One of the biggest Walt Disney World components travelers need to acquaint themselves with is Disney World transportation.
And when the theme parks reopen, transportation will change drastically. Basically, we’ll have to relearn the system and practice extreme patience.
There’s no doubt Disney will do everything in its power to ensure Disney World transportation runs smoothly and efficiently, but guests should keep in mind going in that transportation will probably run slower than usual due to limited capacity.
With that, here’s what you need to know about transportation.
Will Magical Express still run?
Yes, guests arriving and departing from Orlando International Airport can still use Disney’s Magical Express.
What about other forms of transportation?
Before the parks reopen, bus transportation will be available between Disney Resort hotels and the Disney Springs area.
It’s also been confirmed that buses will run between hotels and Disney Springs and parks upon reopening.
Disney also noted that “complimentary transportation will also be provided between your Disney Resort hotel and Disney theme parks.” This includes:
- The Disney Skyliner resumes operation on July 15 (the same day Epcot and Hollywood Studios reopen)
- The Monorail and Ferry Boats resume operation beginning July 7
- Minnie Vans and Watercraft options remain temporarily closed at this time
IMPORTANT: The Epcot monorail won’t initially run, water taxis will be limited at Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness, and no water taxi from Grand Floridian, Polynesian, or Contemporary.
Keep in mind that transportation will operate with physical distancing measures in place to help reduce capacity. This means there will most likely be transportation delays. It’s important to budget enough travel time (at least around 60 to 90 minutes), especially if you have dining and experience reservations.
Can I still grab a Minnie Van?
During the initial reopening period, Minnie Van Service will be unavailable.
Disney hasn’t said if rideshare drop-off locations at parks will continue. But, there’s a good chance they will, especially since Disney Springs is allowing rideshare drop-offs.
Should I rent a car instead?
Depending on the system changes, delays, and how smoothly transportation runs, we’ll have to wait and see if renting a car is the better choice.
I have a trip booked for August and already rented a car just in case. You may want to think about doing the same thing. My friends over at WDW Prep School have a guide all about renting a car at Walt Disney World you should check out.
What about parking?
Self-parking will be continue to available. Valet service is temporarily unavailable, with the exception of guests with disabilities who may need parking assistance (make sure you have a valid disability parking permit). Parking feels still apply for Disney Resort hotel guests.
Important: Parking trams won’t be available.
Stay tuned for more Disney World transportation details!