2024 Disney World Monorail Route Ultimate Guide: The Best Way to Get Around!

Are you trying to figure out how to navigate through the Disney World monorail route and system?

No worries as I’m here to help you!

If you didn’t know, the Walt Disney World monorail system has been taking guests all around the resort since 1971, then expanding in 1982, when the Magic Kingdom was connected to Epcot.

Today it is my pleasure to give you everything you need to know before your Walt Disney World vacation.

Disney World Monorail route Transportation at Epcot passing by entrance and Spaceship Earth. One of the Epcot Rides.
Disney Monorail Transportation

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Taking the Monorail from Magic Kingdom to Epcot

The monorail is a good option for you and the fastest way for you to connect from the Magic Kingdom to Epcot.

Route from the Magic Kingdom to Epcot

  1. Get on the Express Monorail
  2. Take that monorail to the Transportation Ticket Center (will be about a 5 to 10 minute ride at the transportation ticket center)
  3. Transfer to the Epcot monorail at the Transportation Ticket Center (this ride lasts about 15 minute)

So, allow yourself about 45 minutes of travel time from the Magic Kingdom to Epcot, just to get on the monorail, transferring trains and then going through the ticket boots to be actually inside of the park.

This is something for you to remember in case you have any dining reservations at Epcot.

Hipster Power Tip: If you are worried about getting lost at Disney World, you can use the My Disney Experience App, which has a “get directions” feature.

Disney World Monorail Route Options

There are currently three route options for the monorail at Walt Disney World. They are:

  1. Express Monorail: goes from the Transportation Ticket Center (TTC) near the Magic Kingdom parking lot directly to the entrance of the Magic Kingdom theme park without stopping and back to the TTC
  2. Resort Monorail: goes from the TTC and makes stops along the way to the Magic Kingdom entrance and back to the TTC (resort stops are Polynesian Resort, Grand Floridian Resort and the Contemporary Resort)
  3. Epcot Monorail: goes from the TTC to Epcot without any stops and back to the TTC

As you can see, the Ticket Transportation Center is the center hub of transfers for the Disney monorail route.

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Can I take the monorail if I’m staying at an Epcot resort?

You can, but honestly you’d be better off just using a bus or ride share.

Epcot International Gateway entrance
Epcot International Gateway Entrance

Because if you try to take the monorail from your Epcot resort, you will have to actually walk through all of Epcot, mean you have to go through to the International Gate, which is towards the back of Epcot.

Test Track Epcot Front Area with Disney world Monorail driving by

You’d then have to walk all the way to the front entrance and then get on the Epcot monorail.

This is something you can do if the Magic Kingdom is already on your itinerary for that day and you want it to do Epcot first.

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However, if you’re just trying to go straight to the Magic Kingdom and you want to get there right away, just hop on a bus.

How to park at Epcot and go to the Magic Kingdom?

If you are parking at Epcot, you will need to go through security before you even get on the monorail. So do keep this in mind.

Disney World Magic Kingdom Monorail passing by

After you go through security, you will head right over to the monorail station which is in front of the Epcot ticket booths.

This monorail will then take you directly to the Magic Kingdom without any stops along the way.

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival topiary with Disney World monorail going by

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7 Easy Tips to Remember When Using the Disney World Monorail

  1. The monorail system operates 30 minutes prior to the earliest park time opening until one hour after park closing.
  2. Glass containers are not allowed.
  3. Staying at a monorail resort (Polynesian Resort, Grand Floridian, Contemporary Resort) gets you easy access to this form of Disney transportation.
  4. According to Disney, medical strollers for guests with disabilities will be treated as wheelchairs.
  5. Walk over to the Polynesian Resort hotel to board the monorail or boat to the Magic Kingdom if the TTC station monorail line is extremely long.
  6. Take lots of photos from your view inside of the monorail (especially when you ride through the Contemporary Resort)
  7. Give yourself at least 45 minutes to 1 hour to get from the parking lot to the Magic Kingdom gates

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My Final Thoughts

This is everything you need to know about navigating the Disney monorail route over to the Magic Kingdom and how you can get from the Magic Kingdom to Epcot.

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Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!

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My name is Nikky. I’m a wife, a mother, a pharmacist turned theme park blogger, USA Today 10Best Contributor, and a writer who loves ALL things amusement park related!

Traveling alone to the parks has changed my life and I want to show how you can create your own solo theme park memories.

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(Original Article Date: September 24, 2020/Updated on May 18, 2024)

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