This question comes from Renee, who asks:
We’re staying at the Caribbean Beach Resort. I’ve heard that it can take some time if using the Disney transportation to get from one resort to another. When we get there, who would be best to ask for what times to leave to make some of the reservations that we have lined up? Thanks!
Renee. Good question, and one we hear a lot. You can always ask the cast member on duty at the concierge desk of your resort about this and other issues, but for the most part, plan on at least an hour and fifteen minutes transportation time from your resort to any other resort. During busier times of the year, I would add an extra fifteen minutes. Caribbean beach is somewhat centrally located, so you have that working to your advantage. The problem is, there’s no direct transportation from one resort to another (unless you’re talking about the monorail resorts), so you’ll need to get a little crafty. Here are few ideas:
For most resort dining options, you can either go to the nearest park or to Downtown Disney and then take a connecting bus from there. So say you’re having dinner at Boma in Animal Kingdom Lodge. Your choices are taking a bus from CBR to Animal Kingdom (you’ll want to make sure it’s open as this park has shorter hours) or taking a bus from CBR to Downtown Disney. From there, you’ll take the AKL bus to the lodge.
Monorail resorts are very easy to get to and will take a bit less time. Just take the bus from your resort to the Magic Kingdom and then take the monorail. If you’re going to the Contemporary Resort, you can also walk to there from the Magic Kingdom; it’s a very short walk. If you’re going to Ft. Wilderness or the Wilderness Lodge, consider taking the boat rather than the bus from the Magic Kingdom (there is no monorail access). It’s faster and a lot more fun.
Friendship boats go between Hollywood Studios and Epcot. If you happen to be in either of these parks and are eating at one of the Epcot resorts (the Swan/Dolphin, Boardwalk, Beach Club), you can take a boat from the park and get there very easily. Boats have wheelchair access and kids can stay in their strollers.
A few final thoughts:
Buses don’t run from Downtown Disney to the parks, although you can take a bus from the parks to Downtown Disney. This is to keep visitors from using Downtown Disney’s parking lot rather than the parking lots at the parks.
Cabs are available at all resorts, Downtown Disney, parks and the Ticket and Transportation Center. Expect to pay around $20 plus tip to get anywhere on property.
Transportation starts approximately one hour before the park opens and goes for around two hours after closing. Check with the conceirge desk for specifics.
Thanks for your question and for reading the site. Disney transportation is really quite efficient. I hope this helps.
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