If you’re new to staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, it can be confusing trying to understand how to get to and from the parks.
Today, we’re breaking down every way you can get to Magic Kingdom from your Disney resort!
The Disney World Monorails connect Disney’s Monorail Resorts — the Grand Floridian, Polynesian Village, and Contemporary Resorts (but keep in mind that it’s not currently running to the Polynesian due to construction!). It also connects to the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC), which is where you’ll park if you drive to Magic Kingdom.
At the TTC, you’ll find three Monorail lines, two of which connect to Magic Kingdom. The Resort Monorail connects Magic Kingdom, the TTC, and the three Monorail Resorts. The Express Monorail provides direct service between Magic Kingdom and the TTC. (Choose wisely if you’re in a hurry!)
Monorail service typically runs from 30 minutes before park opening to 1 hour after park close.
Disney offers complimentary bus service to all on-property Disney Resorts. Just hop on the Magic Kingdom bus at your designated resort bus stop (and don’t forget to check the bus wait time on your My Disney Experience app!). You may stop at other resorts along your route (or, if you’re staying at a large Resort like Caribbean Beach, at other stops within the Resort itself), but eventually, you’ll get dropped off right at the Magic Kingdom park entrance.
Many of the Disney buses are decorated with wraps inspired by Disney movies or characters, so it’s fun to see which design you’ll get! Bus service begins 45 minutes before parking opening and ends 1 hour after park close.
There are two types of boat service to Magic Kingdom! You can take a water taxi from Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Grand Floridian Resort, or Polynesian Village Resort directly to the Magic Kingdom entrance.
You can also take the Ferry Boat from the Transportation and Ticket Center to Magic Kingdom instead of using a Monorail. (Remember that if you’re driving yourself to Magic Kingdom, you’ll be parking at TTC and need to use a second form of transportation between TTC and MK — either the Monorail or the Ferry Boat.)
Most of the Resort boat routes run on 15-30 minute intervals. Check with your Resort’s front desk to find out what time the boats will be running, particularly if you’re hoping to make rope drop or have an early Advance Dining Reservation.
Grand Floridian Walkway
Late last year, Disney World opened the Grand Floridian Walkway, which allows guests to walk directly from Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort to Magic Kingdom.
The well-lit path does take a good amount of time to walk, but it’s a great alternative if you don’t want to take Disney transportation.
Contemporary Resort Walkway
Guests can also walk to Magic Kingdom from Disney’s Contemporary Resort. This is a much quicker path than the Grand Floridian Walkway due to the closer proximity of Contemporary Resort to the Park proper.
If you’re staying or dining at the Contemporary, this super-fast walk (ten minutes max, usually!) may be an ideal option. You’ll likely save time that would otherwise be spent waiting for and riding alternate transportation.
Polynesian Village Resort Walkway
Although the Poly doesn’t have a direct walkway to Magic Kingdom, it does offer two ways to get to the Park. The first is a walkway connecting to the Grand Floridian, from which you can continue on to Magic Kingdom. This walk would be long — likely over half and hour.
The second connection to Magic Kingdom from the Polynesian’s walkways is via TTC. The Poly is just a quick walk away from the TTC, where you can then hop a Monorail or the Ferry Boat to the Park.
These six options are every way you can get to Magic Kingdom from your Disney resort! No matter which you choose, each offers a convenient means of transportation. We’ll keep bringing you more Disney tips and tricks, so stay tuned to AllEars!
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