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  • On Nov 7, 2014
    Jamie from KS Asked

    How long does it take to walk to each park from the different resorts? Does the monorail go directly to the resort or do you have to walk to it? Trying to decide the best resort for a future stay with 2AD, 5, 3, & 1yo kids. Thanks!

    Hi Jamie,

    Walt Disney World in total is huge, nearly 40 square miles in total, about the size of San Francisco. A few of the hotels are within walking distance of one, or possibly two, of the four Disney theme parks. To access the other parks there is a massive network of free transportation involving monorails, buses, and boats. All of which you'll likely have to take at some point during your vacation.

    Transportation times range from a five minute walk from the Beach Club to Epcot or a three minute monorail ride from the Grand Floridian to the Magic Kingdom, up to a 20 minute bus ride from the Animal Kingdom Lodge to the Magic Kingdom.

    When my kids were small, we often stayed at resorts directly on the monorail line (Contemporary, Grand Floridian, Polynesian) because we like that we could roll our strollers directly onto the monorail. But in addition to transportation, you should also consider dining options, price, and pools in your decision equation.

    If you just want to think about transportation, some good tools are the independent Transportation Wizard which estimates point to point transportation time: http://www.ourlaughingplace.com/aspx/twiz.aspx#.VGNpc-c7s14

    Also see an article from another independent site with full descriptions of all the transportation options: http://blog.touringplans.com/2013/03/13/a-walt-disney-world-transportation-primer-monorails-buses-and-boats-oh-my/

    Please let us know if you have follow-up questions. We're happy to help.
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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