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Looking to save some time on your next Disney vacation? Whether you bring your own vehicle or you are relying on Disney’s complimentary transportation, there are just some instances where walking can be quicker. More walking may not be something you think you want on a Disney vacation, but consider the fact that walking is actually better for you than standing still—a fact that can be particularly useful if you find yourself standing in line for a bus, just to continue standing on the bus. Check out our picks for the best walks to save time, and let us know which ones you use in the comments!

Contemporary – Magic Kingdom

Bay Lake Tower

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The walking distance between the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Contemporary Resort is only about half a mile. While the thought of doing any extra walking during a Disney vacation may be unappealing to some, consider your options when taking the resort monorail while leaving the park during the post-fireworks rush. When lines for the monorail and ferry or resort launches seem to be never-ending, the walk to the Contemporary Resort will take less than 10 minutes.

This distance can often save even more time when going in the opposite direction. Whether you are staying at the Contemporary as a guest, or you’ve just stopped by for breakfast at Chef Mickey’s before going to the Magic Kingdom, walking to the park from the resort will almost always be quicker than taking the monorail. From the Contemporary, the monorail stops at the other two monorail resorts and the Transportation and Ticket Center before reaching the Magic Kingdom, so if you are up for a quick stroll doing so can save you some serious time.

The walkway between the Contemporary and the Magic Kingdom is entirely paved and well-lit if you happen to be walking at night. Plenty of guests use the walkway, and Disney security cast members are always nearby. Part of the walkway does cross a street and go through a parking lot, but cross walks, walk signals, and cast members help keep the entire area safe for pedestrians.

Transportation and Ticket Center – Polynesian Village Resort

Polynesian Village Resort

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Just one tenth of a mile separates Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort from the Transportation and Ticket Center. If you have your car parked at the Transportation and Ticket Center and have a dinner reservation at the resort, or if you are staying at the resort and traveling to Epcot, walking can be the quickest way to go. The walk between these two locations is partially through the resort’s parking lot, so the exact route may be a little bit less obvious than some of the other walking paths. It is still a safe walkway assuming you are cautious of cars that may be coming and going, and is as well-lit as the rest of the resort’s parking lot in the evening.

Shades of Green – Polynesian Village Resort

Shades of Green

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If you happen to be staying at Shades of Green, the Polynesian Village Resort is just a short, convenient walk across the street. This walk can feel long on a hot day, as the walking path going in and out of Shades of Green is largely unshaded, however if you are up for the extra mileage this can be a quick way to hop on the monorail or enjoy a meal


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