One of the perks of staying at a Walt Disney World resort is the complimentary transportation. From the moment you step off the plane, everything has been taken care of for you: Disney's Magical Express will take you from Orlando International Airport to your resort, and you have a variety of methods to travel to and from the Disney parks, resorts, and Downtown Disney.
If you have not been before, here is a guide to understanding how Walt Disney World transportation operates. You'll also find friendly cast members who are happy to help direct you, should you have questions on vacation.
Walt Disney World Transportation
You can travel between:
-park to park: mostly by bus. Going between the Magic Kingdom and Epcot is by monorail, and you also have the option to take the bus or walk between Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios.
-resort to park: mostly by bus. Most Deluxes also have an alternative form for at least one park- such as Monorail, boat, or walking path.
-resort to Downtown Disney: mostly by bus (Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter, Saratoga Springs, and Old Key West have boats as well)
You CANNOT go from resort to resort, or from parks to Downtown Disney
Resort to resort: You'll need to take two methods of transportation.
-You can take the first bus that arrives to any park or Downtown Disney. From there, you can transfer to the resort you wish to visit.
-If you are going to a Deluxe resort, you may want to go to the park nearest that resort, and take the alternative transportation from that park to the resort. For example, when going to the Contemporary, you could take a bus to the Magic Kingdom, and then either walk or take the monorail to your final destination. (see below for full list of Deluxe Resort transportation options)
Park to Downtown Disney: If you need to go to Downtown Disney from a park, you can grab the first resort bus that comes along. From there, you can transfer to a Downtown Disney bus. To go in reverse- from Downtown Disney to a park- hop on a resort bus, and transfer to the park bus from that resort. You can either take the first resort bus you see- or it would be wise to go to a resort near the park you wish to visit (for example: take a Contemporary bus and walk to the Magic Kingdom. See below for options).
Deluxe resorts- transportation beyond buses
Magic Kingdom Area
-The Grand Floridian, Contemporary, and Polynesian are all located on the Magic Kingdom monorail loop, which connects to the Magic Kingdom and Transportation and Ticket Center/ Magic Kingdom Parking as well. The Grand Floridian and Polynesian also have boat service to the Magic Kingdom.
-The Contemporary has a walkway to the Magic Kingdom
-The Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness Campground have boat service to the Magic Kingdom.
-The Contemporary, Fort Wilderness, and Wilderness Lodge all have boat service between one another. There is also a walking path connecting Wilderness Lodge with Fort Wilderness campground.
-The Yacht Club, Beach Club, and Boardwalk Inn are all within walking distance of Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and each other. The walk from the Studios is about a mile, but the walk to Epcot and between each other is not very long.
-All 3 of these Epcot area resorts are also connected to both Epcot and the Hollywood Studios by boat.
Animal Kingdom area
-The Animal Kingdom Lodge is only reachable by bus- from all parks and Downtown Disney.