Navigating with Disney World Transportation

by Casey Morris on February 19, 2016

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Did you know that Walt Disney World spans over 40 square miles, including 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, Disney Springs, over 20 resorts and much more? That is a lot of ground to navigate while on vacation! We hope that this breakdown of all the options, including how to get from place to place will help you.

There are 3 modes of transportation provided, all of which are complimentary. Follow this guide to know your best routes.

Bus

There are two types of buses, regular Disney Transportation bus and Disney’s Magical Express.

  • Disney Transportation Bus – these provide transportation all over Disney Property. You can navigate from resort to park, resort to Disney Springs, and park to park. You can not, however , navigate from resort to resort or from Disney Springs to a park. (see below on how to get around this) Every bus is handicap accessible. You should see a bus for each destination about every 20 minutes. Tip: strollers MUST be folded prior to boarding the bus. When you see your bus arrive, go ahead and fold it up!
  • Disney’s Magical Express – These are dedicated buses that provide complimentary round trip transfers from Orlando International Airport to every resort on Disney World property. This needs to be reserved in advance, and is only for guests staying in a Disney Resort.

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Monorail

The “highway in the sky” is a quick way to get around, but there are a few things you need to know first. There are 3 monorail tracks, all of which stop at the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC)

  • The Resort Monorail: This monorail loop has 5 stops, in this order:
    • TTC
    • Polynesian Village Resort
    • Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
    • Magic Kingdom
    • Contemporary Resort
  • The Express Monorail: This monorail is mostly used for guests not staying in a Disney Resort. These guests will drive and park at the TTC, and board the Express Monorail which only goes to Magic Kingdom. The track follows side by side with the Resort Monorail, but does not stop at the resorts, just continues through them only stopping at TTC and Magic Kingdom.
  • Epcot Monorail: This monorail goes from the TTC to Epcot and back. If you are riding the Resort Monorail, you will get off at the TTC and switch to the Epcot Monorail. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is walking distance to the TTC, so those guests could just walk over and hop on the Epcot Monorail versus having to switch monorails.

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Monorail Tip: You do NOT have to fold a stroller up to get on the monorail. If your child is sleeping, this is very convenient!

Water Transportation

There are 5 different types of water transportation, some of which have multiple routes. Here are photos of each type, along with their different routes.

  • Ferryboats – run between Transportation and Ticket Center and Magic Kingdom
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Ferryboat

  • Motor Cruiser – has 2 different launches:
    • Green Flag: Fort Wilderness Campground and Magic Kingdom
    • Red Flag: Wilderness Lodge and Magic Kingdom
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Motor Cruiser

  • Launch Boats – servicing several resorts on Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon:
    • Gold Flag: loops from Magic Kingdom to The Grand Floridian to Polynesian Village and back
    • Red Flag: Magic Kingdom and Wilderness Lodge and back
    • Blue Flag: loops from Contemporary Resort to Wilderness Lodge to Ft. Wilderness, then reverse that order after 3pm.
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Launch Boat

  • Friendship Boats – 3 different launches, servicing Epcot, Hollywood Studios and several resorts
    • Epcot’s World Showcase Lagoon:
      • From World Showcase Plaza West to Morocco  and back
      • From World Showcase Plaza East to Germany and back
    • Crescent Lake – loops from World Showcase Entrance in Epcot to Boardwalk, Beach and Yacht Club, Swan and Dolphin then Hollywood Studios. This can be quite a long boat ride, which is relaxing, but that also means you might have to wait a while to get on this boat as well.
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Friendship Boats

  • River Boats – servicing Disney Springs and 4 resorts on the Sassagoula River
    • Yellow Flag: loops from Port Orleans Riverside to French Quarter to Disney Springs Marketplace
    • Green Flag: from Old Key West Resort to Disney Springs West Side
    • Blue Flag: from Saratoga Springs to Disney Springs West Side
    • Red Flag: from Disney Springs West Side to Disney Springs Marketplace
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River Boat

We hope that this breakdown helps you better navigate during your vacation. If you need additional help, here is a guide. The place listed, is where you are traveling FROM:

From The Contemporary Resort and Bay Lake Tower to:

Magic Kingdom – walk or monorail

Epcot – monorail to transportation and ticket center. Switch to Epcot monorail.

Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon – bus

Wilderness Lodge & Fort Wilderness Resort – water transportation

Polynesian & Grand Floridian – monorail

Any other Disney Resort – walk or take monorail to Magic Kingdom, then board a bus there.

From Grand Floridian Resort and Spa to:

Magic Kingdom – monorail or water transportation

Epcot – monorail to transportation and ticket center. Switch to Epcot monorail.

Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon – bus

Polynesian Resort – monorail or water transportation

Contemporary Resort – monorail

Wilderness Lodge & Fort Wilderness Resort – take monorail to either Magic Kingdom or Contemporary Resort then board water transportation.

Any other Disney Resort – take monorail to Magic Kingdom, then board a bus there.

From Polynesian Village Resort to:

Magic Kingdom – monorail or water transportation

Epcot – monorail to transportation and ticket center. Switch to Epcot monorail. OR I HIGHLY recommend the short walk to the transportation and ticket center!

Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon – bus

Wilderness Lodge & Fort Wilderness Resort – take monorail to either Magic Kingdom or Contemporary Resort then board water transportation.

Any other Disney Resort – take monorail to Magic Kingdom, then board a bus there.

Wilderness Lodge:

Magic Kingdom – water transportation or bus

Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon – bus

Contemporary Resort – water transportation

Polynesian Resort & Grand Floridian – water transportation or bus to Magic Kingdom, then water transportation or monorail to resort.

Fort Wilderness Resort – walk, internal bus or water transportation

Any other Disney Resort – take water transportation or bus to Magic Kingdom, then board a bus there.

From Beach Club, Yacht Club & Boardwalk to:

Magic Kingdom – bus

Epcot – walk or take water transportation

Hollywood Studios – water transportation (or walk)

Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon – bus

Any other Disney Resort – walk or take water transportation to Epcot or Hollywood Studios and board bus.

From Animal Kingdom Lodge to:

Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon – bus

To any other Disney Resort – board bus to Animal Kingdom (or any park), then bus to resort

From Old Key West to :

Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon – bus

Disney – walk, water transportation or bus

Any other Disney Resort – walk, take bus or water transportation to Disney Springs, board bus to resort

From Saratoga Springs Resort to:

Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon – bus

Disney Springs – walk, water transportation or bus

Any other Disney Resort – walk, take bus or water transportation to Disney Springs, board bus to resort

From Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground to:

Magic Kingdom – water transportation or bus

Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon – bus

Wilderness Lodge – walk, internal bus or water transportation

Contemporary Resort – water transportation

Polynesian & Grand Floridian – water transportation to Magic Kingdom, then either water transportation or monorail to resort

Any other Disney Resort – water transportation to Magic Kingdom then board bus

From Beach Resort, Coronado Springs Resort, All Star Resorts, Pop Century Resort or Art of Animaion Resort to:

Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon – board bus

Contemporary Resort, Polynesian Village Resort, Grand Floridian Resort and Spa – board bus to Magic Kingdom, then board monorail to resort.

Wilderness Lodge, Fort Wilderness Resort – board bus to Magic Kingdom, then board water transportation to resort.

Any other Disney Resort – board bus to any park (preferably Disney Springs) then board bus to resort

From Port Orleans Resort (Riverside and French Quarter) to:

Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon – bus

Contemporary Resort, Polynesian Village Resort, Grand Floridian Resort and Spa – board bus to Magic Kingdom, then board monorail to resort.

Wilderness Lodge, Fort Wilderness Resort – board bus to Magic Kingdom, then board water transportation to resort.

Disney Springs – water transportation or bus

Any other Disney Resort – board bus to any park or water transportation to Disney Springs, then board bus to resort

From Magic Kingdom to:

Epcot – either of 2 monorail tracks or water transportation (whichever has shortest line) then board Epcot Monorail at TTC

Contemporary Resort – walk or Resort Monorail

Polynesian Village and Grand Floridian Resort – Resort Monorail or water transportation

Wilderness Lodge or Ft. Wilderness Campground – water transportation or bus

Any other park or resort – bus

From Epcot to:

Magic Kingdom – monorail to TTC, then switch to either of the other 2 monorail tracks or water transportation (whichever has shortest line)

Hollywood Studios – water transportation if you are in World Showcase, bus if you are in Future World

Beach Club, Yacht Club, Boardwalk – walk or water transportation

Any other park or resort – bus

From Hollywood Studios to:

Epcot, Boardwalk, Beach Club or Yacht Club – bus or water transportation

Any other park or resort – bus

From Animal Kingdom to:

Must take a bus every where, no other transportation options

From Disney Springs to:

No option to go directly to a park from Disney Springs

Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter – water transportation or bus

Old Key West and Saratoga Springs – walk, water transportation or bus

All other resorts – bus

From Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon to:

No option to go directly to a park from the water parks, and must take a bus to every resort.

If you have any questions about how to navigate Walt Disney World, please contact your PPDD travel planner.

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