by Beauty & the Beast Diva
There are many modes of transportation around Disney. Personally, I prefer the monorail, but that doesn’t mean it’s always the best means of transportation. Disney tries to make it as easy as possible to travel around their “world” and there are tons of ways to do it. I’m going to break it down for you as best I can.
GOING PARK TO PARK: The best way to travel park to park is probably by bus. You can also go from the Magic Kingdom to EPCOT and vice versa by riding the monorail, but will need to change trains at the ticket and transportation center (TTC). The TTC is also a good place to pick up a bus to a park if needed, but is often overlooked by people staying on property. Disney Diva Tip: If you are at Disney Springs, there are NO buses to parks- you must go back to your hotel or a hotel near the park you want to go to.
HOTEL TO HOTEL: Another difficult task. I usually go to the nearest park and hop on a bus to the hotel I want to go to.
BUSES: Buses leave your hotel every 15 minutes or so to go to parks. You simply get on the bus labeled with the park you want to go to and go back to your hotel the same way. Often a couple of hotels will be grouped together, i.e. Poly and the Grand Floridian, Yacht and Beach and Boardwalk, Port Orleans French Quarter and Riverside. The buses have plenty of seating and allow you to stand for extra room. Disney Diva Tip: STROLLERS MUST BE FOLDED UP ON BUSES This means your children have to sit independently or on your lap. Wheelchairs and motorized scooters can be secured into the buses and the buses have ramps, the bus driver will help you onto the bus. Buses will not wait, if you are running to catch it, stop. They have a schedule and another bus will be along in just a few minutes. Also, the buses run 1 hour after the parks close so there’s no need to rush out at the end of the evening.
BOATS: Boats are a GREAT way to get around Disney. From the MK, you can get a boat to the Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge, Contemporary, Polynesian and Fort Wilderness, and vice versa. Children must be out of strollers and strollers must be folded up on these boats .There is also a huge ferry to the TTC, strollers can be left often and they are handicapped accessible. There is a boat to EPCOT and Hollywood Studios from Boardwalk, Swan, Dolphin and Yacht and Beach Club. Due to the boat’s large size, it is not only handicapped accessible, but children can remain in their strollers. These boats fit close to 150 people and it is a beautiful, scenic ride. Port Orleans French Quarter and Riverside, along with Saratoga Springs, all have boats that go hotel to hotel and to Disney Springs, also a beautiful, but also at times windy, chilly ride.
MONORAIL: Disney’s “Highway in the Sky”. The monorail is a great way to get around the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT area. You can pick it up at the Grand Floridian, Polynesian, or Contemporary takes you to the Magic Kingdom, it is a quick ride and often quite popular way of getting around. It also stops at the TTC so if you have parked there for the day you can get back to your vehicle (or a bus or a ferry) or you can change tracks and get to EPCOT. The best part about the monorail is you do not have to take children out of strollers and it is easily accessible to anyone in a wheelchair or scooter.
CAR Maybe you drove to the world, maybe you rented a car. Either way, you can park at any park for free as long as you are staying on Disney property. If you are dining at a hotel, you have an allotted amount of time where you can park at the hotel for free. You can always take a vehicle and park at TTC for a free and park there for the way and park hop to your heart’s content. But in my opinion, why do the driving when Disney will do it for you?
Good luck getting around the world! Cast members are quite helpful in answering questions about the fastest way to transport yourself from place to place so be sure to ask but please don’t miss out on any mode of transportation Disney offers, they are all beautiful and special in their own way!