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  • On Apr 5, 2024
    Katie from NC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Which resort is the best for transportation if we are only going to Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on our trip with a 4 year old and senior citizen?

    Hi Katie!

    It sounds like you are busy planning a wonderful vacation that will be practically perfect in every way for everyone in your group!  There are so many complimentary resort transportation options around Walt Disney World Resort that getting to the magic can also be part of the fun!  In fact, some of my fellow panelists recently shared some of their favorite tips for Disney transportation that you might want to check out on the Disney Parks Blog.

    Katie, all four theme parks are wonderful, but no trip to Walt Disney World Resort is complete without visiting Magic Kingdom Park!  Since it sounds like you agree, I'd recommend looking at one of the properties on the monorail for the easiest access.  Disney's Contemporary Resort was perfect when we traveled with our little one in a stroller because you not only could use the monorail to get to the park but there is also a short walkway (just about a 10 - 15 minute walk) that you can use for the quickest entry.  This means that you don't need to break down a stroller on your way to Magic Kingdom - that's a big bonus!  Disney's Polynesian Village Resort and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa also have access to the monorail as well as water transportation to Magic Kingdom.  These three properties have standard rooms in addition to villas to accommodate larger parties.  You can even view the Happily Ever After fireworks from these resorts as well!  Another plus of these properties is the great character dining locations that your little one is sure to love - Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary, 'Ohana at the Polynesian (characters at breakfast only), and 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian.

    While I'm partial to Magic Kingdom Park, my husband's absolute favorite park each time we visit is Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park.  There's something very relaxing about watching the animals roam the savanna on Kilimanjaro Safaris and walking through Pandora - The World of Avatar as darkness sets in and the park comes to life around you.  Regardless of where you stay, the complimentary transportation option for Animal Kindom will be a bus.  Since all of the transportation to Animal Kingdom is the same, I'd lean toward the convenience of staying on the monorail for Magic Kingdom.  On the day you visit Animal Kingdom, you may also want to consider using a Minnie Van.  You can reserve one of these cute polka-dot vans through the Lyft app.  Each can accommodate up to 6 guests and has 2 car seats available.  While you will pay for this service, it may provide a level of convenience for your group!

    Katie, I wish you the best as you continue to plan for your upcoming vacation!  Remember you are always welcome to be our guest here at planDisney and we hope to see you again real soon!


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Meet the Panelist: Kristi, Maryland

Hi! I'm Kristi and I've been making magical memories at the Walt Disney World Resort since my first visit in 1989. While I cherished my childhood visits, my favorite memories have come sharing all of the excitement and wonder of a Disney Parks vacation with my husband and three boys. Whether you're planning a runDisney racecation, a trip with little ones, a land and sea adventure, or anything in between, I'm ready to help you make some bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful plans for your next Disney Parks vacation! Learn More About Kristi

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