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  • On Jul 2, 2024
    Mandy from IN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi! I will be staying at Disney Holiday Inn with property shuttle. We want to resort hop our first day to AKL, Wilderness, Floridian, Polynesian, and Port Orleans using water taxi, bus, and monorail. Can you give me an itinerary to make that happen please?

    Hi Mandy!

    Thanks so much for bringing me your question. I love visiting all the beautiful resorts and am happy to help you come up with a game plan.

    I believe you're referring to Holiday Inn Orlando, which according to their direct website, offers hourly shuttle service to each of the 4 parks. You'll need to schedule this in advance at the front desk or via a QR code you'll receive at check-in. This Disney Springs area resort also puts you in a convenient walking distance to entertainment and dining options during your stay. 

    I'd recommend starting your adventure with a stop at Disney's Port Orleans Resort- French Quarter. You can access this via the Sassagoula River Cruise (Purple Launch) from the Marketplace pickup area at Disney Springs. Keep in mind that these waterways have experienced recent temporary closures so you'll want to confirm they are available on the day of your visit. If the water service is not available you can board a bus to Disney's Port Orleans Resort at Disney Springs. Once you've arrived, be sure to pick up an order of delicious beignets from Scat Cat's Club - Café. They often have some fun seasonal flavors. From there, Disney's Port Orleans Resort-Riverside is just a short walk away. I'd recommend touring the beautiful grounds before heading to Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park by bus.

    Once at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, you can take another short bus ride to Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. This magnificent resort is separated into two areas- Jambo House with an impressive lobby, beautiful savanna views and a variety of dining options, and Kidani Village which boasts more exotic animals, and Sanaa, one of my favorite Table Service restaurants. The two areas are connected via an internal bus and are both worth checking out.

    Once you've completed your personal safari, board a bus to Magic Kingdom Park. There, you'll have Monorail access to Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Head to the Resort Monorail once you've completed the security check and enjoy a stop at each location before completing the loop back at Magic Kingdom Park. After your tour, you can access Disney's Wilderness Lodge via the Red Water Launch near the park entrance. These watercraft arrive approximately every 20 min. Alternatively, you can board a bus to the resort.

    At the end of the day, you can return to Magic Kingdom Park and board your pre-reserved shuttle back to the Holiday Inn. These buses will pick up from the Transportation and Ticket Center just a Monorail or Ferryboat ride away from the main entrance. You might also consider heading back to your hotel via a third-party rideshare directly from Disney's Wilderness Lodge, as it might be tough to gauge what time to schedule your return shuttle ride.

    I hope this was helpful Mandy. If I can offer more guidance please come back and let me know.

    Magic and memories,
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