Disney World Transportation Guide
Comprised of more than 20,000 acres, Disney World theme parks could be an extreme annoyance in regards to getting around. Thankfully, Disney World has taken this into consideration, and has placed a truly efficient means of public transportation throughout the property. No matter where you're at within Disney World, it is almost guaranteed that you'll have transportation to any other area of the park with very minimal wait. And whether traveling by bus, boat or even monorail, there is a wealth of options for getting around.
By far the most frequent form of transportation found at Disney World is their bus fleet. The bus system runs from every hotel and theme park at Disney World, and will definitely become your friend if you spend any amount of time on the Disney premises. Buses run constantly on mapped routes, starting approximately one hour before the parks open, and continue until approximately one hour after the particular parks close for the night. The way the system is set up you can get to any theme park from nearly any resort ( Disney's Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort and Polynesian Resort do not have bus transportation to Magic Kingdom as they have monorail transportation to the park instead ), with each park's bus arriving at any stop approximately every twenty minutes. The buses have specified routes and will pick up for multiple hotels in one run. And while there is no bus that transports from hotel to hotel, you can certainly get off at any hotel stop that is along the way to that bus's particular theme park. As for returning from the theme park to your hotel, each park has a bus station with clearly identified wait areas for each hotel, as well as wait areas for those traveling from one park to another.
Another useful, and fun, way to travel while at Disney World is by boat. Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios and Downtown Disney can all be reached by boat from select waterway lodging at Disney World. The select lodging with access to the water launches include:
- Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter
- Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside
- Disney's Beach Club Resort
- Disney's Boardwalk Inn
- Disney's Contemporary Resort
- Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Disney's Polynesian Resort
- Disney's Wilderness Lodge
- Disney's Yacht Club Resort
- Monorail Transportation
Guests staying at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney's Polynesian Resort all have the added benefit of monorail transportation to Magic Kingdom and Epcot. This mode of transportation offers a quick and fun way to travel between parks and lodging, and has become somewhat of a symbol of Disney since its installation in 1991.