Top 3 Favorite WDW Out of Park Transportation

cf5fe5b62e26e8efc49fccd8e07beb25_-jiminy-cricket-disney-disney-jiminy-cricket-clipart_236-559Last week we asked… You and Kim Scharoff answered.   The best out of park character dining is Chef Mickeys!

Now let’s see what we will find this week!

One way that Disney keeps the guests on property is by making it easy to get around the property. From monorails to boats and ferries, busses to trams, you don’t need a car to enjoy all that Disney has to offer. While some Disney fans insists that a rental car is the only way to get around, many people enjoy the various forms of Disney transportation and the opportunity to leave the driving to someone else. Here are our favorites!

Rich here:

  1. Resort Launches – My Retirement job!  This is a perfect mode of transportation that is also an attraction all on its own.   I will just ride these boats around the Contemporary, Wilderness Lodge, Fort Wilderness Loop just to enjoy a nice ride and see the sights.  I really enjoy being out on the lake, and just letting time pass.
  2. Monorail – The monorail is probably the first mode of transportation when people think of Walt Disney World.   While I really enjoy it, I think the monorail has lost some of it’s luster in the past few years.   Whether it is safety precautions, or just an aging system the Monorail is just not as fun as it used to be, and certainly not as reliable.   All that being said,  it is still a joy to take a ride on the EPCOT loop. 
  3. Friendship Boats – Sure you can walk from Disney’s Hollywood Studios to the Boardwalk resort, but after a long day why would you? I enjoy the friendship launches, they are semi air conditioned, they are relaxing, and most of the time they are not that crowded.

Honorable Mention: I am looking forward to the rumored gondola, as much as I have been the monorail expansion or the oft-rumored TTC as a transportation vehicle.

Amanda, what say you?

Amanda here: I think Disney transportation is one of the things that makes a Disney vacation relaxing and easy. Leave your car at home and let Mickey do the driving!

  1. I love the monorail.  Since my first trip back in the 1970’s, the monorail has been an iconic part of the Disney experience for me. My favorite is the trip from the TTC to Epcot where you get an amazing bird’s eye view of Future World. It makes me smile every time!
  2. Although most people stay at the Polynesian for the monorail, I love the early morning boat ride from the Poly to the Magic Kingdom. It’s quiet and peaceful with great views.  And if you’re there early enough, you may even get a private boat.  From the classic wooden boat to the breeze in your hair, this is a great way to travel.
  3. Nothing beats a free trip from the airport to your hotel. Disney does it in style. I love taking the Magical Express to get on Disney property. The drivers are often witty and fun and the video never gets old. After the airport monorail, nothing says “you’re here!” like hopping on the bus.

Special Guest our friend Michael Miller.   How about you?

  1.   For me, love of the Disney Parks Experience transcends the time actually spent in the parks itself. It’s the build up and anticipation that sets a tone of excitement that carries over into the trip itself. That’s why the AutoTrain is my favorite Out of Park transportation. Though technically (ok not so technically) part of WDW itself, our frequent use of Amtrak for our Disney Trips puts it on my list. Originating in Lorton Virginia and terminating in Sanford Florida an hour outside of Walt Disney World. The AutoTrain provides a unique travel experience that blends the old world charm of travel births with sleeping accommodations, fine (way better than you’d expect) dining and the built in white noise of the clickety-clack of the rail line; with the familiar Disneyesque vibe hat harkened to Walt’s love of Trains and their impact on the parks. Wine tastings, snacks, and a movie-car means that the AutoTrain is almost a ride inside of a ride.
  2. Car of your choosing. Though not the cheapest option with the price of parking, the value of time at Disney is paramount in my mind. While the bus system is unparalleled and the boats are both scenic and functional…an ability to go from any Point A to any Point B of my choosing without figuring the best route and/or options allows me to maximize my time in my travels. Finally as the inevitable need to call an audible due to the challenges that arise when moving around Disney, having a car means you can adjust plans mid-trip meet your quickly changing needs.
  3. Monorail. Bonifide, Gentrifide, Quietglide, Monorail. Any mode of transport good enough for North Haverbrook, Ogdenville, Brockway and Springfield, it’s good enough for me.

Michael P. Miller (@makomichael) , a Legend in his own mind, has always been a Disney fan however only started in 2008 to frequently trek to the parks. Even though being abnormally handsome, brilliant and witty…it’s his great humility that makes him stand apart. Far apart…most people like him to stand far apart.

Ok .. now it’s your chance …

  • Who was right?
  • Who was wrong?
  • What is your favorite?
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