There are buses, ferries, taxis, and the world-famous monorail to help guests get everywhere they need to go without the use of a private vehicle. However, the wealth of options and the tremendous size of the resort can pose challenges to Disney veterans and newbies alike.

Let’s take a look at four tips that will help you better navigate the extensive Disney transportation system:

1 – Know Your Resort Area

Most people know what theme park they are heading to at the beginning of each day, but sometimes getting back to your resort hotel at the end of the day can be a bit of a head scratcher.

The important thing to remember is the area in which your resort lies, which will help you navigate to the right bus. Resorts fall into either the Magic Kingdom Resort Area, the Epcot Resort Area, the Animal Kingdom Resort Area, and the Disney Springs Resort Area depending on the parks to which the resort is closest.  Interestingly, there is no Resort Area called the Hollywood Studios Resort Area.

Knowledge is power - understanding Disney transportation will help you navigate it more effectively.
Knowledge is power – understanding Disney transportation will help you navigate it more effectively.

2 – Tips On Getting From One Resort To Another

One of the biggest challenges and main sources of navigation confusion at Walt Disney World involves traveling between the Disney hotels. Travel between the resorts is common for shopping or dining, and many people assume there must be buses that travel directly between the resorts. Unfortunately that is not the case.

The large number of resorts (over 20) would require a prohibitively enormous number of buses and confusing bus routes to make this possible. As a result, guests must travel from their resort to various hubs, transfer, and then catch a different bus to their destination resort.

Any of the theme parks, Disney Springs, or the Ticket & Transportation Center will have buses to any of the resort hotels;  so normally, you will need to get to one of these locations and then take a second trip to your destination resort.

3 – Getting to Magic Kingdom

Many Disney World visitors struggle with the decision to bring or rent a car or to rely on Disney transportation. Knowing that Disney recommends allowing 90 minutes to reach any destination around the resort, it can seem very tempting to use a personal vehicle in order to maximize your time at the theme parks.

However, the Magic Kingdom is the highest priority for many visitors, and the buses are actually the best way to get to this ever-popular park if you are staying in a Disney Resort hotel. In order to isolate the parking area from the magic, cars must be left across the Seven Seas Lagoon from the park. That means that getting to Magic Kingdom by car involves driving, taking a tram to the monorail or ferry landings at the Ticket and Transportation Center, and then riding the ferry or train to the park entrance. In contrast, buses are able to take the direct route right to the park entrance, which is often faster and certainly simpler at the end of a long day.

4 – The Taxi Back-Up Plan

If you do find yourself in a hurry at Walt Disney World, say for an early morning Disney character dining experience or a dinner reservation, taxis are available for speedy transportation and provide a cheaper and simpler alternative to renting a car. They can be found in front of most of the resort hotels at all times or can be ordered through the hotel concierge. Buses will do the trick most of the time, but taxis are there for swift transit when you need it and don’t mind spending a few extra dollars.

Are you happy with the Disney transportation system?