Visiting Walt Disney World for the first time in 2014, we toyed with the idea of hiring a car. In the end we decided we wouldn’t as we didn’t want Hubby to be the only driver, and I wasn’t sure about driving in a different country.
After stepping off the plane, getting through security and sitting down on the Magical Express, we realised what a great decision we had made not to have to find the hire car and then drive to Caribbean Beach resort where we stayed. To be able to relax became one of the many reasons we love Walt Disney World Transport.
Walt Disney World transport consists of busses, a monorail and boats, all of which give you plenty of options when travelling between parks, resorts and the airport. There are rumours that there are plans to add in a gondola system as well, so watch this space if that unfolds.
Yes that’s right, if you’re staying in a Disney resort then the Walt Disney transportation system is free to use. This starts with the Magic Express which takes you to and from the airport. After a long flight, it’s heaven to sit down on the bus and let someone else drive you.
All the while you have TV’s with Disney cartoons and information about Walt Disney World. I have watched that footage four times now and I don’t think I will tire of it anytime soon. Once you’re settled in your resort, the bus links also pick you up from your resort and take you to the parks and Disney Springs.
The Disney bus schedule is frequent no matter what time of the day, and whilst you may have a wait during busy times, or you may have to stand for the duration, they are free to guests. They also start running an hour before the parks open every day, so if you’re planning on taking advantage of extra magic hours then you can catch a Disney bus and hopefully beat the traffic.
It’s Stress Free
There is something to be said about being on holiday and not having to worry about anything. Using Disney transportation means you don’t have to worry, turn up at the bus stop, enjoy the weather, sit down in the queue and wait for a bus to arrive.
If you’ve been enjoying an alcoholic drink with dinner, say at Be Our Guest, then you don’t have to worry about driving.
The roads around Disney don’t look too scary to be honest if we had chosen o drive them, however navigating the lanes and working out where to head could be stressful and that’s not something I want on my holiday.
When a park closes at the end of the night, you may queue a little while for the bus service to take you back to your resort hotel, or the monorail to take you to the Ticket and Transportation centre, but you will also queue for ages for the ferry to get back to your car, before queuing again to leave the car park. I know which queue I would rather be in.
Where else can you enjoy amazing scenery whilst sitting on a Disney boat cruising across the Seven Seas Lagoon between Magic Kingdom and the Grand Floridian resort. We enjoyed a lovely afternoon visiting the resorts and using the boats and the monorail to transport us there.
Access To Parks
I know there are arguments for and against Walt Disney World transport, however the fact that the Disney bus service drops you off very close to the park entrances are a big positive for me. To drive (and park), you then have to navigate a tram to take you close to the entrance, and even sometimes a boat or Monorail. Using the monorail at Disney is a great way to travel between resorts within the Magic Kingdom area.
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This can add extra time on to your journey time that I think is very well offset against waiting for a bus at the resort to be collected and deposited without any extra hassle.
No Parking Charges
To park your car at a Disney park will cost you around $25 per day. There are some exceptions to this, for example annual pass holders, and I have heard of people getting the fee waived on occasion, however this is another $25 a day to factor into the holiday costs. A Walt Disney World holiday can cost an arm and a leg as it is, without all these little extras.
After our first experience of using Walt Disney World transport, we went on again to use it during our second trip in 2016, and we will be using it again on our third trip later this year.
If you’re looking for alternative travel methods, you may want to check out how to utilise Lyft or Uber at Disney World.