Transportation- How do you get Where you need to go at Disney?

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DISNEY IS HUGE! And regardless of where you stay, either at the resorts or somewhere else in Orlando, you need to know how to get to the parks. Cue the Transportation options!

Complimentary Disney World Transportation Overview

The Disney Transport Bus- A mass transport system of buses and routes covering Disney World Property. These are handy because they go everywhere. Not so handy because they can get caught in traffic and then take a moment. They do have A/C and wheelchair accommodations. Strollers need to be folded (And in busier months your kids will have to ride on your lap). It’s like a public transport bus- and you don’t need a ticket to ride it.

⭐ All Disney Resorts have buses, but some locations only go to certain Parks.

For Example, the All Star Resorts, the only mode of transportation is Bus. At Port Orleans, you’ll catch a Bus to the Four Theme Parks, but you’ll need a Water Taxi to get to Disney Springs. The Grand Floridian has buses to Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and EPCOT but a Monorail and a Water Taxi to Magic Kingdom.

Water Taxi Boats– a Water Based Transportation system that includes the ferry’s to magic kingdom, and boats that take you to select resorts. We LOVE the ferry that goes from the Transport and ticket center to Magic Kingdom. It’s such a fun and relaxing way to see the castle over the water!

Water Taxis do not run in Inclement Weather (Heavy Rain or Lightning).

⭐Resorts that have Water Taxis include the Deluxe Resorts (The Grand Floridian, The Polynesian, The Contemporary and Wilderness Lodge plus Fort Wilderness Campground to Magic Kingdom), and several Moderate/DVC Resorts to Disney Springs (Port Orleans, Key West and Saratoga Springs)

Monorail– Only goes to Magic Kingdom and Epcot, as well as select resorts. It is one of my Kids Favorite things to do! I do recommend taking the monorail at some point on your vacation- resort hopping is a super fun option!

Monorails do not run in Inclement Weather (Heavy Rain or Lightning).

Skyliner– The newest Transportation Option at Disney is the Skyliner! Running between Hollywood Studios and EPCOT (plus select resorts) this is a fun and quick travel by air.

Skyliners do not run in Inclement Weather (Heavy Rain or Lightning).

Other options for Travel

The Tram that takes you from the parking lot to the park- you HAVE to fold up your stroller. No ADA wheelchair access.
The Tram that takes you from the parking lot to the park- you HAVE to fold up your stroller.

Driving– When you drive you can park in the parking lots for each of the Parks and Disney Springs. Unless you have arrangements with your pass/tickets, parking at Disney does cost based on your vehicle (and you can get preferred parking for an additional price and a closer parking spot) At Disney Springs the parking is free and you walk into the shopping areas. Large Trams (my son calls them trains with wheels!) pick you up in the parking lot and take you closer (but not all the way) to the front entrance.

Take a picture where you park  at Disney World so you dont get lost!
Take a picture where you park so you dont get lost!

Walking – Several of the resorts are connected to the parks through walking trails. These generally go to a back area of the park (there are more than one entrance points).

Paid Transportation Options

Minnie Vans– These are red and white polka dotted vans that take you where you need to go on Disney Property! They also have car seats! You order them through the Lyft app- but you need to call in for ADA ones.

Traditional Taxis– Orlando is filled with traditional taxis, and they are normally waiting right there at the pickup area- so you don’t even have to call! You can just walk over and get a taxi.

Uber and Lyft– Uber and Lyft Drivers work the Disney grounds as well. These can be pretty useful if you are planning to go somewhere off property or just want a quick lift to your next Disney Destination.

Handicap Accommodations – ADA accessible

Disney is pretty decent about Handicap accommodations. I say decent for several reasons. The biggest reason is out of their hands- but it’s people disrespecting the Handicap options (like using a parking sticker when no one in the vehicle is handicapped to get closer to the entrance). Handicap parking options fill up FAST!

So in times past, with a wheelchair we have used other transportation means. If you CAN NOT transfer, this can be tricky because Disney Staff are (for the most part) clueless about ramps and tie downs and can kind of get in your way (Can’t she just get off so we can move it into place? NO!) And forget it with a stroller that counts as a wheelchair (visit guest services for this). It needs to have tie downs! And you will need to explain to the bus driver where they are.

A solution we have found is a drop off area. It’s over by the Taxi areas and you can park and get everyone out and set up without rushing- and then you are closer to the entrance without having to fight buses or park in the overflow handicap spots. This only works if the driver doesn’t need accommodations since you still have to park in the main (handicap) parking area. Most times my husband just parks general to save the handicap spots for other people- like I said, they fill up super fast!

Handicap accommodations and ADA accessibility is an area near and dear to my heart- so reach out if you want to chat or need some helpful guidance.

Conclusion

You have so many options when it comes to transport at Disney World, which is good because their are lots of ways to get around.

It can be little overwhelming at times, and you might make a few rookie mistakes! Always ask at your resort (even if its off Disney Property) the fastest way to get to whatever park or resort you want to go to.

They will let you know so you don’t waste an hour or two taking something that won’t work for your Resort.

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2 thoughts on “Transportation- How do you get Where you need to go at Disney?”

    • Hi Kristen! You can catch transportation from the resorts to the parks and vice versa. I’m a big fan of paying to eat at one of the table service restaurants and then using the transportation to get to various parks. Eating breakfast at the new Riveria Resort and the catching the gondola to Epcot or Hollywood Studios for the day is very enjoyable- it’s part of the reason it’s almost impossible now to ‘visit’ the resorts by car- they don’t want you parking there unless you have a reservation.

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