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At A Glance

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 car.

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.

Disney Monorail

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).

Water Transportation

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.


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