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DVC Resort Transportation Options

April 3, 2023
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From bus and ferry to monorail and skyliner, there are quite a few different modes of DVC resort transportation in Walt Disney World.  Every resort offers transportation to the four theme parks and Disney Springs.  In general, transportation starts running 45 minutes before the theme parks open and runs until an hour after park closing. Buses to Disney Springs start running when Disney Springs opens and run until an hour after it closes.  

If you’re new to DVC, here’s a quick guide to the transportation options at each of the DVC resorts!


Transportation Options by Resort

Animal Kingdom Lodge (Jambo House and Kidani Village)

Jambo House lobby

Magic Kingdom: Bus

EPCOT: Bus

Hollywood Studios: Bus

Animal Kingdom: Bus

Disney Springs: Bus

*Jambo House and Kidani Village have their own bus stops.  Buses heading to the theme parks will stop at Kidani Village first while those heading to Disney Springs will stop at Jambo House first.

Bay Lake Tower

Bay Lake Tower (Photo Credit: Disney Tourist Blog)

Magic Kingdom: Monorail or walkway

EPCOT: Monorail

Hollywood Studios: Bus

Animal Kingdom: Bus

Disney Springs: Bus

*Bay Lake Tower shares a bus stop with the Contemporary. 

*To catch the monorail at the Contemporary, take the skybridge from the fifth floor of Bay Lake Tower, which connects to the fourth floor of the Contemporary where you can board the monorail.  

Beach Club Villas

Beach Club Villas

Magic Kingdom: Bus

EPCOT: Ferry or walkway

Hollywood Studios: Ferry, skyliner, or walkway

Animal Kingdom: Bus

Disney Springs: Bus

BoardWalk Villas

BoardWalk Villas

Magic Kingdom: Bus

EPCOT: Ferry or walkway

Hollywood Studios: Ferry or walkway

Animal Kingdom: Bus

Disney Springs: Bus

Boulder Ridge Villas and Copper Creek Villas

Wilderness Lodge lobby

Magic Kingdom: Ferry

EPCOT: Bus

Hollywood Studios: Bus

Animal Kingdom: Bus

Disney Springs: Bus

*There are two types of ferries that travel between Wilderness Lodge (Boulder Ridge Villas and Copper Creek Villas) and Magic Kingdom. Only one of them is able to accommodate ECVs.

Old Key West

Ferry at Old Key West (Photo Credit: Disney Tourist Blog)

Magic Kingdom: Bus

EPCOT: Bus

Hollywood Studios: Bus

Animal Kingdom: Bus

Disney Springs: Bus or ferry

*Buses heading to the theme parks will stop at Peninsular Road, Old Turtle Pond Road, South Point, Miller’s Road, and then Hospitality House.  Buses heading to Disney Springs will stop at Hospitality House, Peninsular Road, Old Turtle Pond Road, South Point, and then Miller’s Road.  

Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

Polynesian Bungalows (Photo Credit: Disney Tourist Blog)

Magic Kingdom: Monorail

EPCOT: Monorail

Hollywood Studios: Bus

Animal Kingdom: Bus

Disney Springs: Bus

*If you prefer to walk to the Magic Kingdom, take the walkway from the Polynesian to the Grand Floridian and then take the walkway to the Magic Kingdom. 

*If taking the monorail to EPCOT, it is often faster to walk to the Ticket & Transportation Center and catch the monorail from there rather than taking the monorail from the Polynesian, which would first stop at the Grand Floridian, Magic Kingdom, the Contemporary, and then the Transportation & Ticket Center.  The walkway to the Transportation & Ticket Center is between the Pago Pago and Moorea longhouses.

Riviera Resort

Riviera Resort

Magic Kingdom: Bus

EPCOT: Skyliner

Hollywood Studios: Skyliner

Animal Kingdom: Bus

Disney Springs: Bus

*When taking the skyliner to Hollywood Studios, you will need to take the skyliner from Riviera to Caribbean Beach and then transfer to the Hollywood Studios skyliner route.

*Most skyliner stations have separate loading areas for guests with ECVs to allow them additional time to board.  However, there is no separate loading area for guests with ECVs at the Riviera skyliner station.

Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs (Photo Credit: Disney Tourist Blog)

Magic Kingdom: Bus

EPCOT: Bus

Hollywood Studios: Bus

Animal Kingdom: Bus

Disney Springs: Bus, ferry, or walkway

*Buses heading to the theme parks will stop at The Grandstand, The Carousel, The Paddock, Congress Park, and finally The Springs.  Buses heading to Disney Springs will stop at The Springs, Congress Park, The Paddock, The Carousel, and then The Grandstand.  

*If you are staying in the Treehouse Villas, you will need to catch a bus from the Treehouse Villas to the main part of the resort and then head to the theme parks or Disney Springs.  Otherwise, you can walk to The Grandstand to catch the bus to the theme parks or Disney Springs.  

Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Big Pine Key lobby at the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (Photo Credit: Disney Tourist Blog)

Magic Kingdom: Monorail or walkway

EPCOT: Monorail

Hollywood Studios: Bus

Animal Kingdom: Bus

Disney Springs: Bus

General Notes on Transportation

  • Buses run about every 20 minutes.
  • Ferries run every 15-30 minutes, depending on the route.
  • Monorails run approximately every 10 minutes.
  • The skyliner loads continuously.
  • Strollers need to be collapsed and stowed out of the aisles on buses and ferries.  However, strollers do not need to be collapsed on the monorail.  Strollers do not have to be collapsed on the skyliner either, but double strollers may need to be collapsed to fit.

Whatever your preferred mode of DVC resort transportation is, there’s a DVC resort to suit your needs.  Book a DVC resort though the DVC Rental Store for up to 65% less than the cost of booking directly through Disney!

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