Natalie H. (NDM#268) (56 Posts)

Natalie grew up in Nashville, TN. Married with one son, she lives on a farm. As if this weren't enough to keep her on her toes, Natalie also works around the clock due to being self-employed . Natalie often travels to both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, giving her a vast knowledge of the Disney Resorts which she shares in her posts on The Disney Driven Life. She loves the research on the resorts and appreciates input for these articles as well. In recent trips, Natalie has begun making a habit of meeting people while in the parks. This habit inspired her personal website, Meet the Magic, This site helps her connect to others as well as hold space for Disney fans to post information about their Disney related sites. Her goal with this venture is to help people to "Meet the Magic" of their choice.

Photo Credit: Dennis Brown, NDU 5

When staying on Walt Disney Property, Disney Transportation is included in the price of your resort stay.  In addition, Disney provides transportation to your Disney Resort from the Orlando International Airport for free.  While this service has been available for some time, I do remember the days when you were responsible for getting from the airport to the resort on your own dollar.  As such, I appreciate this service greatly!

Once you have arrived at your Disney World Resort, you can travel between the Parks to other Resorts if you choose.  This will allow you to experience the parks and the other resorts in the Walt Disney Resort area without use of a vehicle!  To access the theme parks and water parks, the resorts offer a bus that will transport you.  If you are staying or visiting a resort that is included in the monorail loop, you can travel to EPCOT or the Magic Kingdom by way of the monorail.  Should you want to instead visit Hollywood Studios or Disney’s Animal Kingdom from these monorail resorts, you will need to hop aboard a Disney bus.  Monorail loop resorts include:

  • The Polynesian Resort
  • The Contemporary Resort
  • The Grand Floridian.  The monorail is a quick, comfortable transportation mode.  Resorts that are included in the monorail loop are priced at a premium for this great service.

In addition to the bus and monorail, boats are available to move guests from the parks to the resorts.  Guests can travel by boat to the following:

Magic Kingdom theme park from:
• Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
• Disney’s Polynesian Resort
• Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground
• Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Epcot theme park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios from:
• Disney’s Boardwalk Inn and Villas Resort
• Disney’s Beach Club Resort
• Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
• Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
• Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel

Downtown Disney Area from:
• Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter
• Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — Riverside
• Disney’s Old Key West Resort
• Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort

The use of the boats is a great way to relax and unwind on your way to and from a resort to the theme parks and Downtown Disney.  If you are looking for a way to spend a day seeing other Disney Resorts, the use of the Disney boats makes for an added bit of fun!

Contributed by: Natalie Henley (NDM#268) Natalie is the DDL Resort Blogger. She is also the creator of Meet the Magic.


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