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Thursday, August 16, 2012

How to get around Disney- and beat the crowds!

One of the biggest advantages of staying on property at Disney theme parks is the transportation.

Sure, there are other hotels that offer buses to Disney- often, it only runs once a day, meaning it will be jammed packed, and you are adhered to the hotel's schedule. Want to stay a little later? Looks like you will be ponying up for a taxi.

At Disney World, Disney has bus transportation that will take you everywhere you want- parks, hotels, Downtown Disney, water parks... even the airport.

We are also privy to the iconic monorail system- who doesn't love riding the monorail through the parks- it's Disney's highway in the sky, if you will.

However, many people are unaware of the other mass transportation option. And if you do know about it, you might not realize how many places it goes. Check out the link for yourself- you might be able to save valuable time at Disney!

The "mysterious" transportation option I am alluding to are the boats and ferries at Disney World. You may have used them once or twice, or viewed them while walking to the monorail ramp at the Magic Kingdom.

Here's info from Disney showing where the boats are located-

Boat Transportation

Magic Kingdom theme park is accessible by water launch (also known as water taxi) from:
• Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
• Disney's Polynesian Resort
• Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground
• Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Ferryboats connect Magic Kingdom theme park to the Transportation and Ticket Center.

Epcot theme park and Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park are accessible by boat from:
• Disney's Boardwalk Inn and Villas Resort
• Disney's Beach Club Resort 
• Disney's Yacht Club Resort
• Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
• Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel

Downtown Disney Area is accessible by ferryboat from:

• Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter
• Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside
• Disney's Old Key West Resort
• Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort

That means you can take a boat from those four resorts to the Magic Kingdom, and vice versa. Really, why would you take a bus? 

Less people are aware of the boats. 

It's easy to get your stroller on- it's nothing like the human pretzel you'll feel like when you are on a jammed bus and you are holding onto your folder stroller. 

It's also fun-you're riding on a boat!

It's an amazing ferryboat ride at night from one of the Disney hotels to Downtown Disney. It's dark, and you can see the stars above, and you are just floating, while listening to Disney music. Eventually you'll be able to see the bright lights of Downtown Disney. It's a spectacular ride, and the ambiance is unparalleled (especially with a bus).

This is not to say you won't have to wait- they aren't speed boats by means. However, lines are usually much shorter, and there is more room. Plus, the ride is just so much more enjoyable.

So, next time you're headed to Disney World- be sure to check the boats out! If you already used them, now you know the full boating transportation map. As always, transportation is one small part of my free services!


1 comment:

  1. Hey Krystin!!

    I have a question. We are heading to Disney in February and are staying at the Animation Hotel. Is it possible for me to drive to one of these hotels and park in order to take the boats or ferrys? I know my boys would love it!!