We’re sharing the best tips for using Disney World transportation! From the Monorail to the Disney Skyliner, what you need to know.
The time has come! You’re finally at Walt Disney World! YAY! If you traveled, the first thing’s first: settling into where you’re staying. Once you’ve settled in, I am sure you’re eager to start exploring the parks (I know I was)! A great way to help make your trip as smooth as possible is to look up the available transportation options ahead of time especially if you plan on park hopping and you didn’t rent a car. While it may seem overwhelming getting around Disney World, here are some of the best tips to consider when you plan to take Disney World transportation!
Tips for the Disney Skyliner
The Skyliner gondolas are an awesome and unique way to get around the parks. They connect Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Riviera Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.
While you soar in a gondola with a birds-eye view of everything, there is a narration going on that tells you additional information about the parks, where you’re going to, the land you’re above, etc. You can take Skyliner gondolas 60-90 minutes before the parks open up until 60-90 minutes after the parks close. Keep in mind that the lines can be long during peak travel times (for example, taking one after a show that ends at park closing).
Make sure to use the restroom before getting in line, as it may take a while to move through. If you can plan to hop on to a gondola before the last show ends to avoid large crowds.
Tips for the Monorail
At Disneyland, there is only one Monorail that has two stops: Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney. Walt Disney World, on the other hand, has three Monorails that take you to different locations, so make sure you’re getting on the right one.
At Disney World, there are multiple ways to get around on the Monorail. At Magic Kingdom, you’ll find the Resort Monorail, which will take you to the resorts: Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Then there’s the Express Monorail, which connects to the Transportation and Ticket Center, which is essentially Magic Kingdom’s parking lot. The Transportation and Ticket Center is where you will park your car if driving to Magic Kingdom, and is also where you can disembark and board the third Monorail line, which goes to EPCOT.
Much like the Skyliner, the Monorail lines can get long during peak times, such as at the end of the night. The Monorail has both standing room as well as seats. Keep in mind that the Monorails can have tight quarters if there are a lot of people on board.
Tips for Disney’s Water Transportation
As if things couldn’t get any more exciting, there is another fun way to start your day at the Magic Kingdom: taking a Ferryboat to the entrance of the park. I was completely shocked and totally excited when I found out that this was an option during my first trip to Walt Disney World. I thought to myself, “Wow! Can this place get any more awesome?!” (…and of course it did). It almost felt like taking a boat off and away to an island filled with magic and excitement. Well, at least for me, it did!
There are several boat options you can use for your trip. The massive Ferryboat will take you from the Transportation and Ticket Center to Magic Kingdom. Additionally, several Magic Kingdom Resort hotels have boats to take you to Magic Kingdom (Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort, and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campgrounds all have boats to Magic Kingdom).
Several EPCOT hotels also have boat transportation. Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, and Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resorts all have boats that can take you to EPCOT or Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Finally, Disney’s Old Key West, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort, and Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts (both Riverside and French Quarter) have boats you can take to Disney Springs.
For Magic Kingdom, the Ferryboat was very large and the ride over was very smooth on the water. Kind of like how smooth the ride on Disney’s Mark Twain is. The Ferryboat was very busy in the morning when I boarded it to get to Magic Kingdom at park opening. Later on in the afternoon when I boarded the Ferryboat, there were significantly less people onboard.
Mixed Transportation Tips
There might be instances where you will need to take a combination of transportation options. For example, you can take the Ferryboat out of the Magic Kingdom, and get off at the TTC. From the TTC, you might then need to walk over to the Monorail station to catch a Monorail to your next destination, like EPCOT.
Also, keep in mind that since the transportation methods have fixed route(s), there might be times when you need to get off and transfer onto a different line (example: getting off one Skyliner route and transferring to a different Skyliner route) to make sure you’re headed in the right direction. There will be signs, and of course, you can always ask one of the friendly cast members if you need any assistance. Be sure to check out the My Disney Experience app. In it, there is a “Get Directions” section that will help you figure out a route to get you to where you need to be.