Disney World Transportation During Coronavirus

Important Disney Parks Updates Concerning COVID-19

If you are visiting the parks in 2020, you can expect a completely different experience.

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Disney World offers several transportation options available for guests, but not everything will be available if you are visiting during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Here are all transportation options, and their status during this time.

This article will be updated as we learn more about the transportation options that will be available at the parks.

Driving and Parking at Disney World

*AVAILABLE FOR SELF PARK ONLY - VALET UNAVAILABLE* 

disney world parking

If you decide to drive to Disney World, or rent a car when you arrive, you will need to know where you can park and what kinds of parking fees to expect.

If you are staying at a Disney World resort, you won't be charged for parking at the parks. But, you will be charged the following rates to park at your resort:

  • $15/night at Value resorts
  • $20/night at Moderate resorts
  • $25/night at Deluxe and DVC resorts

When you arrive at the entrance gate a Cast Member will scan your Magic Band.

If you are staying off-site you will be charged to park at the parks:

  • $25/day regular parking
  • $50/day preferred parking

The waterparks and Disney Springs both have free parking

All parking lots at the parks are themed so you can find your car later. I personally like to take a photo of the sign closest to me with my phone so that I can find my car later.

Parking spots that are farther away have trams that run every 5-10 minutes to take you closer to the park gates. At the end of the day be prepared with that photo of your parking spot. The tram drivers will call out the lot and row numbers so you know where to get off.

Parking at the Magic Kingdom is a little different than the other parks. When driving to the Magic Kingdom you actually will park at the Transportation and Ticket Center. From there you can take the monorail or ferry to the park. If you are going to drive to this park, I suggest you give yourself some extra time.

Magic Kingdom transportation map

Disney Buses

*AVAILABLE*

Disney offers complimentary bus service from all resorts to the parks and Disney Springs, and back. Buses run approximately every 20 minutes, and can be tracked using the My Disney Experience app.

Buses start running as early as an hour before park opening (but you will want to check with a Cast Member if you are looking to get to a park super early).

If you are taking a bus with a small child you will need to take your child out of the stroller and fold it up before getting on the bus.

Magical Express

*AVAILBLE*

Magical Express is a complimentary bus service that shuttles you from the airport directly to your resort, and back at the end of your trip.

If you are staying at one of the Disney Resorts you can sign up for this free transportation.

The buses are large coach buses with comfortable seating. During your ride TVs on the bus are playing cartoons to keep your kiddos happy.

Magical express MCO map

 

Depending on what terminal you land in, it can be quite a walk to the Magical Express buses. I have created a map to help you find where you are headed. Take the tram to the main terminal and head down the escalators on side B. Taking advantage of luggage pickup at the airport will definitely save you some time.

Magical Express is only available if you fly in to MCO (Orlando International Airport). You will receive all of the information in the mail before your trip.

Return information will be sent to your room the day before your departure. There will be instructions on when are where you will need to meet your return Magical Express bus.

Lyft

*AVAILABLE*

The Lyft app (use code doubleyourwdw to get a discount on your first ride) is a ride share app you can use to get around at Disney World (or if you want to get out of the Disney bubble, but don't have a car).

You can put the app on your phone, and call a car to pick you up as needed. This can be incredibly convenient after a long day if you don't feel like waiting for the buses.

Lyft cars wont have a car seat unless you opt for the Disney Minnie Van option. So if you have small children this probably wont be an option.

Pricing varies depending on where you are traveling. When you request the car you'll get an estimate on pricing when you confirm.

Taxis

*AVAILABLE*

Taxis around Disney World are easiest to find at the resorts. Many of them have car seats (I found this when I was in a bind trying to get somewhere with a baby, and found that when I spoke to the cab driver he said that most taxi vans do have car seats).

This is a great option if you need to get somewhere quick and don't want to wait for Disney transportation. It is also a great option if you are looking to get out of the Disney bubble, but you don't have your own car.

Fees vary depending on how far you are traveling.

The Monorail

*MAGIC KINGDOM LINE AVAILABLE / EPCOT LINE UNAVAILABLE*

Disney world monorail

The monorail is a free transportation service that can take you to any of the following locations:

  • Magic Kingdom
  • Epcot
  • Transportation and Ticket Center
  • The Contemporary Resort
  • The Polynesian Resort
  • The Grand Floridian Resort

There are 3 services:

  • Express: Runs from Magic Kingdom to Transportation and Ticket Center
  • Resort: Runs from Magic Kingdom to Contemporary, Polynesian, and Grand Floridian Resorts
  • Epcot: Runs from Epcot to Transportation and Ticket Center

The monorail is a great, free transportation option if you are staying at one of the 3 resorts on the line. It is also convenient for hopping from Magic Kingdom to Epcot.

A perk of the monorail when you are traveling with small children is that you do not need to take your child out of their stroller when riding. You can leave strollers open and children seated.

During the pandemic, the Magic Kingdom monorail line will be available beginning on July 11, 2020. The Epcot line does not have an opening date.

*Note: If you are staying at a resort on the monorail line, buses to and from Magic Kingdom and Epcot may run less often to encourage guests to use the Monorail

The Disney Skyliner

*AVAILABILE*

Disney Skyliner Gondola

The Gondola system, called Disney Skyliner, is the newest form of transportation at Disney World. What makes this form of transportation especially exciting is that it gives guests staying at Value Resorts a free form of transportation other than the buses.

The Skyliner will connect Epcot and Hollywood Studios to Art of Animation, Pop Century, Caribbean Beach Resort, and the new Riviera Resort.

There are two lines. The Epcot line and the Hollywood Studios line. The lines connect at Caribbean Beach Resort.

Disney Skyliner Map

Each gondola is adorably themed after Disney characters and movies. They aren't air conditioned, but they have mesh panel windows and move at 11 mph, so guests will remain cool during the ride.

Guests who need more time to enter and exit the gondolas will be able to do so easily. The gondolas can be pulled off the line easily so that you have more time to get on and off. And once everyone is ready, they are seamlessly brought back on to the track. This is great if you have someone with a wheelchair, scooter, stroller, or you just need a little extra time to get on and off. Cast Members will be able to assist.

*Note: If you are staying at a resort on the Skyliner line, buses to and from Hollywood Studios and Epcot may run less often to encourage guests to use the Skyliner

Disney Ferry Boats

*AVAILABLE ONLY FROM POLYNESIAN AND FORT WILDERNESS*

Disney World Ferry Boat

Another popular and fun form of transportation offered for free at Disney World is ferry boats. There are multiple routes that run to resorts, parks, and even Disney Springs.

Ferry boats run approximately every 15-20 minutes, weather permitting. The ferry boats will stop running if there is lightening, so if you think inclement weather is on the way you might not want to jump in the line for the boats.

One perk of the ferry boats is that you can leave your child in their stroller while on the boat. You won't need to take them out and fold up the stroller like you would if you took the buses.

Currently only the following boats will be available during the pandemic:

  • The Polynesian Resort to Magic Kingdom
  • Fort Wilderness Resort and Campgrounds to Magic Kingdom

    *Note: If you are staying at a resort that has a ferry boat line, buses to and from the parks that the ferry boats run to may run less often to encourage guests to use the ferry boats

    Minnie Vans

    *UNAVAILABLE*

    Minnie Vans at Disney World

    Minnie Vans are a Disney specific ride share that can you anywhere around the parks. Unfortunately, they will not be available during this time.

    For more information on Minnie Vans see the full article here

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