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Walt Disney World Transportation

By Livia Taylor 08/19/2019
 
There is a lot to consider when planning a Walt Disney World vacation: dates, ticket types, hotels, transportation and more. That's why we're here to help! Get Away Today can take away the guess-work so you can focus on enjoying your family trip. One question we get a lot is regarding Walt Disney World transportation options.
 
 

Walt Disney World Transportation Departures

Walt Disney World Transportation

You have a few options for Walt Disney World Transportation, and in this article, we break down those choices so you can do what's best for your family. Perhaps the very best part is that three of the Walt Disney World transportation options we detail here are FREE. It doesn't get much better than that!

Walt Disney World Transportation - Disney's Magical Express

Disney's Magical Express service is available for any guests staying in hotels owned and/or operated by Disney and operates out of Orlando International airport. This includes the following:

  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  • The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort - Riverside
  • The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas - Jambo House
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Walt Disney World Transportation Magical

Disney's Magical Express is not available to guests staying at The Swan and Dolphin hotels, the Disney Springs Resort area hotels, the Four Seasons Orlando or the Shades of Green.

Disney's Magical Express - Reservations

A Get Away Today agent can make your reservation in advance as long as you provide your flight information. If you book Disney's Magical Express 7 days prior to traveling to Walt Disney World, Disney will physically mail a confirmation letter and luggage tags to you. If you're within 7 days of traveling, Disney will email a confirmation to you, and no luggage tags will be sent.

When returning to the airport after your magical Walt Disney World vacation, you will receive instructions the day before you check out. Pick up time will be noted on your documentation, and you need to plan to stick with it! You are not able to make changes, so plan accordingly to make your return reservation with Disney's Magical Express. They typically pick you up 3 hours before a domestic flight is scheduled to depart, and 4 hours before an international flight. You will present your documents to board Disney's Magical Express, so keep it handy.

Your Get Away Today travel agent can arrange for your whole party to use Disney's Magical Express even if you have different travel itineraries. Just be sure to let us know how we can best accommodate you!

A MagicBand is required to use Disney's Magical Express, which runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Walt Disney World Transportation Magic Band

Disney's Magical Express - Location

As mentioned previously, Disney's Magical Express operates out of Orlando International airport. You can hop aboard at Terminal B, level 1.

Disney's Magical Express - Luggage Delivery

If you arrive at Orlando International airport between 5 am - 10 pm, you may tag your luggage before you travel to Walt Disney World. When you arrive in Orlando, Disney will automatically pick up your luggage for you and deliver to your guest room within a 3-hour window. If you're traveling outside the hours of 5 am - 10 pm, or if you want to ensure you have your luggage at-hand when you arrive, don't use the luggage tags provided by Disney. This will allow you to pick up your own luggage in Orlando and transport it to your resort with you. Regardless of what you choose, we always recommend you have your MagicBand, medications and valuables in your carryon luggage.

Walt Disney World Transportation Luggage Claim

Gratuities are accepted, but not required when using Disney's Magical Express. If the driver handles the bags, tips are highly encouraged.

Insider Tips: Disney's Magic Express is a fun and convenient Walt Disney World transportation option. Keep in mind that it is not necessarily going to be the fastest way to get from Orlando International airport to your Disney Resort. Depending on your flight arrival time (between 5 am - 10 pm), you may make multiple stops before reaching your Resort. If this is going to be an issue, you are welcome to request that a Get Away Today travel agent arrange private transfers.

Walt Disney World Transportation - Walt Disney World Monorail 

The Walt Disney World Monorail system has 3 separate lines that travel around the resort and begin service approximately 30 minutes before park opening. 

Walt Disney World Transportation - Monorail Stops

The Resort Monorail goes around Bay Lake and makes 5 stops:

  • Magic Kingdom
  • Disney's Contemporary Resort (also accessible to guests of Bay Lake Towers)
  • Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC)
  • Disney's Polynesian Village Resort 
  • Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

Walt Disney World Transportation Monorail

Guests staying at a Resort with a Monorail stop must change trains at the Transportation and Ticket Center in order to continue traveling on to EPCOT. If you're staying at the Polynesian Village Resort you can access to Resort Monorail for Magic Kingdom and just walk to the Transportation and Ticket Center to access the EPCOT Monorail.

Walt Disney World Transportation - The Express Monorail

The Express Monorail line starts at the Transportation and Ticket Center and continues service to the Magic Kingdom.

Walt Disney World Transportation - The EPCOT Monorail

The EPCOT Monorail line starts at the Transportation and Ticket Center, continues with express service to EPCOT.

Walt Disney World Transportation - Ticket and Transportation Center

The Ticket and Transportation Center is the central transport hub of Walt Disney World Resort. At this station, you can get Disney transportation via the Ferry, Monorail and various buses. Buses offer service to Disney Springs, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. To get to a Walt Disney World Resort, you'll need to get to a theme park and change buses. Rideshare services (with the exception of Minnie Vans) drop off and pick up only from the Magic Kingdom. This is also where Get Away Today partner hotels will drop off Walt Disney World guests.

Walt Disney World Transportation - Buses

Buses are one of the most common methods of transportation throughout the Walt Disney World Resort because every one of the Disney Hotels offers bus service. Whether you're staying in a value, moderate, deluxe or villa, bus service from the hotels to the parks begins 45 minutes before the parks open and ends one hour after the parks close. Return bus service from the parks back to the hotels continue throughout the day every 20 minutes. The last returning bus leaves two hours after park closings. 

If you're headed to one of the Disney Water Parks, bus service begins from the hotels 45 minutes prior to park openings and runs continuously every 30 minutes throughout the day. Return service ends 75 minutes after the water parks close.

If your hotel doesn't offer a direct bus to your desired location, you can catch another bus or different transportation method at the ticket and transportation center.

Walt Disney World Transportation Animal Kingdom Bus

Walt Disney World Transportation - Water Transportation

Our Walt Disney World experts personally love the water transportation options at Walt Disney World. Not only do you get from Point A to Point B, but you will usually encounter scenic routes along the way! Both natural and man-made waterways are used to transport Walt Disney World guests.

The Transportation and Ticket Center has three large ferry boats that transport guests to the Magic Kingdom. They are the largest of the water options and accessible. These vessels run continuously.

Walt Disney World Transportation - Hotels to Magic Kingdom Water Transportation

  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Walt Disney World Transportation Water Boat

Walt Disney World Transportation - Hotels to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios Water Transportation

  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  • Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel

Walt Disney World Transportation - Hotels to Disney Springs Water Transportation

  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort—French Quarter
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort—Riverside
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

Insider Tip: In the event of inclement weather, Water Transportation will not be available. However, an alternate form of Walt Disney World transportation will be offered.

Walt Disney World Transportation - Minnie Vans

No, we're not talking about minivans! The Minnie Vans are a transportation option at Walt Disney World that can be ordered through the Lyft app. They're convenient and cute, but are they worth it? Keep reading to find out if this choice is for you!

Walt Disney World Transportation - Minnie Van Costs

Minnie VAns offer transportation anywhere on Disney property, and their cost will vary by destination. Typically, a Minnie Van will be double the cost of a Lyft XL. If you want to reserve transportation from the airport via Minnie Vans, you can expect to budget $150 each way, and that does not include gratuity.

So is the cost of using Minnie Vans worth it? There are definitely situations in which we recommend Minnie Vans for Walt Disney World travel. If you happen to be in Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground, Minnie Vans are actually the only ride share service allowed that can take you to certain destinations, such as Hoop de Doo Revue. They are also the only ride share service allowed to drop guests in the Magic Kingdom bus-loading area (instead of going to the Ticket and Transportation Center).

Walt Disney World Transportation Minnie Van

Another perk of using Minnie Vans is that they are driven by cast members who absolutely love their jbos. With the exception of a little princess glitter here and there, the Minnie Vans are also kept quite spotless. They include car seats and extra touches such as music that reflects your destination.

Walt Disney World Transportation - Walking

Can you walk around Walt Disney World Resort? That is a common question we get from our guests! If you've never been to Walt Disney World you may not realize how large it actually is; as a result, there are not many kingdoms within walking distance of the area hotels. However, here are some tips if you'd like to get some steps in.

Magic Kingdom:

  • Contemporary Resort
  • Grand Floridian (The walking path between the Grand Floridian and Magic Kingdom is currently under construction)

Epcot:

  • Beach Club
  • Yacht Club
  • Boardwalk

We hope this helps you decide on Walt Disney World transportation for your family! If you have additional questions, you're always welcome to reach out to one of our Walt Disney World travel specialists. 

Walt Disney World Vacation Packages

We offer a wide variety of Walt Disney World vacation packages, which you can find online or book by calling 855-GET-AWAY. With five separate kingdoms in Walt Disney World, there is so much to experience, and we can help you plan your dream itinerary. 

 

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