You’ve arrived in Disney World, and you can’t wait to get to the Magic Kingdom, one of the most popular theme parks in the world. However, getting to the Magic Kingdom is not as easy as it sounds, and Disney Transportation can be a bit confusing at times.

Although Disney Transportation can be overwhelming, there are many ways to get from one place to another, giving guests several options.

This article outlines the best ways to get to Magic Kingdom from just about anywhere else on and off property.

Using the Monorail at Magic Kingdom Resorts

The Disney Monorail is iconic, and some people even ride the monorail with no specific destination in mind since it is, in and of itself, a Walt Disney World attraction. However, if you’re trying to get to the Magic Kingdom, it isn’t always the quickest route.

From the Contemporary Resort, a monorail ride can take almost 20 minutes since the monorail must first stop at the Ticket and Transportation Center, the Polynesian, and the Grand Floridian before getting to the Magi Kingdom.  In comparison, the Magic Kingdom is a short 5-10 minute walk across the street from the Contemporary.  After a long day at the park, that 5-10 minute walk can seem much longer especially for little, tired feet. Since the Contemporary is the first stop on the return trip, the monorail is the best bet for people staying at the Contemporary making the return trip at the end of the day.

The monorail might be the most unique form of Disney transportation, but it's not always the quickest option.

The monorail might be the most unique form of Disney transportation, but it’s not always the quickest option.

If you are staying at the Polynesian Village Resort, the monorail is your best option in both directions since it is about half-way through the loop.

The Magic Kingdom is the first stop on the way from the Grand Floridian, but it is the last stop on the return trip. Therefore, the return trip can take up to 20 minutes; instead, consider opting for the busses or a water taxi after spending the day in Magic Kingdom.

Transportation from Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness

The Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness Campground are not on the monorail route, so a bus or boat will be your best option. So how do you choose? Pick the one that is closest do your current location. If you just finished breakfast at the Whispering Canyon Café, the bus is probably your best option; if a boat dock is very close, hop on board.

Transportation From Other Disney Resorts

From any other Disney Resort Hotel, the Disney busses will be your best and fastest route. Since the bus travels every 10-15 minutes, you won’t have to wait long even if you miss one.

Using Cab and Car Service

Many people think a cab will be faster than Disney Transportation since the cab is picking up only people in your party and taking you directly to your desired location, but this is not always the case. Cabs will drop off all passengers at the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC), then you will have to jump on the monorail or a boat to get to the Magic Kingdom.

If you plan to drive to Magic Kingdom, you should be aware that parking is actually 1.5 miles from the park itself. After you pay to park your car, you’ll ride the tram or walk to the TTC from which you’ll take the monorail or a boat to Magic Kingdom.

Traveling from other hotels

There are some hotels including Four Seasons, Bonnet Creek Resorts, and Disney Springs Resorts on property or nearby that offer bus service to Disney World. These buses also usually drop off at the TTC, so guests will have to take the monorail or a boat to the Magic Kingdom. These buses don’t travel as frequently or as reliably as Disney buses and make runs approximately every 30 minutes or so. If this schedule doesn’t work for you, consider other transportation options including your own car or a rental car or staying at one of the Disney resort hotels.

Staying off-site

Many off-site hotels also have shuttle services to and from Disney World, but they don’t travel as often as busses on property or nearby. Some only run a few times a day and visit only certain parks. If your hotel’s shuttle only stops at Epcot, you will have to take a bus, the monorail, or a boat to the other parks.

From the Transportation and Ticket Center

Since many guests end up at the TTC, I’ve devoted a special section to getting from the TTC to Magic Kingdom.

The Express Monorail is most often the best bet to get from the TTC to Magic Kingdom. The lines may often look long, but this route can transport up to 300 guests in just a few minutes.

Lines often look shorter for the Resort Monorail, but it makes two stops before the Magic Kingdom, which means you’ll probably still have a longer wait.

Disney Ferryboats can carry up to 600 passengers in a single trip, but they load and move rather slowly.

Disney Ferryboats can carry up to 600 passengers in a single trip, but they load and move rather slowly.

Ferryboats also travel from the TTC to Magic Kingdom, but these boats load and travel slowly. The boats can carry up to 600 passengers, so it is a viable option if the monorail lines are very long.

During the busiest times of the year, Disney deploys buses from the TTC to the Magic Kingdom to help get guests there quickly. If these buses are running, they will probably be your next best option after the Express Monorail.

How do you like to get to the Magic Kingdom: Monorail, Boat, or Bus?
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