Whether you’re visiting the Walt Disney World Resort as a day guest or staying at one of the resort hotels for a week, here is a complete guide to all of the transportation options Disney has to offer. The best news of all is that the bus, water and monorail transportation, as well as Disney’s Magical Express, are all complimentary across property!
Disney’s bus transportation system is one of the easiest ways to navigate the Walt Disney World Resort. Guests can take advantage of complimentary bus service to and from all four theme parks, two water parks, Disney resort hotels and the Disney Springs area. Guests do not need to be staying at a Disney hotel to take advantage of this service; however, it is one of the biggest perks of staying on property.
Walt Disney himself loved water, and that is shown in the amount of watercrafts offered throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. First and foremost, guests can enjoy a ride on the Seven Seas Lagoon via ferryboat to and from the Ticket and Transportation Center to the Magic Kingdom Park (the only other way to access this park is via the monorail). The Magic Kingdom Park is also accessible via water taxi to guests staying at the following resorts: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are also accessible via water taxi, with boats taking off from: Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, Disney’s BoardWalk Villas, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Villas, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Walt Disney World Swan Hotel and Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel.
Finally, Disney Springs is accessible via ferryboat from: Disney’s Port Orleans Resort—French Quarter, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort—Riverside, Disney’s Old Key West Resort and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa.
Take to the sky for your transportation through Disney! The world-famous monorail takes guests to and from the Ticket and Transportation Center to Epcot, the Magic Kingdom Park or the resorts surrounding Magic Kingdom. Once guests park in the main Magic Kingdom parking lot, they can then either walk or take a tram to the Ticket and Transportation Center. There, you have an option for three monorail beams: non-stop service from the TTC is offered to and from the Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot, while the third monorail makes stops at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Contemporary Resort before returning to the TTC.
Disney’s Magical Express
If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, Disney’s Magical Express offers you and your family a free ride to and from the Orlando International Airport! Board a coach bus and ride in comfort to and from your hotel on the approximately 30-minute ride. The best news of all is that you don’t even have to pick up your luggage, as it magically appears at your room a few hours later! With Disney’s Magic Express, you can bypass the luggage carousel and get right to the action of starting your Disney vacation!
Minnie Van Service
The Minnie Van service works through the Lyft app on Walt Disney World Resort property, taking guests anywhere they want to go, whether it’s to and from a theme park or even to another resort. Rides are $25 and can accommodate up to six people, including two car seats. Simply launch the Lyft app on your phone and book your Minnie Van (styled after Minnie Mouse herself!) during your next Walt Disney World Resort stay!
If you are driving your car, there are plenty of options for you! All theme parks offer daily parking for a fee (you only have to pay once if you plan to park hop!), while Disney resort guests or Annual Passholders can drive their car and park for free at any park. Parking is currently free at the two water parks and at Disney Springs for all guests. Disney has instituted overnight parking fees at all hotels, and those rates vary based on the tier of the hotel. Valet parking is also available at deluxe resorts, deluxe villas and at Disney Springs for an additional cost.
One thing to note is that Disney has cracked down on guests parking at resorts without a hotel or dining reservation. All resorts now only accept cars that have a valid reservation, and you must show proof. Guests visiting a resort for a dining reservation are not charged for parking.