If you have visited the Walt Disney World Resorts in the past, chances are you have seen one, or more of Disney’s means of transportation. There is no way you can miss the many Disney Buses traveling throughout the theme parks and resorts. But did you know the buses are not the only means of complementary transportation Disney has to offer its guests? I know, everyone knows about the Monorail system. But I not everyone, especially Disney-newbies, know about watercraft transportation.
So, how do you utilize all of Walt Disney World’s Transportation services? Let’s take a look…
To “legally” use Disney’s Transportation System, primarily the buses, you must either be a guest at one of the Disney resorts or be using a park hopper pass. However, these items are not checked for upon boarding the transportation vessels. The monorail and watercraft transportation is available from the Ticket and Transportation Center to the Magic Kingdom and open to all guests visiting the park.
Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC)
As mentioned above, if you drive your own car to the Magic Kingdom you will be directed to take either a monorail or ferry boat to the park’s entrance. You can also take a monorail to the different Magic Kingdom Resorts - Disney’s Grand Floridian, Disney’s Polynesian and Disney’s Contemporary resorts - and to Epcot from the TTC.
Many of the Disney Resorts offer bus transportation to and from the theme parks, with only a few exceptions. When staying at Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness Campground you will have to take a boat to and from the Magic Kingdom. If you are staying at Disney’s BoardWalk, Swan and Dolphin and Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club resorts you will have to take watercraft transportation to and from both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. If you are staying at Disney’s Port Orleans or Disney’s Saratoga Springs resorts you will have to take watercraft transportation to and from Downtown Disney.
Park to Park
Disney buses are also available when wanting to travel from one Disney park to another one. You can also ride the monorail from the Magic Kingdom over to Epcot - but you have to switch monorails at the TCC. Boat service is available when traveling between Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios. No transportation to the parks if available from Downtown Disney, you must travel to a resort first and then transfer to a park bus.
Disney transportation is completely complementary and it is possible for you to never get in your car once you have checked in for your Disney World vacation. Hope this helps you understand how the Disney Transportation System works.