Getting around Walt Disney World is not as complicated as it might seem. Several transportation options are offered for guest to get to and around the resort. Part of the magic is knowing where to look. Plan well and it won’t be necessary to bring or rent a vehicle. Of course, guests traveling to Walt Disney World with their own vehicles will still be able to utilize the services offered.
Each Theme Park has large parking lots and includes ample spaces for guests with disabilities. All four locations run trams from the lots to the main gates during operating hours. There is no charge to use the trams, but they do fill up quickly. Guests planning to park hop during their visit can take advantage of several transportation options to get where they want to go without having to use or move their cars. Depending on resort hotel proximity to theme parks, bus transportation may not be available.
Guests driving their own vehicles to the Theme Parks will have to pay for parking each day. However, if they are planning to park hop, their daily parking pass is good at all four parks on that given day.
- Preferred Parking (cars and motorcycles) $50 per day
- Standard Parking (cars and motorcycles) $25 per day
- Shuttle, Limo, Camper, Trailer, or RV – $30 per day
- Bus or Tractor Trailer- $30 per day
The most unique and thrilling transportation found at Walt Disney World! These elevated single rail trains run to and from:
- Magic Kingdom
- Magic Kingdom Resorts (Contemporary, Grand Floridian, and Polynesian)
- Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC)
- Epcot (To and from TTC Only)
Large two-level ferryboat provides a relaxing ride for guests. One of two main forms of transportation between:
- Magic Kingdom
Covered ferry boats with bench seating deliver guests between:
- Magic Kingdom Resorts (Contemporary, Fort Wilderness, Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Wilderness Lodge)
- Magic Kingdom
- Epcot Resorts Area around Crescent Lake (Beach Club, BoardWalk, Dolphin, Swan, Yacht Club)
- International Gateway entrance to Epcot
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Disney Springs area resorts (Old Key West, Port Orleans, Saratoga Springs)
- Disney Springs
Walt Disney World is home to dozens of uniquely themed resorts. There is something for everyone! Each resort provides transportation services to:
- Theme Parks (Monorail, Bus, Friendships, Water Taxi)
- Disney Springs (Bus)
- Water Parks (Bus)
- Available at all resort hotels to and from Theme Parks* and Disney Springs
- Transportation pavilions/hubs list which queue line to choose for desired destination
- Bus routes do not run between Theme Parks and Disney Springs
*Based on Resort hotel proximity to the parks, busing may not be available. For example, Magic Kingdom resorts are so close to the park and have direct monorail and water taxi services. Bus transportation is not provided to Magic Kingdom from these resorts.
Good Neighbor Hotels
While Walt Disney World Resorts have many wonderful offerings for guests, some may choose to stay at a hotel that better fits their budget, party size, or is a preferred chain where they can earn and redeem rewards. Walt Disney World has partnered with several hotels and resorts providing special offerings to guests during their vacation. The following are some of the benefits of staying at Good Neighbor Hotels:
- Located close to Walt Disney World (within 2-14 miles)
- Transportation provided to Theme Parks and Disney Springs (fees may apply)
- Theme Park tickets may be purchased on-site
- Select hotels allow guest to bring pets (fees may apply)
Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach are Walt Disney World’s fun-for-the-whole-family water parks. Whether you want to scream down a water slide or just cruise in a lazy river, you won’t be disappointed by a visit to either (or both!) park. There is plenty of parking available for guests who prefer to bring their own vehicles. Water parks are also accessible by bus from the resort hotels. Make sure to check operating hours and transportation schedules.
Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports
This gorgeous complex hosts many exciting sporting events year round including: Spring training, competitive gymnastics, cheerleading, tennis, baseball, softball, and more. General parking is free and additional parking is also provided should the lots fill up on event weekends.
Guests can also use Disney transportation, however, these buses operate on a limited schedule and are only available form select resorts:
- All-Star Sports
- Caribbean Beach
- Pop Century
Orlando International Airport- MCO
Flyers fear not! Walt Disney World understands how important it is to enjoy any vacation. Resort hotel guests can utilize shuttle service from the airport to their final destination.
These special motor coaches will deliver guest to the Happiest Place on Earth and return them to the airport when their stay is over.
- Free airport to resort transportation for guests staying on Walt Disney World property
- Must be booked in advance through Disney or a travel agent
- Service provided for guests on domestic flights with partnering airlines
- Special tags provided for checked luggage (from departure airport)
- Checked luggage retrieved for guests and loaded on the Magical Express (MCO airport)
- Airport to Resort hotel check-in transportation
- Luggage unloaded and delivered to guests’ rooms
- Transportation back to MCO at the end of guests’ stay
Car Rental, Ride-sharing, Taxi Cabs
There are several non-Disney transportation options for guests who choose to use other services, or who may not be staying at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels.
There are numerous car rental agencies located at the Orlando International Airport. Guests can reserve a vehicle ahead of time or opt to rent once they arrive. Walt Disney World Resort also has an AAA Car Care Center with adjacent Alamo and National rental services conveniently located outside of Magic Kingdom. Shuttle service is provided from Resort hotels to the Car Care Center.
Ride-sharing and Minnie Vans
Many guests will be familiar with Lyft and Uber as a way to get around and are welcome to use those services. Disney is also getting in on the ride-sharing action and recently introduced a new service, Minnie Vans, for guests staying at select Resort hotels. Using the Lyft app on their mobile phones, guests can request a Minnie Van and a Disney Cast Member will drive them anywhere on resort property for a fee.
Taxis may seem like a thing of the past, but when you need one, it’s a great option to have. Guests may ask a concierge Cast Member at their Resort hotel to request a cab, or they can reserve one on their own at any time of day.