Welcome back to DADventure Disney’s round table of some of my favorite Disney Fan Parents on Instagram.
Every week, I work alongside this merry band of Disney fan parents to find our Top 10 favorites in all things Disney. See ALL our lists by clicking HERE!
This week, the group consists of these Disney Parent Panelists:
@disenchanted.dad & @dismoms,
and yours truly @dadventuredisney.
You can also follow our joint account – @DisneyParentsPanel!
Our topic this week: Top 10 Favorite Ways to Get Around the Disney Parks
One of the biggest needs that gets overlooked when planning a Disney trip is how you are going to get from point A to point B. A Disney trip is all-inclusive, if you wish it to be. Especially at Walt Disney World, the minute you drop off your luggage at your departing airport, everything else is taken care of until you get back home!
Not all modes of Disney transport are created equal, so your friendly neighborhood Disney Parents Panel got together and created our Top 10 list of our favorite ways to move around the parks.
Hop in, and please, keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times and mind the closing doors.
Disney’s Magical Express
Free for Resort Guests
Top 10 Score: 2.00, nominated on 4 of 11 ballots.
When you fly into Orlando Airport, and you’re staying at a Walt Disney Disney Resort, the Disney Magic starts right away. You make your way to the Disney’s Magical Express and Cast Members are waiting to take you the rest of the way on your journey.
It’s a large coach bus equipped with a Disney “sizzle reel” for the whole family to watch as you make your way to the Disney World parks. If you checked your luggage at your departing airport, they’ll even make sure it’s waiting for you in your resort room by the end of the afternoon!
The Family Car
On Your Schedule
Top 10 Score: 2.04, nominated on 4 of 11 ballots. 1 first place vote.
If you’re close enough to Orlando to drive, or a California resident heading to Disneyland, driving yourself is a great way to stay on your own schedule.
It also allows you the freedom to get ‘off park’ whenever you need to go shopping, eating or even staying off-site and save a few bucks.
Of course, then there’s the giant parking lots to tend with, but even those have a lot of the Disney Magic filtered throughout – if you look hard enough.
Main Street U.S.A. Transportation
Buses, Horses and Trollys
Top 10 Score: 2.27, nominated on 5 of 11 ballots.
On Main Street U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom of both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, you’ll find some amazing ‘old time’ transportation to take lucky guests up and down Main Street. Double-decker buses, a horse drawn trolly, or even a vintage firetruck an be seen in the earlier parts of the days when the crowds aren’t completely filling Main Street.
You can catch a one-way ride from the stops in Town Square or the central plaza in front of Cinderella Castle.
Disney Does Uber
Top 10 Score: 2.64, nominated on 6 of 11 ballots.
The Disney Transportation System doesn’t always work with your family’s schedule. OR, sometimes you just don’t feel like waiting and waiting for a bus to show up. Instead of giving all the business to Uber or Lyft, Disney took it upon themselves to offer something a little more ‘special’ – the Minnie Van.
Call and pay for this little beauty to take you wherever, whenever you need to go. Perfect for early morning Advance Dining Reservations, too. You can learn more by clicking here.
Get Good Sneakers!
Top 10 Score: 3.27, nominated on 6 of 11 ballots.
The most old-fashioned way to get around – your own two feet! This will get your steps high on your Fitbit, but also afford you the luxury of taking in everything at your own pace.
We all know that the Disney parks are loaded with the tiniest of details at every turn, when you’re walking the path and taking the time to look around, you may be amazed at what you see.
Bring a stroller if you have toddlers and break in a great pair of walking sneakers before you go. Flip flops will have you crying for mercy by the end of your trip!
Magic Kingdom Railroad
I Choo Choo Choose You
Top 10 Score: 3.82, nominated on 6 of 11 ballots. 1 first place vote.
As of this post, the Disney World Railroad is closed while they work on the new Tron Coaster. However, normally this ride on the tracks around the Magic Kingdom in Orlando or in California is a rite of passage for Disney fans. You ride on the rails same as Walt envisioned as he was a huge train aficionado.
Disney Resort Buses
A Necessary Evil
Top 10 Score: 4.09, nominated on 8 of 11 ballots.
If you pay attention to the posted schedules, use the My Disney Experience app and just keep your eyes open, you’ll find using the Disney Resort buses not that bad.
Sure, you have to cram in with your family, backpacks and strollers in busy times, but it’s worth it because soon you’ll be in the middle the the Disney park of your choosing!
Friendship Boats and Water Taxis
Top 10 Score: 5.09, nominated on 8 of 11 ballots.
Many of the Disney World resorts, and some of the other retail spots, will launch you to other parts of the park via waterways. The Friendship Boat and Water Taxis can take you all around the Disney resort from port to port.
Definitely can get as cramped as a Disney Bus, but a much better view!
Up Up and Away!
Top 10 Score: 6.82, nominated on 9 of 11 ballots. 3 first place votes.
The newest addition to the Disney Transportation System is the Disney Skyliner. This gondola system connects several Disney Resorts with Epcot and Hollywood Studios. You sail through the air, above the roadways, parking lots and traffic. Best view in the parks.
Please mind the closing doors…
Top 10 Score: 8.55, nominated on 10 of 11 ballots. 6 first place vote.
When the monorail hit Disneyland and then Walt Disney World, it was the public transportation of the future!
You can’t really consider yourself a Disney fan if you haven’t had a ride on the Monorail. With new modifications and paint jobs, the monorails still capture the idea of what the future could be like.
How do you get around the parks? Are you pro or anti Disney Resort Bus? Have you tried the Skyliners yet, or has the first month accident scared you away?
Thanks for reading and always remember – DADventure is out there!
Keith & the Disney Parents Panel