8 Transportation Options at Disney’s Polynesian Village (2024)

Learning all the transportation options at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort can be intimidating. If you find it overwhelming to figure out how to travel from the resort to the theme parks, shopping areas, and other Orlando area activities, this article is for you!

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I know when our family travels to Disney, knowing our transportation options BEFORE we arrive is incredibly comforting.

In this post, you will learn about all the modes of transportation available at the Polynesian, so you know EXACTLY how to get around.

8 Transportation Options at the Polynesian Resort:


Option #1. Take the Monorail

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One of the best benefits of staying at the Polynesian is the convenient access to the Monorail.

Where is the Monorail located at the Polynesian Resort?

The monorail is incredibly easy to find. It’s located at the resort’s main entrance, the Great Ceremonial House, where you check-in. Just head to the second floor. You will go through security before boarding the monorail.

Where can you go on the Monorail from Polynesian Village?

  • Grand Floridian Resort: This resort is the stop after Polynesian Village, and it will only take a minute or two to get there.
  • Magic Kingdom: This is the most popular destination for guests, and arriving at Magic Kingdom via the Monorail is one of those “Disney Must-Do” things for many people! It is the second stop once the monorail leaves the Polynesian. It takes about five minutes. You will go through security at the Polynesian Monorail Station, meaning you can SKIP the security line at Magic Kingdom!
  • Contemporary Resort: The third stop is the Contemporary, where one of my favorite resort attractions is Chef Mickey’s, a buffet restaurant with character dining. You will also be treated to a view of the Monorail traveling through the building. You will get to the Contemporary from the Polynesian in 7-10 minutes.

  • Transportation & Ticket Center: This is where you would go if you wanted to go to Epcot using the Monorail. It will take about 12 minutes to arrive from the Polynesian.

  • Epcot: There are actually two ways to get to Epcot using the monorail from the Polynesian. To learn about the differences, please check out this article. The total trip will take about 30 minutes.

Option #2: Take the FREE Disney bus!

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Did you know Disney World provides FREE bus transportation from Polynesian Village? Being able to jump on and off these buses is one of the best benefits of staying at a Disney World Resort.

Where can I go from the Polynesian by bus?

The Polynesian Resort offers DIRECT bus transfers to any of the following places:

  • Hollywood Studios: The bus ride is approximately 15 minutes. It is 5.9 miles (9.4 km) away.
  • Animal Kingdom: The bus ride is typically between 10-15 minutes. It is 6.8 miles (10.9 km) away.
  • Disney Springs: The bus ride is approximately 20 minutes. It is 5.9 miles (9.4 km) away.

Since Epcot and Magic Kingdom are accessible by the monorail at the Polynesian Resort, no bus service is provided.

In addition, you can get to these locations from the Polynesian with ONE bus transfer.

  • Blizzard Beach: Take the bus to Animal Kingdom. Then, get off the bus and find the shuttle going directly to Blizzard Beach.
  • Typhoon Lagoon: Take the bus to Disney Springs. Then, get off the bus and find the bus going directly to Typhoon Lagoon.
  • ANY of the other Disney World Resorts: Do you have dinner reservations at the Animal Kingdom Lodge? Or do you want to check out the Beach Club for your next vacation? Luckily, it’s EASY to get to any of the other 20+ Disney hotels from the Polynesian using the free Disney bus transportation. You only need to take the bus to Disney Springs or the closest theme park. Then get off the shuttle and find the bus that goes directly to the resort you want to visit!
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports: Check with the front desk regarding bus transportation here. The schedule and operating hours change depending on what events are being held. If there are no direct buses, you must take a bus to one of the parks and transfer to ESPN Wide World of Sports.

Where are the bus stops at Polynesian Village Resort?

There is only ONE bus stop at the Polynesian, and it’s just a short walk outside the main entrance. When you exit out the front, turn left and follow the walkway until you arrive at the bus stop.

What is the bus schedule at the Polynesian?

When you arrive at the bus stop, you will find a screen showing when the next bus for each destination is expected to arrive.

Bus service typically begins 45 minutes before the parks open and ends 1 hour after they close. 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.

You can expect a bit of a line to board the bus at certain times, such as in the morning as the parks are opening. So, give yourself ample time to get to your destination for a reservation or show. Our family usually leaves our room about an hour before we want to arrive, just to be safe.


Option #3: Take an Uber/Lyft from Polynesian Village

If you don’t want to ride on or wait for the bus, using a rideshare service (Uber or Lyft) from Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is easy. Just open the app and select your destination, and you will be matched with a driver within seconds.

Where can an Uber pick me up at the Polynesian?

There is plenty of space for your rideshare driver to stop and pick you up outside the main lobby.

You can also visit places OUTSIDE Walt Disney World Resort with a rideshare service.

We have often stayed at a Disney resort but wanted to visit somewhere else for a day or evening. To help save money, we rarely rent a car, so we have to find alternate transportation.

Luckily, rideshares like Uber can easily take you from Polynesian Village to the following locations:

  • Sea World
  • Universal Theme Parks
  • Downtown Orlando
  • Restaurants, parks, etc. Honestly, you can go anywhere you want!

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 rideshare from the resorts, I’ve had to wait less than 10 minutes to get picked up.

The one-way fare around Walt Disney World averages about $15. In my opinion, if you have limited time to travel somewhere, it is money well spent!


Option #4: Take a TAXI

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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.

If you want to take a taxi from the Polynesian, I recommend calling Mears Taxi, a well-known and trusted company in the Orlando area. You can even schedule and book your ride online.


Option #5: Ride in a MINNIE VAN

polynesian resort transportation via minnie van

Disney World has partnered with Lyft to provide MINNIE VANS, which are Minnie Mouse-themed mini-vans!

This option will be more expensive than a regular Lyft vehicle, but there are quite a few added benefits:

  • They are driven by DISNEY CAST MEMBERS. I know many people like this fact because the drivers are Disney employees, which provides additional peace of mind.
  • They can fit up to SIX people.
  • The fare includes up to 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.

How do I get a Minnie Van to pick me up at Polynesian Village Resort?

To schedule a Minnie Van, choose your destination using the Lyft app. Then, order the Minnie Van to come and pick you up. Although it probably doesn’t make sense for each trip, it’s perfect when time or energy is in short supply.


Option #6. Walk from the Polynesian!

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Where can I walk from the Polynesian?

If you’re staying at Polynesian Village and you want to walk to another location, you have four options:

Option #1 – The Grand Floridian Resort:

If you have a dining reservation at the Grand Floridian or want to check out the property for your next vacation, I highly recommend using the walking path. You’ll travel north toward Magic Kingdom along the shore of Seven Seas Lagoon. It’s a beautiful walk and short enough that you should be able to get there within 15 minutes!

Option #2 – Magic Kingdom:

 This is the only park within walking distance of the Polynesian. It’s a huge advantage to get to Magic Kingdom since you don’t have to wait for the monorail or a boat.

A paved pathway goes around the eastern side of Seven Seas Lagoon. While at the resort, keep walking north until you find the path. You will also find plenty of signs around Polynesian Village pointing you in the correct direction. One of my favorite things about this walk is how your excitement builds as you get closer and closer to Cinderella’s Castle!

The distance is 1.4 miles (2.25 km) and takes about half an hour at a moderate walking pace.

Option #3 – The Contemporary Resort:

If you continue past Magic Kingdom, the walking path will take you to the Contemporary. Although it’s a relatively easy walk, it takes about 45 minutes from Polynesian Village. But if you have some time and want to enjoy the sights along the way, it’s a fun way to get to this resort!

Option #4 – Transportation & Ticket Center:

The Transportation and Ticket Center, which is the main hub for the Monorail, is only a seven-minute walk from the Polynesian.

The main reason you would walk here is to go to Epcot. By walking to the Transportation and Ticket Center, you can board the monorail that provides DIRECT service to Epcot.

You can also board a ferryboat to Magic Kingdom from this location!


Option #7. Take a boat

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Where is the boat dock located at the Polynesian?

The boat dock is at the northern end of the resort, in the same direction as Magic Kingdom. There are signs posted that will help point you in the correct direction.

Where can a boat take me from the Polynesian?

The water taxis at Polynesian Village will take you to two locations.

Stop #1 – Magic Kingdom:

After leaving the Polynesian, the water taxi goes directly to the Magic Kingdom. You will be dropped off at the front of the park about 10 minutes after you leave the Polynesian.

Stop #2 – The Grand Floridian Resort:

After the Magic Kingdom, the water taxis go to the Grand Floridian Resort before going back to the Polynesian. Basically, the boats go in a circle all day. Polynesian -> Magic Kingdom -> Grand Floridian -> Polynesian, and so on.

It’s important to know if you take the boats when you leave Magic Kingdom. The first stop will be the Grand Floridian before getting back to the Polynesian.


Option #8: Drive yourself!

Getting in your car and driving yourself is an often overlooked way to travel from the Polynesian to other Orlando locations. Driving around Disney World and the surrounding area is pretty easy. The hardest part is usually navigating the traffic!

One benefit of driving yourself is that the parking at Disney Springs, theme parks, and water parks is FREE! Unfortunately, many guests don’t realize (or forget) that if you stay at a Disney World Resort, parking does not cost anything. Free parking is an incredible benefit of staying at Polynesian Village, as parking costs a minimum of $25 per day at each park.

In addition, you have the convenience of being able to go anywhere you want in Orlando without waiting for outside transportation. We often spend a day or two at another location, like the beach or Sea World, and having your own car really helps! 🙂


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Can I walk from Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort to the theme parks or other resorts?

Magic Kingdom, the Contemporary, and the Grand Floridian are within walking distance of the Polynesian.

If you want to go to the other theme parks, water parks, or one of the other resorts, you must use another form of transportation.

 

Does the Disney Skyliner stop at Polynesian Village?

No, there is no Skyliner boarding station at the Polynesian. If you want access to the Skyliner from your resort, you should stay at Caribbean Beach, Riviera, Pop Century, or Art of Animation.

 

Can I take the Disney Monorail from the Polynesian?

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YES! There is a monorail station in the main building at Disney’s Polynesian Resort lobby. See option #1 above for more information.

 

Do Disney Buses travel to every park from the Polynesian?

No. Because there are other transportation options at Polynesian Village, bus service is unavailable to Magic Kingdom or Epcot. You can take a bus from the Polynesian to Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, or Disney Springs.


What is your favorite transportation option while staying at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort?

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Lindsey Dahle
Lindsey Dahle

Lindsey has been writing at Resort Rat since 2023. She loves sharing her enthusiasm for travel, especially to Disney destinations. She is passionate about helping others make the most of their travel. Lindsey's home base is a quiet neighborhood with a pond and woods, but her home is wherever her husband and two kids are.

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