Public transportation has never been a popular way to get around Baltimore as it is in some cities. Many avoid it all together driving themselves, hitting congestion and traffic on the roads. However, public transportation is the way to go while vacationing Walt Disney World.
Walt Disney World offers an assortment of ways to get to, from, and around their theme parks, water parks, Downtown Disney, and resorts. All are complimentary to guests staying on property, and even those who are not. Guests can avoid the hassle of driving and parking while saving time and money. There are three main modes of transportation available throughout the Disney resort. Those modes of transportation are bus, boat, and monorail.
Most areas throughout Walt Disney World are accessible by bus. Disney bus run every 20 minutes from all resorts. Each Disney resort has a special area for loading and unloading the buses. They are marked by their destination. Buses also feature marques that tell where the individual buses are headed. Depending on the resort, some buses may require transfer from one bus to another. Buses drop off guests in designated areas at their destinations. It is these locations that guests need to return to so they catch their bus back to their resort. Buses typically run 60-90 minutes before the park opens and continuing running 60-90 minutes after the park closes. This allows guests to go to early character dining experiences or extra time shopping at the end of the day. It is important to note that the value resorts (All Star’s, Pop Century) often have the most crowded buses due to the amount of guests that stay at them, so guests may have to wait a little while to catch a returning bus. This can be remedied by leaving a little earlier or little later than park closing.
Monorails were originally conceived as transportation of the future. While some cities around the world use the system, Walt Disney World’s monorail system carry over 150,000 guest a day. The 13.6 mile track carries guests to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and select resorts. Guests not staying at one of the resorts directly accessible to a monorail station will have to catch it at the TTC, the Transportation and Ticket Center. Here, guests take the monorail to the Magic Kingdom or to Epcot. The monorails are quick, comfortable, and quiet. They also offer an unique look at the area.
The most unused form of Disney transportation would be the boats and ferries. The Grand Floridian and Polynesian resorts have boats that take guests directly to the Magic Kingdom, guests can also use the monorail. Guests staying at the Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness rely solely on these boats to get to the Magic Kingdom. The Friendships offer transportation between Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and the resorts at the Disney Boardwalk. The Friendships are often very slow, but a slow boat ride at the end of the day can be nice. Port Orleans, Sarasota, and Old Key West resorts offer boat service to Downtown Disney. The most used ferry service would be the one guests take from the TTC to the Magic Kingdom. Most guests, however, take the monorail instead. The boats may cease operation in inclement weather.
So next time you are thinking about how to get around the Walt Disney World resort think of all these options and remember “por favor mantengase alejado de las puertas.”