Grand Floridian Transportation Options

When it comes to Grand Floridian transportation options, there are quite a few choices. In fact, there are so many options that it might become a little overwhelming.

However, if you know which transportation option works best to get to your destination, you’ll be in good shape. With these thoughts in mind, I decided to put together a list of transportation tips for the Grand Floridian, based on my travels and experiences.

Often, when I’m visiting the resorts, I overhear guests asking for directions. Unfortunately, most families don’t visit Disney enough to be familiar with up-to-date transportation modes. And if you’re anything like me, sometimes, those memories are not always exactly how you remember them.

The other issue I’ve noticed is that not all cast members are familiar with the best ways to travel to a certain destination. Many of these employees come and go to work every day without ever visiting the parks or beyond. Therefore, they might unintentionally send you off in the wrong direction.

This article was updated on February 5, 2022.

Grand Floridian Transportation

Below is a list of all the different “how-to’s” we’ll cover for traveling to and from Disney’s Grand Floridian.

Transportation from the Grand Floridian to the following theme parks:

  • Magic Kingdom
  • Epcot
  • Hollywood Studios
  • Animal Kingdom

Grand Floridian Transportation to these Disney destinations:

  • Polynesian
  • Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Boardwalk
  • Disney Springs

Grand Floridian to Magic Kingdom

There are several different options for transportation between the Grand Floridian and Magic Kingdom. If you’re staying at the Grand Floridian, you’ll definitely want to familiarize yourself with all of these options. In the event of high crowds or inclement weather, you’ll want to know the best way to get back to your room.

You can now walk from the Grand Floridian to Magic Kingdom in a matter of 10 minutes or so at an average pace. The walking path is located on the convention center side of the resort and continues underneath the monorail beam to the park.

For most, walking will be the simplest option for accessing the popular Disney theme park. And in some instances it will be the quickest. Consider walking when leaving Magic Kingdom in the evenings.

You won’t have to wait in the long line for the monorail or boats back to the Grand Floridian. Additionally, the walkway is a pleasant place to decompress from the theme parks.

It’s no secret that having immediate monorail access is a huge perk for planning a stay at the Grand Floridian. You can use the resort monorail to travel between Grand Floridan and Magic Kingdom

The monorail for Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is located on the second floor of the resort’s lobby. Another benefit, is that you’ll go through security prior to boarding the monorail to Magic Kingdom. Therefore, when you unload at Magic Kingdom you can head straight to the turnstiles and bypass additional security.

When leaving Grand Floridian via the monorail, Magic Kingdom is the first stop. It takes a few minutes to board everyone and then about three minutes to get to the park.

When leaving the Magic Kingdom, you’ll want to get in line for the resort monorail service. From there, you’ll have a couple of stops before getting back to the Grand Floridian.

The monorail travels in this order:

  • Magic Kingdom
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Transportation and Ticket Center
  • Disney’s Polynesian Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

With the extra stops, it will take a little extra time to get back around to the Grand Floridian.

Additionally, there is one other Grand Floridian transportation option for traveling to Magic Kingdom. And that’s the resort’s boat service.

Boat service starts about an hour before park opening and then ends approximately an hour after park close.

I recommend taking a boat over when the weather is enjoyable. It’s a pleasant ride and offers a unique viewpoint of seeing both the Magic Kingdom and the Grand Floridian from the water.

Grand Floridian to Epcot

When visiting Epcot from the Grand Floridian, you’ll take the Epcot monorail over to the park. However, you will have to travel to the Transportation and Ticket Center to board this monorail.

Related: Disney World Monorail Guide

You’ll have two options to access the Epcot monorail from the Grand Floridian. First is walking to the Transportation and Ticket Center. This will require walking from the Grand Floridian to the Polynesian and then on to the center.

Often, I walk full circle through this area and would guess it’s about a 20-minute walk from the center of the Grand Floridian to the Transportation and Ticket Center. And that guesstimate is at a moderate pace. However, I do stop for a few photos occasionally.

The other option is boarding the resort monorail and taking it around the loop to the Transportation and Ticket Center. After arriving, you’ll exit the resort monorail and then board the Epcot monorail.

Taking the resort monorail around will likely take the same amount of time as it does to walk. Remember, you’re subject to every stop the monorail makes on the loop.

When you exit the resort monorail, make sure to pay attention to the overhead signs. You can walk directly across the ramp to board the monorail to Epcot. It’s shorter than completely exiting and joining the line for Epcot.

The monorail ride from the Transportation and Ticket Center to Epcot is approximately 15 minutes. However, it’s really part of the Disney experience. Plan for it to take a minimum 30 to 40 minutes from the Grand Floridian to reach Epcot.

Grand Floridian to Hollywood Studios

There is only one Grand Floridian transportation option for accessing Hollywood Studios. You’ll need to take Disney’s bus transportation from the Grand Floridian to the Studios.

Grand Floridian’s bus stop is located outside the lobby’s front entrance to the far right. The bus stop has monitors that indicated the wait time for the next bus.

As for returning to the Grand Floridian from Hollywood Studios, here is a tip. If you were to happen upon a Polynesian bus while waiting, technically, you can take it back to the Polynesian. Then you’ll have to walk or monorail back over to the Grand Floridian.

Sometimes we do this intentionally to enjoy the walk between the resorts. You might even pick up a counter service meal at Capt. Cook’s or a Dole Whip to take back with you to the Grand Floridian.

Realistically, we are usually doing this to stop by the Tiki Terrace, but you probably already know that. And hopefully, it’s about the time the Electrical Water Pageant is drifting by.

Grand Floridian to Animal Kingdom

Similar to visiting Hollywood Studios, your only option for getting from the Grand Floridian to Animal Kingdom is the resort’s bus service. This will be your return option as well.

Additionally, the same tip mentioned above can be used if you wanted to stop by the Polynesian on your way back to the resort. It really is a pleasant walk.

The bus ride from the Grand Floridian to Animal Kingdom takes approximately 15 minutes. Of course, that doesn’t take into account the time you’ll have to wait at the bus stop.

Other Grand Floridian Transportation Options

Since I’ve already mentioned it several times, I wanted to briefly go over the walk between the Grand Floridian and the Polynesian. The walkway starts on the Grand Floridian Villas side of the resort. It continues around the shoreline and eventually ends up at the Polynesian’s Great Ceremonial House.

Related: Disney’s Polynesian Resort Review

This is one of my favorite walks at Disney, and I encourage everyone to take a leisurely sunset stroll through the area when visiting.

While we’re on the subject of transportation to and from the Grand Floridian, here are a few more tips for accessing other destinations.

You have probably heard the Wilderness Lodge is a popular dining destination at Walt Disney World. Unfortunately, it’s a little difficult to access using transportation from the Grand Floridian.

Related: List of Wilderness Lodge Restaurants

When leaving the Grand Floridian, you’ll want to either walk, monorail, or boat to Magic Kingdom. After that, you’ll want to get in line for the boat to the Wilderness Lodge from Magic Kingdom.

Or you can take a bus from Magic Kingdom to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. However, the boat is really the most enjoyable way to go when the weather is pleasant.

The boat ride between the park and lodge is between 10-15 minutes. Make sure to dress appropriately in the event of cooler temperatures and potential rain. The larger boats have interior and some exterior seating.

The Boardwalk, along with the entire Epcot Resorts Area, is another popular dining destination for guests. If you would like to visit Boardwalk Inn using Disney’s transportation options, you’ll want to take a bus from the Grand Floridian to Hollywood Studios.

From Studios, you’ll exit the bus stop area and take an immediate right to access the walkway to the resort area. It’s about a 12-minute walk at a steady pace to reach the Boardwalk from the bus stop at Hollywood Studios.

If you don’t want to walk, you can join the line for the Friendship Boats. However, the boats will make several stops before arriving at the Boardwalk. In most instances, you’ll want to get off at the first stop (Swan and Dolphin) and then walk over the bridge to the Boardwalk.

When leaving the Boardwalk, the quickest option is to take a bus from that resort back to Magic Kingdom. Then use the walkway, boat, or monorail to get back across the water to the Grand Floridian.

Make sure you are aware of the park’s closing time. You might have to take a car service back to the Grand Floridian if you happen to be out late.

Additionally, you can always take a bus to Disney Springs from any destination at Disney. After that, you can locate the bus stop to return to Grand Floridian. This option can be fairly time-consuming. However, the only cost is your time.

Related: Disney Springs Transportation Guide

I would keep in mind that you are at the mercy of transportation in any of these scenarios. Meaning it could work smoothly or take much longer than desired. When on your way to dining reservations, leave plenty of room for travel time.

Most guests visit Disney Springs, or I assume they do, at least once during a vacation to Walt Disney World. The Grand Floridian provides bus transportation to and from the popular shopping, dining, and entertainment venue.

Lastly, Grand Floridian provides bus service to and from Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon water parks. Both parks are excellent for planning an off day during your Disney World vacation.

Related: Blizzard Beach Water Park Guide

For more information about Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa all of our articles related to the resort are available here. Additionally, we have a list of all the resorts at Walt Disney World that links to each resort.

Related: Grand Floridian Resort Review

Additionally, you might enjoy these other popular forms of Disney Transportation:

Hopefully, this review helped you figure out the main options for Grand Floridian transportation. It’s taken me many years of experience and practice to learn my way around Disney World.

In the comments: What are your thoughts on the transportation options available at Grand Floridian? Will they factor in to you planning a stay here?

4 Comments

  1. Hi. Great blog thank you. We are staying at the GF in May and the parks open half an hour early for resort guests. What time do the buses usually start from the GF? Obviously we want to get to HS and AK early. Thank you.

    1. Thanks. I haven’t stayed at Grand Floridian since the early theme park benefit started. But the bus should start running 45 minutes before the park opens for the benefit.

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