People are creatures of habit. It’s why most people go left when they get into World Showcase, why we lean towards staying at the same resorts and hit up the same restaurants. With all the new and improved Disney transportation options we thought that we would review them for you so that in case you want to branch outside your comfort zone and try something new, you would have an opinion and information on them all in one nifty place.
Monorail: Who doesn’t love the Monorail? We sure do! Especially when we are staying at a Monorail resort. When do we not love the Monorail? When the park closes. But, that is what it is. Typically, Disney will run enough Monorails that the wait really isn’t more than 25 minutes at the most even when the line snakes down the ramp.
Where does the Monorail stop? If you are taking the Express Monorail you will go straight from the Magic Kingdom to the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) and bypass the resorts in between. If you are staying at or heading to one of the Monorail resorts you will want the Monorail line to the far left side (heading out of Magic Kingdom) that is called the Resort Monorail. This monorail will stop at the Contemporary Resort, the TTC, The Polynesian and then the Grand Floridian.
Security. If you board the Monorail at a resort you will get your bag checked and your person checked (via metal detector) prior to boarding the Monorail at the resort and then again when you get to security at the Magic Kingdom. If you board the Monorail at the TTC, you will pass through security before boarding the Monorail or the Ferry Boat at the TTC and then again once you get to the Magic Kingdom or Epcot if you are taking the Monorail to Epcot.
When do the Monorail’s run? The Express Monorail runs from 30 minutes prior to the parks opening and run until 1 hour after the parks close (or until the line has depleted on the busiest days. The Resort Monorail runs from 7 am to 1 hour after the parks close.
Ferry Boat. If you are traveling from the TTC to Magic Kingdom, you have the option to take the Ferry Boat. Hubby and I love the Ferry Boat and nine times out of ten we choose to take it over the Monorail when coming from the TTC. It only takes about ten minutes for the boat to travel across the lagoon to Magic Kingdom and you see some amazing things from an incredible vantage point. Ferry boats typically run on the same schedule as the Monorail.
Friendship boats. The friendship boats run to a variety of places all listed HERE. The boats are an awesome way to get from one place to another in the Disney parks. These boats are not incredibly well-known (ssshhh, let’s keep it that way) although during mid-day an busy times, the lines get longer, especially since these are small boats and capacity is pretty small, especially for the Seven Seas Lagoon boats which are even smaller than the other boats that go from Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Disney Springs and the Boardwalk resorts.
There are four different boat routes for the Friendship Boats. You can take bots around the Seven Seas Lagoon Resorts and Bay Lake Resorts and Magic Kingdom. There are two boats that go to the Magic Kingdom. The first route is a larger boat that goes to and from the Contemporary Resort, Wilderness Lodge, Fort Wilderness and Magic Kingdom. There is no Monorail that goes to Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness, so this is a popular option for those resorts. The other route goes from Magic Kingdom to Grand Floridian then to Polynesian and then back to Magic Kingdom.
The Epcot International Gateway boats go from The Epcot International Gateway to Disney’s Boardwalk, Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club, then the Swan and Dolphin Resort and finally to Hollywood Studios. You can also walk to all of these locations via a very scenic path which is a great option as well! The walk from the Boardwalk and Yacht and Beach Club as well as Swan and Dolphin are short to Epcot and actually faster than the boats but the boats are a fun way to travel.
The third friendship boat route is from Disney Springs. This boat goes to Old Key West Resort, Saratoga Springs and Port Orleans French Quarter and Riverside Resorts. If you have never traveled using these boats, I highly recommend it! Especially if you are traveling on Bay Lake or Seven Seas Lagoon. Hubby and I spent an entire day resort hopping via boat on our most recent trip to Disney World and it was one of my favorite days of the entire trip.
The final Friendship Boat route is pretty small and goes to a couple stops in the World Showcase. There are actually two routes here but we are putting in one section because the World Showcase is small. There is one route that will take you from Mexico over to Germany and the second route goes from Canada to Morocco.
So there you have it! part one of our Transport me to Disney blog! There are so many transportation options around Walt Disney World and because it’s Disney, each and every one, truly adds to the experience and the magic. Stay tuned for part two of this series and we’ll see ya’ real soon Disney family and for the love of the mouse, never forget, that it all started with a mouse.