How to navigate with Disney World transportation

(Article last updated: April 1, 2017)

One of the things I really didn't understand before our first Disney World trip was how to navigate using the Disney World transportation.

This led to some big frustration as I tried to figure out how to get back to our hotel from our dinner at another hotel.

I want to keep you from having similar issues, so today I'm going to try to break it down.

Let's get started...

Forms of Disney World transportation

Disney uses a few forms of transport within its system. The options are buses, monorail and boats/ferries.

Buses will take you just about anywhere, with monorail and ferries being options in some locations.

Outside of Disney World transportation, you can obviously drive but you can also make use of taxis/Uber.

Going from Values and Moderates to theme parks

People staying at Value and Moderate resorts will always take buses to the theme parks.

Going from Deluxes to theme parks

Magic Kingdom resorts can take the monorail or boats to Magic Kingdom, monorail to Epcot, and buses to the other parks (guests at The Contemporary can also walk to MK).

Boardwalk resorts can take a ferry or walk to Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Buses are available to the other parks.

All other Deluxe resort guests will take buses to theme parks.

Traveling between resorts

Traveling from resort to resort is one of the most difficult things to figure out at Disney World. I've often considered making a dining reservation at a hotel, but changed my mind once I thought about getting to and from the restaurant.

The quickest way to get between resorts is often by taxi/Uber. I don't think taxis are used enough at Disney World. It doesn't usually cost more than $10 or $15 for a taxi (less for an Uber) and can get you to your destination within a few minutes (use the Mears taxi fare estimator for a closer estimate).

If you're using Disney's free transportation, a good general rule is to get to the theme park closest to the destination resort and catch a bus or monorail from there to your destination resort.

For example, if you're at Pop Century and need to get to The Grand Floridian, you'd want to take a bus to Magic Kingdom and then take the monorail to The Grand Floridian.

Another example: if you're at Port Orleans Riverside and need to get to Animal Kingdom Lodge, you could take a bus to Animal Kingdom and then catch a bus over to Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Disney World Cast Members will likely suggest going to Disney Springs and connecting there, but going to the nearest theme park usually makes much more sense.

 Traveling between parks

All 4 parks have transportation available to allow you to hop to another park.

  • From the Magic Kingdom to:
    • Epcot - Take the Magic Kingdom monorail or ferry to the Transportation and Ticket Center and transfer to the Epcot monorail
    • Disney's Hollywood Studios -  bus
    • Animal Kingdom - bus
  • From Epcot to:
    • Animal Kingdom - bus
    • Disney's Hollywood Studios - bus, boat or you can even walk
    • Magic Kingdom -  Take the Epcot monorail to the Transportation and Ticket Center and transfer to either the Magic Kingdom monorail or take the ferry
  • From Disney's Hollywood Studios to:
    • Animal Kingdom - bus
    • Magic Kingdom - bus
    • Epcot - bus, boat or you can even walk
  • From Animal Kingdom to:
    • Disney's Hollywood Studios - bus
    • Epcot - bus
    • Magic Kingdom - bus

Guests with a Park Hopper or an Annual Pass have an option outside of the standard transportation choices available for travel between 2 parks - Express Bus Service. This premium bus service picks you up and drops you off inside of a park, meaning that when you park hop to the next park you bypass security which is a huge time saver. The cost for this service is $19 for a single-day option or $29 for the multi-day pass.

Some special situations

Getting to Ft. Wilderness - many people need to get to Ft. Wilderness for various activities, including the popular Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue show. My previous advice to go to a theme park and catch a bus to your destination resort will work here, but there is also a boat from Magic Kingdom that you might want to take.

After parks close - after the nighttime entertainment ends and crowds leave in droves, there will be long, long.....long lines at the bus stops. To avoid this, consider 1 of these options:

  • Take a taxi/Uber back to your resort
  • Position yourself so you're one of the first to leave the park and one of the first to get to your bus stop
  • View from outside the park so you're not caught in the crowds at all. This mainly works at Magic Kingdom where you can view fireworks from one of the beaches at the monorail resorts. It doesn't work as well at the other nighttime shows.

There are no buses from Disney Springs to the theme parks. Resort guests can get directly to theme parks or Disney Springs, and you can travel to Disney Springs from the theme parks after 4 p.m., but people wanting to park for free in Disney Springs and go to the theme parks will not be able to do that.

Early-morning breakfast reservations  - Have an early morning breakfast reservations and concerned how to get there? Read my article on character meals for info on how to do that.

WDW Prep Navigator tool

Disney World has started including navigational information in the My Disney Experience app, but it's confusing and often completely incorrect, so we made our own! Select starting/ending points below for tips on how to navigate between Disney World locations.

⍏ WDW Prep Navigator ⍖
Allow up to an hour each way to get between resorts and theme parks (up to 90 minutes to get between resorts), with each trip leg taking 10-20 minutes once you're en route.
wdt_ID Starting Point Ending Point How to get there
1 All-Star Movies All-Star Music Follow these steps:
  • Walk (takes about 5-7 minutes)
  • Arrive at your destination
Want to get there faster?
Or have feedback about a route for us?
2 All-Star Movies All-Star Sports Follow these steps:
  • Walk (takes about 15 minutes)
  • Arrive at your destination
Want to get there faster?
Or have feedback about a route for us?
3 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Follow these steps:
  • Bus to Animal Kingdom
  • Arrive at your destination
Headed to an early morning breakfast reservation at Animal Kingdom? Buses to Animal Kingdom from Disney resorts usually start running around 7-7:15 a.m. daily.
Want to get there faster?
Or have feedback about a route for us?
4 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jambo House (main bldg) Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (both resorts are closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
  • Bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village bus stop
  • Arrive at your destination
Want to get there faster?
Or have feedback about a route for us?
5 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village
Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (both resorts are closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
  • Bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village bus stop
  • Arrive at your destination
Want to get there faster?
Or have feedback about a route for us?
6 All-Star Movies Art of Animation Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, and Art of Animation is closest to Hollywood Studios, so those buses will likely be your best choices)
  • Bus to Art of Animation
  • Arrive at your destination
7 All-Star Movies Bay Lake Tower Follow these steps:
  • Bus to Magic Kingdom
  • Walk (takes about 10 minutes) or    monorail to Bay Lake Tower
  • Arrive at your destination
Want to get there faster?
Or have feedback about a route for us?
8 All-Star Movies Beach Club Villas Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
  • Bus to Beach Club
  • Arrive at your destination
Want to get there faster?
Or have feedback about a route for us?
9 All-Star Movies Beach Club Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
  • Bus to Beach Club
  • Arrive at your destination
Want to get there faster?
Or have feedback about a route for us?
10 All-Star Movies Blizzard Beach Follow these steps:
  • Bus to Animal Kingdom
  • Bus to Blizzard Beach
  • Arrive at your destination
Want to get there faster?
Or have feedback about a route for us?
Starting Point Ending Point

Allow up to an hour each way to get between resorts and theme parks (up to 90 minutes to get between resorts), with each trip leg taking 10-20 minutes once you're en route.

Want to get there faster?

  • Get a Mears taxi for about $10-15 for most on-site routes, but use the Mears taxi estimator for a more exact quote. They have an app or you can call 407-422-2222.
  • Or use Uber for about $8-10 for most on-site routes. Use code "shannona9" to get your first ride free.

Here's another option: open this tool on its own page to easily reference it anytime. You might also consider going to that link on your phone and adding it to your home screen to pull it up easily during your trip.

Transportation map

Here's a fantastically awesome transportation map from http://www.wdwfocus.com/map/ (click to enlarge) that you might like as a handy reference. I bought a print of it that hangs in my office.

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Shana

If you have a car with you and have small children, you should drive to the parks. Our last trip we drove to the parks for the first time and my husband and I decided we will never use Disney buses again (until maybe our kids are older), it was SO much easier driving. It is a big nightmare trying to wrangle small children (sometimes sleeping) onto the bus, strollers, bags and then everyone is rushing you because they want to get on the bus. Between the waits, the hassle and sometimes having to stand holding sleeping toddlers. Taking the car for us, just works so much better, we can leave when we want in the morning, no waiting, slowly get our bags and stroller packed up to enter the park and on the way home we change the kids into pajamas and if they fall asleep in the car, we can take them into the resort room and put them right to bed. I’ve had to wake my sleeping children from the bus on the way home and try to make them walk off the bus, while I’m holding bags and they would start crying. We usually stay at CBR and it was about 20 minutes (max) from the resort to entering the park for Animal Kingdom, Ecpot and Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom takes a little longer, but probably the same as waiting for the bus and catching it. The only thing I would say about Magic Kingdom is that you want to be there early so you don’t have to take a tram to the Transportation Center. Then you can just roll your stroller onto the monorail. Parking is free for resort guests, so if you have the option to drive, I highly recommend it. Shannon, I know you are way out of the era of having small children, so I thought this might help some of the parents of small children.

Liv

How do you know where to park if you are driving yourself? Is there a map somewhere? Also, what do you mean by “The only thing I would say about Magic Kingdom is that you want to be there early so you don’t have to take a tram to the Transportation Center. Then you can just roll your stroller onto the monorail.” I don’t quite understand this. I would love some advice on driving through WDW Resort with a car as I am considering driving from CA to WDW and am trying to decide if I should use the car to get around or use Disney transport. Thanks in advance for any help!

Jamie Miller

Thank you!! Great advice!
This will be my first Disney trip as a Mom and with three smalll children, avoiding the buses will make things so much easier.

damian

I have Early Magic Hour privileges and a hopper pass, so I was thinking that I’d take advantage of the Magic Hour until a bit after the park opened and then goto a non-Magic Hour park to avoid the post-Magic Hour crowds. But reading your post and considering travel time between parks, it may not be worth it. Animal Kingdom on Monday, Epcot on Thursday, MK on Friday . For example, Would it wind up being a waste of time/effort to start our day on Monday at Animal Kingdom, until 9:15 AM or so, and then spend the rest of the day at Hollywood Studios.? Then on Thursday start the Day at Epcot, stay there until 9:15/9:30 AM, then head to MK? Etc. Etc. Thoughts? Recommendations?

Lauryn

We have a 7:50am breakfast reservation at Bon Voyage (on the Boardwalk). We do have park tickets to Epcot that day as well. We are staying at AoA. What time should we leave AoA to get there in time and what is the best way to get there using Disney transportation?

Lauryn

My husband, son, and dad are not going with us. Would they be able to take us to the Boardwalk and drop us off that morning?

Katie Whalen

Is the express bus service still available? I had heard it wasn’t and was hoping to use in april.

Molly

My daughter has an appointment at the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique in Disney Springs @9:40 and we will be meeting the rest of our family in Epcot for a 1:30 character meal. What is the quickest way to get from Disney Springs to Epcot? We are staying off of Disney property.

Rose Witmer

Will you have a car since you’re staying offsite? If you will, it would probably be easiest to just drive from Disney Springs to Epcot. If you try and take buses you’ll have to go back to Disney Springs at the end of the day to go get your car. It should only be a 15 minute drive. If not, you can take the bus from Disney Springs to the Beach Club resort and then walk through the International Gateway into the back side of Epcot.

That makes sense to get a tax to travel between resorts. I’m sure it’s really hard to navigate on your own with a car. I’m planning a vacation to disney since the kids are old enough to get something out of it now.

YYC mom

There are 6 of us traveling together. Is it easy to get a minivan taxi/Uber?

Julia

You are awesome. I love following you on Pinterest and many of my Disney ‘saves’ are from you! Thank you for providing such informative, easy to follow, and pertinent information!

Sarah

Hi, I am staying at the All Stars Movie Resort in Spetember.
Is there a way to get to Disney Springs? Or would it be betterto use a cab or uber?

Dawn

I am wondering if we can still use the Disney transportation system (bus)to get to Disney Springs immediately AFTER checking out of our resort. So that we can then rent a car from one of the hotels in the Disney Springs location.
Thanks!

Johnlyn

I need to get from Hollywood Studios to Obama by 8:45
We’re not in a rush
Best way?

Jo CS

Do you mean ‘Ohana at the Polynesian? Theres a bus from Hollywood Studios direct to the Poly. I’d allow at least an hour…theres lots to pass the time with at the Poly if you are early.

Jennifer Wiser

Just curious – you mention going from Magic Kingdom to Hollywood Studios by bus. But, I read somewhere else you would need to take the monorail to the TTC and then a bus to HS. Can you clarify?

Kaycee

I’m so happy to have stumbled upon this! This is going to be a life saver for our trip. It’s the first time staying on site. Thanks for putting all the work into this!!

Nalene

This is a fantastic website and super helpful! Thank you for your hard work!

Bonnie

We are staying at Saratoga Springs in October and plan to use Disney transportation. Does the bus go directly to the theme parks from the resorts or does it stop at other resorts? On the return trip are there designated buses for each resort. This is our first time staying on site.

Jenny

I have a quick question. My family is going to Disney World in July and we are going to the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue at 6:15. We are wanting to then go to the Evening Extra Magic Hours at Epcot. What is the best way for us to get there? Will the Epcot Monorail run back to MK after EMH?

Tina Napoli

Wow Shannon! It’s like you read my mind. I’ll be in WDW in two weeks and was just trying to figure out the best ways between Epcot and HS- this tool is so very helpful!

Sally-anne Tucker

I haven’t visited Disney for over 20 years and I am now finally taking my daughter there next June (very excited). I really want to travel the monorail into Magic Kingdom on the first day we visit but if its part of the route in from our hotel – Port Orleans French Quarter. It looks like we take the bus to MK but do you then need to take the monorail to enter the park or do we get dropped off right at the entrance. If is the latter is there a route I could take to ensure we need to use the monorail. Many thanks for your help

Susan Deming

Will the Navigator take into account the new security procedures at the Magic Kingdom. I need to get from my resort to Wilderness Lodge for dinner and had planned on busing to MK then onto a launch. With the new procedures I’ll have to go through security before I can get to the boat dock,right? But Magic Bands will still be scanned up closer to the railroad station, I’m assuming, so it won’t “cost” me a day’s pass to use MK as a transportation hub. Thanks!

Winton Richards

I have recently ridden the monorail to the Magic Kingdom and then gotten on the boat to the Wilderness Lodge, without having to go through security. I am sure the same applies for riding the bus – you won’t have to go through security to get on a boat.

Kimma

I heard that they now have buses that go from the parks to Disney Springs. Can you verify that?

Alecia

I’m looking for the best way to get from Epcot to Disney Springs for a 3:45 reservation.

Shelley

How early do the buses start running? Looking for the easiest way to get from the Contemporary to the Boardwalk for 7:30am breakfast reservations.

Thank you so much to everyone for your inputs. This is my families first trip to WDW and I been debating whether to get a rental car or use the shuttle. I don’t think I want to wait hours each day for their transportation and since I’m staying at WDW resort, I get a free parking pass anyway. I just booked a minivan for 9 days in June for $282 through Alamo at Orlando airport. I went through Costco if anyone is interested.

Dawn

Can’t believe I’m back on your site! Eeeek 🙂 we have planned a super last minute trip, and by super last minute, I mean like today, lol. You helped us tremendously on our 10 day trip last year so I’m hoping to reach out for a rescue now!

We are leaving Wednesday and plan to go to MVMCP Thursday and Friday nights. We bought tickets for the party but are staying off site this time due to unavailability on site so last minute. We flew last time and solely relied on Disney transportation from POR, which worked out great. But because of that I’m not sure about transportation this go around since we are driving.

I’ve seen the parking costs for MK. I’m guessing that applies for the party also. But we found an off site hotel that has free transportation to the ticket center at Epcot. My question is, what will it cost us to use the monorail from there to get to MK each day? And will we be able to get from MK back to T&T after the party each night? My daughter has her heart set on the monorail for some odd six year old reason, lol. I’m totally fine with doing it if it will work out but just trying to see if it makes more sense to just drive there and pay to park each night.

Jamie

Is there a way to get a cab (not uber) from Magic Kingdom to get to Pop Century? After a long day there we would like to get back to the hotel without any wait or hassle. If so, how much does it approximatly cost? Thanks for your help !

Jeff

Thanks so much for this article. My wife & I just experienced this nightmare. She’s a die hard Disney fan. I, on the other hand, after tonight’s transportation fiasco, have decided that if I never set foot in Disney parks again, I would be ok with that. That being said, your comment about a transportation app is dead on. They have magic bands to track where we stay, where we go, and what we buy, but a transportation app to track where THEY are is too difficult? Get on the ball, Disney.

Elliott

Good point Jeff! This is my biggest concern when we go for the first time next year.

Nancy

How early does the transportations begin at disney springs in the morning ? If i Park there,will i be able to take a bus to a hotel and then an another one to go to a major park?

Nancy

I mean before rope drop

Chris

We will be doing a split day between Epcot and Magic Kingdom (staying to watch Wishes).

Any transportation suggestions are welcome.

We will have a rental car at our disposal and not bothered with parking fees if this is a better option.

Sonia Lamp

My family and I will be staying at Bonnet Creek and going to Epcot on a Friday afternoon and evening in April. We want to watch Illuminations and then head over to the Boardwalk area to check out street performers, get ice cream, and hang out. But I’m stumped as to how we will get back to Bonnet Creek since Epcot will then be officially closed when we are done visiting the Boardwalk and we won’t be able to get back through to get to our car. I’m considering valet parking at Boardwalk Villas but I’ve read there is construction going on and parking is very limited there. Any other suggestions?

Steve

Parking is free at the Disney Springs garage. You can leave your car there and catch the bus to The Boardwalk and enter and leave Epcot from there. After you are done for the day/evening you can just hop on the bus from the resort back to Disney Springs to pick up the car,

Romo

You can move the car once Epcot closes. The hotels allow free parking if you are visiting.

Ann

I think it is fun to utilize Disney’s different means of transportation and is just part of enjoying WDW!

Our last visit on our arrival evening we left Pop Century by bus to the front of MK, where we then took a boat to Fort Wilderness. We went over to the Chip N Dale campfire and roasted Smores!!

The boat ride over was nice. It was a smaller boat and we saw wildlife along the way before landing at a sandy beach area.

Before we headed back to the hotel, we watched a light parade on the water and then saw the MK fireworks in the distance.

So neat to check out different areas in WDW.

This year I am going to take the bus from Pop to HS. Then from HS we will take the boat to the Intl Gateway entrance to Epcot’s World Showcase.

I know this seems like a round about way of getting there, but I want to start WS from France so I don’t wear myself out before I begin my walk around the world!!!

Belle is in France at 11am, so this should be perfect timing. I believe breakfast is available in France as well, so we me just get there earlier!!

Getting there can be half the fun.

Brooke

Hi! We will be staying at All Star Movies for our upcoming trip and have a few transportation questions. We are going to Animal Kingdom but will have dinner at the Animal Kingdom lodge after Animal Kingdom closes. What do you recommend is the best way to get from Animal Kingdom lodge back to All Star Movies after we eat? We will also be going to Magic Kingdom but will have lunch at Chef Mickey’s over at the Contemporary. What is the best way to and from the Contemporary from MK (I wasn’t sure if the monorail went straight to and from or if we will have to ride the whole place)? Thanks!!

Liberty

I would recommend taking a bus from Animal Kingdom Lodge to the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC), and there you will be able to get a bus to your resort.

The monorail does go directly from Magic Kingdom to the Contemporary Resort.

Dana Ferguson

Hi, I’m so stressed over making it to my ADR on time after my daughters BBB appointment. The appointment is at DTD BBB @ 12:30 and our ADR Akershus is at 2:45.
We will have a car, but I see on the map that the taxi station look very close to BBB as compared to the parking garage. Should we plan to taxi it? I’ve tried pushing back my ADR with no success and BBB is full on that date as well, so I have to make this work.

Thanks!

christie

We are staying at beach club the first week in December. I’m debating getting a park hopper only for the purpose of being able to use the monorail to get back and forth faster from Magic Kingdom. Is this even feasible? I’ve been told that we should plan on about an hour to get from beach club to magic kingdom by bus. We will be traveling with a 2 year old and will need to go back to the room to take a nap. If it truly is an hour one way that will be almost 4 hours of bus travel time per day!!! We are going to epcot one day then Mikey’s Magical Christmas Party that night. I just read that the monorail won’t run during the Christmas party because technically the park is closed!! I am also unsure how long a walk it is to Beach Club to the monorail stop within epcot. Thanks so much for helping this distraught momma figure out this issue!!

Betty

The Beach Club is a great location for Epcot and Hollywood Studios. You can walk to both or take a boat which is not long and fun. The monorail in Epcot to the Transportation center than another one to Magic Kingdom is located at the front of Epcot. The entrance you will enter staying at the Beach Club is at the back of Epcot. You will need to walk the distance from the back Epcot entrance to the front entrance and then take the monorail and switch at the transportation center. I would do this to go to the party and after the party, just take the bus back to the Beach Club. It will be late and your little one may be sleeping by that time. I like the option of Park Hopper because you can go to Hollywood studios half a day, take a nap or go to the pool and then go to Epcot at night by just walking. Have fun.

Susan Deming

What about park to park buses? If I want to go to Downtown after day in the Studios do I have to go to a resort and transfer to a HS bus?

rachel

take a bus to Saratoga Springs and walk to Downtown Disney. It’s a quick (and pretty) walk around the lake! 🙂

Katie LaMonaca

Hi Shannon,

I love the idea of taking a taxi back to our hotel after fireworks and park closings. Your podcast mentioned that the cabs will be lined up for passengers to jump in, but do you happen to know if these “ready to go” taxis have booster seats? Or, do you know what the FL laws are for the ages/heights/weights that children no longer need the booster? I have 5 and 9 year old boys, so I’m not sure.
Thanks for all you do!

Rachel

Hi,

We own a timeshare and are trying exchange our week to stay at a Disney deluxe resort. We realize this may not happen and need a plan B. We were looking into several resorts that are within walking distance of Disney resorts. Can we just walk over in the mornings and take buses to the parks we wish to attend? I have heard that the bus drivers require you to present your room card to ride in the mornings but we have never experienced that when we previously stayed on property. Any advice or help would be great, Thank you!

Lisa

That map would make a great t-shirt graphic!

Rebecca

I am staying at Caribbean beach and made dining reservations at the Boardwalk. What would be the quickest/easiest way to get there? I know they are close, but I honestly cannot remember seeing buses from our resort to the Boardwalk.

Thanks!

Venita

I am staying at Art of Animation in mid September. I have a dining reservation at chef mickey’s at 7:45 am. Will i be able to make it on time taking Disney’s transportation or do i need to get a taxi? It sounds like a lot of transfers and if everything starts running only an hour before the parks open I’m worried i won’t have time?!

Jay Porter

We will be staying offsite memorial day weekend and driving to magic kingdom. How early do we need to be headed to MK to beat crowds and make it to Rope Drop? Is 7 am early enough to make a 9 am opening? How bad can we expect traffic to be? How early do the ferries and monorail operate?

Chadwick

Hi Shannon,

My Wife and I love your site!!

My Question is, are we able to take a Cab to the MK or would we have to go to the Disney transportation center?

Samantha

I have two questions. My first one is how do I get to Epcot, Magic Kingdom, and Animal Kingdom if I’m staying off site? My second question is what is the fastest way to get from Animal Kingdom to Hollywood Studios? Thanks!

Samantha

By the way we will have a car. Thanks!

Jennifer

How do I get from Downtown Disney to Epcot?

Marcia

My granddaughter has an appointment at the Bobbity Boobbity in Downtown Disney, how do you suggest we get there and back to Magic Kingdom?

amanda

Hi Marcia,

It depends on where you are starting from. If you are starting out at your resort, then take the bus to downtown Disney. Then, when leaving, take a bus to one of the Magic Kingdom resorts, like Contemporary, Grand Floridian, or Polynesian. Then you could get on the monorail that would take you to Magic Kingdom.

Pam

We are visiting WDW during Spring Break (very crowded). We are staying at the Contemporary Resort & will have a rental car. To get to areas other than MK, is it faster/better to use Disney transportation or just drive ourselves to Epcot, AK, HS, etc.?

amanda

Hi Pam,
It’s always faster when you drive, especially during crowded times. You may have to wait on the buses a little longer during times like Spring Break. It just depends on the time and your preference. We have done it both ways. If you take the bus, you don’t have to worry about parking and then getting on the tram to take you to the gate. If you are staying on Disney property, you will not have to pay to park your car. It all will depend really on your preference, but in my opinion, driving is quicker than the buses.

Dee

We have breakfast reservations at Tusker House in Animal Kingdom but later in the day we are hopping to Magic Kingdom. Animal Kingdom closes at 7 but Magic is open till 9 or 10. If we take a bus from AK to MK, can we take a bus back once MK closes or is it best to drive? ALSO if we drive, do we have to pay parking again?

amanda

Hi Dee,
If you stay on Disney property, you will not have to pay for parking at any of the parks. Also, the buses run a couple of hours after park closing. You will be able to get back to your resort without any problem; maybe just waiting.

Steve H.

My family and I (four of us) are staying at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista right by Downtown Disney. We are checking in on Christmas Eve and going to the Magic Kingdom on Christmas Day. I booked the hotel with points so I didn’t have much choice in where I was staying as we planned our trip late. I believe the Magic Kingdom has early morning hours on Christmas day opening at 7:00 am. We would like to be at the front gate at 6:30 am so we can get in as early as possible. I am told the hotel’s bus transportation doesn’t start picking up until 6:30 am so I am wondering what our best alternative is to getting over to the MK early. I am considering driving, taking a cab, or if the Disney Transportation started up early enough catching a bus at Downtown Disney. Can someone provide some advice?

Thanks
Steve

Bryan

If we have a toddler and an infant, do the taxi services provide proper carseats for them?

Wendy

For our first trip – 2013 – I panicked about transportation for the week- not knowing what to expect. in addition to WDWPrep stuff, my best tool was the OLP Transportation Wizard app- TWiz for short. You select your starting point and destination in WDW and it provides a list of recommended transportation options and the expected time to use each form of transportation. I used this very successfully to make decisions and to know which forms of transportation were available for each route. The app is available for both iOS and Android. It’s worth a try if you’re new to WDW!

John

We stayed at Riverside last time and our room was old and dirty. I have heard Riverside has something called “Royal Rooms” that are nicer/newer. Is that true?

Sylvia

John yes thats true. The royal rooms are geared more towards little (or Big) princesses. There is only a 2 bed option since it is geared towards families. The rooms have a bit of a story line that makes them extra special. The story line is that the room belongs to one of the Disney Princesses and some of the other Disney royal couples have given gifts that decorate the room. Its pretty adorable. You can always go to YouTube.com to see a room tour.

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