Friday, June 24, 2022

Disney World Shuttles Between Parks

Shades Of Green Bus Schedule

A Walt Disney World 4-Park Transportation Challenge!

Bus service is dependent on the daily theme park schedules. Service typically begins approximately 30 to 45 minutes prior to park opening minutes prior to a park opening.

  • Magic Kingdom Bus departs approximately every 20 minutes to and from the Transportation and Ticket Center where it stops at Bus Space C10
  • Epcot Bus departs approximately every 20 minutes to and from the Transportation and Ticket Center where it stops at Bus Space C10
  • Disneys Hollywood Studios Bus service begins 45 minutes prior to park opening Bus departs approximately every 30 minutes at 15 and 45 after the hour from Shades of Green and from the Westside Charter Bus Loop Space 60 at Hollywood Studios at 15 and 45 after the hour
  • Disneys Animal Kingdom Bus service begins 45 minutes prior to park opening Bus departs approximately every 30 minutes at 15 and 45 after the hour from Shades of Green and from the Charter Bus lot at Animal Kingdom on the hour and half hour
  • Typhoon Lagoon Bus service begins 30 minutes prior to park opening Bus departs approximately every hour on the half hour from Shades of Green and from Bus Spaces 5 at 50 past the hour
  • Disney Springs Bus service begins 30 minutes prior to park opening Bus departs approximately every hour on the half hour from Shades of Green and from Westside Charter Bus loop Spaces 1-7 on the hour

At the Magic Kingdom you can board Disney World transportation buses for destinations all over the WDW resort.

Here are some bus etiquette tips:

I Had The Opposite Experience On Disney World’s Ferry

After taking the monorail to Epcot and spending some time in the theme park, I decided to head back to Magic Kingdom via Disney World’s water transportation.

There was a ferry waiting as I approached the dock, and it left shortly after I boarded. I spent the trip on the top deck, and loved how open and airy the ship was. I could stand far away from other parkgoers and simply enjoy the view.

Traveling From Epcot To Hollywood Studios

Epcot and Hollywood Studios are the closest together of any park and can easily be done in the same way. From the International Gateway of Epcot, you can even walk to Hollywood Studios, although its a fairly long walk, about 25 minutes.

You can also walk from the gateway to a hotel and take the boat or hop on the Skyliner, transferring at the Caribbean Beach Resort. A boat also connects the two parks.

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Transportation Between Universals Hotels And Theme Parks


Universals on-site resorts are walkable to CityWalk, Universal Studios, and the Island of Adventure. There are convenient walking paths connecting the resorts to the parks.

All of the hotels are within walking distance of the entrances of the theme parks. There are convenient walking paths connecting the resorts to the parks.

The Hard Rock Hotel is the closest , Royal Pacific and Sapphire Falls are about a 10-minute walk, and Portofino Bay and Cabana Bay Beach are within 15-20 minutes of the parks.

Water Taxis

Guest staying at most Universal Orlando on-site hotel will receive complimentary water taxi transportation. Transportation varies based on the hotel but most have water taxis that transport guests to CityWalk .

Once at CityWalk, its only a few minutes of walking to get to the theme parks.

The following hotels have water taxi service: Hard Rock Hotel, Portofino Bay Hotel, Royal Pacific Resort, and Saffire Falls Resort.

Water taxi boats depart every 15 minutes or so. They operate from about one hour before Early Park Entry until about 2 a.m. after CityWalk shuts down. Allow roughly 20 to 25 minutes for each boat ride.


Note that Cabana Bay Beach Resort doesnt have a water taxi. Instead, guests board a dedicated bus that goes directly to CityWalk.

The majority of Universal partner hotels have shuttle bus service between the hotel and the resort. The hours and services vary based on the hotel so check with the front desk.

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Transportation Between Resorts And Disney Parks

Transportation Options that Will and Will Not be Available ...

Traveling to Disneyworld next May for the first time in 20 plus years. We will be attending a Princess breakfast at Akershus. Is there transportation from the resorts directly to the various parks other than the Magic Kingdom? I wasn’t sure if we had to take the bus to the Magic Kingdom and then switch to a bus for Epcot. Also how early do the buses start picking up guests? Thanks for any info!

All the resorts have transportation to all of the parks and Downtown Disney. For POR this would be by bus everywhere with the option of a boat to Downtown Disney. It will be operational so you can get there before opening and runs continuously throughout the day. Your wait should never be greater than 10-20 minutes.

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From POR take the Epcot Bus

If your Breakfast is before 8:00, there will be Character Breakfast Buses running Always ask the Character Breakfast Bus Drivers which Parks or Resorts they are heading to, there will be more than 1 bus

Here is a bit of info about POR

Thanks for the replies……….Party Pa I have been reading your posts for several months. You have a lot of great advice!

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Complete Guide To Using Uber At Walt Disney World

We talk about Uber a lot on this blog, and thats because it works very well at Disney World. with several months of daily Uber rides around the resort, and with it becoming a huge part of our shorter trips, we thought it might be a good time to share what weve learned. Heres your guide to Uber at Walt Disney World.

How To Beat The Crowds At Park Close

After the nighttime entertainment ends and crowds leave in droves, there will be long, long..long lines at the bus stops. To avoid this, consider 1 of these options:

  • Take a taxi or Uber/Lyft back to your resort
  • Use a Minnie Van
  • Position yourself so youre one of the first to leave the park and one of the first to get to your bus stop
  • View from outside the park so youre not caught in the crowds at all. This mainly works at Magic Kingdom, where you can view fireworks from one of the beaches at the monorail resorts. It doesnt work as well at the other nighttime shows.

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Understanding The Low Efficiency Rating For Disney World Transportation System Buses

Disney World transportation system buses ranked low in efficiency and overall experience due to a variety of reasons. How long we had to stand at the stop waiting for the next bus was one reason, but loading times had a big impact on the overall experience factor. For instance, the rising number of ECVs in use throughout the parks can quickly throw a wrench in estimated travel times. Each scooter requires 4-7 minutes to load. This is important to note for a variety of reasons. If youre traveling with an ECV or a passenger of one, you will be loaded before other guests waiting at the stop, almost assuring you a seat on the arriving bus. However, youll need to account for additional loading time in your travel plans.

If four to seven minutes doesnt seem like much of an adjustment to your time schedule, consider the impact of other passengers with wheelchairs or ECVs.

Buses are equipped to hold a limited number of units. If several passengers riding scooters are in front of you in line, you may be asked to wait for the next bus. That could add an additional 20 minutes or more to your travel plans.

If youre a foot passenger, be advised that ECVs usually take the place of three to four seats. A similar situation holds true if a lot of parents are traveling with larger strollers. Even when folded, these devices consume space, limiting the number of standing passengers the bus can hold.

Walt Disney World Parking Tips & Tricks

Your Guide to Walt Disney World Transportation

If youre parking at Disney, this means you will be driving to the parks. Keep in mind, each of the following exits from Interstate 4 will take you to different parts of Walt Disney World Resort:

Exit 67: EPCOT, Disney Springs Area, Disneys BoardWalk, and Disneys Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

Exit 65: Disney Hollywood studios parking, Disneys Animal Kingdom parking lot, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, and Disneys Blizzard Beach Water Park

Exit 64: Magic Kingdom

Disneys Magical Express

Complimentary airport transportation via Disneys Magical Express service is available for guests arriving at and departing from Orlando International Airport. Keep in mind, Disneys Magical Express service will no longer provide luggage delivery for those arriving at and departing from the airport. Your luggage will travel with you to your Disney hotel.

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Taxis And Ride Hailing Services

Taxis at Walt Disney World

A taxi fare between the furthest points on Disney World property should rarely exceed $20 plus tip.

When using taxis on Disney property, use only the ones colored yellow that have meters! They have various names on the side , but are all operated by Mears Transport, which has an official relationship with Disney.

Your resort concierge can call a cab for you or you can call yourself at 699-9999.

We discussed Ride Hailing Services above as a method to get to Disney World, but they are an even better option for getting around WDW.

Uber & Lyft

Using Ubering and Lyft to get around property is very convenient and often the cheapest paid method of getting around.

Uber Get a free ride up to $15 by signing up with this promo code:steveb14703ue this promo is for your first ride only, any value not used expires so this is not good for a quick hop across WDW property, but it is perfect for a ride from Orlando International to Shades of Green. The one-way fare from the airport is about $25. If you are already a member, have someone else in your party sign up.

Lyft $5 credit towards your first ride when you sign up for Lyft using this link. This promo is for your first ride only this is perfect for a quick hop across WDW property.

A Minnie Van

Minnie Vans

Minnie Van Service has been discontinued. Disney has not yet decided if they will bring it back at some point.

Minnie Vans operate from 6:30 am to 12:30 am and only operate on property.

General Advice For Disneyland California

Disneyland Resort itself is quite compact, and theres no real reason to take a taxi or Lyft anywhere from one part of Disneyland to another. You can walk from one end to the other in less than 15 minutes, and thats if you stroll. You may want to use a taxi or Lyft to travel between Disneyland and the airport or another attraction like Knotts Berry Farm or Universal Studios Hollywood, though we recommend checking Ride Guru for a cost estimate depending on the airport or attraction, the taxi fares can be very high. If you have small children, do keep in mind that taxis and on-demand ride services rarely carry car seats, and if they do theres no guarantee theyll be the right size. If you plan to travel a bunch in Southern California with children, we recommend bringing your own car seats .

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Orlando Hotels With Theme Park Shuttles

The list below includes hotels at different price points, depending on whether youre on a tight budget or planning to splurge. Click on each hotel name to read reviews on Kayak. Enter the dates of your stay for the most accurate pricing.

Avanti ResortSitting along Orlandos International Drive, Avanti is the heart of everything . The Avantis amenities include an arcade-style game room as well as an oversized pool and a fitness center. The hotels shuttle offers rides to and from the theme parks several times a day, including as late as midnight in some cases.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Disney: 13 miles | Distance to Universal: 3 miles
  • Review Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Holiday Inn & Suites OrlandoSitting on the south side of I-4 and just off International Drive, this spot gives you the ability to walk to the factory outlets, Publix, and a number of restaurants. Best of all, there is a complimentary shuttle that runs to the major theme parks. The hotel is newly-opened, making it ideal for those that want somewhere thats fresh and clean.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Disney: 8.5 miles | Distance to Universal: 7 miles
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Transportation From Deluxe Disney Resorts To The Theme Parks

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Guests staying at the Magic Kingdom-area resorts have the option of taking the monorail or boats to Magic Kingdom, and buses to the other theme parks and water parks. Because of its close proximity, guests staying at the Contemporary can walk to Magic Kingdom if they wish.

Guests staying at the Boardwalk-area resorts can either walk or take a ferry boat to Epcot and Hollywood Studios and buses to other theme parks and water parks.

Guests of other Disney World Deluxe resorts will use bus transportation to get to their theme park destination.

*see below for resort-specific transportation options

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Disney World Transportation Services

Walt Disney World Resort is the worlds largest and most visited recreational resort, covering a 40-square-mile area and encompassing four theme parks, two water parks, 24 on-site themed hotels and other entertainment and recreational venues throughout the entire complex. The resort is located southwest of Orlando, Florida, in the community of Lake Buena Vista.

Transportation From Value And Moderate Disney Resorts To The Theme Parks

Guests staying at Value and Moderate resorts will not have access to either boats or monorail but do have access to buses that go directly to each theme park. It may even be possible to walk directly to a nearby park from your hotel. For guests staying at Fort Wilderness, Disney offers a free shuttle service around the resort, making internal loops to take guests to different areas of the gigantic campground.

*see below for resort-specific transportation options

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Traveling Between Disney Springs Hotels

Disney Springs is made up of official Disney hotels and partner hotels, the latter of which have separate transportation. They may have shuttles to the parks and Disney Springs but dont use the same timetables.

There is boat transportation to the official Disney Springs hotels but its currently not operating. They usually run to Port Orleans , Old Key West , and Saratoga Springs resorts .

Theres also a water taxi that connects one side of the entertainment district to the other. Its also an easy walk to Saratoga Springs.

Traveling From The Magic Kingdom To Animal Kingdom

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The farthest distance between two parks is the kingdoms: Magic and Animal. At minimum, it will take 30 minutes to get between them by Disney transportation.

The easiest way is to walk to any Magic Kingdom area resort hotel and take the bus to the Animal Kingdom. Because of the location, it can be difficult to leave during the day or park hop.

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Whats A Tourist To Do

Not that these Disney guests will be stranded not by a long shot. Even as WDW said in their statement, Vacationers have more options to choose from than ever for transportation, including ride-share services that save time and offer more flexibility to go where they want, when they want.

Uber and Lyft hadnt even been invented when DME started and theyre popular options nowadays. And, of course, taxis or renting a car have always been viable possibilities.

Before DME started in 2005, Mears provided ongoing transportation to and from WDW. Make a reservation, go to the designated meeting place, and either a shuttle bus or a full-sized motor coach brought you to your hotel. The bus driver loaded and unloaded your luggage, and after you checked into your hotel, bell services could bring your stuff to your room, or you could bring it yourself . Reverse the steps for when you were going home.

In response to Disneys decision, Mears spokesperson Roger Chapin told Spectrum News the following:

Walt Disney made us aware of their decision. While we are disappointed Disney will no longer offer this service, we intend to continue offering transportation services between the airport and all area theme parks and hotels to meet the demand of our visitors now and in the future.

So it sounds as if that will come back/continue.

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The Monorail Was Too Hot And Crowded For Me To Enjoy

Not only did it take a long time to travel between the two theme parks as a result of technical issues that day, but I also felt pretty uncomfortable inside the train.

A lack of air conditioning made it feel stuffy, and being around so many people in an enclosed space made me nervous about COVID-19. I’m fully vaccinated and wore two masks, but not everyone on the monorail kept their face coverings above their noses.

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