Q&A: Driving around Walt Disney World

Question

Hi, this site is amazing!!! just what everyone needs when visiting Disney, We are staying at Disney in August in a villa so we are getting a hire car have you any tips on how to get over to the parks to avoid the long queues ie short cuts etc. Thank you Sarah

Answer

Hi Sarah. Thanks for your kind words. I should say that we always stay in Disney so use the buses rather than hire a car so I’m definitely no expert on the roads round Disney, but I have heard a few hints and tips that I can share with you.

1. The main exit from I-4 into Walt Disney World can get really busy so it might be wise to try and avoid that. Instead the Western Expressway can be used. I think that it is technically a few miles more and it has a toll but on very busy days, such as weekends, it might save you a little time.

2.  The road actually within Disney that is usually quieter is Sherbeth Road or Black Lake road. If you can check a map and access Disney via these, rather than the 192, you can then take a right off this onto Osceola Parkway and that will give you a bit lighter traffic and access to most places – from there you can just follow the signs.

3. I’ve also heard that the best way to avoid some of the traffic to Epcot is via Victory Way rather than following the Disney signs. I don’t have any more details on that though so I would either check it on a map or hire a sat-nav ad use the ‘via’ function.

I assumed from your question that you were staying in a villa outside of Disney? If in fact you’re in one of the Walt Disney World villas, I would definitely recommend using the Walt Disney World transport – it is regular, convenient and drops you right at the parks, rather than at the parking lots. I think this is particularly great at Magic Kingdom, as you get to miss out the Transportation and Ticket Centre – if you park you then have to take a monorail or ferry across to the entrance. If you park hop while you’re there, you can also use this transport if you wish – e.g park at one park, use the transport during the day and return to your original park to get your car in the evening. That is purely personal preference, I just wanted to let you know that the transport can be used by people not staying on Disney property too.

I hope some of those tips help a little!
BRiTMiCK

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