The Best $15 I Spent at Walt Disney World

A few days ago, my family and I returned from an epic adventure at the Disney Social Media Mom Celebration. As part of the event, I gained inside access to upcoming Disney movies, resort and park news which I can’t wait to share with you (posts coming soon). The conference agenda was jam packed with pixie dust which only left us a few hours to explore Disney World on our own. Armed with our Fast Pass+, I set out to maximize the fun in a minimal amount of time and in the process, I found an invaluable resource you must know about.

Disney’s Express Bus Transportation is hands down the best $15 I have ever spent at the parks.

Disney's Express Bus Transportation

Because we had only a few hours in the parks, we intended to hit EPCOT, Magic Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios in a single day. Ambitious? Maybe. But we did it thanks to the Express Transportation service! So why is this service arguably the best $15 I have ever spent at Disney World? Let me break it down.

On the first morning, I simply asked our Disney resort concierge to add the Express Transportation tickets right to our Magic Bands. The cost is just $15 per person per day (and $24 per person for extended stays).  Because the service does not begin till 10am, you will make your way to the park and go through security as usual. When entering our first park of the day, EPCOT, we stopped at Guest Services to inquire about the Express Transportation schedule and location for pick up. The buses run every 30 minutes but you want to get the daily schedule so you are not wasting precious park time waiting for the next bus to arrive.

In EPCOT, the pick up location is near Guest Relations by Spaceship Earth. Just look for the signs and check in with the cast member who will scan your Magic Band. You will promptly be escorted backstage and onto an Express Transportation Bus which uses behind the scene roads to get to your destination quicker than using the regular park transportation. Another plus? You are dropped off inside your desired park allowing you to skip the long walk and security lines.

No lines. No crowded buses. Shorter commute. Less walking. No security lines. Faster to the fun! BEST.SERVICE.EVER.

We were literally the only people on the bus which allowed tired eyes to take a quick nap and rejuvenate. The Express Transportation dropped us off inside Magic Kingdom near Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin which was made it super easy to get to our “Be Our Guest” reservation in plenty of time. Again, don’t forget to ask the bus schedule when you arrive at the park if you plan to hitch another ride that day.

Disney's Express Transportation

After hitting all of our favorite rides in Magic Kingdom, we headed back to the Express Transportation pick up, checked in and were on our way to Hollywood Studios (again being the only family on the bus). The bus dropped us off right behind Tower of Terror allowing us to again skip security lines and head straight to the magic.

If you have Park Hopper passes and plan to hit multiple parks in one day, the Express Transportation is WELL WORTH THE PRICE. A few final notes:

  • Since the buses drop you off inside the parks, you will miss the “grand entrances” to each park (for example, walking down Main Street towards Cinderella’s Castle). If those photo opportunities are important to you, be aware that you will have to double back to see them.
  • Because you are behind the magic when you are escorted to your bus, photos and video are discouraged.

If you are looking for a way to pack more fun into a Disney vacation, definitely consider the Express Transportation option! We found it to be truly magical!

Comments

  1. We go next week and I am intrigued because I assume I’ll be exhausted from the races. Thanks for the share

  2. This is a great option to get around the park without turing the kids out. It’s definitely perfect for families with smaller kids. I think it’s well worth it.

  3. Express Transportation is definitely something I’ll be getting for the family the next time we visit Disney. It sounds like it makes the day far less stressful.

  4. Something about Disney I don’t know?????? 😳😳❤

  5. This is really neat to have this option, and it isn’t that much extra by the sounds either cost wise. If I ever head to Disney World, I will be looking into this option!

  6. Sounds like a great idea for those on a tight schedule trying to pack it all in!

  7. I have heard good things about this. We are nearby and a lot of the visitors brag about it.

  8. Pam Wattenbarger says:

    This sounds like a great idea for people who want to get around Disney! When we went, the bus was super crowded so this would be a nice alternative.

  9. Holy Moly Batman!! This sounds like the bomb and I will definitely be looking it up the next time we head to Disney!

  10. We are familiar with the challenges that come along with the two Disney parks here on the west coast., so I can only imagine navigating multiple parks. This service seems to be money well spent for sure!

  11. Sounds like the perfect solution for when you need to get a lot in, in a short amount of time!

  12. This sounds pretty convenient. I’m going to have to remember this when I head to Disney World with my daughter.

  13. I will have to share this information with my eldest niece. Their family is heading to Disney for a vacation in March. They could really use the Park Hopper passes and Express transportation!

  14. Reesa Lewandowski says:

    $15? Sold! That is like a no brainer to me!

  15. Mary Edwards says:

    How come I have never heard of this???? And I live here! EEEK! Definitely going to check this out as those security lines can take a really, really long time. AND the bus lines…

    thanks

  16. Yes they are great! Everything that involves Disney is magical. They will do anything to meet your needs.

  17. Our Family World says:

    sounds like you really had a lot of fun, i will surely remember this 15$ post when i go to Disney with my daughter thanks fo sharing.

  18. We decided to not use the Express Transportation when we visited last. Now I’m kicking myself that we didn’t. Sounds well worth the money!

  19. Yes! That is the best! You end up taking so many different shuttles and buses inside Disney World. Being able to cut out transportation time and get to more fun is so worth the price.

  20. This is so great I never would have known. We spent so much time too taking transportation!!

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