Epcot and monorail at night
  • On Sep 7, 2021
    Ruonan from 43 Asked

    How long take the Magic express from the Orlando airport to Grand Floridian resort & spa? The. How long it will take me from the resort to Epcot? Thanks!

    Hi Ruonan,

    Welcome to planDisney! I am happy to see you planning a visit to the Walt Disney World Resort!

    My girls and I just returned from a quick girls' trip and we stayed at the Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. We caught Disney's Magical Express® from the Orlando International Airport at about 8:00 a.m. and our ride was fairly quick even though we were the last resort hotel for drop-off on the route. It took about an hour for us to get to our resort hotel. I remember this because we had a breakfast reservation at Disney's Grand Floridian Cafe at 9:00 a.m. and we were able to use Mobile Dine Check-in right at 9:00 a.m.

    Having said this, normally, it has taken about an hour and a half for us to get to our resort hotel using Disney's Magical Express® Transportation. Since our flight was so early, there were few people waiting. If your flight is later in the day, there could be longer wait and travel times. When you arrive, Bell Services will be happy to store your bags if your room is not yet ready. You can take Walt Disney World® Monorail Transportation from the resort hotel to EPCOT. Just know that you will need to transfer to the EPCOT monorail at the Transportation and Ticket Center. Or, you could walk to Disney's Polynesian Village Resort and then to the Transportation & Ticket Center to catch the EPCOT monorail directly from there. I estimate it to be about a 20-minute walk.

    Ruonan, if you are making an advanced dining reservation at a restaurant in EPCOT, I would allot at least three hours from the time your flight is scheduled to land. This should give you time to gather any checked bags, get to the resort hotel, store your bags with Bell Services, and then get to EPCOT. Sending some traveling pixie dust to help!

    Magic and memories,
thumbnail image for Donyell

Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

Related Video

  • thumbnail image for Must-Dos at Epcot

Didn't find what you were looking for?

To submit your question, please sign in now if you have not already done so.

Ask a QuestionOpens the Ask a Question dialog box.

Update Browser

For a better experience browsing this website, please download an updated version of Internet Explorer.

Or you can continue browsing without updating.