Walt Disney World Transportation or Driving Myself – Which is Higher?

I’m typically requested, “What’s the easiest way to get round Walt Disney World?”

Though there are lots of strategies of transportation at Walt Disney World, together with Uber, taxis, Minnie Vans, and many others., I’d wish to concentrate on the 2 fundamental decisions of transportation: Utilizing the WDW Transportation System or Driving Myself.


This resolution actually begins on the airport, assuming you’ve flown in after all. However, even for those who’ve pushed to Walt Disney World from your private home city, you continue to have these two choices to select from.

Should you’ve flown into Orlando Worldwide Airport (MCO) you possibly can both: 1) Use Disney’s Magical Categorical bus system or 2) Lease a automobile and drive your self to WDW. This primary choice is offered to company staying on WDW resort property at a Walt Disney World Resort lodge (e.g., Disney’s All-Star Music or Disney’s Up to date Resort)


Should you use Disney’s Magical Categorical bus system to get from the airport to the Walt Disney World Resort, you’ll proceed to use the WDW transportation system whereas on resort property to get out of your resort lodge to the Disney theme parks, Disney Springs, and Disney water parks.

Should you lease your automobile to drive to resort property, it will be a waste of cash to only park all of it week. It defeats the aim of renting a automobile in any respect. Should you intend to make use of the WDW transportation system whereas on property, simply use the Magical Categorical to get onto property and again to the airport.

I’d wish to checklist what I feel are the professionals and cons of every of those two choices to help you in making an knowledgeable resolution. That being stated, I might extremely advocate that you don’t drive your self round property and do use the Walt Disney World Transportation system in your first journey to WDW. The very last thing you wish to be doing in your first Walt Disney World trip is fumbling round with a GPS and making an attempt to navigate across the 43 sq. miles of resort property that you just’ve by no means been to earlier than. Plus, it would take away of little bit of the magic on that first journey.

Selection # 1: WDW Transportation System — Together with buses, boats, monorails, gondolas (coming quickly)




Free to make use of
Simple to make use of
No-brainer, no navigation, jump-on/jump-off service
Let Disney maintain the main points of the best way to get the place you’re going
Dropped off close to the entrance gate of every park
Retains you within the magic
Entertaining (relying on the bus driver, often no less than a Magical Disney video enjoying on small displays)
Boats provide peaceable rides throughout lagoons and lakes, generally in a nostalgic style
Monorails! Want I say extra? They’re simply so freaking cool! However you’d want to remain at a Disney monorail resort (Up to date, Polynesian Village, or Grand Floridan). In any other case, you’d need to exit of your option to experience them because the remaining resorts bus you straight to the entrance gate, bypassing the monorails.


Not in your schedule
Usually ready 20+ minutes for some modes of WDW transportation (are you able to say sore toes?)
Crowded…very crowded. Can typically really feel like cattle herding onto and off
Screaming infants or younger kids. (I like my youngsters and grand-kids, however crammed right into a bus or monorail with screaming kids after a protracted day on the parks…you get the thought.)
Park-to-Park transfers are very troublesome, parking hopping is tedious (an exception is between Magic Kingdom and Epcot)
Resort hopping may be very troublesome (exception resorts on the monorail loop)
Bus stops are generally a protracted stroll out of your resort lodge room
A number of bus stops at your resort — making a protracted day longer in case your room is close to the final cease
Going off-property requires you to rent an Uber (consists of ready for driver to choose you up each instructions)

Selection #2: Drive your self round WDW



In your schedule – drive someplace once you need
No ready in line at bus stops on the parks for 20+ minutes for buses (which frequently refill requiring you to attend even longer). Simply tram out to your automobile and drive again to your resort.
Not crowded — simply you and your crew. No cattle
No screaming youngsters — except you present your individual after all
Park hopping is far simpler as you possibly can drive from one park to the opposite with out having to first switch at Disney Springs or your resort lodge bus cease (extra ready)
Park near your WDW resort lodge room as a substitute of strolling an extended distance from a Disney bus cease
No a number of bus stops earlier than going again to your room — simply drive your self straight there
Going off-property (which generally is required or desired) the place you need, once you need


Not free (except you drove your individual automobile to Walt Disney World)
Not as simple as utilizing the WDW transportation system
Planning, navigating your self, studying the system of self-navigation whereas on property (completely different for every park)
Parking — it’s simply not enjoyable. Rain, warmth (esp once you get again in your automobile), potential lengthy walks to the tram, ready for a tram, ready for an additional tram if the primary one is full, ready for individuals to cease approaching the tram so you possibly can truly begin shifting
Leaving the Disney Magic Bubble (except you provide your individual Disney films or music in your drive to the parks)

I hope this checklist will help you with making a call on the best way to get across the Walt Disney World Resort in your subsequent trip! Clearly every methodology has its personal advantages and disadvantages. Neither one is best than the opposite. You’ll have to decide on which one works greatest for you and your touring social gathering primarily based in your wants, schedule, and want for flexibility.

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