I would love to find more information on Disney Transportation. It seems a bit confusing to me, since I am travelling with a young disabled child, I want to try to understand and have planned as much as possible for getting around and eating. I have a list of eateries that offer foods he and his sister can have, so I think I am set there, but the transportation still confuses me a bit. There are ticket centers, some parks have monorail, some have buses, some boats....And some reviews say to plan for an hour and a half travel time on a bus? We're going Feb 26-March3 I'm hoping we will not sit on a bus for over an hour with an autistic child..Other than that I have a lot of amazing info and feel well prepared! Thank you!
I have a few thoughts on this, but I don't know your exact situation. I don't know where you are staying, so that will factor into transportation. If you are on a monorail resort (Contemporary, Polynesian or Grand FLoridian) you will use the monorail a lot more than the other resorts. If you are staying at the Boardwalk area (Beach Club, Yacht Club, Swan, Dolphin, or Boardwalk) you may use the boats and buses. If you have figured out your dining already, you have half the battle won!
I have never had to spend an hour and a half on a bus, or any mode of transportation for that matter. The only thing that may have lasted an hour and a half was the entire time from point A to point B. If I left my resort room at 8:00, it would take a few minutes to walk to the bus stop. Then I may wait for a bus, which adds more time. Depending on where you are staying, once you get on the bus, you may have to pick up other passengers at another resort or at another location within your resort. Once all the stops have been made to pick up guests, it can take 10-25 minutes to drive to your destination- again depending on where you are going within WDW. Once you arrive at the final destination, you'll exit the bus and have to walk to the entrance which will take another 5 minutes or so. The hour and a half time that you read about is probably the ENTIRE time from point A to B. I still think that's an exaggerated amount of time.
The time you are traveling will be one of the least crowded times of the year. You chose a great week!! The crowds should be low, so chances are high you'll always get a seat on the bus, boat or monorail. If you children are in a stroller and you are using yours from home, you will need to have the stroller folded up prior to boarding the buses. If you have your own car with you, or a rental car, you may find it's easier to use that and opt out of the WDW transportation.
When our family is at Walt Disney World we take the buses 95% of the time. The only time we take the monorail is to get from Epcot to the Magic Kingdom and vice versa. We have been known to take the boat from Epcot to Disney's Hollywood Studio's, but not often. If you have a smart phone you can download this app (Walt Disney World Transportation Wizard) that will tell you the different transportation options from point A to B. All you have to do is choose your locations and it will show you different options with travel times. I still use this from time to time just to see if there is a shorter option. Sometimes I use it just to try a new route!
Here is an article from All Ears on the different types of transportation within WDW that may help you!
I hope you have a great vacation and best of luck!