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Getting to Walt Disney World

What is the best way to get to WDW Resort from the Orlando International Airport?

Your best option is to use Disney's Magical Express Service.

With Disney's Magical Express Service, your vacation starts the moment you land at Orlando International Airport:
Don't bother picking up your luggage when you arrive; Disney takes you from the airport to check-in, while your bags go straight from the plane to your room.  Save on transportation costs, tolls, parking, and more - the service is complimentary.  Enjoy comfortable transportation to and from the airport in deluxe air-conditioned motor coaches.

When your vacation's over, you and your bags are whisked back from your Disney Resort to the airport.


What are the best driving routes to the WDW Resort?

If you're traveling by car, it's easy to find the WDW Resort. It is located southwest of Orlando, off Interstate 4, west of the Florida Turnpike.

Atlanta, GA: I-75 South to the Florida Turnpike South toward Orlando to Interstate 4 West to WDW Resort Exits

Boston, MA: I-95 South to I-4 West to WDW Exits

Chicago, IL: I-65 South to I-24 East to I-75 South to the Florida Turnpike South toward Orlando to Interstate 4 West to WDW Resort Exits

Columbia, SC: I-26 East to I-95 South to I-4 West to WDW Exits

Dallas, TX: I-20 East to I-49 South to I-10 East to I-75 South to the Florida Turnpike South toward Orlando to Interstate 4 West to WDW Resort Exits

Hilton Head Island, SC: US 278 West to I-95 South to I-4 West to WDW Exits

New Orleans, LA: I-10 East to I-75 South to the Florida Turnpike South toward Orlando to Interstate 4 West to WDW Resort Exits

New York, NY: I-95 South to I-4 West to WDW Exits

Raleigh, NC: I-95 South to I-4 West to WDW Exits

Washington, DC: I-95 South to I-4 West to WDW Exits


What are the best driving routes to the WDW Resort from within Florida?

WDW Resort is located southwest of Orlando, off Interstate 4, west of the Florida Turnpike. Routes from some major Florida starting points:

From Interstate 95, U.S. Highway 1 or southbound on the Florida Turnpike: take I-4 West to WDW Exits

From southbound Interstate 75: take the Florida Turnpike South to Interstate 4 West to WDW Resort Exits

From northbound on the Florida Turnpike: take Osceola Parkway which connects with U.S. Highway 192 and the WDW Resort

From the Daytona area: take I-4 West to WDW Exits

From the Tampa area: take I-4 East to WDW Exits

From Miami/Ft. Lauderdale: take the Florida Turnpike North to Osceola Parkway West (Exit 249) to WDW Exits

From Northeast Florida: take I-95 South to I-4 West (Exit 260B, old 86) to WDW Exits

From Northwest Florida: take I-75 South to Florida Turnpike South (Exit 328, old 65), to I-4 West (Exit 259) to WDW Exits

From the Ocala Welcome Center — located at I-75 (Exit 350, old 68): take I-75 South to Florida Turnpike South (Exit 65), to I-4 West (Exit 259) to WDW Exits

From Orlando International Airport: take OIA South Exit (FL 417S - Toll) to the Osceola Parkway West (Exit 3) to WDW Exits

From Sanford Airport: take Lake Mary Blvd. West to FL 417 South to the Osceola Parkway West to WDW Exits

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There are so many WDW Interstate Exits. Which ones should I take?

Each of the Exits will take you to various parts of the WDW Resort. Some highlights from each exit:

Exit 67:
Attractions:
Epcot, Downtown Disney area,  Boardwalk, Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

Epcot Resort Area: Yacht Club and Disney Beach Club Resorts,  Boardwalk Inn and Villas, Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, the Swan and Dolphin Hotels, Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course

Downtown Disney Resort Area: Old Key West Resort, Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, Lake Buena Vista Golf Course

Exit 65:
Attractions: Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Wide World of Sports Complex, Blizzard Beach

Animal Kingdom Resort Area: All-Star Movies Resort, All-Star Music Resort, All-Star Sports Resort, Coronado Springs Resort, Animal Kingdom Lodge, Pop Century Resort, Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course

Exit 64:
Attractions: Magic Kingdom Park, MGM Studios

Magic Kingdom Resort Area: Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Contemporary Resort, Polynesian Resort, Wilderness Lodge, Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, and The Villas at Wilderness Lodge, Eagle Pines Golf Course, Magnolia Golf Course, Osprey Ridge Golf Course, Oak Trail Golf Course, Palm Golf Course, Disney's Wedding Pavilion


What is the best way to get around within the WDW Resort?

There are many modes of transportation within the WDW Resort, including Bus, Boat and Monorail. A rundown of transportation within the resort:

By Bus:
Most areas of the WDW Resort are accessible by bus from other areas within the Resort, including Theme Parks*, Water Parks, the Disney Resorts and the Downtown Disney area. Buses travel on routes throughout the Resort and do not provide direct service between all destinations.

*Magic Kingdom Park is not accessible by bus from Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Polynesian Resort. These Resorts provide monorail transportation to the park.

By Boat:
The Magic Kingdom Park is accessible by water launch from Disney's Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Polynesian Resort, Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground and Wilderness Lodge. The Disney ferryboats connect the Magic Kingdom Park to the Transportation and Ticket Center (adjacent to Magic Kingdom parking).

Epcot and MGM Studios are accessible by boat from  Boardwalk Inn and Villas Resort, Yacht Club and Beach Club Resorts and the Swan and Dolphin Hotels.

Downtown Disney is accessible by ferryboat from Port Orleans Resort and Old Key West Resort.

By Monorail:
Disney's monorail runs between the Magic Kingdom Park, Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Polynesian Resort and the Transportation and Ticket Center (adjacent to the Magic Kingdom parking lot). A connecting monorail takes Guests from the Transportation and Ticket Center to Epcot.


What WDW Resort Area is my Resort Hotel located in?

You will see signs on the Interstate for different Resort Areas. Here are the Hotels in each area:

Magic Kingdom Area:
Contemporary Resort
Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Polynesian Resort
Wilderness Lodge
Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground Cabins
Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground Campsite
Villas at  Wilderness Lodge

Epcot Area:
Beach Club Resort
Boardwalk Inn
Yacht Club Resort
Beach Club Villas
Boardwalk Villas
Dolphin
Swan
Caribbean Beach Resort

Animal Kingdom Area:
Animal Kingdom Lodge
Coronado Springs Resort
All Star Movies Resort
All Star Music Resort
All Star Sports Resort

Downtown Disney area:
Port Orleans Resort French Quarter
Port Orleans Resort Riverside
Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Old Key West Resort
Wide World of Sports Area:
Pop Century Resort

 


 

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