DVC Transportation Guide: Walt Disney World

With the growing number of options at the Walt Disney World Resort, transportation can get confusing. This transportation guide shows the methods you can use to get around from each Disney Vacation Club Resort.


Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas (Jambo House & Kidani Village):

Bus: Guest staying at both Jambo House and Kidani can get transportation to all four theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs through the bus system.
Internal Resort Shuttle: There is an internal resort shuttle that will take you between Kidani Village and Jambo House. This shuttle meets at the front entrance of each lodge.
Walking: A convenient walking path connects the two lodges and can be used day and night.


Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort:

Bus: Guest staying at Bay Lake Tower can get bus transportation to Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, both waterparks, and Disney Springs by boarding a bus from the Contemporary Resort’s bus stop.
Monorail: Monorail transportation is available from inside the Contemporary Resort to the Magic Kingdom, Grand Floridan, Polynesian, and the Ticket & Transportation Center (which will then connect you to Epcot).
Boat: Boat service is available to both Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.
Walking: Guests can take a walking path to the Magic Kingdom. This path can be used both day and night.


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Disney’s Beach Club Villas & Disney’s Boardwalk Villas:

Bus: Bus service for both Boardwalk and Beach Club is available to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, both waterparks, and Disney Springs
Boat: Boat service or Water Taxis can take guests to Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and area resorts such as the Swan & Dolphin.
Skyliner: Guests can take to the skies and use the Disney Skyliner for transportation from the Epcot area to Hollywood Studios, Caribbean Beach Resort, Riviera Resort, Art of Animation, and Pop Century.
Walking: A wonderful amenity about these two resorts is that both Epcot and Hollywood Studios are just a quick walk away. Guests can also easily walk to Disney’s Yacht Club, and Disney’s Swan & Dolphin Resort.


Boulder Ridge Villas & Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge:

Bus: Bus service is available for guest of Boulder Ridge and Copper Creek to all four theme parks, both water parks, and Disney Springs
Boat: Boat service takes guests to the Magic Kingdom, Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, and Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
Walking: There is a walking path connecting Wilderness Lodge to Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. While this path is currently closed due to the construction of Reflections, I remain hopeful this will reopen with added walkability to Reflections as well.


Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa:

Bus: Bus service will take guests to Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, both waterparks, and Disney Springs.
Monorail: Hop aboard the monorail with service to the Magic Kingdom, Polynesian, Contemporary, and the Ticket & Transportation Center (with connecting service to Epcot).
Boat: Boat service takes guests to the Magic Kingdom and the Polynesian.
Walking: While it is not yet complete, there will soon be a path for guests to stroll from the Grand Floridian to the Magic Kingdom. There is also a walking path connecting the Grand Floridian to the Polynesian.


Disney’s Old Key West Resort:

Bus: Bus service is available for all four theme parks, both water parks, and Disney Springs.
Boat: Old Key West offers boat service to Disney Springs.
Internal Resort Shuttle: Because of its size, Old Key West also has an internal resort shuttle for getting around the resort.
Walking: There is a walking path between Old Key West and Saratoga Springs that is open dawn to dusk. If you enjoy walking, it is possible during daylight hours to use this to walk to Disney Springs.


Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows:

Bus: The busses at the Polynesian can be used for transportation to Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, both waterparks, and Disney Springs.
Monorail: You can jump on the monorail for service to Grand Floridian, Contemporary, Magic Kingdom, and the Ticket & Transportation Center (which a connection to Epcot). The Ticket & Transportation Center is also a quick walk away. Therefore, you can walk over and hop directly on the Epcot monorail.
Boat: Polynesian offers boat service to the Magic Kingdom and Grand Floridian.
Walking: There is a walking path connecting the Polynesian to the Grand Floridian. Once the path is complete from the Grand Floridian to the Magic Kingdom, Polynesian guests could use it to walk to the Magic Kingdom.


Disney’s Riviera Resort:

Bus: Bus service at Riviera will take you to all four theme parks, both water parks, and Disney Springs. Note that bus service to Epcot and Hollywood Studios has a limited schedule due to the Skyliner offering the same transportation.
Skyliner: The Disney Skyliner will take you from Riviera to Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Caribbean Beach Resort, Art of Animation Resort, and Pop Century Resort.
Walking: You could easily walk from Riviera over to Caribbean Beach Resort.


Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa:

Bus: Bus service at Saratoga Springs will take you to all four theme parks, both water parks, and Disney Springs.
Boat: Hopping aboard a boat can take you from Saratoga Springs to Disney Springs.
Internal Resort Shuttle: Due to its size, Saratoga Springs has an internal resort shuttle to get you around the resort.
Walking: There is a walking path connecting guests to Disney Springs that is open day and night. There is also a walking path between Saratoga Springs and Old Key West Resort that is open dawn to dusk.

3 thoughts on “DVC Transportation Guide: Walt Disney World

  • April 14, 2020 at 12:40 pm
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    Amy this is great, but isn’t there a boat from BLT (Contemporary) to MK?

    • April 14, 2020 at 2:07 pm
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      Hey Jamie – According to Disney the only boat service from the Contemporary is to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground by water taxi.

    • April 14, 2020 at 2:12 pm
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      Hi Jamie! When I was doing the research, I thought there might be too, but there isn’t. There is a boat from MK to Poly and GF and there is a Contemporary boat to Fort Wilderness and Wilderness Lodge. You could take a ferry from Contemporary to Wilderness Lodge to MK if you really like boats, lol. However, I think because of the monorail and walking path, they didn’t create a boat route to MK.
      I found this Dis article very helpful when it came to the boats. It helped me learn about the different lines (designated by color). I hope you find it informative as well. 🙂
      https://www.wdwinfo.com/transportation/water.htm

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