Staying at a Disney Resort is great. So great, in fact that one tends to get spoiled because getting from place to place barely takes any effort at all.
Your bags disappear at airport check in with the promise that they will meet you IN your hotel room. You get picked up personally at the airport by a Magic Bus that takes you directly to your Resort.
Once at the Resort you have a pool, refreshments, and entertainment. You don’t even need your wallet – everything FEELS free, because your magic band picks up the bill.
When it becomes time to get to the park, though – things get a bit complicated. How do you get there? All resorts have bus transportation to the parks. And that’s great. But getting on a bus with a crowd of people and a stroller that must be folded up is a pain in the neck. While we should all be thankful for the door to door service, I avoid the buses AT ALL COST.
If you have stroller age kids, the buses are aggravating. We buy park hopper passes. We walk through Epcot to get to the Magic Kingdom and avoid the bus from the Beach Club. We walk through the Magic Kingdom, through Epcot, and through the Beach and Yacht to get to Hollywood Studios. You can also take the ferry from Magic Kingdom to Hollywood Studio. Not only are you getting exercise but it works! it’s easier! Your kids will sleep!
The one park not yet accessible by ferry or shuttle is The Animal Kingdom. I have yet to find an easier way there –
Here are the boat routes:
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Walt Disney World Swan Resort, Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, and Epcot.
- Magic Kingdom park.
- Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
- Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
- Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC)