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.
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
- Hollywood Studios
- Animal Kingdom
Grand Floridian Transportation to these Disney destinations:
- Wilderness Lodge
- Disney’s Boardwalk
- Disney Springs
You have several different Grand Floridian transportation options for visiting the Magic Kingdom. If you stay 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. That review will go over the exact specifics if you would like to learn more about the walk.
In most instances, walking will be your fastest and most simple option for accessing the popular Disney theme park. You will also not be required to wait in line for transportation when choosing to make this walk.
Additionally, guests might want to use the monorail to get from Grand Floridian to Magic Kingdom. The monorail for Grand Floridian is located on the second floor of the resort’s lobby.
You’ll go through security before joining the group waiting for the monorail. When leaving Grand Floridian, the Magic Kingdom will be the first stop on the monorail. It takes a few minutes to board everyone and then about three minutes to get to the park.
When leaving the Magic Kingdom, remember you’ll want to get in line for the resort monorail service. It will stop in this order: Disney’s Contemporary, Transportation and Ticket Center, and the Polynesian before dropping you back off at the Grand Floridian. Therefore, it could take a little extra time with loading and unloading at all the different stops.
Additionally, guests can take the boat service at Grand Floridian to Magic Kingdom. The resort offers boat service to and from the Grand Floridian daily. Boat service usually 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 the Magic Kingdom and the resort from the water.
For days you would like to visit Epcot, you’ll need to take the monorail service that travels to Epcot. Thankfully the Epcot monorail is back in service as of late 2021.
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 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.
This method of transportation will likely take the same amount of time as it does to walk. That’s because of the stops you’ll have to make along the way to load and unload.
For accessing Hollywood Studios, you’ll need to take the bus. The bus stop is outside the front lobby of the Grand Floridian to the right-hand side. There will be monitors indicating the wait time for the next bus to arrive.
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 only 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.
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. The same technique mentioned above can be used if you wanted to stop by the Polynesian on your way back to the resort.
Since I’ve already mentioned it several times, I wanted to go over the walk between Grand Floridian to the Polynesian. The walkway starts next to the Grand Floridian villas side of the resort. It continues around the shoreline and eventually ends up at the Polynesian’s Great Ceremonial House.
This is one of my favorite walks at Disney, and I encourage everyone to take a leisurely sunset stroll through the area when visiting.
It’s a beautiful and peaceful walk.
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 also a little difficult to access when using Grand Floridian’s transportation.
If you are at 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.
In the event of inclement weather, there will be an alternative bus running between Wilderness Lodge and Magic Kingdom.
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 do have interior seating, but some only offer partially covered exterior seating.
The Boardwalk, along with the entire Epcot Resorts Area, is another popular dining destination for guests. When leaving use bus transportation at the Grand Floridian to Hollywood Studios.
From there, you’ll exit the bus stop area and then 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 would be 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 were to have a late dinner.
Additionally, you can always take a bus to Disney Springs from the Boardwalk. After that, you’ll re-board a bus to Grand Floridian. This can be a fairly time-consuming option. However, the only cost is your time.
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 (transportation guide), 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. I have a full guide to the rides at Blizzard Beach here if you would like to learn more.
Additionally, you might enjoy these other popular forms of 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.
If you have any questions or favorite ways to get around leave me a comment below.