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Getting from place to place within Disney property couldn't be
easier if you are a Disney hotel resident, with buses, the monorail,
and various boat services. If you are staying off Disney property,
it's a little harder to get around, but that doesn't introduce
many problems providing you have access to a car.
Disney Bus Transportation
If you are staying on-site, within a Disney owned and operated
hotel, transportation is excellent, with buses departing to most
Disney locations every 15 mins or so. You can also take a car
to any of the parks, where the normal parking fee is waived for
resort guests. The Disney Transportation bus service is not available
to non resort hotel guests.
Disney Transportation buses for onsite residents also travel
to and from the minor parks with the same 15 min or so frequency,
however external buses provide very limited access to the minor
parks. Also some areas of Disney property are simply not covered
by anything other than the Disney Transportation bus service,
so unless staying on Disney property there will be some areas
of WDW that you just won't be able to get to easily without a
Cars and Parking
For off-site guests visiting WDW by car, there is a daily car
parking fee of approx 6 dollars. Disney Transportation in the
form of covered trolleys towed by a tractor unit convey guests
from the car park either to the park entrance or to the monorail.
Off site guests without access to a car will still be able to
get into the Disney parks, and move between the parks, but movement
will be a little harder. Whilst the service provided by the monorail
and most water transportation is identical for On or Off site
guests, external bus companies travel into and out of the parks
much less frequently than the Disney Transportation buses, often
only running hourly, and only providing one or two buses after
the parks close.
Inter park transport between The Magic Kingdom and Epcot is best
achieved on the Disney monorail, which provides a free service.
The monorail also provides an educational service. If you use
the monorail a few times I can guarantee that you'll know how
to say "Please stand clear of the doors" in spanish before
the end of your holiday! The monorail doesn't extend to the Disney
MGM Studios so you'll need to get there either by car, or using
the one of the Disney or off-site buses.
The Walt Disney World Monerail system has 3 different destinations.
- The Express monorail travels between the Magic Kingdom and
then the Transportation and Ticket Center, passing through and
stopping at the Contemporary resort en-route.
- The "normal" monorail runs on a continuous loop
around the Seven Seas lagoon, making stops at The Magic Kingdom,
the Contemporary resort, the Transportation and Ticket Center,
The Polynesian and the Grand Floridian resort.
- Finally the Epcot monorail travels on a loop of track between
Epcot and the Transportation and Ticket Center.
The only way you can reach the other two major theme parks: Disney's
MGM Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom, any of th eminor parks
(Water parks etc), or the Downtown Disney area is by Car, or Bus
(either Disney for resident, or private for non-residents).
Disney operate a water shuttle service that runs from the Magic
Kingdom dock, and the Transportation and Ticket Centre, which
can be just as quick as the Monorail journey between the two locations
due to the stops made by the Monorail service.