Bus at Bus Stop location at resort
  • On Jan 24, 2023
    Kayleigh from VA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Party of 7 here :) We'll be staying at the Contemporary and have a breakfast reservation at Trattoria al Forno (8:10AM). We will be traveling with one medical stroller. Do you have any suggestions on how to arrive (on time) with WDW transport? Thanks!

    Welcome back to planDisney, Kayleigh!

    Your stay at Disney's Contemporary Resort puts you in the heart of the magic during your Walt Disney World Resort vacation. On the fourth floor of this iconic resort, look up to see the Monorail driving through and venture onto the balcony at night for a unique Disney Enchantment viewing opportunity. 

    Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno at Disney's BoardWalk Inn sounds like a practically perfect place to enjoy the most important meal of the day, Kayleigh. My family will be staying at this resort in April and your question prompted me to make a copycat breakfast reservation for my family. The Sunrise Breakfast Pizza has my husband's name written on it!

    The best option for getting your sensational seven from Disney's Contemporary Resort to Disney's BoardWalk Inn via complimentary Disney transportation is to start by taking a bus to Disney's Hollywood Studios. Bus transportation to the theme parks typically starts 45-60 minutes before early theme park entry for Disney Resorts Collection hotel Guests, which means you should be at the bus stop at Disney's Contemporary Resort by 7:00 a.m., ready to catch the first bus to Disney's Hollywood Studios. Once you've arrived at Disney's Hollywood Studios, you can either walk or take a Friendship Boat to your final destination. The walk from Disney's Hollywood Studios to Disney's BoardWalk Inn is quite picturesque and takes approximately 15-20 minutes. Disney's BoardWalk Inn is the third stop on a Friendship Boat from Disney's Hollywood Studios and the boat dock is just steps from the entrance to Trattoria al Forno. Friendship Boats depart approximately every 20-30 minutes. Signage to the walking path and boat dock will be clearly marked. Both choices end in Mickey waffles.  

    To help prepare for all steps of your journey, kindly note that all strollers must be folded up on Disney bus transportation. This is in contrast to pediatric wheelchairs with the appropriate transit packages attached that are treated as wheelchairs. As long as there's room, strollers do not have to be folded on Friendship Boats. 

    The pricier, more direct route from Disney's Contemporary Resort to Disney's BoardWalk Inn is via a rideshare service. I recently used Disney's Minnie Van service to get my party of seven from Disney's Old Key West Resort to Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. Each Minnie Van holds up to six Guests, so two Minnie Vans were needed to accommodate our party size. Minnie Van service begins at 6:30 a.m. each day and works with the Lyft app.  

    I hope this information helps you make an informed decision about the timeline for your magical morning, Kayleigh. Please return to planDisney with any other trip-planning questions.

    Step in time,

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