Downtown Disney is only a short boat trip away, making an evening of dining and shopping here a fantastic and handy alternative. In my experience, the bus travel from Old Key West to Epcot and Hollywood Studios takes around 10-15 minutes. The Magic Kingdom is around 15-20 minutes distant, while the Animal Kingdom is approximately 20 minutes away. Downtown Disney is about a 15-minute ride on foot or hop on/off ferry.
The best way to see much in little time is by walking or biking. There are also buses that run between certain points within town and their frequencies vary depending on what zone you're in. For example, there's a zone 1 bus that runs between the Old Town and waterfront every 15 minutes, while there are zip car rentals available for those who want to be more independent.
15–20 minutes When staying at Disney's Art of Animation, utilizing Disney's bus transportation to the Magic Kingdom is the quickest method to get there. The ride lasts around 15–20 minutes. There are also direct routes from the hotel parking lot to the park entrances that avoid traffic and any hassles associated with finding a spot in City Hall or along Main Street, U.S.A..
The bus stop for the Art of Animation tour is located outside of the front desk area of your room. Just follow the signs directing you to the Disney Transportation system (which is free to use). You can also ask hotel staff for directions. Be sure to bring photo ID when riding the bus if you're using another form of payment.
City buses in Orlando operate on a fixed route system, so even if you get off at a different hotel, you'll be able to find your way back to the starting point. Buses run frequently throughout the day, every day of the year except New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, and Thanksgiving Day. On these days only selected routes may run or none at all. Check online schedules before you leave for your trip or contact the bus company directly if you need more information about routes or aren't able to find them online.
The bus ride from the Art of Animation to the Magic Kingdom is smooth and comfortable.
The buses for Magic Kingdom stop at six different locations within the Caribbean Beach Resort and take around 20 minutes. It's another 20 minutes to Magic Kingdom from there. It is by far Disney's poorest bus transportation service. The buses are old and often break down, causing delays.
There are two ways to get to the Caribbean Beach Resort: drive or ride the monorail. The resort is located just north of Walt Disney World's Central Florida theme parks. Driving takes about 30 minutes. The monorail takes about 10 minutes and can be found near the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) in Downtown Disney. The resort offers a free shuttle between their parking lot and hotel which runs every 15 minutes.
If you plan to go to Disney's Hollywood Studios or SeaWorld, you will need to transport yourself there. The Caribbean Beach Resort is too far away for these trips.
The best way to enjoy your vacation at the Caribbean Beach Resort is to simply relax and do nothing. If you have small children, bring what they will love to eat and drink. There are several restaurants including Pizzafari, Portofino, and Tony's Town Hall. There is also a grocery store called Caribou Coffee.
In addition to food and drinks, you will need to pack batteries for your flashlight and radio.
Magic Kingdom is located at the end of World Drive, which is accessible from any major road through W192, I-4, and Osceola Parkway. The drive from Kissimmee is 10.7 miles, or 25 minutes. Whether it's a tour around the world or into the future of humanity, Epcot (r) is a place where creativity and imagination coexist with science and culture. During World War II, an American pilot named Walt Disney helped develop sound technology that made it possible for us to watch cartoons in theaters. He also created theme parks, including one near Tokyo called EPCOT (r).
Disney's Hollywood Studios (r) is an entertainment complex featuring rides and shows inspired by movies and television. It's located just west of Universal Orlando (l), across Interstate 4 from Islands of Adventure (l).
Kissimmee is a town about 15 minutes south of Disney World (r). It has several dining options, including Mexican food at Los Caballeros de la Calavera (located inside Walmart) and Italian cuisine at Giorgio's Restaurant & Brew Pub (located on the main street). There are also bars such as Harry Potter Bar located within Disney's Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade (l).
If you get a chance, try to go during one of the free events at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Then there's the extra step of actually getting to the Magic Kingdom. There are two choices: a ferry boat or a monorail. Either of these means of transportation will take you to the park in around 10-15 minutes. It frequently makes sense to drive oneself to Epcot, DHS, and the AK to save time.
The Magic Kingdom is about an hour away from Orlando by car. Traffic can be bad, so allow plenty of time to get here.
The best way to see everything Disney has to offer is with at least one full day to enjoy your experience. If you only have time for one theme park, we recommend making it Magic Kingdom. It has all the main attractions that you won't find anywhere else, including Captain America's Mission: Civil Rights Movement.
There are also bus tours that visit several parks in one day. These tours usually stop at various places along the way to tell stories about the history of Walt Disney World. For example, one tour will stop at Spaceship Earth at Epcot while another will stop at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Frontierland. Each tour costs approximately $60-80 and they generally include a guide who knows lots of interesting facts about each scene. You can buy individual ticketed exhibits too if you prefer not to ride rides.
Finally, you can spend an entire day at just one of Disney's resorts.
It takes about 15 minutes. Bus service to the theme parks is accessible from Caribbean Beach. The bus travel to the Magic Kingdom takes roughly 15 minutes once you leave your resort's gates. Buses return to the resorts around 18 hours later.
There are two types of transportation at your disposal: The first type is called "Beach Bus," and it runs between the resort and downtown Disney during specified times. These buses are free for guests, but they can only carry a limited number of people and any excess luggage is carried by hand. The second type is called a "Walking Tour Guide," and these individuals will take small groups on customized tours of areas near the resort. The walking tour guides are paid by the hour, and tips are appreciated but not required.
If you plan to visit other Disney destinations besides the Magic Kingdom, consider purchasing a Dining Plan Card. This will provide you with reserved seating for four meals during each of three days at one of the theme park dining facilities. The card also provides access to some non-Disney restaurants in its vicinity.
Finally, be sure to check out the Disney website for updates on traffic conditions. They post an overview of traffic problems that may arise due to road construction or other events.