Walt Disney World On-Site Transportation Information

Modes of Transportation at Walt Disney World Resort

Walt Disney World Transportation

Complimentary transportation throughout the Walt Disney World Resort is available to Guests of 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 some are so special that kids may consider the transportation an attraction in itself.

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

For guests looking to navigate their way around the Walt Disney World Resort, we 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. Anytime you are using Disney transportation ask a cast member if they have any Collectors Cards around.

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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 source of 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. Many bus stops now provide estimated times of arrival for buses as well.

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 typically 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

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 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, however, do keep in mind that only select areas are accessible via boat. If traveling by boat is an option, it’s a great way to slow down and take in the vacation time.

Magic Kingdom Park


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 walking path that connects everything together.
  • There are also Friendship boats that take you across World Showcase Lagoon inside Epcot theme park. Launches begin at the World Showcase Plaza and head to either the Germany Pavilion or the Morocco Pavilion. To get ready for the nighttime fireworks at Epcot 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 without having to walk “around the world.”

Disney Springs Area


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.

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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.)

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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 gives 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, brand new Disney Riviera Resort.

Guests can choose to board at any of these locations, however Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is the hub. Guests must get off at Caribbean Beach to get to any of the other locations that they are looking to visit. (Meaning, if you are headed from Epcot to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you’ll board the Disney Skyliner and be taken to Caribbean Beach, where you will then be instructed to get off that line and you will then need to get onto the Disney’s Hollywood Studios line.) The only line that Guests will not have to exit for is Disney’s Riviera Resort because this route is connected to the Epcot/Disney’s Caribbean Beach line.

The Skyliner consists of 300 gondolas in 8 bright colors and will travel anywhere from 15 feet to 60 feet in the air. The Disney Skyliner includes cabins that feature artwork of your favorite Disney films, attractions and characters. Cabins include Coco, The Haunted Mansion, Goofy, Finding Nemo, Mike and Sulley, The Seven Dwarfs, Beauty & the Beast characters, Star Wars, and more. Now, not every cabin is decorated, but a fair number of them are. Seating inside the Disney Skyliner consists of wooden benches capable of holding ten passengers, with accessibility for wheelchairs and strollers.

Trips from Skyliner resorts and theme parks will take between 5-15 minutes, depending on the distance you’re traveling.

One thing to keep in mind, the gondolas themselves don’t have air conditioning, however, the cabins were tailored to provide a comfortable ride for Guests in the Florida climate, as all vehicles will have cross-ventilation which is designed to provide sufficient air flow. Additionally, the windows of the gondolas are designed to reflect sunlight away from the vehicles, therefore maintaining a comfortable temperature inside the cabin.

Find out more details about the Disney Skyliner system here.

Tips from TheMouseForLess:

  • At the stations, while loading is a continuous process, the gondolas can become unattached from the line, allowing Guests who need extra time to be able to board. There is a separate queue at each loading platform for Guests who require more time to board the gondola.
  • There are bathrooms located at the Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort hub location.

Miscellaneous Transportation


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.