Visit WDW on a budget // Transportation

Getting around is fairly cheap once you’re on Disney property but I wanted to share a few pros and cons of different modes of transportation and how to get around in general.


Firstly, the monorail is my favorite way to get around. It’s iconic, it’s magical, and the ride around Epcot before pulling into the station is unparalleled. It’s also convenient. It drops you off right at the front gates of Magic Kingdom! plus its free! I absolutely love riding the monorail.

The problem is that there are only 3 monorail lines that don’t visit all the parks. The Magic Kingdom line stops at The Polynesian, The Contemporary, The Magic Kingdom, The Grand Floridian, and The Transportation and Ticket Center. The Epcot line run between Epcot and the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) and the 3rd line runs express from The Magic Kingdom to TTC. When you want to jump from resort to park or between parks that aren’t on the monorail line, you have the option of using the bus systems. The buses are run all of the Disney property and can take you anywhere! The My Disney Experience app just recently updated so you can see bus times right on your phone. The bus service is free as well. However, during peak times the busses can be overcrowded especially with families with strollers.

There are also BOATS on Disney property. These boats will take you across the varies mini lakes on the WDW property. There are routes across the Seven Seas Lagoon between The Contemporary and Fort Wilderness, between Epcot and Hollywood Studios, from Port Orleans to Disney Springs, and so more! The boats are a fun and tranquil way to see the Disney property but be sure to leave enough time to get from one stop to the other. We took the boat from Epcot to Hollywood Studios and it took a little over an hour and a half.

You could always drive. In my opinion, this is the least cost-effective. They now charge you to park at the resort up to $24 per night to leave your car in the parking lot in addition to the $20-$40 parking fee at all the parks.  If you do decide to drive, park at your resort and take one of the free methods mentioned above

Minnie vans! These are the cutest! They’re Lyft vans decorated like Minnie Mouse! Polka dot passenger vans you can call using your Lyft app. I recommend taking these if you need to make a reservation or are trying to get back to your resort after the fireworks with sleepy little ones.

Lastly, the Magical Express. This is the coach bus service that picks you up and drops you off at the airport. You can book this service as soon as you have your flight number. Usually, you don’t have to give them an update if your flight times change but you DO have to provide an update if your flight number changes. I like to update with any (number and flight) changes in my flight and confirm my Magical Express booking about a week before I leave. This service is only for those staying on site

This map has all the transportation lines marked in different colors so you can see exactly which mode of transportation you need to take to get to your destination

What’s your favorite mode of transportation at WDW? Leave them in the comments below!
For more budget tips, Check out my other posts on hotels and dining.

Thanks so much for reading, until next time!

Sam V
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