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Rider Review: Express Transportation

Rider Review: Express Transportation at Walt Disney WorldGuests of Walt Disney World have many wishes.  But who doesn’t wish they could spend more time in the parks when they are on vacation at the Most Magical Place on Earth?  Here’s a tip that may help!  In December, Walt Disney World initiated a test of Express Transportation that enables guests with park hopper option tickets to travel from park-to-park, bypassing the main entrance and standard theme park transportation.   Here’s how it works:

•  The single-day option for Express Transportation is $15 per person, or you can select a multi-day option at $24 per person for seven consecutive days.

•  Check-in, pick-up, and drop-off locations are located inside the parks—near Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin exit at the Magic Kingdom, east of Spaceship Earth at Epcot, at the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster courtyard in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and near Kilimanjaro Safaris in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

•  Go through a security checkpoint once during your day of park hopping–no lines and quick re-entry to the parks.

•  Available from 10 AM until parks close with unlimited transportation every 30 minutes.

Rider Review: Express Transportation in Walt Disney WorldDuring my recent stay at Walt Disney World for Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, I purchased a multi-day Express Transportation ticket at my resort, which was added to my MagicBand.  On my first trip, which was from Magic Kingdom to Epcot, I checked in and was escorted by a Disney Cast Member to a bus that was parked backstage.  On that day, which was a busy day in the parks, there were few guests taking advantage of Express Transportation.  But use of the service may change through word-of-mouth promotion and as knowledge of Express Transportation becomes more widespread.

Many guests using Express Transportation were happy to chat about their positive experience. I spoke with a three-member family who had used Express Transportation for their six-day trip.  Because they were park hopping with a stroller stocked with toddler paraphernalia, using Express Transportation eliminated the re-entry ritual at each park main gate and gained them valuable time together in the parks.  The consensus from guests is that $15 for one day of Express Transportation may not be the most economical option, but $24 for seven days of unlimited transportation is worth the extra cost pending your travel plans and budget.

According to one Disney Cast Member, the number one suggestion offered by guests using Express Transportation is to make the service an annual passholder perk.  First reports promoting the service had the testing date ending on January 7, 2017, but the Express Transportation was still running on January 10.

(Photos from the author’s personal collection.)

 

Have you tried the Express Transportation?  Tell us what you think!

 

LookingforMagicLooking for Magic is Kathy @ Two Roads Photo.  As a librarian, walker of many miles, and Paper Bag Princess, Kathy dreams of having coffee with Belle at the castle and co-administering a fantasy book discussion group.  Her love of Walt Disney World goes back to the Talent Roundup days from the original Mickey Mouse Club.  Aside from the vintage memories, she currently visits Walt Disney World as often as possible to participate in race weekends, Food & Wine Festival, Flower & Garden Festival, and always to take photographs.  Kathy is honored to be a member of the WDW Radio Blog team and looks forward to sharing everything Disney with you! She can be contacted at imtxag85@aol.com.