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4. Boats

ferry sign
Image: Disney

Finally, taking my top spot, is the boat transportation throughout Walt Disney World. It's probably the least popular in my opinion as well. 

With four different boat transportation services, it can get a little confusing, so I will break it down for you. 

First you have the Ferryboat, which is the largest and most popular of the four. This boat takes you back and forth between Magic Kingdom and the Ticket and Transportation Center. This boat is my least favorite because it gets very crowded and waits can be long, especially at park closing and leaving Magic Kingdom. 

MK ferry
Image: Disney

Second, you have the water taxi's. The water taxi's can take you to and from the Magic Kingdom from any of the following resorts; Fort Wilderness Campground, Grand Floridian, The Polynesian and Wilderness Lodge. Each resort has their own dock and most boats run every 20-30 minutes.

water taxi
Image: Disney (Walt Disney World Water Taxi Transportation)

Next are the Watercraft Boats. These boats connect to both Hollywood Studios and EPCOT from the following five, yes five, resorts; Boardwalk Villas, Beach & Yacht Club, and both the Swan & Dolphin hotels. The EPCOT boat station is in the back of the park near the Skyliner, and the Hollywood Studios dock is located in the front of the park near the entrance. 

watercraft
Image: Disney (Disney's Hollwood Studios and Epcot Watercraft boat)

Lastly, and my most favorite of the four, is the Friendship Boats. These are very similar to the Watercraft boats, however these boats are on Crescent Lake and take guests between Disney's Hollywood Studios, EPCOT and the surrounding resorts.

disney spring boat
Image: Disney (Disney Springs Friendship Boat)

The reason I love the boats so much is not only do they run from many different resorts, but they are rarely crowded and generally do not have long waits. Plus, there is just something so peaceful and calming about riding these boats, feeling the wind in your hair, all while being in the most magical place on earth.

So, to recap, there are four different modes of free transportation throughout Walt Disney World. The monorail, the bus, the Skyliner and the boats, with the boat transportation ranking in first, and the buses coming in last place. 

Oh! Also, if you ever want to splurge on special Disney transportation, you can always invest in the Minnie vans. These are a great way to get directly where you want to go without sharing a space and without waiting. They are available to book through the Lyft App. However, with so many different FREE options to choose between, and all the ways to connect to them, is it really necessary? I doubt it!

Minnie van
Image: Disney (Walt Disney World Minnie Van)

 Let us know what your favorite Walt Disney World transportation is by leaving us a comment below or on our Facebook page.

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Comments

This article has several mistakes. The Skyliner gondolas are not air conditioned. Also the Friendship Boats are the ones in Crescent Lake connecting Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and the surrounding resorts.

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