Thursday, June 5, 2014

Magical Blogorail Red: Disney Bus Transportation

Welcome to those of you joining me from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail.

Disney transportation is magical- really, it is!  Once I get to Orlando, I don't have to worry about it at all.  Magical Express gets me from the airport.  Buses, boats and monorails get me where I need to go once I'm on property.  There are additional ways to get around once inside the parks- Peoplemovers, railroads, segways, safari jeeps and more!  Even if I drive my own car to Walt Disney World, once I'm at my resort, the car is parked.
One of my favorite ways to get from place to place at Walt Disney World is the Disney buses.   Walt Disney World Resort is about 39 square miles and is home to over 25 resorts, 4 theme parks, 1 shopping district, 2 water parks and more.  The WDW buses can carry guests to all of those locations too!  Did you know there are more than 270 WDW buses carrying guests from place to place?  This makes the WDW bus fleet the third largest in Florida behind Miami and Jacksonville!  Pretty impressive.

The bus service is complimentary and is available beginning one hour before park opening and continuing until one hour after closing.  The Downtown Disney area is opened longer, so these buses will run until 2:00am.  The time it takes to travel from one stop to the next depends on how far you are traveling- obviously!  Some routes may require a transfer.  There are several apps that can help you get from point A to point B.  Two I have used in the past are Transportation Wizard and Buses, Boats and Monorails.

The buses pick up guests in well marked locations at all resorts and parks.  If you have questions about where your bus should be, ask a cast member.  All buses are equipped to carry guests in wheelchairs, ECVs and medical strollers.  However, these guests may have to wait for several buses to come before there is room for their chair.  All baby strollers must be folded prior to entering the bus.  They must be stowed out of the aisle.  Walt Disney World Resort buses do not allow luggage or alcohol on board.  

WDW Focus has an incredible subway style map they have created showing the entire resort and different transportation routes.  It's one of my favorite maps!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is My Dreams of Disney.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ The Disney Point


  1. Beth - this post makes me think about when I was little. Once we were old enough (12-13) my brother, a family friend, and I would "race" our parents back to our resort using different transportation routes. Whoever won got dessert. Do you have any bus traditions? The bus system is incredibly extensive. Being from NYC, you appreciate how well-run this system is. Thanks for sharing!
    Rosanne @ The Disney Point

  2. As a Disneylander, my only experience really with Disney busses is from the Toy Story parking lot to the parks.
    Is there a time of day you find the busses less crowded so you can avoid waiting for 1-2 busses to load and leave before you can get on one?

  3. I do love the buses! Now that we live here, my kids are sad we don't ride the buses anymore. From time to time, we just hop on the bus and take a ride :) Have you ridden one of the new accordion double buses yet?

  4. I'm going to have to check out those apps! I've never been a huge fan of the bus since it seems to take so long to get where you're going. How far in advance do you suggest you leave your hotel to get to the parks by rope drop?

  5. My family has always shied away from the Disney bus system because the wait and crowds were always too much for my ASD son to handle. I finally revisited the buses recently during a solo trip and found the new schedule updates at the bus stops SO helpful- I think this will be a godsend to so many families. Have you seen the new screens at the resort bus stops yet? What do you think??

  6. We used to never make use of the buses when we drove down to Disney. We'd drive our car so I could be totally in charge of our time. (Yes, I have control issues!) But, when we fly, I've had to learn to release control of some things - our time schedule being one of them. Now, we're at the mercy of the Disney buses and I'm actually getting used to it. We enjoy when we're almost alone on the bus and can get some quality chat-time in with the drivers!

  7. The buses aren't my favorite mode of transportation, but they are so convenient - and the fact that they're included make WDW so smart - so much easier to get around than so many other places! Wish my public transportation options were as good as those at WDW!

  8. I amazed thinking of the number of buses they use. And now with the tandem buses - WOW!

  9. The busses aren't my favorite but I am amazed at how Disney handles transportation. And it's so nice that every bus is wheelchair accessible. It makes life so much easier!