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:
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.
Disney 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!
My 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.