Disney World Transportation Options and Pro Tips
You booked your Disney resort stay, made your Park Pass Reservations, booked your dining reservations, and now you’re on your way. HOORAY for you!
Disney World is the largest theme park in the world. It boasts 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, more than 30 resort hotels, and spreads over 27,000 acres. How will you get from Point A to Point B?
Lucky for you, Disney makes it easy. They provide complimentary transportation to all resort guests. You can take a bus, boat, ferry, monorail, or Skyliner anywhere you need to go. Some resort hotels are even within walking distance of many attractions.
Let’s dive a little deeper and figure out which form of transportation (or a combination thereof) is right for you.
Disney provides bus service from ALL Disney Resorts to each of the four theme parks and Disney Springs. This means that you can always take a bus to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, or Disney Springs.
You can take the Disney monorail to Magic Kingdom and the Ticket and Transportation Center. From the Ticket and Transportation Center, you can transfer to the Epcot monorail. Resort hotels that offer monorail transportation are the Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Contemporary, and Bay Lake Tower.
Boat and Ferry Transportation
Disney has a huge Fleet of watercraft that travel to and from many of the resort hotels and theme parks.
If you are staying at the Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Contemporary, Bay Lake Towers, Wilderness Lodge, Copper Creek Villas, Boulder Ridge Villas, or the Fort Wilderness Cabins and Campgrounds, you can take a boat to Magic Kingdom.
For guests staying at Beach Club, Yacht Club, Boardwalk Inn, or the Swan and Dolphin, you can take a boat to Epcot or Hollywood Studios.
There is also Boat Service directly from Port Orleans French Quarter, Port Orleans Riverside, Old Key West, and Saratoga Springs to Disney Springs.
The Disney Skyliner connects Pop Century, Art of Animation, Caribbean Beach, and the Riviera Resort to both Epcot or Hollywood Studios.
Guests staying at Beach Club, Yacht Club, Boardwalk Inn, or the Swan and Dolphin, can walk to Hollywood Studios or Epcot.
If you are staying at the Grand Floridian or Contemporary you can follow a quick walking path to Magic Kingdom.
Anyone staying at Saratoga Springs can walk to Disney Springs via a walking path.
Buses run every 20 minutes. Buss arrival times are posted on a monitor at each bus stop, or can they can be found on the My Disney Experience app.
If you get a squirmy tummy (like I do) try to sit in a forward-facing seat or the front row. Some boats have seating outside and I always choose those spots when possible.
Strollers do not have to be folded on the Skyliner or the Monorail. Some boats allow children to remain in strollers as well, but it is at the crews’ discretion.
If you have to be somewhere at a certain time, for instance, a dining reservation, allow 30-45 minutes for travel, just to be safe.