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  • Transportation seems so confusing.Could someone please explain routes for the tram, boat, and motorcoach (bus) and which I will need to take for what? This is our first trip and I had assumed that we would tram everywhere. How do you know what to take?TIA
  • - Asked by Lori from Ohio on 5/18/2008
  • Don't panic. The signage is good and there are cast members everywhere to help. First things first ... Walt Disney World is over 40 square miles big, about the size of San Francisco. And just like a city had many forms of transportation (car, bus, trolley, boat, etc.), so does WDW. I'm going to go through a few forms of Disney transport and how they are used.

    1. Tram. These are mostly used to take guests from the parking lots to the theme park gates. I use WDW transportation almost exclusively (not a car), so I am rarely on a tram.
    2. Magical Express bus. Takes guests from Orlando International Airport to the hotels.
    3. Monorail. There are two lines. Once makes a loop between the Contemporary, Polynesian, Transportation and Ticket Center, and the Grand Floridian. The other line goes from the TTC to Epcot.
    4. . Regular bus. The main form of Disney transport, and the only transportation to/from the Animal Kingdom and the water parks. The primary way to get from the value and moderate resorts to the theme parks.
    5. Boat. There are several kinds. One goes from the TTC to the Magic Kingdom. One goes from the Wilderness Lodge, Fort Wilderness, and Contemporary to the Magic Kingdom. One goes from the Yacht/Beach, Boardwalk, and Swan/Dolphin to Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios. One goes from Port Orleans to Downtown Disney.
    6. Walking. You could get from the Contemporary to the MK on foot. Similarly you could walk from any of the Epcot area resorts to Epcot or Disney's Hollywood Studios.

    I know this all sounds complicated, but you'll pick it up in no time. When check into your resort, all your transportation options will be explained to you. Also, there are transportation information stands just outside all the theme park gates. Don't hesitate to ask for assistance if you need it. My kids like some of the Disney transportation (boats, monorail) almost as much as the rides in the parks. Really, when you're at WDW, getting there is part of the fun.
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