Tips & Tricks using Walt Disney World Resort Transportation!

When we drive to Walt Disney World Resort, the minute we arrive to our happy place; we park our vehicle and never look back, well not until we are forced to leave at the end of our stay, Polynesian pouting the entire way home!


I’m at my Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, now what? That is probably the number one question upon arrival at “The Most Magical Place on Earth.” Here are a few tips and tricks to ease the mayhem, known as Disney Transportation!

Let’s begin with a bang:

  • There is NO courtesy Resort Hotel to Resort Hotel Transportation at Walt Disney World Resort; unless you’re using your legs or a taxi cab, with your own coinage. Example– Polynesian Village Resort to Wilderness Lodge Resort. The only transportation provided courtesy of Disney is from a Disney Resort Hotel to the 4 Theme Parks, 2 Water Parks, ESPN Complex & Disney Springs and back to a Disney Resort Hotel.
  • The only way to reach a Disney Resort is from one of the 4 Theme Parks, 2 Water Parks, ESPN Complex & Disney Springs. Example– If you have a dining reservation at the Polynesian Village Resort and you’re staying at the Art of Animation, you have to take a Disney bus to the nearest Disney Theme Park (Magic Kingdom) and get on the proper Disney transportation to the Polynesian Village Resort. It’s a great way for visitors to explore different Dining, Shopping and Resort Hotels. TIP– allot at least one hour for travel time if you have a dining reservation at a Disney Resort Hotel.
  • With that said, there is also no courtesy Park to Park Transportation available. Example– you cannot hop on a bus at Magic Kingdom Park and go directly to Epcot, (read the exception below). If you want to Park Hop for free, you will have to go to a Disney Resort Hotel and then get onto the proper transportation to the specific Theme Park you are going to. This is nutty, but I don’t make the rules…….I wish I did, then the Castle would be MINE!
    • Disney Transportation is clearly marked as to where it’s going and if you’re unsure, just ask a friendly Cast Member or Guest Services for help. If taking a Bus or Water Taxi just double check with the driver as to where they are going. The only dumb questions are those not asked (in my case, not always true- ba dum ching!)
    • Disney Transportation is handicap accessible and has space for motorized devices and baby strollers. If you have one of the two, don’t worry, you will be seated first on Disney transportation. Trick– Baby Strollers can ride in the Monorail without folding them up, assuming they are not ginormous; also motorized wheelchairs can drive-on in most Disney Transportation vehicles.
    • Transportation runs about one hour before the parks open and one hour following parks close. Always make sure to check the times guide.

    Disney’s Magical Express (DME)



    Disney’s fun courtesy shuttle will whisk you away from Orlando International Airport (MCO) to your select Walt Disney Resort Hotel and vice versa. TIP– This service is not offered at Orlando Sanford International Airport.

    Resort Loop Monorail
    The Resort Loop Monorail connects to the Contemporary Resort, Ticket & Transportation Center, Polynesian Village Resort and the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa to the Magic Kingdom Park only. You can jump on or off the monorail at any of these locations. (Please, only when stopped, haha or tata)

    EPCOT Monorail
    Located at the Ticket & Transportation Center (TTC) next to the Polynesian Village Resort & Villas, it takes visitors directly to EPCOT and vice versa. TIP– If staying at the “Poly” you can walk to the TTC on a peaceful paved path if the monorail is down. (10 minutes on average)

    Water Taxis



    Sail to and from the Polynesian Village Resort & Villas, Grand Floridian Resort & Villas, Contemporary Resort/Bay Lake Tower Villas, Wilderness Lodge & Villas and Fort Wilderness Campground to the Magic Kingdom Park.
    Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter Water Taxis take you to Disney Springs and back. Old Key West Resort (DVC) and Saratoga Springs also have Water Taxis that carry visitors to Disney Springs and back.

    Friendship Boats (8 total)
    4 Friendship docks are located at Epcot Park on World Showcase Lagoon and the boats travel between Future World and World Showcase.
    Boardwalk Inn & Villas, Swan and Dolphin Resort, Yacht Club and The Beach Club Resort & Villas also have Friendship Boats to/from EPCOT International Gateway (back door to EPCOT) and Disney Hollywood Studios.

    Ferry Boats
    Hop on one of two large Ferry Boats that take you directly from the TTC to Magic Kingdom Park and back.

    Resort Hotel to Theme Park Buses



    Depending on which park you are going, you will load one of the 4 Theme Park/Disney Springs/2Water Park Buses at your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel designated bus stop. There is Bus Transportation from each and every one of the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels, even if there are other modes of Transportation. Example– Grand Floridian has Water Taxis, but they also have Buses and the Monorail. Buses are the primary mode of transportation at Walt Disney World Resort, over 300 Buses all together.

    Disney Cruise Line Buses (*Additional Cost)
    If you have planned a Land and/or Sea Disney Cruise Line package you can enjoy the Disney Cruise Line Bus from Orlando International Airport and select Walt Disney World Resort Hotels to Port Canaveral Cruise Port.

    Value Resorts– All-Star Movie, Music & Sports Resort Hotels share a bus route. Pop Century and Art of Animation have their own buses. The Value Resorts only have bus service to the Theme Parks, Water Parks, ESPN Complex & Disney Springs.

    Moderate Resorts– Caribbean Beach and Coronado Springs – Bus only to Theme Parks, Water Parks, ESPN Complex & Disney Springs. Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter Resorts have Bus Service to Theme Parks, Water Parks, ESPN Complex & Disney Springs, but they also have a Water Taxi Service to one another and to Disney Springs! *(only to one another, because it’s in the same direction (loop) to Disney Springs)

    Deluxe Resorts– Animal Kingdom Resort & Villas only has Bus Service to all of the Theme Parks, Water Parks, ESPN Complex & Disney Springs. Kind of a negative for a deluxe, but they make up for it with live animals in a safari setting, lol. Boardwalk Inn & Villas, Swan & Dolphin and the Yacht & Beach Club Resort & Villas have Friendship Boats to Epcot and Hollywood Studios. A bus would take you to the remaining two parks- Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom Park. Trick– If you’re feeling extra energetic you could Walk to Epcot or Hollywood Studios. Fort Wilderness Campground, Wilderness Lodge & Villas, Contemporary/Bay Lake Tower Villas, Polynesian Village Resort & Villas, Grand Floridian Resort & Villas have Water Taxi Service to the Magic Kingdom Park, plus Buses and the Monorail.

    Walt Disney World Resort Areas

    Magic Kingdom Resorts– Contemporary/Bay Lake Tower Villas, Polynesian Village Resort & Villas and the Grand Floridian Resort & Villas. They are all on the Monorail Line, as well as a stop at the Ticket & Transportation Center (TTC). Fort Wilderness Campground, Wilderness Lodge & Villas are also considered Magic Kingdom Resorts, but they are NOT on the Monorail Line.

    Epcot Resorts– Boardwalk Inn & Villas, Swan & Dolphin Resorts, Yacht Club, Beach Club Resort & Villas, Caribbean Beach Resort.

    Hollywood Studio Resorts– Pop Century and Art of Animation Resort.

    Animal Kingdom Resorts– Animal Kingdom Resort & Villas, All-Star Sports, All-Star Music, All-Star Movies, Coronado Springs Resort.

    Disney Springs Resorts– Port Orleans Riverside, Port Orleans French Quarter, Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Treehouse Villas and Old Key West Resort.

    * Disney Express Bus Service


    There is an additional cost for this “trial” Express Bus Service from one park to another park and you must currently have an Annual Pass or Park Hopper tickets. The cost is $15 per person for a single day of service and $24 per person for a seven day pass (prices may vary). They do not yet have a length of stay pass and the bus comes every thirty minutes. 

    If you like to Park Hop, this is a faster option of doing so. You will go straight from one Disney Theme Park to another Disney Theme Park; instead of going to a Disney Resort Hotel then jumping onto another bus to go to the Theme Park. You will go through one security entry process at the beginning of your day and when you’re ready to go to another Theme Park, the Express Bus Service will pick you up inside the Theme Park and take you directly inside another Theme Park. Example- Your first Theme Park of the day is Magic Kingdom, you go through the security entry process and into the park, you spend a few hours and now want to go to Animal Kingdom Park, you go to the Express Bus Service clearly marked kiosk, they scan your MagicBand to make sure you have an Annual Pass and/or Park Hopper and you wait till they escort you onto the bus for Animal Kingdom Park.

    As of now they are only going to the four main Disney Theme Parks and vice versa. Remember this is a new (DEC 2016) “trial” Express Bus Service and it can change at the drop of a hat! TIP– Not to burst you or your child’s bubble, but you will see backstage areas while loading and unloading the Express Bus. If this fits your touring style or it’s extremely busy at the parks, I suggest you try this service out.This upgrade can be purchased when you purchase your Theme Park tickets, Front Desk at your Disney Resort Hotel or at Guest Relations.

    It can be quite confusing navigating Disney Transportation. Walt Disney World Resort is not the type of place you want to wing it, but with proper research and advance planning you’re sure to start your family’s trip off right! 

    Have a magical journey!

     

    “Upcycle your Chick-fil-A Soup Bowl into a Reusable Tiny Herb Garden!

    I want to do my part to help Chick-fil-A better our earth, one meal at a time. Did you know just by upcycling a Chick-fil-A soup bowl you can improve the environmental value. Just imagine if we could upcycle all of our plastic containers and unwanted items, I bet Mother Earth would blow us a ginormous kiss.

    Our imagination tells each of us different things, so let’s give it wings and create something new out of what we would have otherwise thrown away.

    My favorite herb Cilantro, sparked my inspiration. I decided to make a tiny herb garden filled with Cilantro in what was once a delectable bowl of Chick-fil-A Chicken Tortilla Soup, and I’ve brought you along for the seasoning.

    Items for my upcycle project:

    1 Chick-fil-A Soup Container and lid.


    1 Writing Pen


    1 Pouch of Organic Cilantro Seeds (or herb of choice)


    1 Cup of Soil and 1/3 Cup of Water and you’re all set.


    • First things first, I enjoyed every last spoonful of my Chick-fil-A Chicken Tortilla Soup.
    • I cleaned my Chick-fil-A Soup bowl and lid.
    • Next step, I poked tiny holes in the bottom of the container with a writing pen for proper drainage. I then placed the lid underneath to catch the excess water.


    • I put 1/2 Cup of soil inside the dish.
    • Placed my seeds into the soil at least a 1/2 inch apart.
    • Add the remaining ½ Cup of soil on top.
    • Cilantro or “herb of choice” can now be watered with 1/3 Cup Water. When dry to touch refill with more water.
    • Place in a sunny area 4 to 5 hours a day
    • In 3 to 4 weeks your herbs will be edible.Enjoy!


    You CAN make a difference one drink, meal or day at a time by changing simple daily habits. Be creative and find alternative ways to upcycle disposable items into something new and useful. It is our collective footprint in society that will help make the future of tomorrow greener! Upcycle-on my garden gurus…..#chickfilamomsDIY

    “Disney Dorks” What makes up the Disney Community?

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    Websites, blogs, vlogs and podcasts bring people together in all sorts of ways via travel, dating, food, and most importantly friendship. I can truly say that there is no better relationship than a Disney friendship. 

    The Disney community is a melting pot of kind-hearted, unique, Peter Pan-syndrome dorks and I’m proud to be one of them. Though, it’s not all pleasantries and pixie dust; there are a few negative Nancy’s but for the most part this group of mischievous, like-minded misfits “can fill the world with sunshine!”- Snow White

    Disney fanatics come from all walks of life: Waitresses, Attorneys, Teachers and even Stay-at-home moms, like me. At minimum you had one common interest~ the icon, the main mouse, the radical rodent himself~ Mickey Mouse and all of his domain! You probably formed your magical friendship because in some way, shape or form you like, love or loathe Disney. Then you bonded because of your common interest in all that is Disney: Walter E. Disney, history, movies, trivia, etc. 

    I can’t pinpoint it exactly, but there’s something about Disney magic that takes on a life of its own. It entangles you in this charming spirit, even when you can’t be there in person. Being a part of this community is almost a way of being at the parks mentally, when you physically cannot.  There is never a shortage of Disney BFF’s visiting and if you’re anything like me, you live vicariously through them on vacay, sick I know. Woot!

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    You can totally be yourself with Disney dorks, who else can you have full conversations using only acronyms and initialisms, “Like Yoda, speak” or wear Mickey ears while having an intelligent conversation. Whom else, as full-grown adults can light saber down Main Street whilst eating a Mickey bar (don’t lie; you were picturing this in your head, lol)? A Disney buddy that’s who… A Disney dork might have a few obsessions, oh I mean’t collections. Some enjoy collecting dish towels with an obscenely large Mickey handprint, Mickey ears or even Disney Dooney & Bourkes. Ahem……The collections range anywhere from cute and cuddly to cuckoo for crazy puffs. TIP- stay clear of the latter….

    What makes Disney fantastical and keeps peeps coming back for more? For some, it could be memories from childhood at a Disney Park, its ever-evolving blueprint or the impression of stepping into a different time, place or Fantasyland. There are so many words I want to convey about this fairytale come to life, but only one emotion comes to mind~ FEELING. The feeling of Disney encapsulates my sense of touch, smell, sight and sound, it’s a sensory overload of the magical kind. Being at Disney, on a Disney blog or talking to a Disney buddy feels like you’re under a slaphappy spell. Disney has figured out a potent concoction that unites all who come to this happy place. I think a lot has to do with Disney’s innovative Imagineering and storytelling capabilities. The carefree feeling of being a kid again is definitely a big part of everything Disney.

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    I have made lifelong friendships with dozens of “dorks” from the Disney community and they all share one quality that I haven’t found anywhere else. They seem to behold the “feeling” I get from Disney eternally, they exude happiness more than not. Let’s be honest, that’s hard to come by these days. If you can be around happy, uplifting, fun lovin’ peeps; please do so, its merriment for your soul! With great pride,  I wear my Disney dork badge!

    24th Annual EPCOT “International Flower & Garden Festival”

    March 1-May 29th, 2017

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    My family’s favorite time of year is springtime and there’s no place we would rather be than our charming home-away-from-home Walt Disney World Resort. What a happenstance, it’s the same time as EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival. Whimsical landscaping is a given with Disney throughout the year, but Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is “off the topiary hizzle fa shizzle!” It’s an entirely different level of creativity and design; they are deemed in our book, the Yoda of flower mastery. I could go on-and-on about why this time of year is so special, but I’d rather not to bore you with the details, you’re welcome, lol.

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    The 24th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will run for 90 days and for the first time in forever 🎶 the Festival Center will broaden operating hours Wednesday, March 1, 2017 through Sunday March 5th, 2017 and subsequent Fri-Sun thereafter, ending May 29th, 2017.

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    If you enjoy the Epcot Food & Wine Festival then the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will blow you away, it’s like Food and Wine on multiple Mickey bars!

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    This is just a quick overview of what they have to offer:

    Topiaries, topiaries and topiaries are displayed all around Future World and World Showcase at Epcot. Some of your favorite characters come to life in a magical floral array of whimsy and color.
    Outdoor Kitchens ~ a smorgasbord of 15 local and far-far-away food & drink stations filled with yumminess for you to gulp and guzzle.
    Garden Rocks Concert Series has an extraordinary line-up of oldies but goodies. Get ready to shake your booty and wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care. Woot!
    Butterflies on the Go~ nothing says Spring like butterflies. They are fascinating creatures and the only insect I want to come in contact with.
    Interactive play gardens~ let the little ones explore the play areas and gardens set up to give mom and dad a little break. Admire the gorgeousness and the fact that they are interacting with nature, rather than working on your nerves, lol.
    Festival Dining Events~ new dining packages can be purchased focused around Garden Rocks Concert Series or Farm-to-Table dinners.

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    I love everything about Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. With so many vibrant topiaries, exhibits and gardening gurus; it’s hard to pick a front-runner. Last but not least, don’t forget to sign-up for the Gardens of the World and Behind the Seeds guided tours.

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    Fun! What does your favorite book say about you?


    I looked over at my nightstand today at the books I’m currently reading and/or have read. I thought to myself “what does my choice of books reflect or say about me and the person I am.” I maybe looking introspectively, but it made me curious of the books on others nightstand. 

    This is an interesting way to learn about yourself and each other. Take a picture or type what books you love or are currently reading and type what you think it means about you. I’ll start~

    • 10% Happier~ I strive to be happier than I already am.
    • I love to laugh and Chelsea Handlers crude, hilariously dry personality makes me giggle out loud.
    • Andy Cohen is very interesting to me and also makes me laugh.
    •  Marty Sklar~ Anything and everything Disney fascinates me.
    • Jesus Calling~ I love inspiring devotional journals.

    Your turn……