One of the best things about Disney Vacation Club is staying at resorts with great transportation options. My favorite mode of Disney transportation is walking paths, but monorails, boats, and Skyliners can be fun ways to get around too. In reality, any way I can avoid a Disney bus is great in my book. Sometimes, I like to dream about even more ways to improve transportation at some of our favorite DVC locations. In that spirit, here are my top DVC transportation dreams for the future. While some may not seem realistic, it’s okay to have big aspirations. As Walt Disney said, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible”.

Animal Kingdom Villas Walking Path & Skyliner

My number one dream is to elevate our first home resort with some sort of transportation aside from busses. I’d be satisfied with a walking path between the lodge and Animal Kingdom Park. After completion of the Grand Floridian walking path, I believe this dream is possible and would add another layer of love to this magical resort. Even more amazing would be to create a Skyliner system for Animal Kingdom Lodge. It could connect the lodge to Animal Kingdom Park. From the park, they can add a line to Coronado Springs, where a hub could be located much like at Caribbean Beach that takes guests onward to EPCOT or Hollywood Studios. We have heard rumors about the possibility of this happening. I hope someday those rumors become true.

Old Key West to Saratoga Springs Walking Path

Copper Creek & Boulder Ridge Villas Monorail & Walking Path

I admit this one is a little out there, but I would love to see the lonely Magic Kingdom DVC finally be invited into the monorail loop. I realize that a monorail station at Wilderness Lodge doesn’t fit the aesthetic, but they make the rustic monorail station work at Grand Californian in Disneyland, and a themed station works for the Polynesian. While I think the chance to add another resort to the monorail system has long passed, it’s fun to imagine. However, I would settle for a walking path from Wilderness Lodge to the Contemporary. It’s nice Wilderness Lodge has boats to Magic Kingdom, but it would be useful to connect to the other resorts and the Epcot monorail more easily. A walking path would likely require an over-the-water bridge, as we see at Grand Floridian. It’s challenging but not improbable. And please, Disney, can you reopen the path from Wilderness Lodge to Fort Wilderness?

Old Key West & Saratoga Springs Skyliner

When you investigate a map, Old Key West and Saratoga Springs are not all that far from EPCOT and Caribbean Beach Resort. While we are on the subject of expanding the Skyliner, imagine how great it would be for these two resorts to become part of the line. By connecting Old Key West and Saratoga Springs to either EPCOT or Caribbean Beach, it would add access to other locations like Hollywood Studios and Riviera. In turn, I could hop on the Riviera Skyliner and eventually make it to Saratoga Springs, where I can then walk on to Disney Springs. Bye-bye busses.

Disney Skyliner

Old Key West to Port Orleans Walking Path

I love connecting more resorts to each other. It expands dining and entertainment options that are within easy reach. Since Old Key West and Port Orleans are so close, I would love to see a walking path connecting Old Key West to the French Quarter resort. In turn, you could then walk to Riverside as well. The edge of Saratoga Treehouse Villas is also pretty close to Port Orleans, so it could also be possible to connect Saratoga. Now, bring Yehaa Bob back to River Roost, and we are really in business.

I’m interested to hear your thoughts. What transportation options would you love to see come to your favorite DVC resorts?

Amy Krieger

Amy loves all things Disney from the theme parks and resorts to the beloved films. She and her husband, Paul, are originally from Wheeling, West Virginia. They now live in Central Florida with their two fur kids, Odie the greyhound and Hermes the Spanish galgo. As Disney Vacation Club members and Disney World Annual Passholders, they visit Disney World and other Disney properties as often as possible. Full time, Amy is the Manager of Loan Origination for Monera Financial, a World of DVC company where she helps buyers finance DVC contracts. Amy and Paul own DVC at some of their favorite resorts: BoardWalk, Grand Floridian, Animal Kingdom, Polynesian, and Grand Californian.

3 thoughts on “DVC Transportation Dreams

  • Re walking path from Wilderness to Contemporary. I have been saying this for years. I even had a discussion with a WDW Manager around 5 years ago. it’s a no brainier and relatively easy notwithstanding fairly cheap when compared to Monorail extensions and Skyliners etc. They could charge more for the hotel rooms being on the ‘loop’. Simply don’t get it.

  • The Skyliner has become a guest favorite and gets busses off the roads. I think we’d all like to see expansion, but it seems questionable how quickly serious consideration would be given to expansion considering that accidents continue to occur and they likely need more time to improve.

    An easier option for a walking path from Wilderness Lodge area would be to create one to Ticket & Transportation Center rather than Contemporary Resort. This would avoid bridge needs. The path could utilize a walking tunnel under World Drive. It would give those resort guests the ability to access the monorail for either the Magic Kingdom loop or Epcot.

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