Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • On May 1, 2013
    Suetta Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Staying at Jambo house 6/2-7 w/ 4 adults. How long does it take by bus to get to the Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot? Want to make sure we schedule enough time to arrive in time for dinner reservations. How often do buses depart for each park?

    Hi, Suetta!

    You must be getting so excited that your Walt Disney World vacation is only a month away!

    I always recommend allowing an hour and a half travel time when using Disney transportation. The buses typically depart for each Park every 20 minutes or so. With that in mind, if you arrive to your Resort bus stop and a bus has just left to the Park you're heading to, you may have a little bit of a wait. You also need to take into account that you'll walk from where the bus drops you off at the main entrance of the Theme Parks to the actual entrance gate. If you have a backpack or purse with you, you'll need to go through bag check which could take a few more minutes depending on crowds at that time. Then you'll also need to account for the time it will take to walk from the front of the Park to the restaurant you will be dining at. I like to allow the hour and a half just to be on the safe side. For example, if you have a 7:00 p.m. dinner reservation, I would plan on leaving the Animal Kingdom Lodge by 5:30 p.m.

    My favorite way of calculating travel times is by using a tool on If you go to that site, you'll see their "Transportation Wizard" in the upper right-hand corner of their homepage. Once you click there, you will see that you can select "from" and "to" and all of the locations on Walt Disney World property will be listed. The tool will provide you with all of the different ways you can travel between the locations and the time displayed is the travel time only. They've got iPhone and Android apps as well!

    The calculations show the following travel times [via bus] from Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge to:

    Magic Kingdom Park - 21 minutes
    Disney's Hollywood Studios - 19 minutes
    Epcot - 20 minutes

    I hope this helps, Suetta! Please don't hesitate to write back if we can help with any other questions!

    Have a Pixie Dusted vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Jackie, Florida

Hi! I'm Jackie, mom to a teenage boy and a tween girl! I've traveled to Disney Parks with toddlers, grandparents, and everything in between and I'm excited to help you plan your Pixie Dusted vacation! So, go ahead, ask me a question or two! Learn More About Jackie

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