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Everything you Need to Know About the Disney World Bus System

Everything you Need to Know About the Disney World Bus System

Disney Buses are one of the biggest modes of transportation around the Walt Disney World Resort. The Disney World bus system transports guests to all theme parks, Disney Springs, all resorts, and more. It can seem like a complex system at first but once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty straightforward.

Disney World Bus System Schedule

  • Disney Buses hours are based on the Disney Parks’ operating hours
  • For the most part, Disney Buses begin running 60-90 minutes before park openings
  • For the most part, Disney Buses cease the day’s operations 60-90 minutes after park closures
  • Be sure to check with Disney Parks or the front desk of your Disney Resort for updated or more accurate time schedules
  • Bus drivers will announce the latest pick-up/drop-off times

Important Disney World Bus System Tips

Give Yourself Time

If you take anything from our article, please give yourself time and you’ll be able to handle your stress levels. With the number of guests that rely on the transportation system, things can come up that are outside of your control. If you have an 830am Chef Mickey’s reservation, don’t leave at 8 am expecting to get there. Give yourself 60-90 minutes and if you get there early…AWESOME!

Do not try to enter through the back doors

The back doors on the buses are only for leaving and assisting in the loading of people with special needs.

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

In order to get here, you will need to take a bus from Disney’s All-Star Resorts, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.

Strollers Away

Before the bus pulls up, it’s best to have those strollers folded up. You will not be able to have it unfolded on the bus even if there is room, as it’s a Federal Transportation Law and there is a citation on every vehicle.

Store Food and Drink Away

You are not allowed to eat or drink while on Disney buses so make sure to have that safely stowed away before entering. They won’t take away your Dole Whips though!

Don’t Worry about Park Close Bus Lines

We promise it’s not necessary to crush yourself onto a bus when it nears park close and the lines are long. Disney is prepared for this and most likely there will be a new empty bus within a few minutes.

Traveling with a Wheelchair or ECV

Buses can accommodate a wheelchair/ECV that fits on standard bus lifts (32″x48″). There is a maximum of two unfolded wheelchairs/ECVs are permitted on each bus. Bus drivers will load you near the rear of the bus.

Art of Animation & Pop Century

These resorts are serviced by two separate bus routes, but drivers don’t require proof as to which resort you are staying at. This means that you can take either bus and just walk across the bridge which separates the two resorts. Less waiting and more options!

Disney Springs 

After years of not offering bus service from the theme parks to Disney Springs, they do now! You can now get direct access to Disney Springs from Theme Parks After 4 p.m.

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Sunday 28th of January 2018

Buses are notoriously erratic. I've sat and waited for a bus back to Coronado Springs for 45 minutes. While I was waiting, a total of 6 buses for Animal Kingdom Lodge came to pick up guests. Another year, I while we were waiting for a bus at Port Orleans Riverside, another woman was going into a panic because she had left her room to catch a bus to Animal Kingdom an hour and a half before her dinner reservation. She was still waiting for the bus when her reservation time arrived.