Hi there Disney family! Thank you for dropping by and please be sure to check out part one of our Transport me to Disney blog. In part one we covered the Monorail, Ferry Boat and Friendship Boats. In part two we will be covering the bus system including the Magical Express, Minnie vans, and we will also touch on the exciting news that Disney is adding a Gondola system called the Disney Skyliner! We better get started.
If you have ever stayed on property, you have probably utilized the Disney bus system. Busses move throughout each and every Walt Disney World resort, some even moev within the resorts for larger resorts like Animal Kingdom Lodge and The Wilderness Lodge and the busses go to each park as well. It is very important to look into your resorts bus system prior to boarding so that you have an idea how many stops your bus will take and how long it will take for you to get to your final destination.
Oftentimes busses going to Magic Kingdom, for example, will make stops at multiple resorts before getting to the park. It is always good to know if you are the first stop or the last stop and to have an idea how long it will take for you to get to the park so you know what time to catch the bus.
You do not need to be staying at a resort to take a bus to or from that resort. This is an excellent and cost effective choice for resort hopping, especially for resorts that are not on the Monorail or boat system.
Disney’s Magical Express is a great way to get to and from the airport. Disney’s Magical Express is a transportation option Disney offers to resort guests that goes from Orlando International Airport to all Walt Disney World Resorts. You have the option to add this, free of charge, to your reservation. All you have to do is get on the My Disney Experience website or app and enter your name and flight information and you can use this service.
Not only does Disney’s Magical Express take you to your resort but Disney also handles your luggage. You will receive a Disney Character luggage tag and special tag that signifies that Disney should grab your bags and take them to your resort for you, whe you receive your Magic Bands in the mail, you simply put the tags on and Disney will pick up your bags and deliver them right to your room.
It is important to note that if you are using this service, your bags will not be on your Magical Express bus and will not be delivered to your room for about four hours so be sure to pack any and all things you need for those first few hours in your carry-on luggage.
Other important information related to this service:
Disney’s Magical Express runs 24 hours a day but the luggage service only runs from 5 am to 10 pm. so you can catch the Magical Express regardless of the time you land or takeoff but if your flight lands outside the times listed, you will be in charge of your own luggage.
Disney’s Magical Express budgets make multiple stops. Your bus will most likely stop at more than one resort.
Disney’s Magical Express is not a speedy service. If you land at 11 am and are using this service, do not expect to be in line for Mine Train at 1 pm. You will wait in line (most likely) prior to getting on the bus and then your bus will sit, and sit, and sit and sit for what seems like forever before you finally are off to your resort. We have used Disney’s Magical Express multiple times and the average time we have waited from scanning our band and finding out which lane to stand in to the time the bus pulls out of the bay has been about an hour.
The Minnie Vans are yet another transportation service Disney has added to cater to guests. On our most recent trip, we used this service a lot and I will tell you, it’s awesome. Disney’s Minnie Van service is, in my opinion, Disney’s response to Uber and Lyft. When Uber first came on the Disney scene, from what we experienced, Disney tried to squash it and make it difficult for them to succeed, but, Disney is smart, and being who they are, they created their own internal ride share service and so the Minnie Van was born. We love it! There is no surge pricing, which is amazing so as long as you are going on Disney property, you can go wherever you want for $20.
Is it always the best deal? No. But the customer service far exceeds that of any non-Disney ride share service and as someone who travels a lot for work I have used ride share services a ton of times. No matter what, if the Minnie Van service is available, it is $20 to go anywhere on Disney Property. They do not transport off Disney property though so be aware of that.
Last but not least, exciting news for Disney transportation the Disney Skiliner is coming! What is the Disney Skyliner you ask? A gondola system that will connect some resorts to Hollwood Studios and Epcot. The resorts that will have stops are Disney’s Pop Century, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation…. drum roll please. Disney’s new Riviera Resort will also be connected to this brand new system of Disney travel. New renderings that Disney has just released can be seen HERE!
With all these Disney transportation options what should you choose? All of them! Depending on where you are going and how you want to get there, all of these transportation ideas are awesome!
That’s it for this post! Thanks for stopping by! We hope this helped you in your quest to master Disney transportation options. What are some of your favorites? What can be improved? We’d love to hear your thoughts. We’ll see ya’ real soon and for the love of the mouse, never forget, that it all started with a mouse.