Why Disney’s FREE Transportation is the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread 2017

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At this point you might have a good idea when you want to go to Walt Disney World, for how long, and where you are staying.  Being curious about how to get around Walt Disney World/Orlando should be a secondary thought, coming after everything I noted above.  The reason why I mention all of this is because I know that if you are anything like me you might be reading this way before any of the logistical details are laid out.  It is superb to be well researched and have a lot of knowledge HOWEVER planning a vacation to Disney world can easily become overwhelming and I don’t want that to happen to you, so if you can, look away now and head over to his awesome post about the different Disney resort tiers or here for information on my Walt Disney World on a Budget eBook.

Transportation during a Disney Vacation can be tricky.  What works best for me is a combination of everything available. I prefer to be driven while on vacation vs driving myself while others feel differently.  Here are your options:

 

DME

 

 

Disney Magical Express – DME- Disney bus transportation to and from the airport. It is part of Disney’s transportation system.  Only for guests staying at a Walt Disney World resort and free of charge.  This has to be set up by the guest, it isn’t automatically added to the reservation.  Here is a post about DME.  Nothing says Walt Disney World on a budget like free airport transportation. 

 

 

Bus-Transportation_Full_18026Disney Transportation System – DTS- Bus, water taxi, and monorail transportation from Disney resorts to other Disney locations such as theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs. This is the biggest portion of Disney’s transportation system and the most used. Each resort offers a different variety of transportation options. I made a chart about the different tiers of Disney resorts and a generalized summary of what transportation options they can have. DTS is free, Disney on a budget friendly, and convenient yet can sometimes take long depending on the number of stops the bus makes, traffic patterns, destination, etc.

 

 

Uber – if you haven’t heard of Uber than be prepared to get excited. Uber is a type of taxi service. What makes Uber different is that it is not metered, there’s a fare depending on the location that you can see before you request an Uber. Everything is done on your mobile phone. Uber exists as an app that you download on your phone and set up an account with. I’ve written an entire article on setting up and using Uber here. Uber takes away almost all interaction with the driver, which can be awkward.

 

When setting up Uber you will be asked to provide a credit card, this is the card that will be charged when using Uber.  There is no tipping with Uber, the entire transaction is seamless and effortless. Go on to your app, request the Uber (they will pick you up right in front of your hotel room), get in the car, get out at your destination.  Some drivers will start a conversation but most won’t, and pick up at Disney is usually 3-8 minutes.  Uber is a beautiful thing.  Definitely head over to my post about setting up Uber.  If you do decide to use my referral code, VIRGINIAS515UE,  you will get a free ride and so will I, just a heads up.

That brings us to metered taxis.  I’ve used these at Disney before and I hated every minute of it.  They were rude, it smelled funny, and it was beyond over priced.  But that is truly just my opinion.  The facts are that they are readily available, and they are an option.  

Your own car – I wrote a neat article on renting a vehicle while on a Disney Vacation.  I don’t usually rent one but I can see why people do.  I also have rented one and probably will in the future depending what I want the vacation to be.  Having a car available doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of the options mentioned above.

I hope this post helps put getting around at Disney into a better perspective. Thanks for reading!

 

DSC_0245My name is Krystel, and I am here to share the joy Disney gives me.  If you want to learn more about planning the perfect Walt Disney World Vacation on a budget click here.  I’ve spent a lot of time creating the perfect Disney World On A Budget eBook because I really want everyone to have a magical vacation within reach.

23 thoughts on “Why Disney’s FREE Transportation is the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread 2017

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    We used the magic bus and loved it. The bus at the parks made things so easy

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    That is a great option! I’ve never thought about and you are right, I can use it.

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    I love that you included Uber on the list – I’ve heard it’s really great around the parks! I’m going to Disney in 2018 – I’ll be re-reading this before!

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    These are all great options when it comes to transportation. Uber is very reliable but the magic bus would be amazing!

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    These are really good options for someone like me who doesn’t drive. This makes planning the trip much easier.

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    I’ve never thought about Disney transportation before. I lived in Florida until 5 years ago, and my in-laws are local to Disney now. So, I’ve never had to worry about that. These are good options! Uber is a good suggestion.

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    Great helpful write up. Sharing this, I’m sure lots of people will appreciate it!

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    This is a fantastic guide for those who do not drive and are not sure how to get there. This will come in useful in the future!

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    We’ll be doing a lot of these in March. I think we will be trying out Uber from Disney to Universal.

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    I have never been to Disney but I really love to visit this place someday… I know my age is no longer appropriate haha but who cares.. this place will definitely bring out the inner kid in me haha.. thanks for this tip.. at least I have the idea about the transpo when you hit Disney world.. I wonder if this is applicable to all Disney especially the one in Singapore

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      Each park is a little different especially since some of them are not operated by Disney and are too small for transportation options. Disney will definitely bring out the kid in you!

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    Thanks for this write up! We are going to Disney next year and I need to make sure we can get around. We will probably use the buses and monorail when we are there.

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    This is a great idea for the tourists. They will be very happy to ride on the bus.

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    It’s always nice when you don’t have to drive through all that traffic. Thanks for sharing all the transportation options!

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    This list is good to know for the future. I hope to visit Disney World soon.

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    This would help many! Will definatly be sharing with friends of mine they will find it very helpful! 🙂

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    The Magic bus was great. The other buses–well, when we were there they were not as scheduled and the times for pickup were really behind. We waited in line for over an hour once and ended up walking somewhere else to get reasonable transport. Of course, it is DISNEY and everything otherwise is awesome. I have never considered Uber or Lyft at Disney.

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    For Disney Paris, getting the Eurostar or local Paris trains is cheaper and quicker but awesome ideas

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