Wondering which resort you should stay at to easily take a shuttle bus to Walt Disney World Resort? There are not only a lot of great options for you but also many options to get around besides bus you may not have thought of.
Time is of the essence when you’re spending your vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort. As the park closes after a long day at the Magic Kingdom, guests will make a beeline towards the monorails. Though the monorail may travel faster, Disney’s ferry service has proven to be much more efficient in transporting guests to their cars.
In 2009 alone the Monorail system has experienced 4 major delays of 3 hours or longer. The monorail system which is very helpful and a great way to move guests from park to park but when there are power failures or other electrical issues it is hard to get the cars moving again.
The Magic Kingdom ferry can hold twice as many people as a monorail while traveling only half the distance. During peak tourist seasons, be aware of your surroundings and double-check the ferry queue to judge your wait time. As a rule of thumb, it will take about 2 to 3 monorails to disperse the same amount of guests a single ferry would. So don’t be afraid of a seemingly huge line at the ferry dock; if it is similar or a bit larger than the monorail queue, it will be your best bet in getting home earlier.
All in all, the Disney World ferry is the most efficient (and scenic) way to get to and from the Ticket and Transportation center and the Magic Kingdom.
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Disney's monorail runs between the Magic Kingdom, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Polynesian Resort and the Transportation and Ticket Center (adjacent to the Magic Kingdom parking lot). A connecting monorail transports you from the Transportation and Ticket Center to Epcot Center. Monorails usually run until two hours after the latest theme park closing time.
The monorail is a great way to get to and from your resort if you are willing to give up taking a bus!
You may not have considered it before, but you might enjoy traveling by sea instead of looking for the best resort to bus to Walt Disney World.
The Magic Kingdom is accessible by water from Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Disney's Polynesian Resort, and Disney's Wilderness Lodge. The Disney ferryboats connect the Magic Kingdom to the Transportation and Ticket Center.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot are also accessible by boat from Disney's Yacht Club and Disney's Beach Club Resorts, Disney's Boardwalk Inn and Villas Resort, and the Walt Disney World Swan and Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotels. Downtown Disney is accessible by ferryboat from Disney's Old Key West Resort and Disney's Port Orleans resorts.
Most areas of the Walt Disney World Resort are accessible by bus from other areas within the resort, including Water Parks, Theme Parks*, Disney resorts, and the Downtown Disney area. Buses travel on routes throughout the resort and do not provide direct service between all destinations.
*Magic Kingdom Park is not accessible by bus from Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and Disney's Polynesian Resort. These resorts provide monorail transportation to the park.