Transportation & Parking

RESORT TRANSPORTATION


HOW DO YOU GET AROUND AT WALT DISNEY WORLD USING FREE TRANSPORTATION?

  • Buses
  • Monorails
  • Ferries/Boats
  • Minnie Vans (see #4 below for details)
  • Disney Skyliner – gondolas (OPENING SEPTEMBER 29, 2019)
  • Taxis/Uber
  • Your own personal car
    • If you choose to rent a car or drive your own, parking fees are waived at all theme parks. Your Magic Band will be scanned at the parking lot entrance as proof you are staying on property. You can also obtain a parking pass at the concierge or front desk at your resort to keep on your dashboard.

GETTING TO AND FROM THE THEME PARKS AND WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORTS

  • Deluxe Resorts to Theme Parks
    • Magic Kingdom Resort guests can take the monorail or ferry to Magic Kingdom; monorail to Epcot; and buses to Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom.
      • Guests at the Contemporary can walk to Magic Kingdom.
    • Boardwalk Resort guests can walk to Epcot or take boats to Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Buses can be taken to Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom.
    • All other Deluxe Resort guests can take buses to the parks.
  • Moderate and Value Resorts to Theme Parks
    • All guests staying at a Moderate and Value Resort can take buses to all parks.
    • Once the Disney Skyliner is up and running, guests staying at Caribbean Beach, Art of Animation and POP Century will be able to travel to Epcot and Hollywood Studios.
  • Off-property Resorts/Hotels
    • Many hotels in the surrounding Walt Disney World area offer shuttle service to and from the them parks. Be sure to confirm with your hotel if this service is offered.

I recommend allowing at least 60-90 min travel time if using the buses, depending on the crowds and time of year.

GETTING TO AND FROM WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORTS

  • This can be a bit trickier, but the best way to get from one resort to another is by taxi/Uber or Minnie Van. Free Disney transportation cannot be used to get from one resort to another.
  • Guests can however travel to a theme park and then onto another resort

HOW DO THE MINNIE VANS WORK AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT?

  • Minnie Vans is a service provided by Walt Disney World and are available through the Lyft app, available to both iOS and Android users. Download the app to request a Minnie Van at the Walt Disney World Resort.
  • The cost per trip is $15 flat fee plus $2.75 per mile and available throughout the Walt Disney World Resort including all 4 Theme Parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom), Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon and all Disney resort hotels.
  • Payment is made direct through the Lyft app, so cash is not necessary.
  • Each Minnie Vans fit 6-8 guests, has up to 2 car seats available, and can now accommodate wheelchairs and EVCs, if necessary.

Minnie Van Airport Service

  • Minnie Van airport transportation is currently available to and from Orlando International Airport for guests staying at a Walt Disney World Deluxe Resort.
  • The service is available through the Lyft app; payment is made directly through the app, so cash is not needed
  • The cost per trip is $150.
  • If going to the airport, the service is offered to guests with airline flight departures out of Orlando International Airport from 9AM until 12AM daily.
  • Guests using Minnie Vans to get to the airport are advised to use the Resort Airline Check-In for participating airlines.
  • Transportation services can accommodate up to 6 persons per vehicle and up to three car seats for guests under the age of six.

HOW DOES DISNEY’S MAGICAL EXPRESS WORK?

Disney’s Magical Express (ME) is a complimentary transportation service provided by Walt Disney World taking guests to and from Orlando International Airport. In order to use this service, you must have a reservation at an onsite Walt Disney World Resort.

When making your reservation online or by phone, you can indicate you would like to use this service. Your flight information is required so the ME knows when to be ready to pick you up and take you back to MCO. If you do not know your flight information at the time you book your resort reservation, you can call 1-866-599-0951 to update your profile with your flight information.

You will receive special luggage tags in the mail a few weeks before your vacation starts. There is one tag per person in your traveling party. Each checked luggage must have a tag. When you arrive in Orlando, you do not need to wait for your luggage, Disney’s ME will take care of it for you. It will arrive at your hotel room in approximately 3 hours from your arrival time. There are times it has taken longer, if you need your luggage quicker, you can retrieve it from the carousel and take it to the ME. They will load it onto the bus so it’s with you once you arrive at the hotel.

Note: if you arrive into MCO after 10:00PM, you will need to retrieve your luggage yourself and take it to the ME. ME’s services are from 5:00AM – 10:00PM.

There are no car seats on the ME. Children can sit on an adult’s lap or in their own seat.

Disney’s ME is located in the Main Terminal in MCO on the B side, Level 1 in the ground transportation area.

If you need a wheelchair, you will need to make arrangements with your airline. ME does not provide this service.

RENTING A CAR AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT

There are times that you may need to visit other locations off site and need to rent a car while at Walt Disney World. Keep in mind, Walt Disney World now charges daily parking fees at the resorts, so if you need to rent a car for only a day or two, this may be an option for you.

Hertz and Alamo both have rental properties onsite at Walt Disney World at the Car Care Center. You can call Hertz or Alamo directly or book online by looking up Walt Disney World Car Care Center. I recently used this service and it was seamless.

While staying at an onsite resort, you can call 407-824-3470 to schedule a complimentary shuttle from your resort to the Car Care Center, or visit your Concierge at your resort for assistance. I would recommend allowing 30-45 minutes transportation time.

The hours of the Car Care Center are:

  • 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Monday – Friday
  • 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Saturday – Sunday

RESORT PARKING

Effective for reservations starting March 21, 2018 and after, Walt Disney World will charge a parking fee for overnight self-parking at all resorts. The fees will vary depending on resort level:

  • Value Resorts: $13 per night
  • Moderate Resorts: $19 per night
  • Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts: $24 per night

The parking fees will be applied to the hotel bill upon check out.

For Day Guests, standard daytime parking will remain the same for resort visiting, shopping, dining, etc.

Valet parking is also available at select Deluxe Resorts and Deluxe Villa Resorts for $33 per night (sales tax included).

Disney Vacation Members will not be charged for overnight parking if staying at a DVC Deluxe Villa. Member will also not be charged when using vacation points to stay at a WDW Resort.


THEME PARK PARKING

A purchased parking ticket will allow entrance into all 4 theme parks for the day (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom). The special preferred parking lots are located conveniently close to the theme park entrances. All parking fees include applicable sales tax.

  • Automobile (car or motorcycle): $25 per day
  • Oversized Vehicles (Shuttle, Limo, Camper Trailer, RV, Bus or Tractor Trailer): $30 per day
  • Preferred Parking (car or motorcycle): $50 per day

Registered Guests of Disney Resort Hotels, select Annual Passholders, Premium Passholders and Disney Premier Passport holders may enjoy complimentary standard self-parking at Disney theme parks.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

A number of ChargePoint charging stations are now available in parking lots at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park and Disney Springs. Guests may ask a Cast Member for directions to these charge ports, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Magic Kingdom Park: 5 spaces—1 space at the front of the Jafar Parking Lot and 4 spaces at the front of the Zurg Parking Lot
  • Epcot: 4 spaces at the front of the Journey Parking Lot
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park: 4 spaces in the Medical Parking Lot
  • Disney Springs: 6 spaces—3 on the 5th floor of the Orange Garage and 3 on the 5th floor of the Lime Garage

To use this service, you will need a credit card or a pre-ordered ChargePoint card—available at chargepoint.com. The cost to charge at these stations is $0.35 per kilowatt hour, with a minimum service amount of $1.50. Charging will stop once the vehicle’s battery is fully charged. ChargePoint will “ping” the owners to alert them when their car is ready.