List of Travel Times from Resorts to Parks

Frederic Civish

“I’m just here for the Ears.”
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Apr 18, 2018
Hi everyone. As we all know, there are often questions about how long it takes to get somewhere, and which resorts are the most 'convenient' for various purposes.

Well, I have been researching the amount of time it takes to get from EACH RESORT to EACH PARK, and I present my findings belows. This might help in planning vacations, and shows which resorts actually have INCREASED TRANSIT TIMES. For each Resort, I list the time to EACH PARK, and then I list an AVERAGE TIME for all 4 parks.

Information on BUS transit times is from Google Maps. Information on Monorail travel times is from Disney information. I am NOT including wait time for buses and monorails, since that is variable, EXCEPT when people are transfering from the Resort/Express Monorails to the Epcot Monorail. There, I just put in an arbitrary average wait time of 5 minutes, including loading time, though it could be more than this.

I also realize that bus travel times are sometimes longer, or shorter, depending on traffic congestion and construction delais. So these numbers are not 'exact' but they seem to be pretty typical.

There are some surprises in the data below, when you look at it all.

Guess which resorts take the longest on an average? The 3 Monorail Resorts! Monorail is one of the slowest ways to get around to parks.

Guess which resort has the shortest average travel time? OKW! (Except that you need to add time for additional stops within the resort, and if you add the additional bus stops at OKW, Beach Club and Boardwalk, then ANIMAL KINGDOM VILLAS might actually be the shortest average travel time of all resorts!! With Wilderness Lodge a close second!)

Measurements below are estimates from Google Maps, and reflect current expected daytime travel times, including estimates from traffic.

Monorail Times
MK Monorails
Resort Monorail
, Clockwise, 30 minutes loop (including stops at each of 5 locations for 3 mins each)
Express Monorail, Counterclockwise, 20 minutes loop (including stops at MK and TTC for 3 mins each)

EPCOT Monorail, 30 mins loop. Including stops for 3 mins each at Epcot and TTC.

There are No buses from Monorail Resorts to MK or Epcot, except when the Monorails are down.

*OKW (from Hospitality House) (Plus, you need to add time for other bus stops! There are 5 bus stops in OKW. Depending on where you are, you must add time for each of them. If they don’t affect you on the way to the park, they will affect you on the way home.)
HS 12 min, 2.7 mi
Epcot 6 min 2.5 mi
MK 10 min 5 mi
AK 10 min, 5.9 miles
Average Travel Time for All 4 Parks: 8.6 min (plus add 2 mins more for each additional bus stop, so this time is not really accurate, and resort should probably be farther down the list.)

*Boardwalk (Plus, you need to add time for other bus stops! There are 8 bus stops around Crescent Lake. Each bus probably stops at 4 of them, on an average. Depending on where you are, you must add time for each of them. If they don’t affect you on the way to the park, they will probably affect you on the way home.)
HS 10 min 2.9 mi
Epcot 7 min 2.8 m by bus, 7 min walk
MK 11 min 3.5 mi
AK 10 in 3.1 mi
Average Travel Time for All 4 Parks: 9.5 min (plus add 2 mins more for each additional bus stop at other resorts, so this time is not really accurate, and resort should probably be farther down the list.)

*Beach Club (Plus, you need to add time for other bus stops! There are 8 bus stops around Crescent Lake. Each bus probably stops at 4 of them, on an average. Depending on where you are, you must add time for each of them. If they don’t affect you on the way to the park, they will probably affect you on the way home.)
HS 11 min 3.7 mi
Epcot 8 min 3.4 mi by bus, 6 min walk
MK 12 min 5.4 mi
AK 11 min 3.7 mi
Average Travel Time for All 4 Parks: 10 min (plus add 2 mins more for each added bus stop at other resorts, so this time is not really accurate, and resort should probably be farther down the list.)

*AKV (From Jambo House. If at Kidani, add 4 minutes.)
HS 16 min 5.4 mi
Epcot 12 min 5.9 mi
MK 15 min 6.8 mi
AK 6 min 1.4 mi
Average Travel Time for All 4 Parks: 12 min

*Saratoga (Plus, you need to add time for other bus stops! There are 5 bus stops in OKW. Depending on where you are, you must add time for each of them. If they don’t affect you on the way to the park, they will affect you on the way home.)
HS 16 min 4.9 mi
Epcot 11 min 3.7 mi
MK 15 min, 4.8 mi
AK 15 min 7 mi
Average Travel Time for All 4 Parks: 12 min (Plus add 2 mins more for each additional bus stop, so this time is not really accurate, and resort should probably be farther down the list.)

*Wilderness Lodge
HS 18 min 6.7 mi
Epcot 12 min 4.9 mi
MK 8 min 1.5 mile
AK 14 min 6.9 mi
Average Travel Time for All 4 Parks: 13 mins

*Polynesian (Monorail is one of the slowest ways to get around to parks.)
MK 15 min (monorail)
Epcot NO bus, Monorail is 25 mins (5 mins walking to TTC, 5 mins waiting next monorail, 15 mins travel) (Monorail is one of the slowest ways to get around to parks.)
HS 7 min 5 mi
AK 9 min 5.2 mi
Average Travel Time for All 4 Parks: 14 min

*Grand Floridian (Monorail is one of the slowest ways to get around to parks.)
MK 10 min (No bus, only Monorail)
Epcot 35 mins (NO bus, only Monorail.) (20 mins monorail to TTC, plus 15 mins to Epcot. Monorail is one of the slowest ways to get around to parks.)
HS 7 min 5 mi
AK 13 min 5.2 mi
Average Travel Time for All 4 Parks: 16 min

*BLT/Contemporary
HS 18 min 7.3 mi
Epcot NO Bus, but Monorail is 25 mins (5 mins to TTC, 5 mins wait, 15 to Epcot. Monorail is one of the slowest ways to get around to parks.)
MK 7 min walk 0.4 mi
AK 16 min 7.4 mi
Average Travel Time for All 4 Parks: 16.5
 

KAT4DISNEY

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Yes, a lot of people have certain perceptions about travel that often are off. I've always been one to support AKV as having some of the best transportation (have timed it myself) and Monorail resorts as the worst - it's just the the monorail is not a norm you find and is iconic to WDW. And then there's the difference with the monorail resorts in going to/from somewhere. For example BLT/CR the wizard below estimates 34 minutes which I'd agree to. And returning from Epcot to BLT/CR? 45 minutes. We've had it take an 1+ hours because of long waits to transfer the the TTC. SSR and OKW are centrally located and with the bus service also very good but have the additional internal stops that AKV does not. But once you're heading out of the resort it's a very fast trip to any of the 4 parks.

I've always liked this transportation calculator: http://www.ourlaughingplace.com/aspx/twiz.aspx
 

CarolMN

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BWV & BCV do not have bus service to either DHS or EPCOT. Choice is boat or walk. Boat takes about 30 minutes to go between the two parks, stopping three times at bcv/bc/yc, bwi/bwv & swan/dolphin in between.

For last few years, bus from BWV to AK or to MK has either gone direct or stopped only at Swan and Dolphin.
 
  • BEASLYBOO

    OKW/Disney... my happy place.
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    I think some people obsess way too much about the buses, with that said, it's not really how long it takes to get there, but how long it takes to get picked up. Personally, I think bus transport has improved significantly in the last few years.
     

    kboo

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    Mar 10, 2014
    Wow, thanks for this, @Frederic Civish !!

    One might add the walking time/calories burned pushing a double stroller from the BW area to HS in the heat and construction detours...! (I think I lost a little weight on that trip)

    Another thought - although going through security now makes it slightly longer (is it even doable?) - when we stayed at BLT/CR we would sometimes walk to the bus depot at MK to go resort-resort. Also, would walking to the MK bus stop and taking a direct bus (to, say AK or HS) be any faster than taking the bus from CR and then stopping at other resorts?
     

    KAT4DISNEY

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    Wow, thanks for this, @Frederic Civish !!

    One might add the walking time/calories burned pushing a double stroller from the BW area to HS in the heat and construction detours...! (I think I lost a little weight on that trip)

    Another thought - although going through security now makes it slightly longer (is it even doable?) - when we stayed at BLT/CR we would sometimes walk to the bus depot at MK to go resort-resort. Also, would walking to the MK bus stop and taking a direct bus (to, say AK or HS) be any faster than taking the bus from CR and then stopping at other resorts?
    The transportation calculator I posted a link to estimates 25 minutes for bus to AK vs 41 minutes of walk to MK and bus from there to AK. Wait times for transportation are not included in that so either could have up to 20 minutes added on to it. Or if your a faster walker that 41 minutes may be a bit less.
     

    LPnerd

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    I think some people obsess way too much about the buses, with that said, it's not really how long it takes to get there, but how long it takes to get picked up. Personally, I think bus transport has improved significantly in the last few years.
    we were just there first week of sept. because of construction the buses to MK and HS are a nightmare. it's so bad at HS they have complimentary W?c's to get those with bad feet and legs out to the bus stops at the end of their day. Nope, not kidding, in fact, last day I used one.
    here's what I think about the transportation system... it stinks, it always has. If you have a car, use it. That's what we do, and No Joke, when staying at OKW a few years ago, we had this conversation with a obstinate person in our party. so, My husband and I took the car and his kid to MK. It was about 5:30 or so PM. we got there parked, and into the park and called them, nothing. so we texted our location. we were there a bit over an hour before they caught up to us in tomorrowland. so, if we have plenty of time and don't care, we'll wait for a bus. if we have little ones with us, or want to get things done in one park and have time to hop to another, we drive.
     

    TNBishop

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    Oct 16, 2017
    Questions/thoughts about this analysis:

    1) Where did you get the bus data for Boardwalk and Beach Club to Hollywood/Epcot? I thought that was boat/walking only. There's no way Beach Club -> Hollywood is only 11 minutes by boat. Sprinting maybe.
    2) It looks like this assumes the average wait time for a bus is the same as the monorail. Any data on how accurate this assumption is?
    3) This ignores security line differences, like walking to the Magic Kingdom from the Contemporary.
    4) I suggest researching the number of stops for each resort to each park, and including them in the total. Travel, unloading, and loading at each stop is probably closer to 5 minutes than 2.
     

    TNBishop

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    Integrating the following three adjustments flips the order of three test resorts: OKW, BW, Poly
    1. Touring plans has a 5 minute estimate for monorail wait. Buses, being every 20 minutes, should have a 10 minute average wait.
    2. Using Google for boat time from Boardwalk to Hollywood. Using walk number to Epcot.
    3. Added four minutes for each bus stop. Googled number of stops for each route.
    Before:
    1. OKW - 8.6
    2. BW - 9.5
    3. Poly - 14
    After:
    1. Poly - 24.5 // 2 bus stops
    2. BW - 26.8 // 3 bus stops
    3. OKW - 31.5 // 5 bus stops
     

    supersnoop

    What time is the three o'clock parade?
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    The “Ultimate Guide” book has actual, statistical times. That was worth the price of the book for me.
     

    chilly2336

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    Jul 29, 2010
    This is great info so thanks!

    Wondering how those who have stayed at AK Jambo/Kidani, Saratoga, and Old Key West felt about efficiency of Disney buses from those resorts. We are thinking about staying at one of them but have no experience at any. Would you recommend one over the others?

    Thanks for any info you can provide.
     

    spencercl

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    Jul 3, 2019
    Thank you so much for this info. I really wanted to find this out.
    I did find that on Touring Plans website, they had a different set of times. Not completely different overall but there was some specific differences. I would check it out.
     

    badeacon

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    Jun 5, 2000
    So I have a dinner reservation at Narcoossees and staying at BWV. How would I return to BWV. This would be after Epcot closing so could not take monorail to Epcot and walkthrough. ? go to Magic kingdom and take bus?
     

    Disney_Bliss

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    So I have a dinner reservation at Narcoossees and staying at BWV. How would I return to BWV. This would be after Epcot closing so could not take monorail to Epcot and walkthrough. ? go to Magic kingdom and take bus?
    Yeah, that or Minnie van
     

    suemom2kay

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    Feb 26, 2008
    Your post looks so official but I fear you guessed times by using google maps. Recently stayed at AK and it took 30 minutes to get to MK (maybe due to construction?). As others have said, no bus service to EP/HS from the Crescent Lake resorts.

    Also, BW/B&Y/S&D often don’t share buses. It depends on time of year/time of day.

    FWIW, we love AKV but the bus trips are not short.
     

    KAT4DISNEY

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    Your post looks so official but I fear you guessed times by using google maps. Recently stayed at AK and it took 30 minutes to get to MK (maybe due to construction?). As others have said, no bus service to EP/HS from the Crescent Lake resorts.

    Also, BW/B&Y/S&D often don’t share buses. It depends on time of year/time of day.

    FWIW, we love AKV but the bus trips are not short.
    I’ve timed it at 21 minutes to get from Kidani to MK. And we loaded an ECV at Jambo. Your 30 minutes was excessively long.
     

    suemom2kay

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    I’ve timed it at 21 minutes to get from Kidani to MK. And we loaded an ECV at Jambo. Your 30 minutes was excessively long.
    OP claims 15 minutes which is not realistic. Regarding the 30 minutes, as I said, I think it had to do with construction at TTC.
     

    KAT4DISNEY

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    OP claims 15 minutes which is not realistic. Regarding the 30 minutes, as I said, I think it had to do with construction at TTC.
    They state 15 minutes drive from Jambo to MK plus 4 from Kidani so 19 minutes. My timing was exactly on par with that as it included load time at Jambo of a wheelchair. We frequently drive from our MK resort to AK or even AKL and it doen't exceed 15 minutes which is why I agreed that your experience must have run into something else to take it all the way up to 30. That's very excessive travel time from Jambo to MK.
     

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