A couple of things have been brought to my attention in regards to transportation at Walt Disney World that I thought you should all be aware of since they could potentially impact your 2014 vacations.
First off, a brand new bus loop at the Magic Kingdom opened about a month ago. Because of this third bus loop, there has been some shifting in regards to which bus stops are where. Make sure to check the directory for the load zone you are looking for.
With the addition of the new loop, Disney is providing direct transportation from the Magic Kingdom to the other three theme parks. This means that a transfer to a bus at the Transportation and Ticket Center is no longer required.
Those wishing to take the Disney’s Hollywood Studios bus can find it at load zones 4 and 5. Those wishing to take a bus to Disney’s Animal Kingdom can head to load zone 6. The Epcot bus (only available when the Epcot monorail loop is down) is found at load zone 9. Monorail transportation to Epcot is unchanged: guests must take a monorail or ferry to the Transportation and Ticket Center, where they transfer to the Epcot monorail line. This is the current set up, but it could change at any time, so make sure to check the directory at the front of the bus area before heading to a particular zone.
The second piece of news involves the monorails. Beginning January 21, monorail service will be severely impacted due to scheduled maintenance. Both the Magic Kingdom Resort Loop and the Express Loop will be unavailable to guests during non-peak times on weekdays from 11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
During the monorail closures, additional buses and watercraft will be available for guests to use. This work work on both Magic Kingdom monorail beams is expected to last until the end of March 2014 (weather permitting).
For those wishing to use Epcot’s beam, it will be unaffected and will have normal operating hours.