Walt Disney World
Transportation Vehicles

When using any of the Walt Disney World methods of transportation, allow plenty of time to get to your destination! It's better to arrive early, than be stressed out and late!

Boats


Ferryboat



Richard F. Irvine Ferry Boat


Three different Ferryboats run from Transportation and Ticket Center to Magic Kingdom and back. These are free floating boats with an upper and lower level connected by two interior stairways. Depending on the time of day, one - three ferry boats may be operating. Ferry boats typically run from 8:30am to 45 minutes after the Magic Kingdom closes.
Limited upper deck seating is available on all three boats:
Richard F. Irvine and Admiral Joe Fowler and General Joe Potter

Wheelchair and Stroller accessible on lower deck. Each Ferryboat has a maximum capacity of 600 persons.


MK Ferryboat Loading

Magic Kingdom Loading Dock

MK Ferryboat Lower Deck
Lower deck area

Motor Launch



Water Launch

Motor Launches provide transportation between the Magic Kingdom and several resorts.

For all motor launches, strollers and wheel chairs must be folded prior to boarding and ECVs cannot be accommodated on motor launches under any circumstances.

2 Gold Flag motor launches run the Seven Seas Lagoon from the Magic Kingdom to the Grand Floridian to the Polynesian, and back to the Magic Kingdom. These launches typically run from 8:30am to 45 minutes after the Magic Kingdom closes.

The 2 Blue Flag motor launches on Bay Lake serving the Contemporary Resort, Wilderness Lodge and Ft. Wilderness begin running at 6:45am daily. They both run clockwise until 3pm and then reverse direction. These launches run until 11:30pm.

The Wilderness Lodge (Red Flag) is serviced by 1 motor launch and 1 motor cruiser and begin running each day at 8:30am and stop running approximately 1 hour after the Magic Kingdom closes. Red Flag boats do operate for Extra Magic Hour Mornings and also for evening Extra Magic Hours.

2 Blue Flag motor launches run on Bay Lake and serve the Contemporary, Wilderness Lodge, and Ft. Wilderness. Passengers are required to step down into boat.

NOTE: If you want to go to the Grand Floridian /Polynesian from the Wilderness Lodge, Contemporary Resort or Ft. Wilderness by boat, you will have to go to the Magic Kingdom and then get the Gold flag launch. There is no boat that goes directly from the Contemporary to the Magic Kingdom, Grand Floridian or Polynesian. Additional boats may be added to the Gold, Green, Red and Blue routes during periods of exceptionally high demand - like at heavy MK closings - to alleviate the lines at the docks.


Water launch seating

Motor launch seating area

MK Ferryboat Lower Deck

Motor launch seating area

Water launch seating and step

Motor launch bench seating and step

Water Launch side bench

Motor Launch side seating bench

Motor Cruiser



Friendship

Motor Cruisers run from the Magic Kingdom on the Seven Seas Lagoon through the water bridge channel to Bay Lake and Fort Wilderness Campground and the Wilderness Lodge. The cruiser pictured above offers an outdoor seating area at the bow (front) of the boat as well as at the stern (rear). The 3 motor cruisers are: Mermaid I (picture above), Bon Voyage, and Castaways. ECVs can be accommodated on motor cruisers unless the water levels are low.

The Ft. Wilderness Campground is serviced by 2 Motor Cruisers (Green Flag) running from 8:30am to approximately 1 hour after the Magic Kingdom closes. These boats only run between the Magic Kingdom and Ft. Wilderness.

The Wilderness Lodge is serviced by 1 motor cruiser and 1 motor launch (Red Flag) and begin running each day at 8:30am and stop running approximately 1 hour after the Magic Kingdom closes.

Red and Green Flag boats do operate for Extra Magic Hour Mornings and also for evening Extra Magic Hours


Interior seating

Motor Cruiser interior seating area

Rear seating 2

Motor Cruiser rear seating area

Front seating
Motor Cruiser front seating area


Friendships

Epcot Friendship

Friendships run Crescent Lake between Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios, with stops at the BoardWalk, Yacht & Beach Club and the Swan and Dolphin Resorts.

They also run within Epcot; two Friendships run in two separate routes. One boat runs between landings near Canada and Morocco, while the other one runs between Mexico and Germany.

FriendShips are Wheelchair and Stroller accessible when water levels are normal. Changes in water levels will require passengers to step up or down into boat, and, in these conditions the loading ramps may not be usable (sign will be posted on dock). Rough winds may also make boarding via wheelchair/stroller impossible. Ramp located in rear of boat.



Friendship at Boardwalk

Crescent Lake Friendships at Boardwalk dock

Crescent Lake Rear seating
Friendship Rear seating area

Port Orleans and Disney Vacation Club Ferries



Port Orleans Ferry


These ferries provide service on three routes:

1.Between Port Orleans Riverside, Port Orleans French Quarter and Downtown Disney Marketplace (yellow flag boats). Maximum capacity on all these ferries is 34 passengers.

2. Between Old Key West, Saratoga Springs and Downtown Disney Marketplace (blue flag boats).

3. Late afternoon and evening only, between Downtown Disney Marketplace and Downtown Disney West Side (green flag boats).

These boats may accommodate strollers. Wheelchairs usually have to be folded.


Port Orleans Ferry 2

Port Orleans ferry arriving at Downtown Disney

West Side ferry

Shuttle that runs between Marketplace and West Side

 

Buses


RTA Bus


Buses are the main source of transportation at Walt Disney World. They connect most resorts to the theme parks, water parks and Downtown Disney. You can also use buses for resort-to-resort transportation, since they run in a hub-and-spoke system. Basically, you take a bus to any of the five hubs (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom or Downtown Disney) open at the time you are traveling, then transfer to a bus headed to your destination resort.

Strollers must be folded up for boarding. Buses can accommodate a wheelchair/ECV that fits on standard bus lifts (32"x48"). A maximum of two unfolded wheelchairs/ECVs are permitted on each bus (folded wheelchairs are only limited by crowding/space). Bus drivers will assist those in wheelchairs/ECVs to board near the rear of the bus.

Pictured above is one of the older RTS buses frequently seen at Walt Disney World.

Disney's Magical Express is a bus service that takes you and your luggage from Orlando International Airport to your Disney resort. It can be used either one way or round-trip.

Low floor bus
One of the newer Low Floor Disney buses
Low Floor bus interior
Interior seating of a Low Floor bus
RTA bus interior
Interior seating of an RTA bus
Bus LIft
Bus Lift
ME bus
Disney's Magical Express bus
Shades of Green bus
Shades of Green bus

 

Monorail

Disney Monorails



Monorail


There are three monorail tracks at WDW. They all intersect at the Transportation and Ticket Center, which means you can connect to any one of them from there.

1. The Express Monorail runs between the TTC and the Magic Kingdom ONLY, without making any stops.

2. The Resort Monorail stops at all stations on the loop, including the Polynesian, the Grand Floridian, Magic Kingdom, the Contemporary and the TTC.

3.The Epcot Monorail runs between the TTC and Epcot ONLY.

Monorails are both wheelchair and stroller accessible. Look for wheelchair signs for ramped areas. Cast Member will need to set up temporary ramp.

Monorail seating
Interior view of monorail seating
Monorail seating 2
Another view of interior

 

Train

Walt Disney World Railroad



Train


There are two trains operating at Walt Disney World. The Walt Disney World Railroad circles the perimeter of the Magic Kingdom and makes two stops: Main Street at the entrance of the park, and Frontierland next to Splash Mountain. (The station at Mickey's Toontown Fair closed when that land closed in February 2011, due to construction of the new Fantasyland.)

Personal strollers must be folded prior to passing through the station's turnstiles. No rental strollers allowed. If you leave your rental stroller behind at the station, keep your stroller nametag -- a replacement stroller may be available at the other stops.

Wheelchairs/ECV users will need to see Cast Member for loading.

Train seating
View of WDWRR seating
train seating 2
Another view of WDWRR seating

The Wildlife Express train (below) operates in Animal Kingdom, shuttling guests to and from Rafiki's Planet Watch. It makes no stops along the way. This train has seats that face outward, so that guests travel sideways.

Wildlife Express Train
Wildlife Express Engine
Wildlife Express Seating
Wildlife Express seating

 

Trams

Parking Lot Trams



Train


All four theme parks operate parking lot trams. These vehicles pick you up at the end of your parking row and take you to the park entrance. Magic Kingdom parking lot trams take you to the TTC, where you will take a ferryboat or the monorail over to the Magic Kingdom.

Strollers and wheelchairs must be folded. If you must remain in your wheelchair you will be unable to board the tram. Trams do not stop in designated wheelchair parking areas. Limited wheelchairs may be available in the wheelchair parking areas to help transport you to park entrance.

Tram seating
Tram seating on an Animal Kingdom tram
Tram
Driver and cab of tram

 

Miscellaneous

Other Forms of Transportation




There are several modes of transportation available at Walt Disney World that do not fit in the major headings.

Golf cart
There are golf carts available for rent for Fort Wilderness guests to use around the resort. These carts cannot leave the Fort Wilderness Resort campgrounds.
Taxi
Taxi cabs and town cars that can take you almost anywhere on property are available for hire.