Best Walt Disney World Resort Transportation Options

Walt Disney World is a huge, sprawling resort with so much to see and do. While it may be tempting to walk everywhere, this may not always be practical or even possible. That’s why there are multiple transportation options available to guests, all designed to help you get around the resort with ease.

In this article, we’ll look at all the different transportation options at Walt Disney World and help you decide which one is right for you. From buses and boats to monorails and more, we’ll cover the different ways to get from A to B and have a great time doing it.


One of the most popular (and unique) ways to get around the parks at Walt Disney World is the Skyliner. The Skyliner is a gondola system that connects several of the Disney Resort hotels (Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Riviera Resort) to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios. It is a great option for those who want to avoid the bus system or park hopping as it provides a direct route between the two parks. Plus, it’s really fun to ride.

Disney Skyliner
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It runs quickly and efficiently, so you don’t have to worry about wasting time between parks. Still, there are a few things to keep in mind when riding the Skyliner. It does not operate in inclement weather, so be sure to check the weather forecast before setting off. Sometimes there can be long waiting times for boarding, being patient is very important. If you have any concerns about heights or confined spaces, this may not be the best option for you.


Buses are one of the most popular transportation options at Walt Disney World. Guests can take a bus to get around the Walt Disney World Resort, including four theme parks, two water parks and more than 20 Resort hotels. Buses run frequently and are of course free for guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel.

Disney Bus


The monorails at Walt Disney World are driverless and run on a separate track from the main roads. They are fast and efficient, making them a popular choice for guests who want to get around the resort quickly. However, like the Skyliner, the Monorail also has limited transportation to places. It is connected to Epcot and Magic Kingdom theme parks, as well as Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. It operates from 30 minutes before park openings until 1 hour after closures.

Disney Monorail
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Watercraft (Boats and Ferries)

Another means of transportation that guests can enjoy at Walt Disney World is the various watercrafts. Boats and ferries are a great way to get around the parks and resorts, especially in an area with such abundant water resources. The most popular boats at Walt Disney World are the Friendship Boats. These boats operate in all 4 theme parks and provide transportation between the parks. Guests can also use the Friendship Boats to travel between Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Another option for transportation from the water is water taxis. These taxis operate at specific locations in Walt Disney World and can take guests to different hotels, restaurants and attractions. Water Taxis are usually free for guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel.

Disney Boat
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Several cruise options are also available for those looking for a more relaxed experience. The most popular is the Pirates & Pals Fireworks Dessert Voyage, which takes guests on a pirate-themed cruise around Bay Lake while enjoying snacks and desserts. There is also the Illumination Sparking Wine Cruise, which offers guests a spectacular view of Cinderella Castle while sipping sparkling wine.


Walking is an alternative to all these options. We congratulate those who do not need public transportation, continue to enjoy themselves despite their tiredness and return to their hotels on foot. You can access details such as hiking trails, how far away your destination is and how long it takes through the mobile app. Walking around perfectly landscaped plants or lakes can also be wonderful. However, make sure you have comfortable walking shoes and water with you, especially in the warmer months.

In summary, there are many transportation options at Walt Disney World, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs. If you want to be able to move around the park quickly, the monorail or bus system might be a good option for you. However, if you want to take your time and enjoy the scenery, boats or walking paths may be more suited to your pace.