01 Feb Walt Disney World Transportation: Getting there adds to the FUN!
One of the best included features of any Walt Disney World vacation is the complimentary transportation readily available resort wide. There’s no need to worry about how to get from point A to point B. Kick back and relax! You’re on vacation, you have relaxing to do! Leave the diving, flying, or sailing to Disney! So, what’s happening with transportation since the parks reopened? How is Disney making sure guests are safe and maintaining social distancing while getting you to and from the parks? Read on for more details…
Welcome to the newest way to transport around the resort, the Disney Skyliner! It really is a ride in and of itself! Float along and see the resort from a vantage point that usually only Peter Pan or Mary Poppins can. Since the re-opening, gondolas are loaded with one party per cab to maintain social distancing. Glide across the sky on this grand, state-of-the-art gondola system, conveniently connecting Disney’s Hollywood Studios & the International Gateway at Epcot to the following Disney Resort hotels.
- Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
- Disney’s Pop Century Resort
- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
- Disney’s Riviera Resort
PPV TIP: It is important to note that if there is lightening or a storm in the area, the Skyliner operation will temporarily stop until the inclement weather passes. At these times, guests will be directed to other means of transportation by castmembers.
Take in the scenery and relax with welcome breezes as you sail around Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake. Feel the wind in your hair and the magic in the air as you cruise Crescent Lake and Lake Hollywood. Water taxis and ferries sail to/from Magic Kingdom park, Epcot, & Disney’s Hollywood Studios from select resorts. A Ferry Boat also transports guests from the Transportation and Ticket Center to Magic Kingdom. Most routes run on 15- to 30-minute intervals. Since the re-opening, all boat services have resumed with lower capacity limits to maintain for social distancing amongst travel parties, with the exception of boat service to/from Disney Springs from Disney’s Old Key West Resort and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort. Busses are now available from these locations or you can enjoy a leisurely walk to reach Disney’s entertainment and shopping district.
The Walt Disney World Monorail System has 3 separate beams that travel throughout Walt Disney World Resort and usually make the following stops:
- Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park
- Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
- Transportation and Ticket Center
However, at this time, due to construction at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort the monorail is not currently making this stop. Guests will need to take a friendship boat or bus instead. The other major change is the Epcot line is not currently transporting guests from the Transportation and Ticket Center to/from Epcot. Busses are available to transport guests until this Monorail service resumes. Just recently, new partitions were installed inside the monorail cars to maintain social distancing and allow for greater capacity in transporting guests. Your PPV agent will keep you updated throughout the planning process and even during your actual Walt Disney World vacation if these services resume or change in any way! Check out the new set up inside the monorail cars to ensure the safety of all guests!
Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels can take advantage of complimentary bus service to and from all 4 theme parks, Disney Resort hotels, and the Disney Springs Area. It is important to remember that busses operate between the theme parks and hotels only, they do not run between hotels. Busses run about every 15-20 minutes throughout the day. Start times may vary based on the opening time of the park you wish to visit, so it is recommended that guests check with the front desk at their Disney Resort hotel to see what time the bus transportation will begin each day.
PPV TIP: With lower capacities on the busses, it is important to allow extra time to transport around the resort.
As an on-site guest, round trip complimentary transfers are also available to/from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) using Disney’s Magical Express through the end of 2021. While the service is complimentary, a reservation is required. Your PPV agent can set all of this up for each member of your travel party. It has been announced that beginning in 2022 this service will no longer operate. We are eagerly awaiting news about what may take the place of this service. Stay tuned to PPV for all the latest info on this developing story.
One final transportation item to note is that Disney’s Minnie Van Service is temporarily unavailable. Your PPV agent will update you if/when we know more about the return of this service. Guests may choose to use the Lyft or Uber app for private transportation while on property, if they so choose.
So, there you have it. Whether traveling on the waterways, roads, or simply the air; you now have all the latest info on how Disney transportation continues to ensure guests are safely transported throughout the Walt Disney World Resort during their magical vacations.