Walt Disney World On-Site Transportation Information

Modes of Transportation at Walt Disney World Resort

Complimentary transportation throughout the Walt Disney World Resort is available to Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels. There are many different modes of transportation available to get you around to the theme parks, water parks, Disney Springs, and hotels. Each mode of transportation is unique and can even be fun.

There are three major and different options for guests to choose from. They include Walt Disney World Bus Service, Walt Disney World Water Transportation, and Walt Disney World Monorail Service.

Bus Service Water Transportation Monorails Miscellaneous

Walt Disney World Bus Service

Walt Disney World Bus Service - Getting Around the Walt Disney World Resort

Complimentary Bus Service

Buses are going to be the major route or transportation for most guests, as most areas throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, including Disney Theme Parks, Disney Water Parks, Resort hotels and the Disney Springs area, are accessible by bus. Some bus routes may require transfer from one bus to another. (This is especially true when attempting to travel from resort to resort. To accomplish this, guests will often need to visit one of the four theme parks or Disney Springs and then catch a bus to their final resort destination.) With the Walt Disney World Bus Service, guests are invited to relax and enjoy the ride on the complimentary, air-conditioned bus service.

Disney buses run approximately every 20 minutes from all Walt Disney World on-site resorts. Each bus stop features a sign indicating the destinations that particular bus will travel to. Also, the marquees on top of each bus will indicate destinations.

Tips from TheMouseForLess:

  • Official Disney Transportation operates according to theme park operating schedules. If relying solely on Disney Transportation during your Walt Disney World vacation, be cognizant of park hours; buses typical only run anywhere from 60-90 minutes after a park closes for the night. This is something to keep in mind, for example, if you have late dining reservations and are utilizing only Disney transportation to get back to your resort.
  • For those visiting Disney Springs, buses operate until 2:00 a.m. from the Disney Springs Area

Express Bus Transportation

Guests with a park hopper or annual pass ticket may add on the express bus transportation option. This service allows guests to travel directly from inside one park to inside another park, saving the time of exiting and re-entering the parks and going through security checks.

  • This service is available for guests staying at Disney resorts and costs $19 per one day per person or $29 for seven consecutive days per person.
  • Pick-Up locations in each park include:
    • Magic Kingdom- Near the exit of Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
    • Epcot – East of Spaceship Earth
    • Hollywood Studios – Near Rock-n-Roller Coaster
    • Animal Kingdom – Near entrance to Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Express transportation is available from 10:00 am until park close
  • Pick-up for each park occurs every 30 minutes – Check with a Cast Member for the exact schedule

Walt Disney World Water Transportation

Walt Disney World Water Transportation - Getting Around the Walt Disney World Resort

Enjoy a leisurely cruise on Walt Disney World water transportation options, which include ferryboats, water taxis, and more. If while getting around the resort, you are in the mood for a laid back approach, water transportation is the right choice for you. For many, it is one of the best ways to travel around the resort, however, do keep in mind that only select areas are accessible via boat.

Magic Kingdom Park

Ferryboats

Ferryboats connect the Transportation and Ticket Center to the Magic Kingdom. There are three boats available for guests to utilize. They are known as the Richard F. Irvine, the General Joe Potter, and the Admiral Joe Fowler. These boats have an upper and lower level that are connected by interior stairways.

Hours of operation typically begin 30 minutes prior to park opening (including Morning Extra Magic Hours.) In the evening, the ferries typically operate until one and a half hours prior to park closing (including Evening Extra Magic Hours.) Ferry wait times are typically between 10 and 20 minutes.

Water Cruisers/Motor Launches

The Walt Disney World Resorts located near the Magic Kingdom have both water cruisers and motor launches available to reach them. Those resorts include:

Each route operates approximately 30 minutes prior to park opening (including Morning Extra Magic Hours) until one and a half hours after park close. (including Evening Extra Magic Hours.) Not every route stops at every resort, but each launch is labeled indicating which resorts the boats will be stopping at.

Private Water Taxi

There is a private water taxi available for guests at the Grand Floridian Resort. This service will take guests to any destination around the Seven Seas Lagoon. This taxi service costs $20 each way. Boats can accommodate up to 10 guests. The boats can be acquired at the Grand Floridian Marina.

Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Friendship Boats

For both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the watercraft that runs between these theme parks along Crescent Lake and are known as Friendship Boats. Friendship Boats are accessible to five different resorts. Unlike the Magic Kingdom water launches, the Friendship boats do stop at each of the resorts along the way, as well as at both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The resorts include:

Tips from TheMouseForLess:

  • If you don’t feel like waiting for the Friendship boat to take you between these resorts and either Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there is a pathway that connects everything together.
  • There are also Friendship boats that take you across World Showcase. Launches begin at the World Showcase Plaza and head to either the Germany Pavilion or the Morocco Pavilion. To get ready for Illuminations each night, the last boat across is at 7:30 p.m. This is a great option for guests who want a relaxing way to get across the lagoon.

Disney Springs Area

Ferries

Many of the Disney Springs adjacent resorts can access the Disney Springs shopping area by ferryboat. These resorts include:

General Watercraft Tips:

  • Do keep in mind that watercraft transportation is dependent on weather conditions. If conditions are poor, watercraft transpiration may be suspended.
  • Sometimes, depending on your destination, walking may be faster. If you are in a hurry and there is an adjacent pathway, consider walking instead.

Walt Disney World Resort Monorail Service

Walt Disney World Monorail Service - Getting Around the Walt Disney World Resort

The Walt Disney World Monorail System was originally conceived as a public transport for the future. There are three separate beams that travel throughout Walt Disney World Resort and they all intersect with each other at the Transportation and Ticket Center. The three loops are the Resort Monorail Loop, the Express Monorail Loop, and the Epcot Monorail Loop. If the monorail is not available, alternate bus and watercraft transportation is available for guests.

Resort Monorail Loop

The Resort Monorail Loop makes stops at the following locations:

The Resort Monorail Loop typically runs from 6:30 a.m. until one hour after park close (excluding Extra Magic Hours)

Express Monorail Loop

The Express Monorail Loop transports guests between the Transportation and Ticket Center and the Magic Kingdom. Transportation typically runs one hour prior to park open to one hour prior to park close (excluding Extra Magic Hours.)

Epcot Monorail Loop

The Epcot Monorail Loop transports guests between the Transportation and Ticket Center and Epcot. Transportation typically runs one hour prior to park open until one hour after park close (excluding Extra Magic Hours.)

Miscellaneous Transportation

Trams

For those guests who drive to one of the four theme parks and park in the parking lot, they have the option of taking a tram. These trams will pick you up at the end of your parking row and transport you to the park’s entrance (or in the case of the Magic Kingdom, to the Transportation and Ticket Center.)

Tips from TheMouseForLess:

  • Do keep in mind that strollers and wheelchairs must be folded to board the tram.
  • Make sure to note which row you parked in, because at the end of the night, all the rows of cars look the same. So, make sure to take a photo, add it to your phone’s notes, text it to yourself, write it on a piece of paper, etc. Do whatever you need to do to remember where you parked. The tram driver will also typically remind you of your parking location as you board the tram.

Minnie Vans

Disney is introducing their brand new Minnie Van ride-sharing service which is similar to Uber and Lyft, but will only be available on Walt Disney World property. With the Minnie Van service, Guests can be taken from point-to-point. Guests can arrange their own private Disney vehicle right from their smartphone, and a Disney Cast Member will drive them wherever they want to go around the Walt Disney World Resort

Vehicles are Chevy Traverses with all the bells and whistles and can fit up to six passengers. The Minnie Vans will cost $20 each way, no matter how many passengers you have. Vehicles will include two car seats, so those with little ones will still be able to utilize this service. There will also be a few accessible vehicles available for Guests who require them.

The Minnie Van service is currently available from 6:00 a.m. until 12:30 a.m.

Tips from TheMouseForLess:

  • One good use for these vehicles is for those who maybe have early morning breakfast reservations at one of the Disney Resort Hotels. Now you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to get there and what time Disney’s bus service starts.

 

Disney Skyliner

At the 2017 D23 Expo, Disney confirmed that they will be introducing a gondola transportation system called Disney Skyliner. This new transportation system will give guests a bird’s-eye view of the Walt Disney World Resort and will connect Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios to four resorts – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, as well the upcoming Disney Riviera Resort.

More information about this new transportation method will be announced soon.

 

For guests looking to navigate their way around the Walt Disney World Resort, we also have a handy cheat sheet available.

In addition, for those with little ones (or those who like to collect things) Disney has Transportation Collectors Cards available. There are 18 cards in all and are supposed to be pretty hard to come by.