We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Disney Transportation if NOT Staying at a Disney Resort?

Which Orlando hotels are on sale?
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
See hotels
Destin, Florida
Level Contributor
8 posts
40 reviews
Save Topic
Disney Transportation if NOT Staying at a Disney Resort?

Hi all,

We're staying outside of WDW at the Clarion Maingate. They have a free shuttle bus but the schedule for departure to HS is 1130am and we'd like to get to the parks earlier.

They do however offer an early shuttle departing for Universal at 730am and AK at 9am. We were thinking to take the earlier bus, then take a transfer, but is it possible for us to use the Disney transportation if we're not staying at Disney resorts?

Any advice is appreciated!

Brandon, Canada
Level Contributor
2,232 posts
29 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Disney Transportation if NOT Staying at a Disney Resort?

If you have a Disney ticket you shouldn't have any problem using Disney transport, however, going from park to park can be cumbersome as you may have to transfer via a resort (as in, the busses don't go from park to park). See this link:

mouseplanet.com/dtp/…wdw_transportation.htm

Personally I think if you're staying off-site, you need a rental car. The best way to see the Disney parks is if you are in the parks first thing in the morning and shuttle schedules are not always convenient.

Worksop, United...
Destination Expert
for Orlando, Walt Disney World, Kissimmee
Level Contributor
9,952 posts
73 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Disney Transportation if NOT Staying at a Disney Resort?

Firstly - yes WDW transportation is free to anybody. WDW buses run directly between a given attraction and a given resort (or cluster of resorts) so normally to get from attraction to attraction, you will need to transfer (change) at a resort.

(As you mention it: Universal is nowhere near Disney and is not served by Disney buses; so you can exclude that 7.30 am departure for a Disney visit).

If you wish to get to Disney earlier still, then you can use the city bus service "LYNX" from your hotel. The fare is $2 per one-way trip; a day pass is $4.50 and a weekly pass is $16. It runs every 30 minutes all day every day starting at around 6.30 am. You do need to transfer (change) buses to get to Disney. A detailed description of LYNX services on US192 is here: tripadvisor.com/Travel-g34515-c125141/Orland… . You will do yourself a service if you read it all carefully. LYNX will set you down at Disney's Transportation & TIcket Center, from where you can take direct monorail, ferry and/or bus services to the attraction turnstiles. You don't really need a rental car; you just need more time to travel, as a car will certainly be quicker than using buses. And you don't need to feel constrained by your hotel's very limited shuttle bus, either.

essen, germany
Destination Expert
for Walt Disney World, Anna Maria Island, Orlando
Level Contributor
3,969 posts
7 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Disney Transportation if NOT Staying at a Disney Resort?

Hm... Can anybody help me out????

Did they change the transportation system recently??

I did 4 Parks on one day several times within the last 7 years (not in the last 2 years though)

Whenever we did this we used disney transportation and we DID travel from park to park.

I will try that again in July but maybe someone can clarify that in advance :-)

PP??? :-))

Ventnor City, New...
Destination Expert
for Walt Disney World, Orlando
Level Contributor
4,186 posts
114 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Disney Transportation if NOT Staying at a Disney Resort?

Irises,

Disney Transport absolutely DOES provide direct park-to-park bus transportation in every combination to/from/between Epcot (front entrance), Disney's Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Between Epcot's back entrance (International Gateway) and DHS, one can walk or take a FriendShip boat).

Getting to and from Magic Kingdom does require a transfer at the Transportation & Ticket Center. From Epcot, take the monorail to TTC. From wither DHS or AK, take the direct bus to TTC. To/from the TTC, you have the option of monorail or ferry to/from MK.

Bottom line, there is never a circumstance when you are at a Disney theme park and will need to use a resort as a transfer point to get to another Disney theme park.

Edited: 7:46 am, May 26, 2011
essen, germany
Destination Expert
for Walt Disney World, Anna Maria Island, Orlando
Level Contributor
3,969 posts
7 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Disney Transportation if NOT Staying at a Disney Resort?

OK, just what I thought :-)

Glad you confirmed :-)

Brandon, Canada
Level Contributor
2,232 posts
29 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Disney Transportation if NOT Staying at a Disney Resort?

Ooops. My bad - Sorry for the misguidance.

Edited: 11:24 am, May 26, 2011
pa
Level Contributor
54,010 posts
Save Reply
7. Re: Disney Transportation if NOT Staying at a Disney Resort?

Here's a bit of Disney Transport info that everyone may find helpful

wdwmagic.com/Transportation/Bus-Transportati…

Danielle, you may want to take a Taxi ( Fastest ) or the Lynx Bus ( cheapest ) to your first destation in the morning

8. Re: Disney Transportation if NOT Staying at a Disney Resort?

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 12:29 am, May 27, 2012