Getting Around Orlando
You may not need to rent a car when you stay at a hotel near Disney. That’s because there is a wide range of transportation options for getting around Walt Disney World and outlying areas. Most areas throughout Walt Disney World Resort, including theme parks and hotels, are accessible by bus as well. Also, many of the resorts and hotels in the Orlando area provide guests with shuttle service for getting around.
The best way to get around Orlando is with a car. But to the ideal way to see Walt Disney World is on foot. Orlando’s top attractions and its hotels are spread out across the city’s 101 square miles, even though Disney World is actually in a different city, Lake Buena Vista. You can rent a car in downtown Orlando and at Orlando International Airport (MCO). If you are staying at one of Disney’s resorts, an express shuttle will take you to and from the airport. However, once you’re inside, the best way to get around the rides is on foot. Don’t worry if you get tired. Disney offers many free options for getting around.
You can explore Orlando by car. The theme parks are spread out throughout the metro area and are easy to drive to, but try to avoid Orlando’s rush hour. You have the option to drive your own car, rent one or simply call a Taxi.
You will find Taxis at the airport and in downtown Orlando. However, they are hard to find anywhere else. Your best bet is to have your hotel call a cab for you, or better yet, ask if they have a shuttle that will take you where you are going. Most hotels will provide guests with complimentary transportation to the Orlando airport and to Disney World.
There are bus routes running through all of the Walt Disney World parks and the surrounding hotels. Look for the route maps at each bus stop. Usually, they run every 20 minutes and depart from every Disney resort entrance. There are many bus lines serving Orlando and its surrounding areas. The fare is just $2 a ride and $4.50 for an all-day pass or $16 for a seven-day pass.
When touring along Orlando’s area International Drive or Major Boulevard, the I-RIDE Trolley is your best option. The fare is just $5 for the day and an all-day pass is only $7. They are in operation every day 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The fastest way to get around Walt Disney World is by monorail. The Express line carries passengers to and from the Magic Kingdom and the Transportation and Ticket Center. The Epcot line will transport guests between the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. The Resort route will take passengers between three of the Disney resorts, the Transportation and Ticket Center, as well as the Magic Kingdom.
The ferries might be slower, but sometimes they are the fastest and most direct to get around in Walt Disney World. You’ll find them docked around the lakes. Most will take visitors back and forth between the resorts but be sure to ask where it’s headed before you get on one.