Tales from the Hill's Country

Quips, stories and observations from our adventures in marriage and parenting (as told by Katie).

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Disney World Transportation

Traveling around the Walt Disney World resort can be a challenge. In its entirety the property is twice the size of the island of Manhattan!

Because I flew into Orlando, I needed a ride to the campsite. Disney offers a service called "Magical Express" that picks up guests from the airport and takes them to their hotel. Sweet! Even sweeter? They'll also grab your luggage and bring it to your room. So you check your bags at your city's airport and the next time you see them is in your hotel room. I highly recommend using this service... especially since it's free!

Oh, and you get to watch a fun movie while you drive to the resort:
Each morning, I'd use a boat to travel to the Magic Kingdom or the Contemporary resort:
Here's a view from the boat with the Contemporary resort shown in the background:
Once at the Contemporary, you can catch a monorail to the Magic Kingdom (though I'd walk) or Epcot:
There's also a HUGE ferry boat that takes guests from the Magic Kingdom parking lot to the Magic Kingdom:
But if you stay onsite, there's really not a need to take this.

Once in the Magic Kingdom, you can travel up Mainstreet in a few exciting vehicles. Like this one:
This will take you from the front of the Magic Kingdom to the front of Cinderella's castle!
And halfway up, these fine fellows hop on board and sing you a little tune:
Delightful! It's actually faster to just walk, but it's a nice ride if you're not in a hurry.

Of course, the absolute best way to travel around the parks is to have someone push you around in a stroller! But I'm sure there's some sort of age limit on that. AND stroller parking can be a madhouse!
(That's at Fantasyland... strollers as far as the eye can see!)

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