Half the fun is how you get there

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The Walt Disney World Resort is huge. Spanning nearly 47 square miles, the resort encompasses four theme parks, dozens of resort hotels, countless restaurants and shops, and several other recreational and entertainment venues. Needless to say, getting from place to place can require some thought and consideration.

Before you call up your favorite rental car company, you might want to explore the many facets of Disney’s transportation system. There are so many options provided for you — for free! There is no need to rent a car while visiting Disney World. In fact, ever since Disney’s Magical Express started up, I’ve yet to rent a car. If you know the ins and outs of Disney’s offerings, your trip will be so much smoother and stress-free!

Disney’s Magical Express
Staying at a Disney resort hotel? Flying to Orlando? Consider your transportation to and from the Orlando International Airport taken care of! Disney will pick you up and drop you off at your resort — and even take care of your bags for you. This complimentary service must be arranged in advance, so call Disney as soon as you know your flight details.

The Disney Bus System
Once you’ve arrived on property, the free bus rides don’t stop! Disney buses run approximately every twenty minutes to and from the parks, to the water parks, and to Downtown Disney. If relying on bus transportation, give yourself plenty of time for traveling from place to place, as some resorts make stops at multiple resorts. The only downfall to bus transportation can be the lines to get on them — especially at the end of a long day touring the parks. And once a bus arrives, they get pretty packed — some nights it’s standing room only!

For a change of pace, try hopping on a boat around the World. Boats around the Seven Seas Lagoon travel to the resorts and Magic Kingdom. Friendship Boats connect the Epcot resorts to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot. There are also boats from Fort Wilderness on Bay Lake to the Magic Kingdom, and don’t forget the boats along the Sassagoula River and Downtown Disney! If you’re in a hurry, bus transportation might be a better option, as the boats tend to load and unload slowly, then travel at a more relaxed pace. They’re great in the evening, or on your way back to your room for a midday nap.

The Monorail
Ah, my favorite mode of transportation! The monorail is by far the most unique form of transportation around Disney World. Some people even hop on it and ride around for fun — which I highly recommend! The monorail has two tracks. The first track travels around the Seven Seas Lagoon, making stops at the Contemporary, Polynesian, and Grand Floridian resorts, the Magic Kingdom, and the Ticket and Transportation Center. The second track runs from the Ticket and Transportation Center to Epcot. Both routes are quite scenic, and you can get some great photos aboard the monorail.

What’s your favorite mode of transportation at Walt Disney World?

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