How to Use the Transportation Map and Guide
The massive Disney World transportation system can be confusing. Use our Disney Transportation map/Disney transportation guide to navigate your way around the park. We provide the bus, monorail, and boat routes you will need to reach your destination.
Simply click on the name of the Disney Resort you wish to depart from or arrive at, and you will see the Disney transportation options available to you. The transportation routes are color-coded and highlighted to correspond with the information in the legend key. Note that certain destinations do not have direct transportation options, and you may need to take a connecting mode of transportation to reach your destination.
Disney Transportation Map and Guide
Disney Transport is a massive public transportation system at Disney World which provides efficient transportation within the park. All modes of Disney transportation are complimentary (i.e., FREE) and open to guest staying at a Disney Resort as well as those staying off-property. The system consists of buses, monorails, watercraft (water taxis, boats and ferries), and other assorted modes of transport heading to areas throughout Disney World. Disney Transport provides guests with wide variety of transportation options, including from resorts to theme parks, theme parks to theme parks, resorts to resorts, as well as to the Disney Springs (the entertainment, dining, and shopping district). In other words, where ever you want to go inside Disney World, you can get there using some form of Disney transportation.
Because of Disney’s large size – 25 Disney Resorts, 4 theme parks, and two water parks – deciding which mode of transportation you should use to get from point A to point B can be confusing. Thus, we have created a Disney World transportation map to help you find the best route for your destination. For detailed information about transportation routes and pick up locations to and from each Disney Resort listed on the map, continue reading.
How Does Disney Transportation Work?
Disney provides transportation by means of buses, ferries/boats, monorails, as well as a few other options like railroad and parking lot trams. One of the great things about the Disney transportation services is that it is entirely free to use, which means you can potentially spend no money on transportation during your stay at the park. Of course, there are plenty of parking lots if you choose to use your own car, as well as taxi/Uber/Lyft options (extra charge) to speed up your arrival if necessary. However, if you plan on staying at a Disney Resort, there really is no need to open your wallet to get around Disney World because of wide availability of free transportation inside the park. Every Disney Resort has stations/stops to catch various modes of transportation to theme park, water park, and other destinations around Disney World.
Buses provide Disney World guests a mode of transportation in locations where monorail or boat are not available and walking is not an option. You can find bus service connecting every Disney resort hotel with each theme park and water park (most buses provide direct service), to/from Disney Springs, and service between parks. Like all modes of Disney transportation, bus service is complimentary and offered to both visitors staying at a Disney Resorts, as well as those staying off-site.
On average, Disney buses run every 20 minutes from all Walt Disney World Resorts, although wait times can vary. Service usually begins running 45 minutes before the park opens in the morning and stops running 1 hour after the park closes in the evening. Buses to/from Disney Springs remaining in operation until 2 a.m.
Larger Disney World resorts have bus stops inside the resort grounds, whereas smaller resorts typically have stops near the resort’s front entrance. The bus stops for theme parks are located near the park entrance and the Disney Springs stop is located near the Town Center entrance.
Monorail Service at Disney World
With over 150,000 daily riders, the Disney World monorail is one of the most heavily used monorail systems in the world. There are three monorail lines at Disney, all originating from the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC). Monorail service is free for Resort guests and non-guests.
Boat Service at Disney World
Guests of select Disney Resort hotels can embark on complimentary boat rides throughout the resort. Ferries, water taxis, and other Disney water transportation bring passengers to and from Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Disney Springs, and waterfront Disney Resorts. Most boats run on 15-30-minute intervals.
Magic Kingdom-Area Motor Launch/Motor Cruise Routes
Disney watercraft provide a fun and efficient mode of transportation to and from Magic Kingdom, the TTC, and the resorts surrounding The Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake.
Disney Springs-Area River Boat / Water Taxi Routes
The hours of operation for the river boat routes are typically 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Operating times may vary, so check the daily schedules.
Epcot/Boardwalk-Area Friendship Boat Routes
The hours of operation of the Friendship Boats are typically 8:30 a.m. until 60 minutes until after the parks close. Operating times may vary, so check the daily schedules.
If you plan on park hopping, these are the free Disney transportation options available to you.
Note: Annual Pass and Park Hopper ticket holders are eligible for the Express Bus Service. For a fee of $19 per day or $29 multi-day pass, the Express Bus Service picks up/drops off guests inside a park, allowing them to bypass the security lines upon entry. This service can save valuable time for those who visit multiple parks in a single day.
Guests staying at the Magic Kingdom-area resorts have the option of taking the monorail or boats to Magic Kingdom, and buses to the other theme parks and water parks. Because of its close proximity, guests staying at the Contemporary can walk to Magic Kingdom if they wish.
Guests staying at the Boardwalk-area resorts can either walk or take a ferry boat to Epcot and Hollywood Studios, and buses to other theme parks and water parks.
Guests of other Deluxe resorts will use bus transportation to get to their theme park destination.
*see below for resort-specific transportation options
Guests staying at Value and Moderate resorts will not have access to either boats or monorail, but do have access to buses that go directly to each theme park. It may even be possible to walk directly to a nearby park from your hotel. For guests staying at Fort Wilderness, Disney offers a free shuttle service around the resort, making internal loops to take guests to different areas of the gigantic campground.
*see below for resort-specific transportation options
Taking the free Disney transportation between parks can be confusing to the uninitiated. We recommend that you head to the nearest theme park, then hop on a bus, monorail, or ferry to your destination from there. You may also find that heading to Disney Springs and catching a bus from there an easy option. If time is of a major concern, the quickest way to travel between resorts is by taxi/Uber/Lyft. This should cost you in the $10-$15 range, but the time you save may be worth the added expense.
Disney Springs provides free parking throughout the day. While this may sound tempting to guests with cars, be warned that there is no direct transportation to the theme parks from Disney Springs. You can certainly take a bus or water taxi to other transportation hubs and find connecting service to the parks from there. Just be aware that transportation originating from Disney Springs will take longer than from other locations within Disney World. On a positive note, one-way service from the parks to Disney Springs is provided after 4 p.m.
Guests staying at select Walt Disney Resort are eligible to receive complimentary motor coach service between Orlando International Airport and Disney Resorts. The benefits include bypassing baggage claim, having your luggage delivered directly to your hotel room when you check-in and deliver to the airport when you check-out, and free transportation to/from the airport when you arrive and check-out of your hotel. Magical Express is one of the best perks offered to Walt Disney World Resort guests (along with Extra Magic Hours) – so take advantage of it!
The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is Disney’s flagship resort. It also provides its guests with a host of transportation options. The resort’s monorail station is located in the Main Building (2nd floor), the bus stop can be found between the main building and Resort Convention Center, and the water launch is next to Narcoossee’s along the banks of The Seven Seas Lagoon.
Disney’s award-winning Contemporary Resort is located adjacent to Magic Kingdom. The hotel’s monorail station is inside the resort’s Grand Canyon Concourse, while the bus stops can be found between the lobby and check-in parking lot. The Contemporary’s boat launch is along the banks of Bay Lake.
The Polynesian Village Resort monorail station is located inside the Great Ceremonial House (2nd floor), the bus stop is outside of the Great Ceremonial House, and the boat launch/water taxi is behind the Nanea Volcano Pool. The Ticket and Transportation Center is just a short walk away.
Monorail service does not extend to Wilderness Lodge, but there are a few Disney Transportation options. The bus depot is located adjacent to the Porte Cochere, past the gift shop and Cub’s Den. The boat dock can be accessed through the back door of the Lodge, past the Silver Creek Springs Pool, and down a walkway.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is the only Deluxe Resort that offers just one mode of transportation – bus service. The buses that provide service to AKL do not go directly to other resorts. With that said, you will find buses that provide service to all of the Disney World theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs. Plus, it’s just a short walk to the entrance of Animal Kingdom. The Animal Kingdom Lodge bus station is located at the left as you exit the main lobby.
It only takes a few minutes to walk to Epcot from Beach Club and Yacht Club Resorts. This allows you easy access to the wonderful attractions and dining of Epcot, plus the Epcot monorail station. As far as other modes of transportation goes, buses (station located between the lobby and check-in parking lot) and water taxi (near the lighthouse on Crescent Lake) are close by.
Like the Beach Club/Yacht Club Resorts, Swan and Dolphin Resorts provide their guests with bus and water taxi transportation. You can walk to Epcot in about 15 minutes, so the Epcot monorail is also within easy reach (if you don’t mind a little exercise). Buses depart from the front entrances of both the Swan Resort and the Dolphin Resort, while boats launch from the dock located between the two resorts.
Disney’s Boardwalk Inn benefits from its close proximity to Epcot (just a few minute’s walk) and the Epcot monorail line. The bus stop for other Disney World locations is can be found between the lobby and check-in parking lot, while the water taxi to Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Swan, Dolphin, Beach Club and Yacht Club is located along the Boardwalk waterfront.
Old Key West Resort is a short boat ride away from the all excitement of Disney Springs. The water taxi dock is can be found behind the lobby on the waterfront. There are 5 bus stops at Old Key West with direct service to the theme parks and water parks. The bus stops are located here: Peninsular Road (Buildings 23 – 29), South Point Road (Buildings 45 – 56), Old Turtle Pond Road (Buildings 30 – 44), Miller’s Road (Buildings 15 – 22 and 62 – 64), and North Cove Road/Hospitality House (Buildings 11 – 14).
Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa is the largest Disney Vacation Club resort. It’s located within walking distance to Disney Springs, the popular shopping and dining area of Disney World. The Saratoga Springs “Blue Flag” water taxi brings guests to/from Disney Springs. There are 5 bus stops inside the resort to transport guests directly to theme parks and water parks. These can be found at the following locations: The Springs (Guest Villa 3101 – 4436 & The Carriage House), Congress Park (Guest Villas 1101 – 2836), The Paddock (Guest Villas 4501 – 6836), The Carousel (Guest Villas 7101 – 7836), and The Grandstand (Guest Villas 8101 – 9836).
Due to its large size, the Caribbean Beach Resort runs an internal shuttle bus loop throughout its grounds to bring guests to other parts of the resort. External bus transportation to all Disney theme parks and water parks is also available throughout the resort. There are 8 locations to catch external buses: outside of Port Royal, across from Trinidad North, Trinidad South, Jamaica, Aruba, Barbados, Martinique, and at the Custom House.
Coronado Springs is a “moderate” Disney Resort in the Animal Kingdom section of Disney World. It’s also in close proximity to Blizzard Beach and Hollywood Studios. Buses provide transportation to theme parks, water parks, Disney Springs, and the Boardwalk area. Bus stops can be found at El Centro, Casitas, Ranchos, and Ranchos and Cabanas.
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is a themed camping resort located in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area. There are three internal bus routes – identified as purple, orange, and yellow. These buses run the length of the resort between the Outpost Depot (near the entrance of the resort) to Settlement Depot (near the resort’s waterfront area). External buses takes guests to theme parks and water parks from these two depots. Fort Wilderness also has a water taxi launch (near Settlement Depot) which brings guests directly to Magic Kingdom (Green Flag) or indirectly via nearby resorts (Blue Flag).
Port Orleans Resort has two distinct hotels themed to look like the Old South and New Orleans – Riverside and French Quarter, respectively.
Port Orleans – Riverside
Water launch service to Disney Springs is available from the marina. Riverside has four bus stops: the North (behind Build 80), South (behind the main building), East (behind Building 85) and West (behind Building 25) depots. Port Orleans-Riverside shares bus service with Port Orleans-French Quarter.
Port Orleans – French Quarter
Water launch service to Disney Springs is available from the marina. Disney bus transportation goes to all the theme parks and water parks. The bus stop is located outside the main entrance of the hotel.
We have grouped the All-Star Resorts (Movies, Music, and Sports) into one category because they all have similar transportation services. Bus loops going directly to the Disney World theme parks and water parks may or may not pick up guests from other All-Star resorts along the way. The bus stop for All-Star Movies is located at Cinema Hall near Donald’s Double Feature Gifts & Sundries; All-Star Music is located at Melody Hall near Maestro Mickey’s Gifts & Sundries, and All-Star Sports is located at Stadium Hall near Sport Goof Gifts & Sundries.
Pop Century Resort is a Disney Value Resort themed around 20th-century American pop culture. Disney bus transportation goes to all theme parks and water parks from the resort. The bus stop for Pop Century is located outside near the front lobby, just past Everything Pop Shopping and Dining.
The Art of Animation Resort is themed around Disney animated classics like Finding Nemo and The Lion King. The resort has one bus stop with transportation to every theme, water park and Disney Springs. The bus stop is located in front of Animation Hall.
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