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Walt Disney World Bus System

(Please also see the page covering the Disney’s Magical Express airport transfer service)

Last Updated February 2017

The Walt Disney World theme parks, water parks and other entertainment areas can attract hundreds of thousands of visitors per day, and moving them around the property efficiently is a major logistical challenge. While you can drive your own car if you prefer, Disney operates an extensive fleet of more than 300 buses which can (and usually do) transport guests quickly and efficiently from the resorts to the theme parks and other destinations within the Walt Disney World area.

Bus Wait Time screen at Riverside (South Depot at 12:02pm on 22 Aug 2014)

Bus Wait Time screen at Riverside (South Depot at 12:02pm on 22 Aug 2014)

The theme park buses normally leave their home depots at 6:30am and officially start running from the resorts by 7am, although the first one will usually be earlier than that. They continue until roughly 1½ hours after each park has closed, or until the last guests have been picked up to make sure that everyone gets home safely. A bus for every destination should arrive at least once every 20 minutes, and more frequently during peak demand periods. Special buses for guests attending early character breakfasts used to be provided but these have now been discontinued and you’ll need to use the regular services instead (possibly including a change of bus) so perhaps consider taking a taxi if you need to get to another resort hotel especially early.

The Disney Springs bus service does not commence as early as the theme park routes, and first drop-off at Disney Springs is usually by around 8am (or one hour before Typhoon Lagoon opens, to allow guests to transfer).

Once the buses leave the resort area (i.e. after all the internal pickup stops) the journey times are fairly short. You should be at the Magic Kingdom within about 10-13 minutes, Epcot or Disney Hollywood Studios will take about 9-12 minutes, while Animal Kingdom is the furthest away at nearer 20 minutes.

The two Port Orleans resorts sometimes share a common bus service, although at busy times — such as at park opening or just after a fireworks display at park closing time — each resort will have separate direct buses. Disney uses a GPS tracking system to monitor its fleet and they also check the current queue lines to determine when and where extra services are needed, so you should never be left waiting for too long – although after a long day walking around Epcot, “too long” can become a somewhat subjective term!

To help improve waiting times during busier periods of the day, in August 2014 work was carried out to modify the bus stop kerbside areas to allow the use of double-length “bendy buses” at Port Orleans, which are now in fairly regular use, especially for the Magic Kingdom route during the busier parts of the day. Also in August 2015 an Internal Shuttle service was introduced, running in combination with the Disney Springs bus route.

Trialled initially for a couple of years at the Riverside South Depot, as from early 2016 all of the Port Orleans bus stops now feature a dedicated Wait Time screen which displays the currently expected arrival times for buses for each destination. The system is pretty accurate but of course there can still be occasions when times change if a bus becomes full and gets diverted, or when they add an extra bus to a route.

Port Orleans French Quarter Bus Stops

The two Port Orleans French Quarter bus stations

The two Port Orleans French Quarter bus stations

The “Blues” and “Jazz” bus stations at Port Orleans French Quarter are located right outside the main Port Orleans Square building, just on the right hand side as you exit from the main building.

The first station (A) is the stopping point for buses to Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Disney Springs while the second station (B) handles the buses destined for the Magic Kingdom and Disney Hollywood Studios. For Blizzard Beach change at Animal Kingdom, and for Typhoon Lagoon use the Disney Springs bus.

French Quarter bus information signage

French Quarter bus information signage

Please be aware that when a combined service is operating, French Quarter will be the first stop but collecting from the four Riverside Depots can add a further 10-15 minutes to your journey time before the bus finally heads off to its destination.

The Riverside ‘South Depot’ bus stops

The Riverside ‘South Depot’ bus stops

The main (South Depot) bus stop at Port Orleans Riverside is located to the right as you exit from the Sassagoula Steamboat Company main building, just outside the rear exit of Fulton’s General Store. For the theme park bus services, this is usually the final pickup before the bus departs for its park destination.

The first station (Blue Bayou Platform) is the stopping point for buses to Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Disney Springs while the second station (River Delta Platform) handles the buses destined for the Magic Kingdom and Disney Hollywood Studios. For Blizzard Beach change at Animal Kingdom, and for Typhoon Lagoon use the Disney Springs bus.

There are three smaller bus stops located clockwise around the Sassagoula Circle perimeter road, with about a two-minute drive between each Depot.

  • The first stop is the West Depot, serving Alligator Bayou Lodges 24-26 and 28-35.
  • The second stop is the North Depot, serving Alligator Bayou Lodges 36-39 and also Acadian House.
  • The third stop is the East Depot, which is located behind Magnolia Terrace and also serves the rear sections of Oak Manor and Parterre Place.

The other buildings are probably best served by the main South Depot, but please check the resort map to see which stop would be closest for your particular room.

The Routing Dilemma

Theme Parks

The routes taken by buses used to vary significantly by park, but as from December 2015 a new simpler routing plan has been introduced. If a combined service is operating, the shared buses will call first at French Quarter, then progress on to the Riverside stops. Within Riverside, theme park buses now call at the West Depot first, then North Depot and East Depot, and finally the South Depot before departing for the park.

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In an effort to reduce overcrowding and wait times during the peak demand period, it was announced in December 2016 that the service from Riverside to the Magic Kingdom would be operated using two separate buses from roughly 8am until 11am. The first bus will serve the South Depot only, and the other will cater solely for the three outlying circle Depots, West, North and East. This should make using the outlying stops a much more attractive proposition for guests visiting the Magic Kingdom in the morning.

Disney Springs / Internal Shuttle

The Disney Springs service is the only exception to the above rule, calling first at French Quarterand then Riverside South, West, Northand East, then finally adding an extra stop back at French Quarterbefore heading back to Disney Springs. The marquees on the buses will update to read “Internal Resort Shuttle” upon entering the resort area and then switch back to either “Disney Springs / Typhoon Lagoon” or just “Disney Springs” before leaving the resort area. Note: Disney Springs buses now ONLY travel to the newly-opened central ‘Landings’ bus terminus located behind Planet Hollywood, between the two multi-story parking garages.

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Operational Information

The dispatch system is computer assisted and the buses are tracked around property using a GPS locater system. New buses can be added to a route if a driver reports that there are long lines at a particular location and guests are being left behind, and routes can also be adjusted based on other factors such as driver shift changes, etc. Sometimes a completely full bus will not even visit all of the remaining stops (other than to drop off existing passengers) instead calling for an additional bus to be sent out. So think of these as not so much Rules but more Guidelines.

It might help to explain how the Disney bus system works if you realise that the buses do not technically run from a resort to the parks and back, but rather from a specific park to the resorts and back. While this might sound like a purely semantic difference, the operational ‘Hubs’ from which the buses are dispatched are located at all of the parks and at Disney Springs (plus a few backup locations, one of which is at French Quarter by the way). Thus a bus which comes from Animal Kingdom needs to return to its own base hub, even if there are a lot of guests at the resort waiting to go to a different destination. The buses are routinely re-routed from their hubs, based on demand, but generally cannot switch to a different park destination once they get to a resort.

When Do the Two Resorts Share Buses?

The ‘North Depot’, between the Alligator Bayou and Magnolia Bend areas

The ‘North Depot’, between the Alligator Bayou and Magnolia Bend areas

The theme park buses officially start operating at 7am, although sometimes you might find buses commence a little earlier than that as they leave their home depot at about 6:30am. Many routes operate independent services for French Quarter and Riverside (especially at busier times of day) but shared services calling at both resorts generally operate as follows:

Magic Kingdom:Shared service for the first few buses very early in the morning only (for early character breakfasts)
Disney’s Hollywood Studios:Shared service for the first few buses very early in the morning only (for early character breakfasts)
Epcot:Shared service for the first few buses very early in the morning (for early character breakfasts) and also during the middle of the day, 11am—4pm
Disney’s Animal Kingdom:Shared service 11am—park closing.
Disney Springs:Shared service all day, also incorporating an Internal Resort Shuttle service for travel within Port Orleans.

At other times, the two resorts generally operate independent bus services. The switch from the initial early-morning POFQ/POR shared service back to the regular morning routing does not seem to happen at any fixed time, depending instead on factors like which parks have early Extra Magic Hours and the current level of demand. However you can expect the shared service to operate until around 7:30-8am. The last few buses late at night may operate a shared service too.

Return Transportation

All of the theme parks and Disney Springs have separate waiting areas clearly marked for every resort. During shared periods, just look for signs indicating the “Port Orleans” waiting area. Otherwise, watch out for separate signs for “Riverside” or “French Quarter”. The destination will also be indicated on illuminated displays on the front of each bus.

Return buses will continue to run for about an hour and a half after park closure (including any Extra Magic Hours) so it’s sometimes worthwhile hanging around in the park for a while longer rather than exiting with the rest of the crowds immediately after a fireworks finalé. The Disney Springs return service finishes at 2am.

Getting to the Walt Disney World Water Parks

For the past few years, guests wishing to travel to Walt Disney World’s two water parks — Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon — had to first take a bus to Disney Springs and then change to a different service for their chosen water park. However as from Sunday 17th March 2019 the Disney resort hotels are once again offering direct bus services for each water park. The initial press release was a little unclear as to how the Port Orleans routes would work, but now the service has started the details are as follows:

The first pickup is at French Quarter, followed by the Riverside South Depot (only). There are currently no further pickups around the Riverside outer circle route (West, North, East) so Riverside guests will need to make their way to the South Depot in order to get to either of the water parks . This could be done using any of the theme park buses if the walking distance from your room is excessive. Return drop-off stops from the water parks will be in the same order.

Guests wishing to travel from a theme park to a water park still need to change though, by first boarding a bus to the most convenient resort and then changing to a direct water park service from there.

Transferring Between Disney Resort Hotels

An Epcot bus arriving at the ‘East Depot’ in the Magnolia Bend area

An Epcot bus arriving at the ‘East Depot’ in the Magnolia Bend area

Unfortunately, while Disney’s bus service is generally pretty efficient at getting you to the parks, it’s not so well designed for quick transportation between the various resort hotels.

If you’ve got a meal booked at one of the other resort hotels for example, the only way to get there by Disney transportation is to first take a bus to one of the theme parks, or Disney Springs if the parks have already closed, and then change to a second bus to get you to your required hotel. Generally, it’s a good idea to allow yourself around an hour and a half for most routes to be safe, and try to avoid changing at any of the theme parks close to their closing times as you may experience long waits.

If you’re trying to get to an early Character Breakfast at another resort hotel and you don’t have access to a car, I would strongly suggest you consider taking a taxi, which will probably cost you around $15 but will make your morning a lot less stressful than trying to catch two buses before 8am.

If you’re going for a meal at the Contemporary Resort — such as Chef Mickey’s — first get a bus to the Magic Kingdom and then walk over to the Contemporary, it’s only a few minutes away from the bus stop.

For the Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Wilderness Lodge or Fort Wilderness you may find that catching one of the small local ferry boats which dock just in front of the Magic Kingdom will be quicker than waiting for a second bus. The monorail is also a good option for the Contemporary, Polynesian and Grand Floridian (with stops occurring in that order).

For the Epcot area resorts — Yacht and Beach Clubs, Boardwalk, Swan/Dolphin — first get the bus to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and then take the free ferry boat service from the dock just outside the theme park gates (there is also a walking path which takes about 20 minutes). The Hollywood Studios option will usually be easier than the alternative of getting the bus to Epcot and walking through the park, and it does not require theme park admission.

Waiting Times and Tips

One of the problems with the Port Orleans resort is its sheer size. There are more than 3,000 rooms spread out over a very large area, with a total of five bus stops servicing them all. It doesn’t take much imagination to realise that there are occasions, especially when the parks are very busy, that the bus service can become a little... well, shall we say “strained”? (See also the FAQ entry on this subject)

  • If you are planning something time-critical — such as seeing a show or getting to a dining reservation on time — you should allow yourself at least one hour from arriving at the bus stop to allow for having just missed a bus, a bus turning up full, additional stops around the resort, and any delays getting through security and into the park. If you also need to change transportation, for example to get to another resort hotel, you should allow at least an hour and a half for safety.
     
  • The most obvious place to catch a bus is the route’s first pickup point, but if that bus then progresses on to each of the four Riverside Depots in turn then your journey time could easily be doubled. However choosing the last pickup point runs the risk of there being standing room only, or even no room at all. If this happens, Disney are usually quick to allocate extra buses to the route — but that doesn’t help you much if you’re waiting impatiently to get to the Magic Kingdom to watch the night-time parade in 30 minutes and one bus has just gone past full. I would suggest allowing yourself a little extra time at especially busy periods, and adjust your waiting-point strategy depending on your destination (see above).
     
  • Buses arriving at French Quarter

    Buses arriving at French Quarter

  • If you really need to get to your destination as quickly as possible you may wish to consider using a rental car if you have one, or taking a taxi, as this will often prove faster than taking a Disney bus (since there will be no queues, no wait for the bus to arrive, and no interim stops). The one exception to this is when you are traveling to the Magic Kingdom, in which case you need to make an extra journey by monorail or ferryboat from your car to the theme park entrance which can delay you a bit. Uber is also becoming a very popular choice, and is generally reported to be cheaper than getting a regular taxi.
     
  • At the end of your day when you’ve just watched Wishes and you’re heading back to your hotel room, please remember that there will be thousands of other people who have the same idea. Disney do mostly run separate services for each resort at park closing times, but even so the lines for Riverside in particular can get pretty long during peak summer or holiday periods — even with some buses arriving seemingly nose-to-tail. If the lines for Riverside become too lengthy, it’s sometimes worth catching the first bus for French Quarter and then walking back over to Riverside — it’s not much more than a ten minute walk, and even shorter to some of the mansion buildings.
     
    Also, do remember that no-one is forcing you to leave the park just yet. Stay a while and enjoy those thinning crowds and the beautiful evening illumination, or perhaps do a bit of late-night shopping (believe me, Disney will happily take your money until at least an hour after the official park closing time). Then meander your way back to the now emptier bus stop after all the other sheep have departed and you’ll probably have a much more pleasant journey home.
     
  • If you are worried that you may have missed the last bus back to your resort at night, speak to one of the Disney Transportation cast members and they will try to find a way to get you home.
     
  • All Disney buses are very disability friendly. If you or a member of your party needs to use a wheelchair or an ECV (electric vehicle) you will be given priority and loaded on and off the bus before any other passengers. Access is via the middle doorway, and each bus has a platform lift and a dedicated area to park and lock-down wheelchairs so that the user does not need to transfer.

For more information on any of the Disney bus routes or timetables, call 1-407-WDW-RIDE (1-407-939-7433).

 

Note: There are separate pages providing information on the airport transfers, the Sassagoula River Ferry to Disney Springs, and for other Ground Transportation options such as taxis, rental cars, public bus services, etc.

 
 
 
   

Sours: https://www.portorleans.org/buses.php

Complete guide to Disney World transportation (bus, monorail, + more)

Disney World is roughly the size of San Francisco. That means, if you’re heading there, you’ll need a plan for how you’ll get around.

The good news is, Disney World transportation is amazingly efficient and easy to learn.

Ready to find out more? Here’s everything you need to know about navigating Disney World transportation, including buses, the Disney Skyliner, the monorail, boats, schedules, and more.

(We even have a handy transportation tool that will show you the best way to get around the Walt Disney World Resort! More on that below, too.)

Let’s get started…

Masks on Disney World transportation

Masks are required for guests, including those who are vaccinated, while on all Disney World transportation, except for ferries. Masks must also be worn at transportation entrances.

Transportation is also back to “normal,” meaning no more physical distancing, barriers between seats to separate parties are gone, and standing is once again allowed on buses and the monorail.

Forms of Disney World transportation

As you can imagine, the size of Walt Disney World makes good transportation a must.

To help you get around, Disney uses several different forms of transport within its system:

  • buses
  • monorail
  • boats (sometimes known as Friendships) and ferries
  • Minnie Vans (currently unavailable)
  • gondolas (Disney Skyliner) 
Gondolas

And the best part?

Most of the options are free.

Another huge perk with Disney transportation is that you don’t have to be staying onsite to use any of it.

All visitors to Disney World – whether they are staying onsite or off – can use any of the transportation options listed below.

Disney World Transportation 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!

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.

Disney World Buses

The Walt Disney World buses will take you just about anywhere on property and are the main form of transportation throughout the entire resort.

Disney bus

It’s also free and typically is fairly reliable.

And as an added bonus, some of the newer buses even have charging ports and WiFi.

Disney World Bus Schedule

Buses for different parks typically begin running at slightly different times, depending on each park’s schedule.

With park hours constantly changing, it’s hard to give an exact time of when buses will begin running in the mornings

According to Disney, bus service between Disney Resort hotels and theme parks begins 45 minutes prior to opening and ends 1 hour after closing.

For Disney Springs, buses are available during operating hours and end 1 hour after closing.

Disney bus interior seats

But, sometimes, buses run anywhere from 60 to 90 minute prior to official park opening. For example, if Magic Kingdom has an opening time of 9 a.m., buses can start arriving at resorts between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m.

It’s best to be prepared and manage your time wisely. We recommend, especially if your goal is to be on the first bus of the day, to show up to the bus stop early — no later than around 1 hour before the park opens.

You should also always give yourself at least 60 to 90 minutes for transportation. You never know if there will be delays, long lines, etc.

During peak times, buses for the parks usually arrive at least every 20 minutes or so. During non-peak times (like in the afternoon), the wait may be a bit longer.

Unfortunately, unlike a city transportation system, there is no set schedule for buses.

If you are waiting for a bus at a resort, however, you can check to see when the next one is set to arrive.

The bus stops at the resorts have handy display boards like this one:

Bus Schedule

How to see bus wait times in My Disney Experience

Or, if you’d rather, the My Disney Experience app will also show you when the next bus is scheduled to arrive to your resort.

You must have a Disney Resort hotel reservation and be logged into your Disney account in order to see bus times at your resort via the My Disney Experience app.

My Disney Experience —> Resort Hotel

My Disney Experience bus wait times

Unfortunately, the parks and Disney Springs don’t have anything similar that will tell you when the next bus is scheduled to arrive. You can only find out bus arrival info at the resorts.

Park Bus stops

Bus stops for all of the parks are located outside of the main entrance.

There are giant Bus Directory signs nearby that will direct you to the correct gate for your resort.

Disney bus stop directory

The gate numbers can change from day-to-day so it is a good idea to always check your resort’s location.

Resort Bus Stops

As for the resorts, the number of bus stops at each resort varies and depends upon the size of the resort itself.

The Value resorts (Pop Century, Art of Animation, All-Star Sports, All-Star Music, All-Star Movies) plus the Disney Deluxe Resorts all have only 1 bus stop that is located at or near the front entrance/main building.

Port Orleans-French Quarter, which is a moderate resort, also only has 1 bus stop.

Most of the Moderate Resorts (Port Orleans-Riverside, Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs) all have multiple internal bus-stops as do both Old Key West and Saratoga Springs (Deluxe Villa Resorts). 

What about bus sharing?

Some resorts share buses, meaning that 1 bus will go to multiple different resorts.

For example, it isn’t unusual for the All-Star resorts to share a bus or for Port Orleans-Riverside and Port Orleans-French Quarter to share. 

Sharing is less likely during the busy morning hours or at park closing, though. 

Monorail

We’re not sure that there is any more iconic form of Disney transportation than the monorail.

Monorail

Disney’s Monorail service connects 3 resorts (Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Contemporary) and 2 parks (Magic Kingdom and Epcot).

And at the center of it all is the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC), which is kind of like the main transportation hub for Walt Disney World. We have more on exactly what it is below.

There are 3 separate monorail lines: 

  • Express Line which runs from the Transportation and Ticket Center to Magic Kingdom
  • Resort Line which runs between Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and the Transportation and Ticket Center.
  • Epcot Line which runs between the Transportation and Ticket Center and Epcot

Important: At this time, monorail service is temporarily suspended to Epcot and Polynesian.

Monorail Schedule

The schedule for the monorail tends to vary a lot because, unfortunately, it is prone to operating under reduced capacity due to maintenance issues.

Officially Disney states, “The Walt Disney World Monorail System operates from 30 minutes prior to earliest park opening until one hour after latest park closing,” however, we always recommend you check at your resort for the most up-to-date schedule.

Transportation and Ticket Center

The Transportation and Ticket Center (or TTC) is the transportation hub for all of Walt Disney World.

The TTC is where you park if you drive to Magic Kingdom. It is also the only place you can catch (or transfer to) the monorail to Epcot.

If you plan to take a taxi or Uber/Lyft to Magic Kingdom, this is the official drop-off spot for that, as well as being the place where some of the offsite buses drop off guests for Magic Kingdom. 

You can also purchase tickets here, snag the ferryboat to Magic Kingdom, and even grab a cup of coffee or snack from the Joffrey’s stand.

Boats and Water Taxis

Disney World has LOTS of water and with that comes lots of options for water transportation.

Disney boat

Boats and water taxis routes

You can access the parks via a boat or water taxi from the following resorts:

Magic Kingdom

Keep in mind that some of the water taxis from the above resorts may be limited. Here’s what is open at the Disney Resort hotels right now.

disney boat water taxi

Epcot and Hollywood Studios

Disney Springs is also accessible via boat from these resorts:

Note: Boats are not running to Disney Springs at this time.

Resort to Resort

  • Contemporary – Fort Wilderness – Wilderness Lodge (Blue Flag route)

Boat Schedule

The schedule for the boats and water taxis can vary, and of course the tricky weather in Florida can be an issue. We recommend you inquire at your resort upon your arrival for an updated schedule. Most routes run on 15- to 30-minute intervals.

Ferryboat (Magic Kingdom only)

In addition to all the water taxis, Disney also operates ferryboats between the Transportation and Ticket Center and Magic Kingdom.

Ferryboat schedule

These boats – the Richard F. Irvine, the Admiral Joe Fowler, and the General Joe Potter – are large vessels capable of transporting around 600 guests at a time.

Ferryboat Schedule

The ferry boats typically begin running around 30-45 minutes before park opening and up until about 90 minutes after the parks close.

Minnie Vans (currently unavailable)

Minnie Vans are a premium service and are about as close to door-to-door service as you can get at a theme park.

At first, Minnie Vans charged a flat rate, but now fees are determined by a distanced-based model. Disney’s Minnie Vans charge a $15 flat rate plus additional cost per mile. 

Minnie Van

When they first started, Minnie Vans were limited to only onsite guests but that has since changed. Minnie Vans are now available across the entire Walt Disney World resort area and anybody can use them (not just Walt Disney World Resort guests).

We really love Minnie Vans and have written an entire post all about how Minnie Vans work and what to expect if you take one.

Minnie Van Schedule

Minnie Vans are temporarily unavailable. When available, they typically run between 6:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m.

Disney Skyliner (gondolas)

The Disney Skyliner gondola system is the newest transportation option and connects 4 different resorts to 2 theme parks:

Resorts:

  • Art of Animation (shares station with Pop Century)
  • Pop Century (shares station with Art of Animation)
  • Caribbean Beach (home to the main station where you transfer if heading to Hollywood Studios)
  • Riviera Resort

Theme Parks:

  • Hollywood Studios
  • Epcot (via the International Gateway)

The gondolas are adorable and, aside from mishaps at the beginning, they have been operating smoothly.

Gondola Disney Skyliner

Because of the uniqueness of this transportation option we have an entire post dedicated to explaining how the Disney Skyliner works if you would like more information.

If you’re in need of some dining ideas, be sure to also check out our dining on the Disney Skyliner post.

Skyliner Schedule

Probably the most frustrating thing about the new Skyliner is the schedule.

The schedule isn’t published ahead of time and typically you are only able to see the current day’s schedule posted on signs outside of the stations.

disney skyliner schedule

Generally, they start running 1 hour prior to park opening and usually go until 90 minutes after park closing.

However, keep in mind that they undergo extensive testing each morning before starting up (which can sometimes delay the opening) and that they do not operate during inclement weather.

When it comes to boarding, depending on your party size, you may have to share a gondola with other guests. Sometimes you’ll be lucky enough to score your own gondola.

Because of the possibility for long lines and the fact that the weather can force the gondolas to pause operations, if you plan to arrive for park opening we typically don’t recommend you use the Skyliner unless you absolutely have to.

Other ways to get around

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

When it comes to using Lyft or Uber, we encourage you to review current policies for both companies before riding, and for general information on how ride sharing at Disney World works you can read our post on why we prefer Lyft.

If you choose to rent a car, costs can add up between paying for the rental, gas, and paying to park at the resorts. But the trade-off is that you’ll be in control of your arrival time to the parks. You won’t have to rely on a bus or boat or monorail or gondola.

It’s also important to note that at this time there are no parking lot trams operating, meaning you’ll have to walk from wherever you parked to the front of the park.

In some instances the walk won’t be that bad, but if you arrive later in the day you, may find that you’ll have quite a distance to hoof it.

We have found that the parking lots typically open up about an hour before the park is scheduled to open.

Going from Value and Moderate Resorts to theme parks

Until the Disney Skyliner opened up in September of 2019, guests staying at all Value and Moderate resorts only had 1 option to get to all 4 parks: bus.

But, now guests at Caribbean Beach, Art of Animation, and Pop Century have the option to take the Disney Skyliner (gondolas) to Epcot and Hollywood Studios.

Note: Disney frequently has bus service to and from Epcot for Art of Animation guests.

Guests staying at those resorts wishing to go to any other park will have to take a bus.

And, for guests at all other Value and Moderate resorts, the only option for all 4 parks is bus.

Going from Deluxe Resorts 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, Grand Floridian, and Polynesian can also walk to MK).

Boardwalk resorts (Boardwalk, Yacht Club, Beach Club, Swan, & Dolphin) can take a Friendship or walk to Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Buses are available to the other parks.

Guests staying at Disney’s Riviera (Deluxe Villa) have the option to take the Disney Skyliner to Epcot and Hollywood Studios.

Note: while the Skyliner is open, bus service to Hollywood Studios and Epcot from Disney’s Rivera Resort will be reduced to once per hour.

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

Poly monorail sign

How do you travel between resorts at Disney World?

Traveling from resort to resort is one of the most difficult things to figure out at Disney World.

Want to get there fast? Use Lyft/Uber or a taxi

We’ve often considered making a dining reservation at a hotel, but changed our mind once we thought about getting to and from the restaurant.

At least we would do that until we discovered just how easy it is to use a rideshare service or taxi at Disney world.

Hands down the quickest (and easiest) way to get between resorts is often by taxi or Lyft/Uber.

We don’t think this option is used enough at Disney World.

It doesn’t usually cost more than $10 or $15 for a taxi (less for a Lyft/Uber) and can get you to your destination within a few minutes.

Disney’s Minnie Vans are also an option for a $15 flat rate plus additional cost per mile. 

Sours: https://wdwprepschool.com/how-to-navigate-with-disney-world-transportation/
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Shopping is a breeze at Walt Disney World Resort, thanks to complimentary merchandise delivery to your Disney Resort hotel.

Take advantage of this convenient service—and enjoy the parks without extra baggage! Merchandise delivery is available during your stay at any Disney Resort hotel for purchases made:

  • In-store at select Walt Disney World shops
  • Through the Shop Disney Parks mobile app (valid for merchandise in stock at Walt Disney World Resort)

Pickup Location
When staying at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, you can arrange to have your merchandise delivered to Panchito's Gifts and Sundries, where it will be available for pickup later.

About the Shop Disney Parks Mobile App
You can shop for authentic Disney theme park merchandise right from your mobile device. Download the Shop Disney Parks mobile app and start browsing from thousands of Walt Disney World products!

Looking for a special way to surprise your loved ones—or treat yourself—during your stay at Walt Disney World Resort? You can place an order through the app up to 2 days in advance of your visit. When you arrive at your Disney Resort hotel, your merchandise will be waiting for you at the pickup location.

Learn more about merchandise delivery and pickup at Walt Disney World Resort.

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22 Secrets To Getting Around Disney World

This is an unofficial transportation map of the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The subway-style map shows all Disney transportation lines, such as buses, trains, boats and monorails, between the theme parks, water parks, Disney Springs and resorts.

Explore the interactive map below or download this sample image. The map is now also available as a high-quality poster print.

Please note that this map may contain errors or outdated information. Always check the latest information by asking cast members or checking signage before using Disney transportation.

1 December 2020:

  • Added walking route between Magic Kingdom and Grand Floridian
  • Removed bus stops at Dolphin and Swan Resorts (now serviced by non-Disney Mears shuttles)

7 July 2019:

  • Updated Hollywood Studios parking lot names

2 March 2019:

  • Added Disney Springs Resort Area hotels
  • Added new Grapefruit Garage at Disney Springs
  • Added Discovery River in Animal Kingdom
  • Added names to all waterways and lakes
  • Added Future World West and Future World East in Epcot
  • Added different areas in ESPN Wide World of Sports
  • Made various style changes (for instance: Magic Kingdom is now a circle, increased font sizes throughout, made map landscape instead of square)
  • Thank you to Greg for the following suggestions:
    • Removed bus service from Epcot to Typhoon Lagoon
    • Added one-way bus service from theme parks to Disney Springs
    • Made internal bus from Wilderness Lodge to Fort Wilderness continue as yellow bus
    • Made bus from Magic Kingdom to Wilderness continue to Fort Wilderness
    • Split Magic Kingdom bus between Boardwalk Inn and Swan & Dolphin Resorts
    • Split Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios buses between two Port Orleans Resorts
    • Removed Barbados at Caribben Beach

5 February 2018:

  • Added Disney Skyliner stations
  • Added Disney Riviera Resort
  • Added more detail to theme parks:
    • Added boat to Tom Sawyer Island and Main Street Vehicles at Magic Kingdom and walking routes between lands
    • Added ‘lands’ to Animal Kingdom
    • Added World Showcase countries to Epcot
    • Added major areas in Hollywood Studios including Toy Story Land (coming in 2018) and Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge
  • Added Disney golf courses
  • Added all DVC resorts and new “DVC” icon
  • And many other small tweaks and improvements

9 August 2016:

  • Renamed Downtown Disney to Disney Springs
  • Added The Landing and Town Center to Disney Springs
  • Moved Disney Springs bus line from Marketplace to Town Center
  • Moved the Marketplace Dock at Disney Springs to the right of Lake Buena Vista
  • Added Orange and Lime parking garages at Disney Springs
  • Fixed name of “Old Turtle Pond Road” at Disney’s Old Key West Resort (suggested by vicandmike1)

5 February 2015:

  • Changed name of Polynesian Resort to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort (suggested by Rob)
  • Added DVC properties: Bay Lake Tower, Villas at Grand Floridian Resort, Villas at Wilderness Lodge, and Villas at the Polynesian Resort (suggested by Rob)
  • Added Disney’s Wedding Pavilion
  • Added future Yeti parking lot at Animal Kingdom

7 September 2014:

  • Added extra bus line to Shades of Green Resort (suggested by Jane)

2 September 2014:

  • Added shading for ticketed areas (suggested by Patrick)
  • Changed monorail lines format to distinguish from bus lines (suggested by SS3, Doug and others)
  • Added Walt Disney World Speedway with shuttle service from TT&C (suggested by Melacore)
  • Added line for chairlift to Mt. Gushmore at Blizzard Beach (suggested by bitguru)
  • Rerouted (brown) lines from other theme parks to new bus terminal at Magic Kingdom
  • Added new (purple) bus line from Epcot to Typhoon Lagoon
  • Changed Walking Route from Marketplace to Saratoga Springs to go over new pedestrian bridge
  • Removed bus stop at Pleasure Island
  • Changed arrows on bus lines to make consistent with other arrows
  • Removed bus line from Hollywood Studios to ESPN Wide World of Sports
  • Some other small changes

Do you have any suggestions, feedback or changes for my transportation map?

Sours: https://www.wdwfocus.com/map/transportation/

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EPCOT Bus Station

EPCOT Bus Station is a bus station in Florida. EPCOT Bus Station is situated southeast of Bay Lake, close to Seas Life Support.

Notable Places in the Area

Epcot

At Epcot, you can visit Mexico, France, and China, all in the same afternoon; survive crash tests in an experimental car; soar around the world with the wind in your hair; and learn all about human achievement and international cooperation. Photo: yeowatzup, CC BY 2.0.

Localities in the Area

Lake Buena Vista

Lake Buena Vista is a municipality in Orange County, East Central Florida. Photo: Carlo Pelagalli, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Disney Springs

This article is about the Disney Springs complex at Walt Disney World. Photo: Chad Sparkes, CC BY 2.0.

Tomorrowland

Locality

Tomorrowland is one of the many themed lands featured at all of the Magic Kingdom styled Disney theme parks around the world owned or licensed by The Walt Disney Company. Tomorrowland is situated 5 km northwest of EPCOT Bus Station.

EPCOT Bus Station

Latitude

28.3775° or 28° 22' 38.8" north

Longitude

-81.5527° or 81° 33' 9.6" west

Open Location Code

76WW9CGW+XW

Open­Street­Map ID

way 805966450

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