Epcot Monorail around Spaceship Earth
  • On Jan 16, 2023
    Meredith from IL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    How do I get from the contemporary to the four parks? What time does transportation begin?

    Welcome to planDisney, Meredith!

    The countdown to your Walt Disney World Resort vacation is on! You'll arrive just in time to catch the grand finale of The World's Most Magical Celebration, which goes through March 31. This 18-month-long celebration has delighted Guests with two new nighttime spectaculars (Disney Enchantment at Magic Kingdom Park and Harmonious at EPCOT), an unforgettable new attraction (Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT), and countless magical memories captured in front of Cinderella Castle. 

    Walt Disney World Resort spans more than 40 square miles. As such, location and transportation options are two of the most important things my family considers when selecting a Disney Resorts Collection hotel. Disney's Contemporary Resort is one of the original properties that opened on October 1, 1971, and you couldn't have picked a Disney Resort hotel with a better location or a more magical legacy. Here's a breakdown of how complimentary Disney transportation and the power of your own two feet will get you where you need to go on your park days:

    Magic Kingdom Park is a 10-minute walk from the ground level of Disney's Contemporary Resort or four stops (~20 minutes, including wait time) on the Resort Monorail that departs from inside the resort (accessed on the 4th floor). Returning to the Contemporary from Magic Kingdom Park takes only one stop on the Resort Monorail. 

    To access EPCOT from Disney's Contemporary Resort, take the Monorail one stop and disembark at the Transportation and Ticket Center. Follow the signs to the EPCOT monorail. Allow about 30 minutes of travel time for the entire trip.

    Bus transportation is provided from Disney's Contemporary Resort to Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, as well as Disney Springs. The bus stop area is covered with multiple benches for seating and TV screens that display when the next bus will arrive. Buses arrive approximately every 20 minutes.

    Bus transportation begins approximately 45 minutes before Early Theme Park Entry for Disney Resort Hotel Guests begins at each theme park. Your stay at Disney's Contemporary Resort also qualifies you to take advantage of Extended Evening Theme Park Hours on select nights. The Resort Monorail typically begins running at 7:00 a.m.; the EPCOT Monorail begins running at 7:30 a.m. 

    I can't talk about Disney's Contemporary Resort without giving a shoutout to my absolute favorite meal on Disney property - the Stack Burger at Steakhouse 71. This melt-in-your-mouth burger is featured on the lunch menu but can be ordered without substitutions for dinner, as well.

    I hope you enjoy your journeys and your destinations, Meredith. Please return to planDisney with any other trip-planning questions.

    Choose magic,

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Meet the Panelist: Jennifer, Virginia

Hey there, hi there, ho there! I’m Jennifer from Northern Virginia, close to Washington, D.C. Together is my family’s favorite place to be, and I’m so grateful that Walt Disney World Resort is designed to make that dream a destination. I’ve visited The Most Magical Place on Earth at every age and every stage, in every season, and for countless reasons. I can’t wait to help you maximize the magic on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Jennifer

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