Park Hopping Is Now Sweeter At The Walt Disney World Resort


Note: This service was discontinued in August of 2017. I’m disappointed, as it was a huge time saver and took the hassle out of going back through security. Enjoy your next Disney experience and hop on the closest transportation available.

Are you a Disney enthusiast? If so, you need to know about Disney’s Express Transportation. I recently checked into a Disney hotel and saw a brochure that said, “Express Transportation.” My inquisitive mind wanted to know more details.

If you are holding a park hopper pass or are an annual pass holder, you can purchase Disney’s Express transportation services. Park hopping is a great option for those of us that know which attractions we enjoy the most and know where we want to go in each park. Express transportation drops you off in the thick of the magic. With this service, you go through security one time per day. This eliminates having to go out the main gates of the park to find your bus and return to the next park through the main gates.

My husband and I used this service and let me tell you, it was fantastic! Here is what I learned from using the service. The first bus departs each park at 10:00 a.m. and operates through park closing. Express transportation runs every 30 minutes for park to park. Each bus travels between theme parks, and the only stops along the way are the occasional traffic light. Another note, you have unlimited transfers between all 4 theme parks, all day long.

Express Check In

In order to make the most out of this service, report at 10:00 a.m. to the Express Transportation station in the park you are in. Here you can learn the times the bus departs to the next park you want to visit. The staff at these kiosks were extremely helpful and they offered the VIP treatment that we have grown to expect out of Disney.

Check In locations for Disney’s Express Transportation:

Buzz Lightyear Station

Magic Kingdom Park: Near the exit of Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Station
Epcot: The east side of space ship earth
Disney’s Hollywood Studios: The courtyard in front of Rock ‘n Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park: Near the entrance to Kilimanjaro Safaris

Pricing information:

Single Day Ticket: $15 (Valid for day of purchased only)
Multi Day Ticket: $24 (Valid for up to 7 consecutive days beginning on date of purchase)
Note: I tried to purchase this the day before we were using it, you have to purchase it on the first day you are using it. 

Where You Can Purchase Disney’s Express Transportation:

All four theme park ticket windows and guest relations
Disney Springs ticket window
Disney hotel resort concierge stations (this is where I purchased mine)
Walt Disney World Swan Hotel and Walt Disney World Hotel ticket desks
Kiosks at Express transportation check-in stations

It’s important to note that no photography or video is allowed while in the transfer process. My husband and I would do this again, as we love to park hop. I would not recommend this service to first time visitors, as you would miss out on some of the magic that the entrance to the parks has to offer. For the seasoned Disney fan, this is your dream come true! Want to visit four parks in one day? My husband I did it, thanks to Disney’s Express Transportation services!

*Note: We purchased two Express Transportation Tickets for $24 each and it was the BEST investment on this particular visit.


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31 comments on “Park Hopping Is Now Sweeter At The Walt Disney World Resort

  1. So much better than the ferry!

  2. No, you have to have an annual pass or a park hopper pass. You do not have to be staying at a Disney hotel. Have fun park hopping!

  3. I didn’t know about the Express transportation service!! We are hoping to head to Disney next year for a late honeymoon so will definitely check this out! Do you have to stay at a disney hotel?

  4. I spent 7 days in Disney last winter, didn’t use any park hoppers – but for those with limited time, I’d definitely recommend it too, well worth the price

  5. I’m surprised at how cheap the price is for a 7-day ticket! I’m sure purchasing a park hopper ticket makes for a much more relaxing and fun stay at Disney!

  6. I haven’t been to Disney World yet… but this seems to be a good idea making it easier to get between the parks. The visitors will definitely find it helpful.

  7. Thanks so much for the reminder. Will definitely take advantage of this 🙂

  8. I haven’t been to Disney World in awhile. I need to pay a visit.

  9. You are spot on and you will love the service!

  10. I will totally use this service next time I return to Disney World. The price is right and it would be so handy to be able to get right into the thick of things without having to go through security over and over.

  11. Such a good idea – allows you to pack in so much more to your trip. I have never been, but so many of my friends are park enthusiasts and I’ll pass this info to them!

  12. Definitely sounds like a good investment to take the stress out of travelling between. I can’t imagine needing to go to more than one park in a day but then I’ve only been use. I can see more appeal if you are a regular

  13. This is a great to for anyone planning a Disney trip. What a great timesaver.

  14. Yes….. up to 7 consecutive days for VIP transportation at $24- I agree, it’s a great price!

  15. No, The Honey I Shrunk the Kids thing is no longer there, but there’s so many awesome things to do.. plan your trip now!

  16. This park hopping saves so much time and it took the stress out of going back through security, etc. We were honestly the only people on one bus for a couple of our transports.

  17. I know…. I often think how much money I’m spending while waiting in line. This is a huge time saver and I know we were able to enjoy many more attractions with this service.

  18. This is your solution!

  19. I’m so curious how this works! We haven’t been in a couple of years but the number 1 thing my husband complained about was how long it took to get from one park to the next (we normally go to Disneyland so no busses). This sounds awesome!

  20. Disney can be so expensive for a family, so any tips like these are more than valuable!

  21. We just got back from Disney World, and appreciate you sharing this information. Definitely something we will mark down for our next trip. The more info about getting around more efficiently that people can have, the better. Thanks!

  22. I haven’t been to Disneyworld in years despite having stayed at the Contemporary a few months ago. Knowing there’s Express Transportation between the parks make it more convenient to park hop and gives me an incentive to plan a trip to Disneyworld.

  23. Boy was that ever a shot of nostalgia! I’ve been twice, but both more than fifteen years ago when I was just a “youth.” I thought I was going to have a chance at an adult visit last two years ago when my then fourteen-year-old sister was playing in a volleyball competition in Orlando, but she decided she didn’t want to go…yeah, is that not crazy? I’m concerned for America’s new youth!

    Anyway, do they still have the “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” 3D thing?

  24. Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs and on said:

    What a great resource to help visitors get to different parks faster and efficiently, and at a fair price too!

  25. Wonderful! I love Disney. Anything to make it easier between the parks is a win in my mind!

  26. Disney is so much fun… so memorable and one of those happy, happy places! Get planning your vacation now!

  27. Great post, Sara! We are actually still thinking to visit Walt Disney World Resort on our East coast road trip… now after your post I am again a bit more on “YES” 🙂

  28. Thanks! This is seriously a Disney enthusiast’s dream come true.

  29. This is so so helpful! So many people ask me these same questions – now I have the answers. The changes are so hard to keep up with. Great article!

  30. Suzanne Stavert on said:

    PS. Very cute video too!

  31. Suzanne Stavert on said:

    This is such valuable info! I will pass it on!

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