Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Disney Tips Day 9: Transportation

Disney is a well-oiled machine! Transportation is amazing and gets you seamlessly from one location to the next but it can be a bit overwhelming initially.

Things to keep in mind:

  • If traveling from the airport to Disney you will use Disney's Magical Express, this complimentary shuttle will work efficiently to move large groups of people from the Orlando airport to each Disney Resort.

  • Your checked luggage will need to have the yellow luggage tags on each piece of luggage so that Disney can retrieve it, if you have done this you will not need to retrieve your luggage when you arrive at Orlando airport, it will magically appear in your room a couple of hours later. Since you won't see your luggage for a few hours, carry on anything you will need initially including medication and any necessary changes of clothes for young children.
  • When you arrive by plane, follow the herd to the monorail that takes you to the baggage claim and transportation hub of the Orlando airport. When you step off the monorail follow the herd again towards ground transportation. You will take an escalator downstairs following Disney cast members.
  • You will be asked for Disney's Magical Express tickets that are in your package of paperwork Disney sent you prior to your trip. If you have Magic Bands your Disney's Magical Express information should be loaded to your Magic Bands.  
  • If you forget your Magical Express documents just report to the Disney Desk and show id an they will get you a bus, do not fret!
  • You will board a bus and have about a thirty minute ride to your resort. You will want to have a couple of dollars to tip the Magical Express driver.
  • When in doubt ask, ask lots of questions from Disney Cast Members. They are everywhere and happy to help. There is often more than one way to go from place to place so ask for the most efficient route.
  • Buses NEVER connect one resort to another. The importance to this statement is getting from your resort to your dining reservation. If you are eating at Chef Mickey's (the Contemporary), Whispering Canyon (Wilderness Lodge), 'Ohana's (Polynesian), Cape May Cafe (Beach Club Resort) and 1900 Park Fare (Grand Floridian Resort).

    • These reservations require you to travel from your resort to Magic Kingdom then take a bus, boat or monorail to the resort you have reservations at.
    • Leave yourself some time to get from one location to another.
  • Buses load at the front of every resort and sometimes have multiple pickup and drop off locations at some of the larger moderate resorts. When you go to the bus area there will be signs showing you where to wait for each park. You will wait in line and easily board the bus when it arrives. You will be shocked how many people fit on each bus.
  • Fold up your strollers before boarding buses.
  • You can get from EPCOT to Magic Kingdom by Monorail.  You can get from park to park by bus.

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