As most Walt Disney World veterans know, when you stay off property, there is a multi-step process to get to the Magic Kingdom. First, you have to park in one of the largest lots in the world. Next, there is a walk or a tram ride to the Transportation and Ticket Center. For the final step, you normally choose either the monorail or ferry boat to get to the front of the park.
However, this year, Disney has been working on a major monorail automation project, which has caused delayed openings and long outages.
Even when the monorails are fully operational, it can take a while to get to the Magic Kingdom during busy seasons. To help alleviate delays and congestion, Disney has added a morning bus route directly from the Transporatation and Ticket Center to the Magic Kingdom. However, a very small percentage of guests utilize this option. Today’s tip is very simple: Take the bus whenever it is available!
As you walk up toward the monorail station, the bus queue will be on the right, just past the restrooms. Most guests are in the habit of heading toward the left, since they usually take the monorail or ferry boat. This means that there is rarely a wait for the buses. You typically walk right onto a waiting bus, and you’re on your way in a few minutes. The bus ride to the Magic Kingdom is only about three to four minutes, which is quicker than the monorail, and considerably faster than the ferry boat.
I have taken the bus four times in the last three weeks, and it has been a great way to get to the Magic Kingdom. In addition to being quick, it is a comfortable, climate controlled ride, which is not always the case with the ferry boat or a crowded monorail. They even use coaches along with the regular Disney buses. The next time you have the option, I highly recommend taking the bus to the Magic Kingdom.
I hope you enjoy “Tour Guide Tuesday.” If you want additional tips while you’re in the parks, WDW Guided Tours is happy to help!