Disney World offers SEVERAL transportation options. From getting to Disney from your home or airport, to ways to get around Disney property, there are endless options for transportation.
Here we will discuss the various transportation options, how to use them, and where you can find them.
Driving and Parking at Disney World
*Convenient but pricey*
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:
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:
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.
*Free and convenient*
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.
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.
*Free and convenient if you are on the monorail line*
The monorail is a free transportation service that can take you to any of the following locations:
There are 3 services:
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.
*Free, but not always convenient if you have a stroller*
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.
Disney Ferry Boats
*Free and convenient if you are on the ferry line. The waits can sometimes be long*
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.
Ferry boats to the Magic Kingdom run from the following resorts:
Ferry boats going to Epcot and Hollywood Studios are available from the following resorts:
Ferry boats going to Disney Springs are available from the following resorts:
*Super convenient. Can be expensive*
Minnie Vans are the newest form of transportation at Disney World. It is a super convenient way to get anywhere you need to go on Disney property.
To get a Minnie Van you must install the Lyft app on your phone. When you schedule a ride through the app you will be given the option of the type of car that you want. Choose the Minnie Van option, and they show up wherever you are.
Minnie Vans are convenient because they come to you when you call. They also have 2 car seats available in all of their vehicles. So if you are traveling with small children this can be a HUGE life saver.
They are driven by Disney Cast Members, so they are fun and have great customer service. I personally love talking to the Cast Member during the rides. They are full of fun Disney knowledge.
Pricing is steep on this service. And there is no set price amount. You'll be quoted a price on the app depending on where your starting and end points are (similar to the regular Lyft cars).
*Convenient. Minimal fees*
The Lyft app 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.
*Convenient. Minimal fees*
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.
There are many options for travel at Disney World. Knowing which options are best for you will make your vacation that much more fun and magical!
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See you at the parks,