There can be a lot of unexpected problems that come up during your Disney World vacation.
The weather can cause ride closures, you could forget your phone charger at the hotel, or someone in your group could get sick. Many of these issues you can plan for ahead of time and find solutions, which we like to help you out with! So, we want to talk about another unexpected problem you might run into in Disney World, and how to handle it.
There are a lot of problems that can arise in the theme parks, but sometimes you might have issues just getting INSIDE the parks! We experienced this issue today over at Magic Kingdom.
Our reporter got to the parking gates a little before 9AM, and already noticed a big line of cars trying to get into the parking lots at the Transportation and Ticket Center.
We were able to park right after 9AM, but then we noticed another big issue — the line for the trams! These trams will take you from the parking lot up to the Transportation and Ticket Center so you don’t have to walk a far distance. But, when we saw how many people were waiting in line, we decided to speed walk instead.
And, it’s a good thing we did, because it was faster! So, 1 problem avoided. But then, we saw that the Monorail was down at the Transportation and Ticket Center. Yikes!
This means that instead of people being able to choose between taking the Monorail or the Ferry to Magic Kingdom, everyone had to take the Ferry, which caused some pretty long lines.
This also added on to the amount of time it took us just to get to the front of Magic Kingdom. We scanned into the park a few minutes before 10AM. So, it took about an hour from the time we got to the parking lot to get into the park. For reference, this usually takes us about 20-25 minutes total.
AND this was our wait without waiting in that tram line and without having to go through the bag check at security. So, it would’ve been longer if we did either of those things!
This can be a HUGE setback when you’re trying to get into the park early — especially if you’re trying to make it to a dining reservation or a Lightning Lane. You can forget about beating the crowds!
So, what’s the solution? Well, avoiding this situation in the first place would be the BEST way to deal with it. So, if you’re staying at a Disney World hotel, there is a different way to get to Magic Kingdom. The resort buses take you right to the front of the park, so you don’t even have to deal with the Transportation and Ticket Center. The Disney World hotels that don’t have buses to Magic Kingdom will have other forms of transportation like a boat from your hotel or a walking path.
If you’re not staying at a Disney World hotel, you could make an early breakfast reservation at one of the hotels, that way you can park at the resort and use their transportation to the parks. You usually need a dining reservation in order to park at a Disney World hotel.
You could also park at Disney Springs and take the bus from there to Magic Kingdom, which will still place you at the very front of the park. Then, just take the bus back to Disney Springs at the end of the day.
But, what if you don’t want to or aren’t able to do these things? Well, we would suggest getting to Magic Kingdom as EARLY as you possibly can. That way, if there is an issue like the Monorail being down, you have more time to deal with it and will waste less of the time that you could be spending inside the park.
You can also walk from the Transportation and Ticket Center to the front of Magic Kingdom by taking the path that goes past the Polynesian and the Grand Floridian hotels. But, be warned — it’s a pretty long walk. When we mapped it on our phones, it’s almost 2 miles and takes over 40 minutes. So, it might end up taking you the same amount of time that you would spend waiting for a ferry. Plus, you’ll be walking a lot more to start your day off than you had intended, so your feet could get tired more quickly during the day.
There were also very long lines at the ticket booths at the Transportation and Ticket Center, which can take up a lot of your time. We would suggest buying your tickets online ahead of time so you don’t have to deal with waiting in line. And, if you have any other issues or questions, we would recommend trying to call Disney beforehand so you can have everything worked out and just scan into the park when you arrive.
Situations like this can also arise at the other Disney World parks, but things are a little bit simpler. All of the 3 other Disney World parks have parking lots that go straight up to the entrance of the park. So, you can walk straight there if the tram lines are too long, and you don’t have to worry about things like the Monorail being down. But, we would still suggest getting there to park pretty early if you want to do your best to avoid the crowds!
Transportation issues can be a really big pain at Disney World, so make sure you know ALL of your options before your trip. There are boats, the Monorail, buses, the Skyliner, and walking paths at Disney World, and there are also rideshare options available like Minnie Vans and Ubers.
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