Thrifty Thursday: Transportation Time

monorailOne of the perks of staying at a Disney resort, is access to Disney transportation: no need to rent a car if you are flying to Walt Disney World! However, you will want to plan ahead when it comes to transportation, so that you are saving time as well as money.

When staying on Disney property, you will likely be using Disney bus transportation at one point or another, as this transportation is the most common. Officially, buses arrive about every twenty minutes. I have waited as little as five and as much as half an hour, so be sure to factor in these variables when you are thinking about when you want to arrive at the parks. Buses begin running approximately one hour prior to park opening, so if you want to be one of the first in the park to head to your favorite ride, plan to be at your resort’s bus stop in time for one of the first buses. This can be very important if you are heading to an extremely popular attraction that you don’t have a FastPass for.

For some Disney resorts, you will also have access to boat or monorail transportation to select parks. Keep in mind that you may also have to wait for these to arrive, and that some may not go directly to the park. For instance, if you are staying at the Contemporary Resort and want to go to Epcot via monorail, you will have to transfer at the Transportation and Ticket Center. Likewise, if you are staying at the Contemporary, your monorail will loop to the TTC, Polynesian and Grand Floridian before arriving at the Magic Kingdom (it is usually faster to walk to MK from the Contemporary if you are in a hurry).

If you are staying at a Disney resort and plan to visit another resort for a dining reservation, give yourself at least an hour for transportation. There is no direct transportation between most resorts (other than the monorail resorts or the Epcot ones that have a boat), so you will have to transfer at one of the theme parks, and this can take some extra time. Plan for more time if you are visiting during a peak time of year. If you are in a rush or worried about making the transfer, you may want to consider calling a taxi – they are available at all Disney resorts or use an Uber.

Pay attention to the time you allot for transportation during your Walt Disney World trip, because getting to the park or resort you desire could take a little longer than you thought and may require some extra steps. Unexpected delays can come up, but keep in mind that the Cast Members are doing their best to make sure you have a great vacation, so always plan a little more time than you think you need and be patient. Plan your time well, and your vacation will benefit!

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