Are you planning an upcoming stay at Disney’s Contemporary? If so, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the transportation options at the Contemporary before your arrival.
Many of the resorts at Walt Disney World offer more than one mode of transportation. However, depending on where you’re staying, those options vary.
Since Disney’s Contemporary is a deluxe resort, it has four transportation options, including walking to a few places! This guide will discuss the various transportation options at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
If you want, bookmark this resource to your favorites for quick access during your vacation. If you’re already on vacation, here are a few quick links to some of the main destinations at Walt Disney World.
- How to Get from Disney’s Contemporary to Magic Kingdom
- How to Get from Disney’s Contemporary to Epcot
- How to Get from Disney’s Contemporary to Hollywood Studios
- How to Get from Disney’s Contemporary to Animal Kingdom
- How to Get from Disney’s Contemporary to Disney Springs
Thankfully, one popular form of transportation has returned! A boat service that travels to and from the Contemporary to both Fort Wilderness and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. It is the loveliest of boat rides at Walt Disney World.
So climb aboard as we determine the best routes for your stay at Disney’s Contemporary. By the time we’re finished, you’ll know how to navigate the course of your next vacation.
Contemporary Transportation Options List
Disney’s Contemporary Resort offers the following forms of transportation.
- Resort Watercraft
- Disney Buses
You can travel directly to and from Disney’s Contemporary to the following Disney Destinations:
- Magic Kingdom
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Disney Springs
Additionally, you can use Disney transportation to travel to Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, and other Walt Disney World Resorts. However, most of these destinations require multiple forms of transportation. We’ll discuss specifics for traveling to some of the more popular destinations below.
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How to Get To Magic Kingdom from the Contemporary
First, we’ll review how to get to the Magic Kingdom from the Contemporary.
Take the Monorail to Magic Kingdom from the Contemporary
For starters, you can take the resort monorail from the resort to Disney’s Contemporary. To access the monorail, you’ll need to head up (or possibly down) to the fourth floor, commonly known as the Grand Concourse.
If you’re coming in from the lobby, Bay Lake Tower, or the Garden Wing, you can take the stairs, escalator, or elevator up to the monorail. You’ll have to walk through a security screening on the Grand Concourse level to access the monorail.
Tip: Security always says to hold any significant metal objects out in front of me when I walk through. I try to have my camera and umbrella in my hands before I get to the area. Then, I hold them out as far as possible when I walk through the metal detector.
If the metal detector alerts and security can’t visibly identify what caused it, you’ll be asked to step to the side for further screening. They will go through your personal belongings to identify the cause.
So if you don’t know, you don’t know. But if you know what’s causing the issue, it’s much easier to have it held out in front of you. Security is there for a reason. That reason is not to give you a hard time. On a side note, cell phones and car keys typically don’t alert the detectors.
After going through the security checkpoint at the Contemporary, you’ll take an escalator to the next level. An elevator is available for those who need it and wait for the next monorail.
When the resort monorail arrives, you’ll board any available car. Note that both the resort and express monorail travel through the Contemporary. However, the resort monorail is the only one that stops to load and unload.
Related: Disney World Monorail Guide
From the Contemporary, the resort monorail makes the following stops in this order:
- Transportation and Ticket Center
- Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
- Magic Kingdom
- Returns to Disney’s Contemporary
So, when taking the monorail from the Contemporary to Magic Kingdom, you’ll sit through three stops before arriving at the Most Magical Place on Earth.
Walkway to Magic Kingdom from Disney’s Contemporary
In addition to the monorail, you can also walk from Disney’s Contemporary Resort to Magic Kingdom. This direct route is often the shortest for those who don’t mind a few extra steps.
Disney’s Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower guests can access the walkway beyond the resort bus stop. The walkway from Disney’s Contemporary to Magic Kingdom is a little shy of half a mile and takes approximately 10 minutes.
Along the way, you will cross a few intersections in the parking lot and one moderately busy road. However, a crosswalk is provided.
You’ll run into a security clearance area about halfway to Magic Kingdom. So you will not have to go through security again once you reach Magic Kingdom.
How to Get to Epcot from the Contemporary
Traveling to Epcot from Disney’s Contemporary Resort requires a few steps. You must take the resort monorail to the Transportation and Ticket Center. Then, you’ll exit and board another monorail to Epcot.
*Bus service is only provided during inclement weather or when the monorail goes down.
Thankfully, the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) is the first stop after leaving the Contemporary. So you don’t have far to travel.
After you exit the resort monorail, you’ll usually have the option to go left to the exit or a separate walkway to the right leads directly to the Epcot monorail platform. Both ways will get you to the right place. But, if you remember to follow the signs, the ramp to Epcot will save you a couple of extra steps. (It’s also covered.)
However, if you are in a mass of people and aren’t paying attention, you’ll want to join the line for the Epcot monorail once you reach the bottom. Most people miss it.
It takes approximately 11 minutes to travel from the TTC to Epcot. It’s a pleasant ride that offers a glimpse inside Epcot before arriving back outside the park’s gates.
One good thing about this route is that you only have to go through security at the Contemporary. During your travels, you’ll remain in a secure area.
When you arrive at Epcot, you’ll exit the platform and head straight to the ticket turnstiles. Upon leaving Epcot, you’ll reboard the monorail to the Transportation and Ticket Center. Then, you’ll take the exit ramp and reboard the resort monorail. (There are no special ramps on the way back.)
You’ll then have to stop at the Polynesian, Grand Floridian, and Magic Kingdom before returning to the Contemporary. Therefore, the return route will take longer with the extra stops on the resort monorail.
Monorail Hours at Disney’s Contemporary
Per Disney, “The Resort Monorail and Express Monorail begin operating 30 minutes prior to when Magic Kingdom park opens and stop one hour after Magic Kingdom park closes.”
Hours include the extra half-hour early theme park benefit offered daily. Additionally, the resort monorail continues to run for deluxe resort extended evening hours and extra-ticketed parties at Magic Kingdom.
How to Get to Hollywood Studios from the Contemporary
You’ll need to use Disney’s complimentary bus transportation when traveling to and from Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The bus stop is to the immediate right when you exit the Contemporary’s main entrance, as shown in the photo below.
A convenient sign at the corner of the bus stop indicates the bus’s destinations. It also directs guests to the walkway to Magic Kingdom and redirects guests looking for monorail service.
Bus service at Disney’s Contemporary is *often shared with Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Buses stop in the following order: Disney Destination, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, and Disney’s Contemporary.
So, if you’re leaving the Contemporary to visit Hollywood Studios, you’ll head directly to the theme park. However, when you leave Hollywood Studios, you’ll make a pit stop to drop off and pick up guests at the Wilderness Lodge.
*Often means most of the day. But this is not always the case when many guests are headed to the park first thing in the morning.
How to Get to Disney’s Animal Kingdom from the Contemporary
Those traveling to Disney’s Animal Kingdom will also want to take the resort bus service from Disney’s Contemporary to the park. Remember, the bus will likely stop at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge on the return trip.
How to Get to Disney Springs from the Contemporary
Disney’s Contemporary also provides bus service to Disney Springs. It takes approximately 20 minutes to reach Disney Springs from the Contemporary. Disney buses drop guests off at Town Center, the middle entrance to Disney Springs.
It’s not uncommon to encounter traffic around the Disney Springs area. So allow 45 minutes to an hour to get to the venue, which will account for traffic and how long you have to wait for the bus.
When you leave Disney Springs, you’ll want to locate the bus stop for the Contemporary. As a reference point, there’s a walkway to the bus stops near the Coca-Cola Store and Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill.
How to Get to Disney Water Parks from the Contemporary
When visiting Typhoon Lagoon, you’ll take a bus to Disney Springs from the Contemporary. From there, you’ll reboard a transfer bus to Typhoon Lagoon.
You’ll take a bus from Typhoon Lagoon back to Disney Springs at the end of your visit. Then, you’ll locate the Contemporary’s bus stop at Disney Springs.
When visiting Blizzard Beach, you’ll take a bus to Disney’s Animal Kingdom from the Contemporary. From there, you’ll reboard a transfer bus to Blizzard Beach.
Occasionally, Disney offers direct bus service from the resorts to the water parks. You can check the wait time screen when you get to the bus stop. It will indicate a separate slot when direct bus service is running. But in most cases, it will say, “Take a transfer bus to the destination.”
Using the Resort Boat Launch to Get to Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness
Resort watercraft has returned to Disney’s Contemporary after being missing for many years. The resort boat service travels in the following orders:
- Disney’s Contemporary > Disney’s Fort Wilderness > Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Disney’s Contemporary > Disney’s Wilderness Lodge > Disney’s Fort Wilderness
Typically, two boats are running in opposite directions. Either boat should get you where you’re going. This is known as the Blug flag service.
Boat service hours of operation were between 3:00 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. on our visit. This is an excellent way to travel to and from the Contemporary for dinner reservations at the other resorts.
Some of those reservations might include the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue (FW), Artist Point Character Dining (WL), Whispering Canyon Cafe (WL), and Geyser Point Bar and Grill (WL).
*Disney’s transportation hours are subject to change, and they do change throughout the year.
How to Get from the Contemporary to Other Disney Destinations
Here are a few tips for traveling to other popular destinations from the Contemporary.
- Take the resort monorail to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.
- Take a bus to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. From there, take a bus to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Note the first stop at Animal Kingdom Lodge will be Kidani Village. The second stop will be Jambo House.
- If you visit Disney’s Boardwalk from the Contemporary, take a bus to Hollywood Studios. Then you can walk or take a Friendship Boat to the Boardwalk. (Check to ensure that transportation is within operating hours if you have an early breakfast or late dinner.)
- If you want to ride the Disney Skyliner, take a bus from the Contemporary to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and board the Skyliner. We have a separate guide that details Disney’s Skyliner’s route. Stops include Caribbean Beach, Art of Animation, Pop Century, Riviera Resort, and Epcot’s International Gateway.
Accessibility at Disney’s Contemporary
Most transportation options at Disney World accommodate guests with accessibility needs. Disney provides an overview of each form of transportation on their website.
As far as the Contemporary Resort’s transportation goes, the resort watercraft might not be an option for those in wheelchairs and ECVs. It will depend on which type of boat is running and other existing conditions like the water level. Learn More: Transportation and Mobility Disabilities at Disney World
Final Thoughts on Transportation at Disney’s Contemporary
Hopefully, this article gave you an idea of how to get around Walt Disney World when staying at the Contemporary. We love this resort for many reasons, but most of all, for its convenience.
If you want to learn more about Disney’s Contemporary Resort, we have several popular articles:
- Garden Wing Resort Review at the Contemporary
- Disney’s Contemporary Resort Review
- Incredibles Room Tour at Disney’s Contemporary
- Disney’s Contemporary Restaurants List
- The Pools at Disney’s Contemporary
- Disney’s Bay Lake Tower Review
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