Picture this: you’re about to embark on a whimsical journey into the fantastical realm of Walt Disney World.
But wait, there’s a small twist – you’ve decided to leave the car behind and explore the place where dreams come true in a way that’s as carefree as a magic carpet ride.
But don’t worry, Disney World has an array of complementary and paid transportation options that will whisk you away on a magical adventure and easily get your from point A to point B.
Get ready to hop on Disney buses, glide through the water on boats, ride the monorail, summon a Minnie Van, soar on the Skyliner, or simply stroll along charming pathways.
From Disney buses and boat transportation to the Skyliner and walking paths, we’ll explore the many enchanting ways you can get around Disney World without having a car.
How to Get Around Disney World without at Vehicle
There are 6 methods of transportation that you can use to get around Disney World property:
One of the most convenient and widely used modes of transportation within Disney World is the extensive network of Disney buses.
These brightly colored, character-themed buses shuttle guests to and from various destinations, including all 4 theme parks, both water parks, every Disney Resort hotel, and Disney Springs.
With frequent departures, air-conditioning, and wheelchair accessibility, Disney buses offer a convenient and comfortable way to explore the magical realms.
Best of all, it’s 100% free. No tickets necessary.
Where can buses take you?
- Any Disney World park from any Disney Resort
- Disney Springs
- Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon Water Parks
For a scenic and leisurely way to travel across the enchanting waterways of Disney World, look no further than the boat transportation system.
Ferryboats and water taxis effortlessly transport guests between select Disney Resort hotels and theme parks, such as Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney Springs.
Guests can embark on a delightful journey across sparkling lakes, lagoons, and canals, while enjoying breathtaking views of the resort’s iconic landmarks.
Where can the boats take you
Most of these water taxi routes run on 15 to 30 minute intervals.
- Fort Wilderness
- Wilderness Lodge
- Polynesian Village
- Grand Floridian
- Ticket and Transportation Center (via Ferry)
Epcot and Hollywood Studios
- Disney Boardwalk
- Boardwalk Inn
- Beach Club
- Yacht Club
- Saratoga Springs
- Port Orleans Riverside
- Port Orleans French Quarter
- Old Key West
When you think about Disney World transportation, the first thing that immediately comes to mind is the monorail.
Synonymous with Disney’s futuristic charm, the iconic monorail system gracefully glides above the resort, offering a unique mode of transportation.
The sleek monorails transport guests from select Disney Resort hotels to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, whisking them through the air with panoramic views.
Where can the monorail take you?
- Magic Kingdom
- Contemporary Resort
- Polynesian Village Resort
- Grand Floridian Resort
- Ticket and Transportation Center
Transporting guests on an airborne adventure, the Disney Skyliner gondolas showcases the perfect blend of whimsy and practicality. These colorful gondolas glide high above the resort, connecting Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot to select Disney Resort hotels. Enjoy breathtaking views while being whisked away to your destination in a truly unforgettable fashion.
Where can the Skyliner take you?
You can get to and from any of these destinations solely on the Skyliner. However, some transfer may be needed depending on your final destination or starting point.
- Hollywood Studios to Caribbean Beach Resort (transfer point)
- Caribbean Beach to Art of Animation or Pop Century
- Caribbean Beach to Riviera Resort
- Riviera Resort to Epcot
For guests seeking a leisurely stroll amidst the enchanting surroundings, Disney World offers a network of well-designed walking paths. These pathways allow guests to traverse between select Disney Resort hotels and nearby theme parks or entertainment areas at their own pace. Walking paths provide an excellent opportunity to take in the sights, sounds, and atmosphere that make Disney so magical.
Where can you walk to?
Here are all of the popular walking paths you can take:
- Contemporary Resort to Magic Kingdom
- Grand Floridian to Magic Kingdom
- Hollywood Studios to Beach Club, Yacht Club, Boardwalk, Swan, and Dolphin
- Epcot to Beach Club, Yacht Club, Boardwalk, Swan, and Dolphin
- Saratoga Springs to Disney Springs
Disney World has partnered with Lyft, a ride-sharing service, to provide guests with an alternative paid transportation option. Using the Lyft app, guests can request a ride to various destinations within the resort. Whether you’re venturing out for an evening of dining and entertainment or simply hopping between parks, Lyft offers a seamless and efficient way to get around.
Plus, you even have access to Minnie Vans, Disney’s official ridesharing service in partnership with Lyft.
If Lyft isn’t your thing, Uber is also available and works exactly the same as Lyft would on-property minus Minnie Vans access.
Ride-sharing is by far the best way to get from hotel to hotel because it’s a huge time-saver. Yes, you could theoretically take a Disney bus from one resort to a park then to a resort, but that’s a lot of time wasted. Instead, if you’re short on time and don’t mind spending around $12 each way, Uber or Lyft is a time-saving alternative.
If you want to learn more about how to use Uber or Lyft at Disney World as well as becoming familiar with all of the pickup and drop off spots, check out my guide!
Where can you take Uber and Lyft?
You can literally take Uber and Lyft anywhere across Central Florida. But these are more popular destinations.
- Magic Kingdom (via the Transportation and Ticket Center)
- Hollywood Studios
- Blizzard Beach
- Typhoon Lagoon
- Disney Springs
- both Mini-Golf locations
- Any resort (Disney or non-Disney)
- Universal Studios, Sea World, or any other Orlando tourist attraction
- Orlando Airport
- Disney Cruise Terminal in Port Canaveral
Disney’s free airport transportation service, Magical Express, is no longer a thing, and has instead been replaced by a paid service called Mears Connect.
Mears Connect is a paid bus service that will take you to and from the Orlando International Airport to your Disney World hotel.
They have two options:
- Standard = shared bus with limited stops
- Express = shared (not private) direct service to your hotel and back
This service runs 24/7 so there’s no need to worry if your flight gets in late.
Is using Disney Transpiration worth it?
If you decided to leave the car behind or decided to not rent a car during your trip, you’ll easily be able to navigate Disney World property with all of the transportation options Disney provides.
From a money standpoint, it’s definitely cheaper to just use all of the provided transportation options. The only thing you’ll have to pay for, if you don’t plan on leaving WDW property, is just your transfer to and from the airport.
As you embark on your adventure at Walt Disney World, remember that you can leave your car behind and still enjoy seamless complimentary transportation throughout the resort.
Whether you opt for the convenience of Disney buses, the charm of boat transportation and monorails, the quick and modern comfort of Uber or Lyft, the whimsy of the Skyliner, or even prefer to make your way on foot, there really isn’t a bad way to get from point A to point B.
I hope this guide will make it easier to get around Disney World without a vehicle!