How do you get from All-Star Music Resort to Animal Kingdom?
If you are staying at Disney’s All-Star Music or planning a future visit, you probably want to know the best ways to get to Animal Kingdom from the resort.
Below I will detail THREE specific ways you can make this journey. 🙂
Option #1: Take the Disney bus to Animal Kingdom! (free)
Did you know that Disney World provides FREE bus transportation from All-Star Music to Animal Kingdom? And the best part is that the bus stop is right outside the main entrance (Melody Hall).
Once you are on the bus, the ride is short and usually takes around 10 minutes to get to Animal Kingdom. But, there is a possibility that your bus will NOT go directly to Animal Kingdom. At certain times of the day, your bus may stop to pick up guests at the other two All-Star Resorts (Sports and Movies). Obviously, your trip will take longer if the bus makes additional stops.
So how do you know if your bus is going straight to Animal Kingdom or if it will make additional stops?
Unfortunately, there is no way to know for sure, as Disney changes the bus schedule based on how busy it is. Typically, there will be a separate bus just for All-Star Music during mornings and evenings, when demand for transportation is highest. But when it’s slower during the middle of the day, buses tend to be shared between the three All-Star Resorts.
Bus service to Animal Kingdom typically begins 45 minutes before the park opens and ends 1 hour after it closes. Once they start, the buses run continuously throughout the day. I have found that you can typically expect a bus to arrive around every 20 minutes.
When you arrive at the bus stop, look for the screen that shows when the next bus to Animal Kingdom is scheduled to arrive.
As you can imagine, since bus transportation is free, it’s the most popular way to travel. However, at certain times of the day, such as the park opening, you might experience a line to board the bus. So make sure to give yourself plenty of time if you need to arrive at Animal Kingdom for a reservation or show. Our family usually leaves our room about an hour before we want to arrive at the park, just to be safe.
Option #2: Take an Uber, Lyft, or MINNIE Van to Animal Kingdom
If you don’t want to wait for the bus, it’s very easy to take a taxi from All-Star Music to Animal Kingdom. Using this option can save a lot of time, especially if it’s during the middle of the day and the three All-Star resorts are sharing buses. Or you may walk up to the bus stop to see a LONG line, and there is no chance that your family will be boarding the next bus that arrives.
The easiest place to meet your taxi driver is outside near the front lobby of Melody Hall, as there are plenty of spots for them to stop and for you to get in the car.
Once you are in the car, the drive is fairly short. The total distance from All-Star Music to Animal Kingdom is only 2.9 miles (4.6 km) and should take under 10 minutes, depending on the amount of traffic.
TWO rideshare companies operate in Disney World – Uber and Lyft. Between them both, there are a lot of drivers cruising around. Almost every time I’ve used a taxi to go to the parks, I’ve had to wait less than ten minutes to get picked up.
One neat thing about using Lyft is that they have partnered with Disney World to provide MINNIE VANS, which are Minnie Mouse-themed mini-vans!
While using the Lyft app inside the resort, choose Animal Kingdom as your destination. Then order the Minnie Van to come and pick you up.
While using this option is fun, as you can see above, it is more expensive than using a regular Lyft vehicle.
Option #3: Drive yourself to Animal Kingdom!
Getting in your car and driving yourself is an often overlooked way to go from All-Star Music to Animal Kingdom. It’s probably the fastest way to travel since you don’t have to wait for someone to pick you up. 🙂
The distance between these two locations is only 2.9 miles (4.6 km). The drive should take under 10 minutes unless traffic is heavy.
And here is the BEST news about driving yourself to Animal Kingdom…
As long as you are staying at All-Star Music, the parking at Animal Kingdom is FREE! Unfortunately, many guests don’t realize (or forget) that if you stay at a Disney World Resort, parking at any of the parks does not cost anything.
Getting FREE parking at the theme parks is an incredible benefit of staying at Disney’s All-Star Music, as parking costs a minimum of $25 per day at each park.
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Can I walk from All-Star Music to Animal Kingdom?
The short answer to this question is NO.
First, the distance between the resort and Animal Kingdom is fairly long, at around 2.9 miles (4.6 km). And second, there are no walking paths that connect them. You must either take the bus, a taxi or drive yourself!
If you feel like walking somewhere, the other two All-Star Resorts (Sports and Movies) are easily visited on foot via the running/walking trail!
Can the Disney Skyliner take me from All-Star Music to Animal Kingdom?
No, there are no boarding stations for the Disney Skyliner at All-Star Music. If you want access to the Skyliner, you must stay at Pop Century, Art of Animation, Caribbean Beach Resort, or Riviera Resort.