Let’s do another round of Theme Park FAQs where we cover some of the most common questions that visitors to the parks have.
A very common question that people have, especially in the planning stages of the trip, is how they can walk to the Disney World parks.
Ya know, because they don’t want to rent a car, and they aren’t aware of transportation options.
Or maybe they booked a hotel at “Disney World Maingate” and they think they can just walk right into Disney World.
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Can I walk to Magic Kingdom?
Let me explain.
IF (and this is a big IF) you are staying at one of the three deluxe ‘magic kingdom’ resorts, you might be able to walk.
You can walk from the contemporary resort, and they are making a walkway as you read this, that will allow the other two resorts (the grand floridian and the polynesian) to walk to the Magic Kingdom.
Other than that… Magic Kingdom is surrounded by a moat and you can’t even drive there.
You HAVE to take one of the transportation options, like the bus, the boat(s) the monorail or a ride share (which will drop you at the ticket and transportation center for you to take Disney transportation to Magic Kingdom)
Once you’re there, then you know you’re going to be walking a lot around the park. Make sure you wear good shoes and comfortable clothes. (Dress for the weather!)
And a little TMI- this could save you on your visit if you’ve got the thunder thighs like I do. The solution to chub rub and hating your thighs- I always bring this with me when I go to Disney World.
Now you’re ready to walk around the Magic Kingdom.
Can I walk to Epcot?
Yes and No.
This park is a little easier to walk to if you consider several of the connected hotels and resorts. This is if you stay on the BoardWalk Loop and stay at the Boardwalk inn, Beach Club resort, or the Yacht Club resort (Swan and Dolphin Resort too)
However, you can’t walk to it from any other park besides Hollywood Studios.
And of course, when and if you do walk, make sure you’re prepared. Water bottles, portable fans, etc…
I’ve got my portable fan, my portable charger for my fan, my kids have their own stroller fans (and NOT the ones from disney because they break easily #askmehowIknow) and a cooling towel… but it’s TOO MUCH. The Florida Heat is here 10 months outa the year
It can be pretty brutal if you don’t stay hydrated.
I’m also a fan of bringing some snacks and food in (die hard foodies, don’t @ me) and I love using this cooler. It collapses and it’s so easy to tote around and clean!
Can I walk in between the parks?
I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news.
Yes, you can walk in between parks.
However, you can only walk in between 2 of the 6 Disney World Parks.
The two parks that you can walk in between are Epcot (the big geosphere ball) and Hollywood Studios (star wars and toy story land).
What Transportation options do we have for getting to the parks?
You can check out this comprehensive guide that covers all the transportation options for getting to the parks.
You’ll also want to download the app so you can easily find and navigate to your nearest transportation options.
Obviously, this means you’ll want to have your phone charged up all day.
Portable Phone chargers are great to bring with you to a full day at the parks. I really like this one from amazon because theme parks don’t have the best wifi and it sucks your battery (even with the new iphones and galaxy’s because we have both and it theme parks kill my phone!)
I could have swore that we could walk back and forth? Isn’t there a train?
Ok, ok, I’ll agree with you here. There is a theme park where you can walk between parks in Orlando, but it is NOT Disney World.
You might be thinking of Universal Orlando. You can walk in between the two theme parks (water park and their new Epic Universe not included) without having to take any transportation.
If you want to take transportation you can use the Hogwarts Express train to go in between the parks (a must if you have small children or ADA mobility needs!)
The other thing you could have heard of or be thinking about is the Winter Summerland gold course and the Blizzard Beach Water park- both of which share a parking lot.
Now that you know your options, you can enjoy getting around the Disney World parks!