Transportation Between Parks
“But how do we GET to Neverland?”
Well I’ll tell ya
Ya got FOUR options:
With a bonus future 5th option:
(I suppose it’s really called the ‘Skyliner’ but that’s a stupid name…)
Which one is best?
So that depends on what park you’re at, and to which park you’re going. Time of day is also an important factor. Monorail from Magic kingdom to Epcot around 4ish? Probably a good idea! Epcot monorail to Magic Kingdom around 7-8? Hell hath no fury!
What I can tell you is that you should avoid travelling to a park within an hour of a ‘Nighttime Spectacular.’ Those include Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom and Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios. Everyone and their mother is going to be going there, so if you need to go then you’ve missed your chance to make it peacefully.
Let’s pretend there are no crowds
- From Magic Kingdom, the Monorail is the most fun, quick, and spacious option. It also is much less rough than a bus. Busses are just as frequent, but carry less people and are rough to stand in. They also take longer to get from MK to Epcot than monorails do.
- From Animal Kingdom, your only option is a bus.
- From Hollywood Studios, you can take a bus OR a boat. The boat rides can be hot in the summer, but are generally not too crowded and are a very scenic trip with a peek at some high end resorts.
To Magic Kingdom:
- From Epcot, the Monorail is once again the most fun, quick, and spacious option. It also is much less rough than a bus. Busses are just as frequent, but carry less people and are rough to stand in. They also take longer to get from Epcot to MK than monorails do.
- From Animal Kingdom: busses only :(
- From Hollywood Studios: again, your only option is busses.
To Hollywood Studios:
- From Magic Kingdom: busses only :(
- From Animal Kingdom: busses only :(
- From Epcot: you can take a bus OR a boat. As stated previously, the boat rides can be hot in the summer, but are generally not too crowded and are a very scenic trip with a peek at some high end resorts.
To Animal Kingdom:
- The only way to get to Animal Kingdom is by bus or car.
- Driving is also a valid option for each park. Save your parking pass to gain free entry to the next park you visit right up until midnight of that day. This is not a sneaky workaround, Disney promotes this.
So now that we’ve gone over how it looks with no crowds, let’s sprinkle some in.
Busses: crowded, rough, slow. Avoid at all costs especially during peak travel times to corresponding parks.
- Any transport to epcot around lunch time is crowded, but busses are especially bad.
- Busses to parks that are showing a Nighttime Spectacular within an hour or two of your bus ride are going to be packed out.
- You will be expected by other guests to give up your seat if you aren’t obviously and visibly disabled.
- Guests will walk halfway down the isle and stop, preventing further boarding, so you may not make the bus you waited 20 minutes for.
Monorails: fast, smooth, typically not too crowded even when busy
- Monorails are the fastest way to travel between Magic Kingdom and Epcot.
- They’re the most fun way too.
- Their load stations are typically not sweltering hot.
- Aim for a car that has wheelchairs or strollers. You’ll have more room that way. Trust me.
- Again, NS’s (Nighttime Spectaculars) are going to make it incredibly crowded a few hours before the show.
- High likelihood of not making a monorail due to popularity during peak hours.
Boats: they may be few, but we stan the Friendship boats
- Epcot and Hollywood studios are connected by boat.
- They’re the fastest and prettiest way to get from one to the other, in my opinion.
- Rarely crowded, you’ll almost always get a seat unless you ride at peak hours like opening, closing, or before/after a NS.
Driving yourself: reliable, if slow
- Driving yourself is valid, and if you save your parking pass Disney will allow you to enter the next park’s parking area for free. Up until midnight of the date you purchased the pass.
- Driving yourself takes the longest out of any transport. You have to leave the park and walk or take a tram to your car, get out of the park the long way along with other guests, drive to the next park, and wait for a tram or walk to th entrance.
- A great break from the crowds and the noise!
We can also look at times and events that are likely to make transport slow!
- Busses and cars are slowed by marathoners on the roads
- Monorails and boats are slowed by higher park attendance
- Busses, monorails, and boats will be slowed by increased traffic to the parks starting an hour or two before the show begins
- Cars may not be as effected, must experiment further
New lands opening
- All methods of transport to a park that has a new land will be slow for months, if said land isnt a total flop (coughtoystorylandcough)
- Best bet is to arrive before the park opens
That’s about all I have on transportation between parks! I dont really follow any schedule or rules when I go, I just avoid switching parks when a Nighttime Spectacular is coming on and it’s been fine. I just wanted to post this one because I’ve seen lots of people in groups asking about transportation.