Get to Know the Disney World Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC)

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If you’re planning a trip to Walt Disney World, chances are you’ll encounter the term “TTC.” TTC is the Transportation and Ticket Center and we’re here to tell you what it’s all about.

TRANSPORTATION

The TTC is, not surprisingly, a major transportation hub at Walt Disney World, serving as a transfer point between boats, buses, and monorails, as well as the parking center for guests driving to the Magic Kingdom.

Take a look at this map of Walt Disney World and you’ll see the TTC in the lower center of the blue blob. It doesn’t look like much, but it can be a big help in getting you from point A to point B. And knowing how navigate the TTC can mean the difference between making the trip from A to B pleasant and efficient or making it a looong night of waiting around.

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Here are some of the transportation related things you can do at the Transportation and Ticket Center:

  • Park your car if you’re going to the Magic Kingdom. The TTC is the MK parking lot. Yes, if you’ve even driven a car to the Magic Kingdom, then you’ve been to the TTC. The only way to arrive directly at the Magic Kingdom gates is to take a bus, boat, or monorail directly from a resort to the TTC. You can’t drive up to the gates yourself, not just to drop off guests and not with a handicapped placard for your vehicle. All auto traffic to the Magic Kingdom stops and stays at the TTC. Any roadway traffic signage you see directing you to the Magic Kingdom will acually be directing you to the TTC. If you drive to the TTC, you will have to take either a monorail or ferry ride to get to the Magic Kingdom.
  • Take a taxi to/from the Magic Kingdom. Again, there is no auto traffic directly to the Magic Kingdom. However, cabs are readily available at the TTC. If you’re looking for a workaround to avoid the TTC, then try walking from the Magic Kingdom to the Contemporary resort and ask them to call you a cab from there.
  • Take a monorail ride. There are three monorail lines, all of which have access points at the TTC.
    • Express monorail to the Magic Kingdom. This makes a non-stop continuous loop between the TTC and the MK.
    • Resort monorail to the Magic Kingdom. This makes a continuous loop stopping at the TTC, Polynesian Resort, Grand Floridian Resort, Magic Kingdom, Contemporary resort, and back to the TTC. A reason you might need this is if you have a character breakfast at one of these resorts and will be visiting the Magic Kingdom after your meal. Park at the TTC; take the Resort Monorail to 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian (for example); take the Resort Monorail to the Magic Kingdom for park touring; and at the end of the day take either the Express or Resort Monorail back to the TTC to collect your car.
    • Express monorail to Epcot. This makes a continuous loop between the TTC and Epcot. If you want to go from the Magic Kingdom to Epcot (or vice versa) using Disney transportation, you’ll have to make a transfer between the two at the TTC. The signage for this is quite good.
  • Take a ferry ride. There are ferry boats running between the TTC and the MK. If one appears to be boarding when you get to the TTC, go ahead and hop on. This is a nice scenic method for getting to the park. Be aware that the ferries have more limited hours than the monorail and that the ferry may sometimes be out of action during adverse weather conditions.
  • Take a bus. If you’re at the Magic Kingdom and want to get to the Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or Downtown Disney, you’ll have to take a monorail or ferry to the TTC and then transfer to the appropriate bus. If you’re at the Magic Kingdom and want to go to a resort, get the bus directly at the MK gates!

Now lets zoom in to see the components of the TTC itself. Here’s the Google Earth satellite view of the area.

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And then the same thing in map form.
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From looking at these views, one of the first things you’ll notice is the proximity of the TTC to the Polynesian hotel. Disney does a lot of architectural and landscape design magic to camouflage sight lines, but the aerial overview makes it plain that walking from the Poly to the TTC is an easy option. Guests at the Polynesian effectively have quick monorail access to both the Magic Kingdom AND Epcot. For example, if you’re staying at the nearby Grand Floridian you have one-stop access to the MK, but if you want to get to Epcot, you’ll have to take the resort monorail to the TTC and then switch and wait for the Epcot monorail. Poly guests can skip the stop and wait step and instead walk directly to the Epcot monorail line.

Another element that’s plain from the map view is that the Magic Kingdom parking lot is HUGE. Only a small portion of it is shown here, but rest assured that it goes on for-evah. If you’re visiting the Animal Kingdom, you could probably get away with walking from your distant parking spot to the park. Walking from the furthest reaches of the MK parking to the TTC is a hike worthy of a day pack all on its own. You’ll want to take advantage of the free tram system that shuttles guests from the parking lot to the main TTC area. But before you get on the tram MAKE NOTE OF WHICH SECTION YOU’VE PARKED IN. Write it down. Snap a photo with your cell phone. Tell your kids (they have better memories than you do). Just be sure to remember where you parked.

Bonus tip: If you’re driving a rental car, also make note of your car’s make, model, and plate number. Again, a quick phone photo takes care of this. Once I knew where I parked, but it took me a while walking down the row to figure out which car was mine. If you have a rental with remote key fob access, you can click the fob to make the horn honk, but not all rentals have this feature.

If you’re going to be switching forms of transportation at the TTC (monorail to bus, for example), make a quick mental note of the relative map positions of these areas so you know which way to turn.

As you come off the monorail, there are signs pointing you to other forms of transportation.

As you come off the monorail, there are signs pointing you to other forms of transportation.

If you want to go from the TTC to the Grand Floridian or Contemporary, be sure to take the Resort Monorail. If you're going to the Polynesian, you can just as easily walk.

If you want to go from the TTC to the Grand Floridian or Contemporary, be sure to take the Resort Monorail. If you’re going to the Polynesian, you can just as easily walk.

The Magic Kingdom parking lot at the TTC is HUGE. Make sure to note which section and row number are yours.

The Magic Kingdom parking lot at the TTC is HUGE. Make sure to note which section and row number are yours.

There is a bus information window in case you have questions.

There is a bus information window in case you have questions.

The path to the taxi stand is just to the left of the walkway to the Polynesian.

The path to the taxi stand is just to the left of the walkway to the Polynesian.

The ferry is to the left of the monorail as you face the Magic Kingdom.

The ferry is to the left of the monorail as you face the Magic Kingdom.

TICKETS

In addition to the transportation component of the TTC, there is also the Ticketing function of this area. Back in the late 1980s, I remember waiting at the TTC for hours just to buy tickets to the Magic Kingdom. However, this type of situation is now quite rare. Park tickets can be purchased in advance online, through third party vendors, at Disney Store retail locations, and at Disney and non-Disney hotels throughout central Florida. You can also buy tickets directly at the gates of any of the theme parks.

If you do need tickets and want to buy them at the TTC, you can do this at automated kiosks (like an ATM) or at human-staffed windows. There is also a “Will Call” window to pick up some categories of reserved tickets.

Ticket purchase kiosks.

Ticket purchase kiosks.

Ticket purchase windows.

Ticket purchase windows.

Will call window.

Will call window.

OTHER PARTS OF THE TTC

Along with the eponymous Transportation and Ticketing elements of the TTC, there are a few other features of note. The TTC is the location of the general Walt Disney World lost and found. If you’ve lost something in one of the parks and it’s been 24 hours, the TTC is where you’ll have to go to claim your item.

Lost and Found building. As you face the Magic Kingdom, it's to the far right side of the TTC.

Lost and Found building. As you face the Magic Kingdom, it’s to the far right side of the TTC.

Hours may change, but these are typical.

Hours may change, but these are typical.

There's dedicated 15 minute parking if you just need to pop into the Lost and Found to retrieve an item.

There’s dedicated 15 minute parking if you just need to pop into the Lost and Found to retrieve an item.

The TTC is the location of the pick up spot for the Richard Petty Driving Experience shuttle, located next to the Lost and Found building.

Richard Petty pick up zone.

Richard Petty pick up zone.

Other basic amenities at the TTC include pay phones, ATMs, mailboxes, vending machines, a rudimentary snack bar (think coffee and pastries), and two sets of restrooms (located near the ferry dock and near the bus zone).

Snack bar.

Snack bar.

Vending, payphone, restrooms.

Vending, payphone, restrooms.

TTC ATM and mailbox, located near the bus zone.

TTC ATM and mailbox, located near the bus zone.

Calling card machine, located near the bus zone.

Calling card machine, located near the bus zone.

There is also a small gift shop with some souvenirs and snacks for sale. This is a great place to pick up an autograph book if you want to have it in hand before you get to the park.

TTC gift shop.

TTC gift shop.

Personally, I wish that the TTC was a bit more scenic and entertaining, with at least a cursory attempt at a Disney magic feel. After all, the first time many guests end up setting foot on Disney property will be at the TTC. Instead the place really looks like the bus/train station that it is.

On the plus side, the TTC is quite functional. The signage is good and it does have the fundamental services you need to start your day in the parks.

Let us know about your TTC experiences. Have you been able to find your way around easily? Do you have any tips for making your time at the TTC more efficient or enjoyable? Tell us in the comments!

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Posted on June 19, 2013

46 Responses to “Get to Know the Disney World Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC)”

  • Oddly, I actually love arriving at the TTC! I know there’s really nothing to do there but just arriving to it sends a signal to my brain that alerts me of an awesome time ahead. And this coming from an annual passholder who goes to WDW at least twice a week!!! I imagine it’s a lot more exciting for those visiting from far away lands. =)

    • Agreed, I get my first bit of Disney exciting when I see the Magical Express cast member at Orlando International… arriving at the TTC is very exciting.

  • We love the TTC!! When we stay at the Poly we always request a building near it. Super easy to jump on the steamboat ferry to the MK or monorail to Epcot. We never use the monorail from the Poly. TTC is super convenient!

  • Hi Erin
    Thanks for another great article. I have a Disney Mom style question
    Staying at the Poly in late August. Hoping to stay at Tokelau. When I
    Want to go to DHS or AK. Do you think I am better going from the TTC or the Poly bus stop?

    • by Erin Foster on June 20, 2013, at 11:09 am EDT

      One more thing to think about – The buses from the Poly are more likely to stop at other resorts before heading to their final destination (to collect guests at the Grand Floridian, for example). The buses from the TTC will likely go directly to their next full stop.

      The routes do sometimes changes, so I can’t make promises, but that’s a likely scenario.

  • I totally agree with the final comments of this article. I would love to see the whole place disneyified just a little more. I don’t need a theme, persay, just something a with a better eye towards design and masking some of the concrete. If it were me, I probably would them the whole thing like grand central station….of course then trains would make sense than monorails but the concept could still be really cool. Maybe it’s purposefully boring so that the MK is that much more exciting? Palate cleansing, if you will. If that’s the case, I would make the whole sleek and modern, but sparse.

    And Jon – I think you’re better off taking the bus from the Poly. I don’t believe there’s any direct transportation from the TTC to DAK or DHS. You’d have to go to MK and get on a bus there…and at that point, what’s the point? Unless your really want to get a morning ferry or monorail ride before getting on your bus…although there are ferries and monorails that leave directly from the poly too so the TCC is pretty irrelevant for you.

    • Actually, the bus loop just outside the gates at the MK currently only serves the RESORTS. The bus transportation from MK to other PARKS or Downtown Disney is found at the TTC. For example, if you wanted to park hop from MK to DHS, you would need to take the monorail or ferry to the TTC, and catch the bus to DHS there. So yes, there is direct transportation from the TTC to DAK and DHS.

      • As frequent users of the AK & HS buses from the TCC I also think they come and go more often than the Poly buses. They have added a EPCOT bus at the TCC since they changed the monorail hours.
        And I don’t think they have a bus that goes to Downtown Disney.

  • Jon – My family stayed at the Poly in the Rapa Nui building last November. We found that taking the bus to AK or DHS was easier most mornings from the TTC. The bus area of the Poly would fill up in the morning but the TTC area was usually pretty empty at that time of the day.

  • Thanks Mae, that is good to know. I am also thinking that
    TTC might be more consistent.

  • I have a scenario involving the TTC. Here goes: I have 7:30 a.m. breakfast reservations at Kona Cafe on MK Day where MK opens at 9. Because I’m staying at POFQ, I’m thinking of driving to the TTC instead of taking the bus. Then walk to Poly for breakfast. Then take ferry or monorail to MK. After park closes at 9, there are extra magic hours at Epcot from 9-11. But I’m not sure if I could take the monorail because I would leave my car stranded at the TTC. Enough time to drive from TTC lot to Epcot lot?

    • You could also park at the poly if u r concerned about your car being stranded at the ttc. I did similar while dining there and staying at pofq.

  • Thank you for this post! We will be heading to WDW in October. Do you know the hours the monorail or buses run? We will be doing MNSSHP and I worry about be stranded! (Although I suppose that wouldn’t be horrible ;))

    Thanks again!

    • You won’t be stranded. They keep running the buses and monorail until c. 1 hour after closing – even on ‘event’ days.

    • As you’ll see if you click on the “boats, buses, and monorails” link at the top of the page, hours for all transportation vary seasonally.

      Rachelle correctly points out that Disney won’t leave you stranded, they make sure that the transportation runs until the vast majority of the guests are on their way. Worst case scenario has you getting a cab, but the need to do that would be rare indeed.

  • Slightly off topic, but is there a bus from Animal Kingdom to Hollywood studios? thanks

  • by Minniemaniac on June 25, 2013, at 7:55 pm EDT

    Where will I find the walkway from the TTC to the Poly? Near the boat launch? Is it marked?

    • If you’re facing the TTC with your back to the MK parking lot, the walkway to the Poly is on your far left. It’s not especially well-marked, but once you get over there, the paths become more visible.

  • I did my third WDW College Program at the TTC! This brings back so many great memories. And a few not so great ones. (New Years Eve morning was crazy at the TTC!!!)

  • Hi. We are taking a bus from Port Canaveral to WDW to spend the day at EPCOT. How quick can we get to EPCOT from the Transportation Center and if we don’t have tix already, is it a hassle to get them at the Park? THank you.

    • It’s not a hassle to get them at the park, although I’d expect a short wait in a line to do so. You’ll use the Epcot monorail to get from the TTC to Epcot, and I’d budget about 20-25 minutes for this, one way. Have fun!

  • Thoughts on the quickest way to get from the Transportation and Ticket Center to Hollywood Studios?

    Only getting a day in the park, as it is part of a shore excursion on a cruise, and want to maximize our time every way possible!

    • The quickest way is probably to take a cab. There is a taxi stand at the TTC and the cost would be in the $15-20 range. However there is a free bus from the TTC to DHS which would likely get you there within 10 mins of the cab.

      • Ah, ok – thanks! I think we can wait the 10 extra minutes to save the money, but nice to know that the taxi is an option. I hadn’t thought of that!

  • Has anyone ever used the shuttle from the lost and found area to the Richard Petty track? I’m curious as to how early to get there before our reservation time. I’d rather just use the WDW transportation to the TTC as we will be staying at the campground.

  • by robert gwiazdzinski on January 11, 2014, at 6:55 pm EDT

    Does anyone know where i go at TTC to exchange my paper tickets for the new rfid tickets? i was thinking of doing this on the day we arrive so that our first park day time is not wasted changing tickets.

  • Will arriving Wed. afternoon, Jan. 15 and need to redeem military exchange certificates for 4 day park hopper passes. Can we do this at any park or do we need to go to the TTC? Also, what time does the TTC close?

  • Thank you for the great article! I was wondering if you could tell me what the best (quickest) way to purchase a one-day ticket to Magic Kingdom would be. Should I buy one online or wait and get one at the park? I imagine if I buy online I will still need to go to the “will call” window to pick up my tickets? If I can somehow purchase “paper tickets” from somewhere would that speed up the process? Also, about how long does it take to ride the ferry versus riding the monorail? Sorry so many questions! Thanks in advance for any help you can provide! We leave for Florida tomorrow! Can’t wait!!

    • If you’re staying on Disney property, you can purchase a ticket at the front desk of you hotel. Some other local area hotels also have this feature. If you can do this, then you can have your ticket in hand the night before your arrival.

      You are correct that if you buy online, you’ll have to stop at Will Call to collect your ticket. This seems somewhat silly to me because you can just stand in a ticket line and skip the online step.

      The ferry ride is not much longer than the monorail ride, however the ferry pick up is less frequent than the monorail. You’re probably looking at a 5-10 minute difference overall.

  • Now that there are buses running directly between the Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom has Disney stopped service between the Transportation and Ticket Center and these two parks? I often arrive at the TTC via public transit and was wondering if I now need to go to the MK to transfer.

    Thanks!

    • I’m not sure if this is a permanent change, but when I was at the TTC about three weeks ago there were signs that said bus transportation to DHS and AK was at the Magic Kingdom. You can take the monorail or ferry to pick up the bus there.

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  • So many of these blog entries have been extremely helpful, thank you. We are staying off site and will be driving to the park for five days in May. During one MK day I’d like to have dinner at Artist Point at the Wilderness Lodge, then return to MK for Wishes. How should I best do this? Our car will be at the TTC. Thanks so much.