Walt Disney World is a huge place. It’s over 43 square miles includes four theme parks and 34 resorts. I’ve always relied upon the Disney transportation system to get around the property. This has its advantages and disadvantages. One of the biggest disadvantages is that it can be time consuming. Getting from one park to another can sometimes take an hour depending on how lucky you are with grabbing a shuttle. Disney is now offering a solution to this problem…for a cost! Guest are now able to purchase express transportation to use while park hopping. Hit the jump for more details..
The new “Express Transportation” option, as Disney is calling it, is only available to guests with Park Hopper tickets or Annual Passholders. Guests can only use the service to park hop from one park to another. So, if you want to get from Hollywood Studios over to Magic Kingdom you would be able to use this new offering. It’s not badly priced at $15 for a single day pass or $24 for a multi day pass (up to 7 days). Now this service is only for park hopping. This means that you’ll still have to rely upon the normal Disney Transportation to get to the parks from your resort. This express shuttle departs every 30 minutes so you may have a bit of a wait depending on when you show up . The one advantage I can see here is that these shuttles will most likely not be crowded so you wouldn’t have to worry about a shuttle filling up and waiting even longer for the next one.
I’m not sure I would ever use this service. The drop off/pickup areas are inside the main gate so you can bypass any long lines at the front of the park. To me this is both good and bad. I can’t imagine going to the Magic Kingdom and not walking through Main Street. It sets the stage for the magic of the day! Each park has it’s own dedicated Express Transportation zone:
- Magic Kingdom – Near the exit of Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Epcot – East side of Spaceship Earth
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios – In front of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Near the entrance to the Kilimanjaro Safaris
If you’re pressed for time and want to get in the parks quickly to use a FastPass or get to your dining reservation then this option my be a good fit. I have never parked hop in this sense. I will always make a pit stop at my resort to drop off any souvenirs, recharge my phone, sit down and relax, etc. before I head out to the next park. However if you don’t want to wait for a shuttle and plan to jump from park to park then this might be a good fit for you! If you’re interested in adding this service to your ticket you can visit Guest Relations at all four parks, your resort concierge or the kiosks at the areas listed above to purchase the pass.