Transportation at Disney
By: Susie Swanson
I love Disney – all things Disney! But if there is one thing that makes me a little nutty it is the BUSES!
The buses serve as a good way to move a large number of people within Walt Disney World. I understand they have to be able to move as many people as possible in the most effective way. However, I always suggest to my clients to consider staying at a resort that has access to other modes of transportation in addition to the buses. For example, I always do two days at Magic Kingdom when I visit, and so getting back and forth to this park is a big deal. My favorite way to get around Disney is on the boat system. The boats are a fun and convenient way to get around and actually enjoy yourself while traveling to different attractions at Disney. The distance to walk to the launch areas is generally much closer to the entrance of the parks than the bus stations. Also, for the most part the lines are much shorter than the bus lines.
Another great mode of transportation is the monorail. The monorail is only accessible through certain deluxe resorts (Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Contemporary, and Bay Lake Tower). However, some other deluxe resorts have boat access to these resorts and then you can hop on the monorail from one of these resorts. (for example if you stay at Fort Wilderness Lodge, you can take the boat to the Contemporary and then take the monorail to Magic Kingdom). Epcot Monorail and the Express Monorail originate at the Ticket & Transportation Center (TTC) and offer express round-trip service to Epcot and Magic Kingdom. Riding the monorail is also a great way to see how all the different parks and resorts are connected.
Although my least favorite, the buses do a great job at getting you from point A to point B. The buses are air conditioned (unless a system goes out unexpectedly) and offer a place to catch your breath among the hustle and bustle within the parks. The buses are by far Disney’s largest mode of transportation. When using the buses at Disney I always tell my clients to ALLOW yourself plenty of time. Once getting to the bus stop there is no way of telling how crowded it will be. All Disney buses are not completely packed, but some are so bring some patience and some Disney Pixie Dust!
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