How to navigate with Disney World transportation – PREP007

Disney World provides free transportation to get between the theme parks, resorts and Downtown Disney but...

...how do you put it all together and figure out the best way to get between places during your trip?

I've got tips on how to do that plus a quick tip that will help you keep your pants dry.

These are notes from this episode. There's much more info included in the audio so be sure to listen to the episode for a better explanation.

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Disney World transportation

One of my biggest mistakes on our first Disney World trip was not understanding how to navigate with Disney World transportation.

  • There are 3 main forms of Disney World transportation - buses, monorail and ferries
  • People staying in a Value Resort, Moderate Resort, Animal Kingdom Lodge and a couple of DVC resorts will be using buses to get anywhere from their resort (Port Orleans resorts can take a boat to Downtown Disney)
  • Pop Century, Art of Animation and Animal Kingdom Lodge have their own buses and don't share with other resorts
  • People staying at Deluxe Resorts use a combo of buses, ferries, monorail and walking
  • Downtown Disney does not have buses directly to the theme parks (although there's currently a test until the end of October 2013 for a bus that goes directly between Animal Kingdom and Downtown Disney starting at 3 p.m. daily)
  • Downtown Disney and all theme parks have buses to all resorts
  • To get between resorts, you need to figure out the connection point that you'll use (theme parks and Downtown Disney serve as connection points). The map below (click to make it bigger) can help you figure out the best connection point.

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Special transportation situations:

  • When traveling to Ft. Wilderness, you will need to take the internal buses there to get where you're going so plan for that added layer of transportation that doesn't exist at other resorts.
  • For early character dining reservations, character dining buses begin running around 6:30 or 7 a.m., even though Disney says that their buses begin 1 hour before the parks open.

Other forms of transportation

There are a couple of ways to travel that are an additional cost for your trip but can be really convenient.

  • Rental cars - can get these at the Orlando airport or at the WDW Car Care Center on-site.
  • Taxis - recommended for early reservations (especially when traveling between resorts) and after nighttime shows. Use the taxi fare estimator to estimate the cost.

Quick tip of the day

Take a towel from your hotel room and pack it in your backpack. Use it to wipe off wet seats, save a spot for a parade, provide shade to a little one in a stroller or whatever other reason you find.

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