Ten Transportation Tips for Traveling Walt Disney World
Whether you plan on relying on complimentary Walt Disney World transportation services during your next vacation or think that you’ll be driving yourself around these 43 square miles, transportation is something that is something every traveler needs to think about. We’ve gathered together a few of our favorite tips for making travel around Walt Disney World a little easier.
Disney’s Magical Express
1) Guests flying in to the Orlando International Airport and staying at a Disney Resort can take advantage of Disney’s Magical Express (DME). This complimentary service is run by Mears Transportation and offers coach bus service between the airport and your Disney Resort Hotel. Not only do they take care of your transportation, but depending on your flight time DME will handle your luggage as well! It’s a fantastic way to save the coast of a rental car or limo.
2) When using the internal Walt Disney World transportation system it’s recommended to leave 45 minutes travel time between theme parks or theme park and resort. To be on the safe side, I always plan on a hour travel time. If you’re a little early there’s always something that can entertain you during your wait.
3) The interval time between the arrivals of most Disney Buses is between 20-25 minutes.
Taking The Ferry Is Relaxing and Fun
4) The most obvious mode of transportation may not always be the fastest. It can often be faster to walk from the Contemporary Resort to the Magic Kingdom than take the monorail or even from Epcot to Disney Hollywood Studios!
5) The iPhone App “Buses, Boats, and Monorails” can be a handy tool to offer answers to on property Disney transportation questions in the palm of your hand.
6) Disney’s Deluxe Resorts offer valet parking with in and out privileges for $15 a day. That’s in and out resort wide – so if you started out the morning at the valet at your Disney Resort and head on over to a Different Deluxe Resort for dinner you’re still covered!
The Epcot Monorail From The Ticket and Transportation Center
7) Disney Resort Guests receive a complimentary parking permit upon check-in good for their length of stay. This permit allows them free parking most places on property including the Disney Parks.
8) Guests staying off property at non-Disney Hotels and day guests pay one fee per day to receive a parking pass good for all theme park parking lots.
9) Take the GPS position of your parked car and enter it as a point of interest. If lost, it will lead you right back to the car. Don’t have a GPS? Take a digital image of your parking location with your camera or phone to help find your way back at the end of the night.
Driving Through The Arch Is A Milestone For Many Guests
10) Don’t leave anything of value in your car while it’s parked in the Walt Disney World lots. Though there is a security staff, it’s very difficult to tell who is a lost tourist and who is wandering around the parking lot for more nefarious purposes. Don’t let your vacation be ruined, keep valuables locked in your room safe, or on your person.