How do you get from Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to Magic Kingdom?
If you are staying at Caribbean Beach, you probably want to know how to get to Magic Kingdom from the resort.
Below, I will detail FIVE specific ways you can make this journey.
Caribbean Beach to Magic Kingdom:
Option #1: Take the FREE Disney bus to Magic Kingdom!
Did you know Disney World provides FREE bus transportation from Caribbean Beach to Magic Kingdom? Being able to jump on and off these buses is one of the best benefits of staying at a Disney World Resort.
To use the buses to get to Magic Kingdom, you must first find the bus stops! Because Caribbean Beach is such a big resort, there are SIX different locations where you can board the buses. The good news is that no matter where you stay within the resort, you shouldn’t have to walk far to find one of the bus stops.
Here are the SIX different bus stops, listed in the order they PICK UP guests at Caribbean Beach:
- Pick up #1. Martinique
- Pick up #2. Old Port Royale – this is the stop outside the main lobby. It is considered the MAIN bus stop. It is the largest and busiest.
- Pick up #3. Barbados
- Pick up #4. Trinidad
- Pick up #5. Jamaica
- Pick up #6. Aruba
Here is a map of where you can find each bus stop at Caribbean Beach.
Also, because Caribbean Beach is so vast, there is an internal shuttle operating. It operates continuously in a big circle. You can use it to go anywhere you need within the resort, which should save you some long walks.
When you arrive at any of the bus stops, you will find a screen that shows when the next bus to Animal Kingdom is expected to arrive.
Bus service to Magic 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.
Since the Disney buses are free to ride, it’s the most popular way to travel to Magic Kingdom from Caribbean Beach. You can expect a bit of a line to board the bus at certain times, such as in the morning around the park opening. So, give yourself ample time to get to Magic Kingdom for a reservation or show. Our family usually leaves our room about an hour before we want to arrive, just to be safe.
Once your bus leaves Caribbean Beach, the bus ride should take under 15 minutes to get to Magic Kingdom, depending on traffic.
But please be aware that you will probably be on the bus longer than 15 minutes, depending on which stop you board the bus.
That’s because you must wait as the bus drops off and picks up guests at the other stops in Caribbean Beach before finally leaving for the theme park. For example, suppose you get on the bus at Martinique (Pick up #1). In that case, it’s estimated that it will take around 15 minutes to get through the other five bus stops within Caribbean Beach before finally leaving for Magic Kingdom.
This time can vary greatly, depending on how many guests get on or off the bus. Also, it will take longer if anyone boards with a mobility issue (scooter or wheelchair).
Some guests use a strategy to walk directly to the last bus stop (Aruba). They do this to avoid spending additional time on the bus.
But I want to warn you this plan could backfire.
During busy times, such as in the morning, the bus may already be full of guests by the time it reaches the last stop (Aruba). If that happens, the bus will drive by, and you must hope the next one has room for you.
Additionally, if you are staying in Aruba or Jamaica, you may find that the buses are often full when they get to you. If that keeps happening during your stay, I recommend walking across the lake (Barefoot Bay) to board the buses outside the main lobby, Old Port Royale (stop #2).
You can also use the internal shuttle to travel to whichever bus stop you desire.
Despite these challenges, taking the Disney buses to Magic Kingdom has one HUGE benefit.
When you arrive at the park, the bus will drop you off DIRECTLY in front of Magic Kingdom. As you will see below, some other transportation options take you to Disney’s Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) instead. Once you arrive here, you must finish the journey to Magic Kingdom another way. You will learn more about the TTC next!
Option #2: Take an Uber/Lyft from Caribbean Beach to Magic Kingdom
If you don’t want to ride on or wait for the bus, using a rideshare service (Uber or Lyft) from Caribbean Beach Resort is easy. Just open the app and select Magic Kingdom as your destination, and you will be matched with a driver within seconds.
Because Caribbean Beach is such a big resort, you must mark your location CORRECTLY in the app to avoid any delays. There is plenty of space outside the main lobby, Old Port Royale, for your driver to stop and pick you up.
But Old Port Royale is far from parts of Caribbean Beach, especially if you are staying in the Trinidad section. The great news about using a rideshare is it can pick you up ANYWHERE you want. No matter which building you are staying in, a parking lot will be nearby, offering plenty of room for your driver to stop quickly for you to jump in.
Below is a picture of the large parking lot outside the Aruba buildings.
The driving distance from Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to Magic Kingdom is 5.5 miles (8.9 km), and the drive should take less than 15 minutes, depending on the amount of traffic. Another benefit of a rideshare service is that they typically drive to Magic Kingdom faster than the slower Disney buses.
I have found the one-way fare from Caribbean Beach averages under $15.
The best part about using a rideshare service while staying at Caribbean Beach is that you don’t have to deal with your bus stopping at multiple places within the resort before finally leaving for the park. You also don’t risk the bus being full when it arrives at your bus stop.
But there is one big disadvantage of using a rideshare service when you go to Magic Kingdom…
Your driver is NOT allowed to drop you off directly in front of the Magic Kingdom. Instead, they must take you to Disney’s Transportation and Ticket Center.
Once you are here, there are TWO ways to complete the journey to the Magic Kingdom.
#1: Take the monorail
The first way to get to Magic Kingdom from the Transportation and Ticket Center is by taking the famous Disney monorail.
The monorail runs continuously throughout the day. Service begins 30 minutes before the park opens and ends an hour after the park closes.
#2: Take the ferry
Another way to finish traveling to the Magic Kingdom is to board the ferry. These boats have two seating levels and can fit many people.
The ferryboats leave approximately every 10-15 minutes. Once you depart, the boat ride is only 10 minutes long!
If you want to avoid the Transporation and Ticket Center and get dropped off directly in front of the Magic Kingdom, you must take the bus from Caribbean Beach or ride in a Minnie Van (Option #4)!
Option #3: Take a TAXI to Magic Kingdom
I know some people don’t like using Uber or Lyft because they don’t know about the person driving or don’t feel comfortable using the app. If this describes you, calling a traditional taxi company for a ride is easy.
Taking a taxi has many of the same benefits as rideshares, such as not waiting for a bus. But of course, you must pay for the taxi ride, where the Disney buses are free.
One negative to taking a taxi is that you get dropped off at Disney’s Transportation and Ticket Center instead of the front of Magic Kingdom, similar to a rideshare service.
Option #4: Ride in a MINNIE VAN to Magic Kingdom
One fun thing about using the rideshare service Lyft is that they have partnered with Disney World to provide MINNIE VANS, which are Minnie Mouse-themed mini-vans!
This option will be more expensive than a regular Lyft vehicle, but using a Minnie Van has a really big benefit.
You will get dropped off directly in front of the Magic Kingdom instead of the Transportation and Ticket Center!
Minnie Vans are the ONLY rideshare/taxi authorized to do this and bypass the Transportation and Ticket Center.
While using the Lyft app inside Caribbean Beach, choose Magic Kingdom as your destination to see the price. Then order the Minnie Van to come and pick you up!
While this option is fun, as you can see above, it is more expensive than a regular Lyft vehicle.
In addition to getting dropped off directly in front of Magic Kingdom, here are some other benefits of a Minnie Van,
- They are driven by DISNEY CAST MEMBERS. I know many people like this fact because the drivers are employees of Disney, which provides additional peace of mind.
- They can fit up to SIX people.
- Includes two car seats, which your driver will install for you.
- These vans can fit scooters and wheelchairs, but please pre-arrange your ride if you need this service.
Option #5: Drive yourself to Magic Kingdom!
Getting in your car and driving yourself is an often overlooked way from Disney’s Caribbean Beach to Magic 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 5.5 miles (8.9 km). The drive only takes about 10 minutes, depending on traffic.
And as long as you are staying at Caribbean Beach, the parking at Magic 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 Caribbean Beach Resort, as parking costs a minimum of $25 per day at each park.
But if you drive yourself, you MUST park at the Transportation and Ticket Center to get to Magic Kingdom.
Once parked here, you can take the monorail or the ferry to complete your journey. If you want to get dropped off directly in front of the Magic Kingdom entrance, take the Disney bus or a Minnie Van.
Can I walk from Disney’s Caribbean Beach to the Magic Kingdom?
The short answer to this question is NO. First, the distance between the resort and the theme park is long, around 5.5 miles (8.9 km). And second, there are no walking paths that connect them. You must take the bus, a taxi/rideshare, or drive yourself to get there!
Can the Disney Skyliner take me from Caribbean Beach to Magic Kingdom?
The short answer to this question is NO. While there is a Skyliner boarding station at the Caribbean Beach Resort, it does not travel to Magic Kingdom. The Skyliner only goes to two parks, Hollywood Studios and Epcot.
Can I take the Disney boats from Caribbean Beach to Magic Kingdom?
No, there is no boat transportation available at Caribbean Beach.
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