Getting to the Magic Kingdom can be pretty involved: You have to drive to the parking lot, take a tram to the Ticket and Transportation Center, then get on the ferry or monorail. If you have lots of “stuff,” like strollers or diaper bags, or even little kids who move slowly, it can be a bit involved. So what’s the best way to get to the Magic Kingdom?
Given a choice between the ferry or the monorail, make your decision based on lines. The monorail is a shorter trip by several minutes and the ferry loads more slowly, but if the line for the monorail is down the ramp, take the ferry. You’ll get there faster because the ferry can hold more guests. It’s also a lovely, peaceful ride.
If you’re staying on Disney property but not staying at a monorail resort, take the resort bus. You’ll bypass the Ticket and Transportation Center and go straight to the parks. By cutting out the TTC, even buses from resorts with slower service will get there faster than taking your own car and parking it at the TTC. Obviously, if you have a stroller or a scooter/wheelchair you may want to re-think this option.
If you’re being dropped off, there are a couple of things you can do. Here they are from slowest to fastest:
1. Get dropped off in front of the TTC.
2. Get dropped off at the entrance of the Polynesian and take the monorail from there.
3. Get dropped off in front of the Contemporary Resort and take the walkway to the Magic Kingdom. Keep in mind that you can’t drive into where Disney buses drop off guests, but you can do a very quick drop off in front of that area at the intersection. This works best for people who don’t have strollers and can move quickly. You can also pull into the Contemporary parking lot if you need more time to get your passengers out of the car. Don’t be tempted to park there! You can be towed if you aren’t staying at the resort or don’t have a dining reservation.
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