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Disney Transport is the privately operated transportation system at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Most movements are made using buses that run along the resort's public roads maintained by the Reedy Creek Improvement District and private roads. Other transportation is provided by the Walt Disney World Monorail System, watercraft, and parking lot trams.
Except where monorail or ferry service exists or walking is practical, direct bus service is provided from every hotel to every attraction, and between attractions. This contrasts with most public transportation systems, which use a hub-and-spoke system. Disney's approach avoids transfers for most movements, but leads to longer wait times. However, Disney tries to keep wait times below twenty minutes. Direct transportation between hotels is not provided, unless they happen to be on the same bus route.
Typically, no service is provided between Downtown Disney and other attractions. An exception is Typhoon Lagoon, which lies on the same route. When this was offered, guests parked for free at Downtown Disney to avoid paying for parking at the theme parks. The second is a limited time offer, which provides transfer between Downtown Disney and Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Disney Transport buses also carry cast members around the resort.
Disney Transport operates a fleet of TMC RTS, Nova Bus LFS, Gillig Low Floor, and New Flyer XD60 Xcelsior bus models. They have approximately 325 buses in their fleet. Disney has been expanding their fleet with new Gillig buses, and has recently introduced new articulated New Flyer XD60 Xcelsior buses as a pilot project to increase capacity on certain routes.
Disney Transport is also responsible for maintaining the fleet of parking lot trams used for shuttling visitors between the various theme park parking lots and their respective main entrances.
The Disney Transport bus depot is located at 2451 Recycle Way, Orlando, FL 32830.
The resort also maintains a fleet of watercraft providing additional access between various Disney resorts and parks. While some route duplication does take place, the watercraft provide an alternative way to travel from one location to another. The most notable of these boats are the large ferries that traverse the Seven Seas Lagoon between the Transportation and Ticket Center and the Magic Kingdom. However, there are several other routes, including:
- Water launches link the Magic Kingdom to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Disney's Polynesian Resort via the Seven Seas Lagoon.
- Water launches also connect to the Seven Seas Lagoon to Bay Lake using a water bridge to reach Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Wilderness Lodge and Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.
- Water taxis link Disney's Port Orleans Resort, Disney's Old Key West Resort and Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa to Downtown Disney along the Sassagoula River.
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