Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On May 3, 2015
    Dara from KS 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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    We will be in WDW May 22. Going to AK, then to DTD for lunch. We have a vehicle, but mostly use Disney transportation. Is it better to take a bus or drive ourselves and what is the fastest way from AK to DTD? Thanks!

    Hi there, Dara! Thanks for stopping by to see us again at the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Scaling Mt. Everest in the morning, then heading out for lunch? Sounds like you have quite a Disney-full day in store! Let's help you in your quest to get it all done.

    There are a couple of things to note in your plan to trek from Disney's Animal Kingdom Park to Downtown Disney. First, you can't take Disney transportation directly between the Theme Parks and Downtown Disney. You would need to take the bus to a Disney Resort hotel first, then transfer to another bus bound for Downtown Disney. It's a short trip to Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, so I'd suggest heading there to make your transfer.

    Driving your own vehicle would be a quicker trip, but do be aware that as Downtown Disney transitions to the new Disney Springs, parking and traffic around it may be a little tricky. As you approach the area, keep an eye out for signs directing you to available parking. The new garage is also open, so you may find spots there. One cool thing about the garage: it has a digital alert system letting you know which levels have spots available so you're not driving around a full level looking for a spot.

    There are some parking tips here on the Downtown Disney page on the Walt Disney World website that may help you.

    I hope you have a magical time on you Walt Disney World vacation, Dara. Please visit us again if you have any more questions. We love to help!

    Kathy K.

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Meet the Panelist: Kathy, Florida

I've lived my whole life just an hour's drive from Walt Disney World, so I've been a regular visitor for as long as I can remember. Even after all these years and so many visits, I love that there's still so much to discover! Now that I'm a mom myself, seeing my favorite place through my son's eyes has given me a whole new perspective that I enjoy sharing with other parents of young children. Learn More About Kathy

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