3 Ways from French Quarter to Animal Kingdom (2024)

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How do you get from Disney’s French Quarter – Port Orleans Resort to Animal Kingdom?

If you are staying at the Port Orleans French Quarter or planning a future visit, you probably want to know the different ways to get to Animal Kingdom from the resort.

Below, I will detail THREE specific ways you can make this journey.

French Quarter to Animal Kingdom:


Option #1: Take the Disney bus to Animal Kingdom! (free)

Did you know that Disney World provides FREE bus transportation from the French Quarter Resort to Animal Kingdom? And the best part is that the bus stop is just a short walk outside the main lobby entrance. When you exit the front lobby, turn right and follow the walkway until you arrive at the bus stop.

french quarter to animal kingdom

When you arrive at the bus stop, make sure you find the correct line for the bus going to Animal Kingdom (Bus Station A). Don’t worry; signs clearly mark which bus station you need to stand at.

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.

At the bus stop, you will find a screen that shows when the next bus to Animal Kingdom is expected to arrive.

Once your bus leaves the French Quarter, it should take about 15 -20 minutes to arrive at the theme park.

As you can imagine, since the buses do not cost anything extra, it’s the most popular way to travel. However, at certain times of the day, such as the park opening, you might experience a bit of 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.

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Option #2: Take a rideshare/taxi from the French Quarter to Animal Kingdom

using uber from french quarter to animal kingdom

If you want to get to Animal Kingdom fast, using a rideshare service (Uber or Lyft) from Port Orleans French Quarter is easy. This option can save a lot of time, especially if you just missed the bus.

Also, I know some people don’t like the idea of using Uber or Lyft because they don’t know about the person driving. If this describes you, then it’s also easy to call a traditional taxi company for a ride. I recommend calling Mears Taxi, a well-known and trusted company in the Orlando area. You can even schedule and book your ride online.

Regardless of your decision, the easiest place to meet your driver is outside near the Port Orleans French Quarter front lobby, as there are plenty of spots for them to stop and for you to get in the car.

The driving distance from Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter to Animal Kingdom is 7.4 miles (11.9 km), and the drive should take about 15 minutes, depending on the amount of traffic. Another benefit of taking an Uber or Lyft (or taxi) is that they can typically drive to Animal Kingdom faster than the slower Disney buses.

I have found the one-way fare from the French Quarter averages under $15.

If you have limited time to travel to Animal Kingdom, I think it is money well spent!

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 to the parks, I’ve had to wait less than 10 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! 

A big benefit of using a Minnie Van is 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.

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 this option is fun, as you can see above, it is more expensive than 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 the Port Orleans French Quarter 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 7.4 miles (11.9 km). The drive takes about 15 minutes, depending on traffic.

And here is the BEST news about driving yourself to Animal Kingdom…

As long as you are staying at the French Quarter, 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 Port Orleans French Quarter Resort, as parking costs a minimum of $25 per day at each park.


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Can I take the Disney Monorail from the Port Orleans – French Quarter to Animal Kingdom?

No, the monorail does not have a boarding station at the Port Orleans French Quarter, nor does the monorail travel to Animal Kingdom. If you want access to this transportation option from your hotel, you must stay at the Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, or Polynesian Village Resort.

Can I walk from Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter 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 7.4 miles (11.9 km). And second, there are no walking paths that connect them. You must either take the bus, a taxi or drive yourself!

 

Can the Disney Skyliner take me from the Port Orleans French Quarter to Animal Kingdom?

The short answer to this question is NO. The Skyliner only goes to two parks, Hollywood Studios and Epcot. There is also no boarding station for the Disney Skyliner at the French Quarter.

If you want a Skyliner boarding station at your hotel, stay at the Riviera Resort, Caribbean Beach Resort, Art of Animation, or Pop Century.

 

Can I take the Disney boats from the Port Orleans French Quarter to Animal Kingdom?

There is boat transportation at the Port Orleans French Quarter, but the boat does not travel to Animal Kingdom. You can only take the Sassagoula Boat to Disney Springs or Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort.


What is your favorite way to travel from the Port Orleans French Quarter to Animal Kingdom?

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Scott K
Scott K

Scott is the owner and creator of Resort Rat. He and his family were bitten by the Disney bug in 2017 on their first DW visit with kids. They have been on a Disney bender ever since, visiting the park numerous times per year. He loves writing about Disney, especially the incredible resorts. You can learn more about him on his author page. Or hear more about the Resort Rat story on this page.

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