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5 Confirmed Transportation Changes Now in Effect at Walt Disney World

It may take people to make the dream of Walt Disney World a reality, but it takes busses, monorails, and boats to get the dream moving. It may sound hyperbolic, but Walt Disney World really is its own city, and as such it is constantly making changes to the various transportation options around the resort in order to better serve the guests and Cast Members who rely on Disney's complex transportation system every day. If you are going to be riding a bus, parking tram, or using any other of Walt Disney World's transportation options, here are a few interesting changes that you should probably know about! 

1. New bypass roadway now open at Magic Kingdom entrance plaza 

Magic Kingdom entrance

Guests who are heading towards the Magic Kingdom via World Drive will notice some roadway changes the next time they travel to this area, as a new offramp is now open that allows guests wanting to visit the monorail resorts (including Fort Wilderness) to bypass the Magic Kingdom entrance plaza and take a new ramp that will take traffic from the far right lane of World Drive straight through to an intersection on Vista Blvd. From there, drivers can either go left towards the Magic Kingdom resorts, or right towards Fort Wilderness.

This new option is great for guests who don't want to stop at the entrance plaza when heading to one of the Magic Kingdom area resorts, but it should also be mentioned that this road does not have a natural loop back to the Magic Kingdom, and guests who mistakenly take this offramp will have a long route ahead of them to get back to the park. 

This is of course just one of many transportation improvements coming to the Magic Kingdom entrance plaza, but hopefully it will help the flow of traffic in this area as other construction projects are ongoing. 

2. Magical Express to pickup 4 hours before flight departure time

Image via Flickr user PrincessAshley
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The saddest bus trip in all of history, the trip back to the airport via Disney's Magical Express, will begin sooner than usual effective today, as guests will be picked up four hours before their flight departure time. The reason for this change is due to enhanced Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security measures, and advisement from the Orlando International Airport that suggests guests should be arriving three hours before their flight.

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