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can Disney transportation accommodate wheelchairs and scooters?
Yes. Buses can accommodate up to two electric conveyance vehicles/scooters. It is recommended guests transfer to a regular seat once on board. Guests may stay in their wheelchair/scooter/electric conveyance vehicle while riding the monorail or skyliner.
What about strollers?
You must remove your child from the stroller and fold it to ride the Disney buses and to use water transportation. Your child may stay seated in the stroller on the monorail and skyliner.