Walt Disney World Transportation Guide

by Dom
May 23, 2023
Monorail Lime passes the entrance of Magic Kingdom

Did you know Walt Disney World occupies 40 square miles of the Orlando area? That’s equivalent to the size of San Francisco! Getting around property may seem daunting at first but fear not because we have guides to simplify everything for you!

Whether you need information on how to get to and from the airport, driving directions, learning what connects to your resort, or just want to know how to get from one park to another, this page has all the information you are looking for and more! From the iconic Monorail to the new Disney Skyliner – we’ve got you covered!

See also: Subway-Style Disney World Transportation Map

Monorail System

It wouldn’t be Walt Disney World without the iconic monorail! The monorail has two distinct lines: One connects to EPCOT and the other connects to the “Monorail Resorts” that are situated in a large loop around Seven Seas Lagoon near Magic Kingdom. Both monorail lines make stops at the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC).

There are 12 monorails, each identified by a unique colored stripe. The current colors are: Black, Blue, Coral, Gold, Green, Lime, Orange, Red, Silver, Teal, Yellow and Peach.

Connects To

  • Magic Kingdom
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC)
Monorail Lime passes the entrance of Magic Kingdom
Disney's Contemporary Resort.
Monorail Coral passes through EPCOT.

Airport Shuttle

If you’re flying in or out of Orlando International Airport (MCO) you’ll need transportation to Walt Disney World or Downtown Orlando.

We recommend making a reservation well ahead of your trip with Mears Connect now that Disney’s Magical Express service has been retired.

Connects To

  • Orlando International Airport (MCO)
  • Every Disney Resort
Disney's Magical Express.
Take Disney's Magical Express from Orlando International Airport.
Orlando International Airport concourse sign for Disney's Magical Express.

Guest Parking

Walt Disney World Resort offers a variety of parking options available. There is a charge to park at the Theme Parks and overnight at all Resorts but the amount charged depends on your vehicle type.

Connects To

  • Every Theme Park and Resort has Guest Parking available.
Disney World Guest Parking.
Guest Parking at Walt Disney World Resort.
Guest Parking at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort.

Disney Skyliner

Take to the sky aboard Disney Skyliner and get unprecedented views as you travel swiftly and smoothly to a Theme Park or Resort.

Introduced in 2019, Disney Skyliner represents the newest way to travel around Walt Disney World. Or at least some of it — Disney Skyliner connects EPCOT to Disney’s Hollywood Studios via Disney’s Riviera Resort and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Are you planning on staying at Disney’s Pop! Century Resort or Disney’s Art of Animation Resort? Disney Skyliner extends to those resorts too!

Connects To

Disney Skyliner Gondolas.
Disney Skyliner sign at Disney's Pop Century Resort
Disney Skyliner soaring over Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

Walt Disney World Bus Service

Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride with free, air-conditioned bus service across all of Walt Disney World Resort. Save time, money and avoid the hassle of driving and parking.

No matter where you want to go at Walt Disney World Resort, its probably conveniently accessible via one of Disney’s many bus lines which pick up guests in approximately 20-minute intervals.

Connects To

  • Every Theme Park and Resort has Bus Service available.
Walt Disney World Bus Service.

Minnie Van

If you’ve heard of Uber or Lyft before, you already know how Disney’s Minnie Van ride-sharing service works. In fact, this service is just Disney-branded Lyft! Some times using a ride-sharing service such as Minnie Van can be the perfect remedy to getting somewhere on property quickly if you have a dining or ride reservation far away and need to arrive on time.

Connects To

  • Everywhere on Walt Disney World Resort property.
Minnie Van Transportation Service.

Water Taxi

Take your journey to the water by taking one of many routes available in one of Walt Disney World’s Water Taxis (also known as water launch).

Soak in the views and relax with warm breezes as you sail around Bay Lake, World Showcase Lagoon and Seven Seas Lagoon. Most Water Taxi routes run every 15 to 30 minutes. Water taxis sail to and from Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney Springs in addition to sailing to and from many water-connected Disney Resorts.

Connects To

Water Taxi in World Showcase Lagoon at Epcot


At Magic Kingdom and Seven Seas Lagoon, you’ll find three different Ferryboats: Admiral Joe Fowler, General Joe Potter and/or Richard F. Irvine shuttling between Magic Kingdom and the Transportation and Ticket Center (aka TTC) every 15-20 minutes or so. Each Ferryboat has two decks and can carry up to 600 guests.

Connects To

  • Magic Kingdom
  • Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC)
Richard F Irvine Ferryboat unloading passengers at Magic Kingdom

Driving Directions

Driving to Walt Disney World? We’ve got you covered there too! Walt Disney World is located in southwest Orlando, off Interstate 4, west of Florida’s Turnpike. We’ve compiled some example routes from major Florida starting points.

We’d like to advise there is a charge to park at the Theme Parks and overnight at all Resorts but the amount charged depends on your vehicle type. If you’re staying at a Disney Resort, you will automatically receive complimentary parking at Disney theme parks for the entire length of your Resort stay! Please be advised you must present valid Disney Resort hotel information to enter the parking lots.

From Interstate 95

U.S. Highway 1 or southbound on Florida’s Turnpike: take I-4 West to Walt Disney World Exits

From Southbound Interstate 75

Take Florida’s Turnpike South to Interstate 4 West to Walt Disney World Resort Exits

From the Daytona Area

Take I-4 West to Walt Disney World Exits

From Northbound on Florida’s Turnpike

Take Osceola Parkway which connects with U.S. Highway 192 and the Walt Disney World Resort Exits

From Miami or Ft. Lauderdale

Take Florida’s Turnpike North to Osceola Parkway West (exit 249) to Walt Disney World Exits

From Orlando International Airport

Take OIA South exit (FL 417S – Toll) to Osceola Parkway West (exit 3) to Walt Disney World Exits

From the Tampa Area

Take I-4 East to Walt Disney World Exits

From Northeast Florida

Take I-95 South to I-4 West (exit 260B, old 86) to Walt Disney World Exits

From Northwest Florida

Take I-75 South to Florida’s Turnpike South (exit 328, old 65), to I-4 West (exit 259) to Walt Disney World Exits

From Orlando-Sanford Airport

Take Lake Mary Blvd. West to FL 417 South to Osceola Parkway West to Walt Disney World Exits

Written by Dom

Dom is fascinated with the magic and scale of Walt Disney World and visits the parks as often as he can.

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