Note that this is no longer offered at WDW. Scroll to see some options of other ways to get around the parks.
There’s so much to see and do at Walt Disney World that it is nearly impossible to do everything in one visit. One of the limiting factors is transportation between parks. Even if you drive a car, you still have to get to the vehicle, drive to the next location, and go through security. Taking the buses, boats, and monorails can take even more time. Walt Disney World recently introduced an express transportation option, and it can definitely help you save time on your vacation. I think it’s a good option for those who want to take advantage of every minute of their vacation.
Disclosure: I had the opportunity to see the Express Transportation option on a press trip to Disney that was provided at no cost to me. All opinions are my own.
Currently, Express Transportation costs $19 for a single day ticket (must be used on the date of purchase) or $29 for multiple days (valid for up to 7 days starting on the date of purchase). It’s the same price for ages 3+. Guests can book Express Transportation at all 4 theme parks (ticket windows and guest relations), Disney Springs, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotels, with resort concierges, and right at the Express Transportation check-in locations. You must have a valid park admission with the park hopper option.
Once you are ready to switch parks, head to the Express Transportation area. Buses for each park depart about every 30 minutes on a schedule. It’s offered every day starting at 10am. Once you arrive at the kiosk area and check in, you’ll be told what time the bus is scheduled to depart.
Upon arriving at your destination, you’ll be brought “backstage” where you will be met by a Walt Disney World cast member who will guide you to the parks, bypassing security and the admission gates.
Express Transportation definitely can help you save time on your vacation, and is worth it if you really want to make the most of a limited amount of time. To learn more, visit the Disney website.
Now that Express Transportation is sadly no longer offered at Walt Disney World, you may be wondering what the quickest way to get around Walt Disney World is. If you have park hopper passes and plan to visit multiple parks in one day, you’ll want to minimize the amount of time that you are waiting for transportation.
Of course, the bus, boat, and monorail system is always available, and is completely free. You will have to wait in lines to access the transportation, however, and it can be crowded. If I’m not in a hurry, that’s definitely what I take, because it’s completely free, and is pretty convenient.
If you are staying at the Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort, the Boardwalk Inn, the Yacht Club, or the Beach Club, you can walk to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. That’s usually what we do, because it’s not a long walk either way and can be a great way to save time. If you are staying at Disney’s Contemporary, you can walk to the Magic Kingdom.
Another option is cabs and/or Uber. We’ve done that in the past when going from a resort to another resort, or when the lines are too long. It isn’t as convenient as Express Transportation was, but it’s still an option. Just keep in mind that pickup and dropoff locations will vary by park.
Disney recently introduced the Minnie Van system to Walt Disney World. These adorable, Minnie-inspired vans are driven by cast members and are available to take you around Walt Disney World. It’s powered by Lyft, and uses that app to facilitate pickups. They can accommodate up to six passengers and include 2 car seats. They are now available to take your to the airport as well. There’s an additional charge for Minnie Van service, and you’ll pay per ride.
Finally, renting a car is always an option. That can often be the most cost effective way to get around, rather than ordering cabs or Minnie Vans for each time you want to travel from park to park.