Family with balloons at Grand Floridian
  • On Mar 27, 2023
    Andria from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    planning 2 days resort hop 2 resorts. Which work best in a day in which order & transportation Grand Floridian,Allstar Music Resort, All Star Movie Resort, Animal Kingdom Lodge, Wilderness Lodge, Art of animation, popcentury, Riviera, Port orleans

    Hi Andria,

    Welcome back to planDisney. I'm so glad you stopped by with this question because resort hopping is one of my favorite activities for a non-park day at Walt Disney World Resort.

    Complimentary Disney transportation does not run between resorts but you'll be able to utilize the bus, Monorail, Disney Skyliner, and boats between the parks and resorts during your visit. Your itineraries can take on a few variations depending on your starting location but let's see if we can come up with a game plan to maximize your adventure. 

    I'd recommend starting your day at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge and observing the 30 species of animals roaming the savannas. Be sure to pick up an order of Zebra Domes at The Mara while you enjoy the views. You can access Animal Kingdom Lodge via a complimentary bus from any of the 4 theme parks as well as Disney Springs.

    Next, hop on the bus to Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park and transfer buses to Disney's All-Star Music Resort. During peak travel times the All-Star Resorts typically have dedicated buses, but they may share one bus during less busy times of day. In the event of a shared bus, you'll stop first stop at Disney's All-Star Sports Resort, followed by All-Star Music and then All-Star Movies. You'll be able to take a short walk from Disney's All-Star Music Resort to Disney's All-Star Movies Resort if the bus is not serving all three on a loop.

    Once you've enjoyed the All-Star Resorts hop on a bus to Disney's Hollywood Studios. From there you can board the Disney Skyliner to Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort transfer station and head to Disney's Art of Animation Resort and Disney's Pop Century Resort. They are separated by a pedestrian bridge and can be easily explored together. I love the larger-than-life decor at both of these resorts so take time to soak up all the fun! When you're done, board the Disney Skyliner once more and proceed to Disney's Riviera Resort via the transfer station. Enjoy a treat from Le Petit Café or simply watch the gondolas float by.

    I'd begin a second day at Disney's Port Orleans Resort-French Quarter with an order of beignets from Scat Cat's Club - Café. Next, board the bus to Magic Kingdom Park and hop on the Resort Monorail.  I'd recommend a stop at each of the resorts on the Monorail loop if you have time but otherwise, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will be the last stop. This is one of my personal favorites so take time to soak up the exquisite details, listen to the live pianist in the spectacular lobby, and maybe even enjoy a cocktail at Enchanted Rose.

    Finally, as Russell proudly declares in Disney Pixar's UP  "the wilderness must be explored!" I'd recommend ending your day at Disney's Wilderness Lodge to do just that. Board the Monorail at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and ride one stop back to Magic Kingdom Park. There, board a complimentary bus or water taxi to Wilderness Lodge. The resort is so peaceful and absolutely stunning. Take time to sit by the fireplace in the main lobby, or indulge in hearty fare at Whispering Canyon Cafe or a Character meal at Story Book Dining at Artist Point with Snow White. After your dinner feel free to explore the grounds and maybe even catch a glimpse of the Electrical Water Pageant as it floats past later that evening.

    Please follow up with me if you need any additional guidance. I'd love to help!

    Wishing you magic and memories,
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